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Ancient Town is Hoi An's most popular destination to visit. Located right on the riverside, the yellow-painted buildings offer some picturesque scenes you would want to capture with your camera especially during the night when the houses and the small street are bathes in lanterns. Take your time walking along the road and admire the well-preserved French-colonial houses, Japanese bridges, and exploring the huge canal by wooden boats. It feels like you're visiting South-Eastern version of Venice. You can find some interesting Vietnamese souvenirs in quaint wooden-shop houses along the street. There are some traditional shops that sell Vietnam's traditional cuisines which will satisfy your hunger. Spend the rest of the night by partying hard at cafes and bars which always offering happy hours service. Friendly people, beautiful scenery, exotic buildings, fun shopping experiences, and also great food, you'll find them all at Ancient Town!
Thuan Tinh Island is well-known not only for its status as Official Ecological Zone, it also offers Cooking Class where you can join and create some diverse Vietnamese dishes. From beef rice noodles to spring rolls, the skillful chefs will guide you through and through until you can create mouth-watering Vietnamese dishes. You'll also get the complete recipes home so you can try them yourselves when you return to your home country. You will be taken to nearby market to buy fresh ingredients needed, they will also teach you about each produces, and when you're done you can even have a small tour to the actual island. The village itself is a traditional one, with rice fields, trees, and fresh air. Thuan Tinh Island is a perfect place to unwind and also a great place to learn new cooking skills.
Like many other countries, Vietnam has several night markets worth visiting. But among all, the Night Market in Hoi An is the most popular marketplace thorough the country. The sights of colorful hanging silk lanterns illuminating the street are so pretty you would want to take some pictures under them. It's also a great place to release your shopping craze, as the night market boasts over 50 vendors selling broad range of local products, such as snacks, clothing, jewelleries, ethnic accessories, and more! You'll also get to taste Vietnam's favorite street snacks such as banh xeo (Vietnamese Crepes), and banh mi, a Vietnamese baguette sandwich. There are also some restaurants and pubs if you need some heavy meals to fill your stomach or just want to spend the rest of the night partying. You can even goes up to the cafe's terrace and witness spectacular sights of the night market and Thu Bon River.
Tra Que Vegetable Village of Hoi An is a paradise for all organic-veggies lovers. The countryside located between the Ancient Town and An Ang Beach is the source of organic and freshest vegetables for Hoi An's local cuisines. The green village's residents take pride of their farming skills. All the vegetables and herbs here are grown without using any pesticides or other chemical substances. You are also able to try to be a farmer for one day and learn useful plant-growing techniques taught by the villagers. You can attend Cooking Class and try various healthy cuisines based on Yin and Yang. Surrounded by natural beauty of the land, you can enjoy the scenic view of rice fields and gentle breeze by renting a bicycle. You can also take some stunning scening photos of the rural village. Don't forget to shop for some high-quality vegetables from Tra Que Vegetable Village.
After severe erosion occurs at Cua Dai Beach, the crown shifted to Bang An Beach making it one of the most beautiful beach in Hoi An. The pristine beach and the calm sea waves are not the only good thing from the beach. Bang An Beach is a favorite spots for all local Vietnamese to hold family barbecues while enjoying sunset during summer holiday. You can swim all day long before you head to nearby beach pubs and have a small beach party with your group of friends. You might also want to feel the rush of adrenaline by renting jetski and parasailing. If you're not that fond of getting wet, then you can relax at the beach bar nearby or just hiding from the sun by renting a sun umbrella or tanning . If you come at certain time, you can go challenging wild waves by surfing. There's also An Bang Beach's Expat Surfing Community that will provides you with some surfing training for beginners.
Cua Dai Beach was formely known as the most beautiful beach in Hoi An. Enjoying pretty sight of pristine beach from the cafe lounge is not the only thing you can do. The sea water is calming and inviting, you can swim to your heart content or even just have a nice basking on the sand. If you want, you can even rent a small bamboo boat and try to catch fishes and squids as many as you can guided by an experienced fishermen. You can also rent a canoe and cross the sea towards Cham Island, which is a perfect spot for snorkeling, swimming and exploring the green island. Stay until evening comes to enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere while you savor delicious seafoods accompanied with a glass of rice liquor and a high-quality vegetables from Tra-Que. Unfortunately, Cua Dai Beach's popularity has been declining lately due to sea erosion. The ocean is no longer comfortable for swimming, it's highly advisable to just swim in hotel's swimming pool. You still can go and explore the beach though. The seaside shops also sell various unique souvenirs which will occupy you for hours. The sunrise view is still as magnificent as always, you can also try some water sports provided by local operators. Cua Dai Beach might not as pretty as it used to be, but it's still one of the recommended Vietnam's attraction.
Hanoi is capital city and the second biggest city of Vietnam. Even as one of Vietnam's modern city, you still can see remnants of Chinese, French, and American influences during their occupation in Vietnam for years. Even after so it hasn't lose its true identity. You'll see many breathtaking Buddhist temples with intricate details and unique traditional cultures as you explore deeper into the city. Attractions in Hanoi below not only will mesmerize you of its beauty but also you'll learn more about their thousands years historical values.
How to Get Tickets?
Some of the attractions, like the beach, are free of charge, but some requires you to buy tickets. You can buy the attraction tickets on the spot but it might take more of your time since you need to queue in the long lines. It's better to book your tickets first online, which you can do by this website.
How To Get Around?
Cycling is the best way to get around Hoi An, especially in The Ancient City since traffic is rarely busy. This is also the cheapest way to get around. If you're an experienced rider of Asian motorcycle, you can also rent them for about VND 100.000 to go around the city. You can also ride the taxis, which aren't hard to find. For more traditional experience of Hoi An's public transportation, you can ride the Cyclos. It fits 2 passengers per transport with an operator / driver behind you to cycle the ride. They're mostly friendly and are happy to provide you information about the city's landmarks and history.
What Should I Wear?
Vietnam is mostly warm and humid, so you can wear comfortable shirt and pants for warm days. Still, don't wear too-revealing clothes like short shorts or tank tops since Vietnamese are conservative when it comes to dressing. It can sometimes rain and gets cold, so bring your jackets, raincoats, trousers, and scarf too. Wear comfortable walking shoes like sneakers or flip-flops. Try not to wear heels if you're planning to cycle or ride the motorbike. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit if you plan to visit the beach.
Best Time to Visit
Hoi An is best visited between February and June. Most people consider February to April is the best time since rainfall is low and the weather is nice and warm with sunshine. But you can also visit it between May and June, when the rainfall is even lower and the weather's a bit hotter.
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Will I Need a Guide?
Hoi An is easy to explore, especially by foot and bicycle, so you don't need a guide. Exploring the city on your own will give you a better experience.
How To Get There?
You can travel by air to Danang Airport and then continue your journey to Hoi An by taxi or bus from the airport. You can also go to Danang by train and then continue your trip to Hoi An by bus or taxi from the station. Lastly, you can also ride the open tour buses to Hoi An from Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Nha Trang, and Dalat.
Do not wear jewelry and keep an eye at your belongings that you carry when you're riding the transportations or simply walking around. Don't put your bags where they can be easily snatched. Don't show too much PDA and try not to lose your temper in public. Drink a lot of water, especially when you're walking around. No need to worry if you run out of it, there are plenty vendors selling them every where.