Hoi An Vietnam - the start of a journey to the past

Planning a travel to Vietnam but still confused about where to visit in this country? Hoi An Vietnam may be a fantastic option for you.

Hoi An Vietnam used to be one of the most prosperous trading port in South-East Asia, so visiting this ancient town is your chance to take a journey to the past of this town with the old-styled features of architecture and culture.

Whereto.vn would like to share with you some interesting things to do in Hoi An.

Night walking in Ancient Town

At night, Hoi An Ancient Town is illuminated with Chinese lanterns which make the air very warm and clinging - Photo: Internet

At night, Hoi An Ancient Town is illuminated with lanterns which make the air very warm and clinging - Photo: Internet

At night, Hoi An Ancient Town is illuminated with sparklingly colorful lanterns. The dark of night also gives you the most ideal air to contemplate the ancient architecture of Hoi An.

Tourists can stop for some rest on the banks of Hoai River, also to watch the scenes of candlelit paper flowers afloat the streams. While another way to sightsee the Ancient Town is to take a boat trip on Hoai River.

Offering the candlelit paper flowers

People buy candlelit paper flowers for the offerings on Hoai River in Hoi An (Vietnam) and wish for their own luck -  Photo: Internet

People buy candlelit paper flowers for the offerings on Hoai River in Hoi An (Vietnam) and wish for their own luck - Photo: Internet

Besides original lanterns, candlelit paper flowers can be noticed anywhere in Hoi An and they have become memorable features of this travel destination.

Many tourists do love the offerings of these candlelit paper flowers on Hoai River, because this is an opportunity to wish themselves good luck. So do remember to take this chance for your spiritual journey, our dear tourists!

Enjoy cao lau the speciality

Cao lau is a specialty that makes Hoi An more remarkable a travel destination - Photo: Internet

Cao lau is a specialty that makes Hoi An more remarkable a travel destination - Photo: Internet

No traveller should leave Hoi An without savoring cao lau (or cao lầu in Vietnamese).

Because the dish is such a speciality that adds more charm to the varied world of Vietnamese food.

One tasty serving of cao lau must have resilient noodles, as well as the combination of sour, tart, sweet and pungent flavors, and so on.

Tourists can have delicious cao lau at well-known Ba Be shop at the market which is right on Tran Phu Street. Other restaurants for foreigners on Bach Dang Street are also highly-recommended.

Banh mi - “a pretty magical sandwich”

Hoi An banh mi was commented “a pretty magical sandwich” by one BBC journalist - Photo: Internet

Hoi An banh mi was commented “a pretty magical sandwich” by one BBC journalist - Photo: Internet

David Farley, a BBC journalist, commented that Vietnamese baguette (or banh mi, bánh mì in Vietnamese) is “a pretty magical sandwich” in one of his journals in 2014.

And once reminded of this food, we cannot bypass Hoi An banh mi for its hallmark. In Hoi An, banh mi is very crispy and nutty, while stuffed inside with slices of pork, cucumbers, some herbs and meat sauce. With delicate combination, its flavor is very appetizing.

Some of well-known banh mi shops that tourists favor a lot are: Banh mi Madam Khanh (on Tran Cao Van Street), Banh mi Ba Lanh (Cua Dai),…

Clothing producing within 24 hours

Speedy clothing industry has become a featured service in Hoi An that rarely seen in the world - Photo: Internet

Speedy clothing industry has become a featured service in Hoi An that rarely seen in the world - Photo: Internet

Another special mark in Hoi An is its clothing service. Within merely 3 hours, tourists can have their clothes produced. Every requirement of customers, from styles to colors to any other special details, will be met fully. The price for each product is about 15 USD - 100 USD.

Not only the service is fast and professional, but it also helps improve the skills of Hoi An tailors; therefore, the clothing industry here has developed a lot.

Visiting ancient houses

Most ancient houses in Hoi An were more than 150 years old - Photo: Internet

Most ancient houses in Hoi An were more than 150 years old - Photo: Internet

Ancient houses in Hoi An (Vietnam)are the town’s priceless heritage. Many wars and storms and floods have passed by but these constructions still remain their original architecture.

Some of the old houses that tourists must visit are the ones of Tan Ky, Quan Thang, Phung Hung, etc. 

Selfie in Hoi An (Vietnam)

Chua Cau is not only a bridge, but also a religious place for people to visit - Photo: Internet

Chua Cau is not only a bridge, but also a religious place for people to visit - Photo: Internet

In Hoi An, there’re a lot of beautiful sights that tourists may find joy in taking selfie, such as Chua Cau (actually it is a bridge as well as a religious place), the banks of Hoai River, the legendary wall in Hoang Van Thu, etc.

Hoi An was voted number 3 on BuzzFeed’s list of the best places to selfie in the world.

An Bang beach

An Bang beach

An Bang beach - Photo: Internet

Hoi An beaches have their own special charm. If you love a quiet space in which you can be a part of, An Bang beach definitely is very fit for you. The white sand here is very smooth, while the sea is clear and on the water surface the sunshine dances brightly and sparkly.

An Bang beach was listed one of the 50 most beautiful beaches in the world.

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