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When travelling to Vietnam, never miss an opportunity to stay and experience Hoi An, a riverside town located in the country’s central coast. This dreamy town is popular among budget travellers and backpackers for its heritage touch. The town has an intricate architecture, which is a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings. Being a laid-back place, it is a nice spot to relax and unwind.
The quickest option to get to Hoi An is by air, which will take about one hour from Ho Chi Minh. Domestic airlines has regular service from Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang Airport. From Da Nang, visitors can travel by taxi to Hoi An. By train, it will take approximately 17 hours from Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang, which would not be a good mode to get there as too much time will be wasted on the ride.
WHAT TO DO
Hoi An, being a trading port back in the 15th century, still maintains the ambiance of that era. Travellers can find unique items such as silk, porcelain as well as spices like pepper and cinnamon. There are also centuries-old Buddhist pagodas, museums, temples and serene beaches to relax. Hoi An Ancient Town has countless tailors, souvenir shops, restaurants and cafés in old buildings that has been converted to cater modern businesses. Do make time to visit Hoi An Riverside that is fully lighted by lanterns at night. To escape the heat, go to An Bang Beach for mild surfing and sunset swims.
Close to town is Little Hoi An Boutique Resort and Spa that overlooks the river. For a serene stay, Gem Hoi An Villa offers a splendid view of the vast natural terrain. Budget accommodations and family homestays are also abundant with some exhibiting unique interior designs.
WHAT TO EAT
As mentioned, there are an extensive number of cafes and restaurants in Hoi An to suit one’s culinary delight. However, travellers must not miss trying out some local dishes such as Banh Xeo (Crispy Pancake), Banh Mi (Vietnamese Baguette), Mi Quang (Vietnamese Turmeric Noodles) and Cao Lau (noodles with pork).
Source from GoAsiaPlus