Head to laid-back Hoi An to really learn more about traditional Vietnam. As soon as you arrive here you’ll be immersed in a world of refined architecture, historic atmosphere and ancient Vietnamese tradition. Hoi An used to be a major port, but these days it’s a testament to simpler times. As you stroll around its Old Town you’ll find a fantastic blend of cultures; Japanese merchant houses lining the streets right next to imposing Chinese temples. This is probably why seasoned travellers come back time and again. You can experience the delights of several Asian cultures all in one place!
Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge during your stay. It was first built in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link it with Chinese quarters, however it has since become an emblem of Hoi An. Discover more about the traditional way of life by visiting the Tan Ky House. It’s been cared for by the same family for seven generations and is packed full of Japanese and Chinese influences. More adventurous travellers can head out of the Old Town for some excitement. Take a bicycle, motorbike or boat trip to see more of what the area has to offer. Alternatively, you could simply opt for a day-trip to one of the nearby beaches if you fancy a break from sightseeing. Indeed many choose to stay at one of our hand-picked resorts dotted along the coast.
If you head down to the market and Cam Nam Island, you’ll see exactly just how little has changed. However, that doesn’t mean that Hoi An is stuck in the dark ages; there’s a host of lounge bars and boutique hotels for visitors to enjoy. Tailors are also popular here (and affordable), so it might be worth having a suit made during your stay.
Hoi An is a fantastic blend of old and new. In the evenings, locals put on a real show; they dress in traditional outfits and take part in parades, folk opera and martial arts demonstrations. You don’t want to miss that!
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