Hoi An has is one of the most favorite destinations of visitors in Vietnam. The ancient city is packed with sights to see, wonderful food, colorful architecture and surrounded by gorgeous countryside. Here are top 5 things to see and do in Hoi An.
Learn to make a Vietnamese meal
The Gioan Restaurant and Cooking School not only offers great meals – but also an opportunity to learn how to replicate Vietnamese flavors when you return home. Classes at Gioan include a trip to the local market to pick up ingredients, and personalized tutoring from one of their three friendly in-house chefs. You will learn to make an entire Vietnamese meal, including dishes like pho noodles, spring rolls, banh xeo (Vietnamese crepe), and green papaya salad.
Explore the countryside
Hoi An is surrounded by lush, green countryside, and it would be a shame not to venture out of the city during your stay. Numerous cycling and trekking tours are on offer in Hoi An, which take participants out to rice paddies, hills, villages, and pristine beaches. More adventurous travelers can opt to rent a vehicle and try a day trip out of the city, and perhaps even head north to nearby Danang, where the beautiful Nui Son Tra peninsula is located.
Sunbathe on An Bang beach
Hoi An’s most famous beach is Cua Dai, west of the city, but you should head to An Bang instead if you want some peace in the sun away from hordes of tourists. Slightly north of Cua Dai, An Bang is home to stretches of pristine white sand, and beachside restaurants. Visitors can even opt to stay in a beachside villa, for a romantic getaway or some time to meditate in beautiful surroundings.
Take a day trip to the My Son ruins
My Son is a collection of 4th to 13th century Hindu temples west of Hoi An that have largely been abandoned in the past millennium. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the site is remarkably well preserved, and visitors will get to explore over 140 hectares of ruins, learning about the influence of Hinduism on early Vietnamese culture in the process.
Take a break at Mia Coffee
Vietnam is known for its coffee culture, with Vietnamese drip-brewed coffee gaining popularity among coffee connoisseurs in recent years. Mia Coffee takes things a step further, offering excellent espresso and roasting their own blends of beans. Head barista Ci has found a way to work with strict coffee laws that restrict the import of coffee beans, depending instead on a handpicked selection of locally sourced beans for a rich, clean flavor. Step into the cafe for a break from sightseeing, or take a bag or two of Mia’s beans home for a unique, tasty souvenir of Hoi An.
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