Hoi An ancient town is an old town of Vietnamese people. It is located in the lower section of Thu Bon river junction. This place is a famous tourist destination in Quang Nam province, Vietnam. Hoi An is about 797km from Hanoi capital, 30km from Da Nang city, and 900km from Ho Chi Minh City. Hoi An ancient town is nowadays more and more attractive and is one of the famous tourist destinations that you should experience once in life. Today, this post will introduce to you top 10 unique things to do in Hoi An ancient town. Let’s continue reading to understand more!
1. Cycling Around The Streets
Cycling is an interesting activity when traveling Hoi An ancient town. You can rent a bicycle with the price of 25.000 VND/day to ride around the small streets and wander along Thu Bon River. Or you can follow the farmers to find Tra Que vegetable village where many kinds of vegetables are grown. Besides, visiting Cua Dai beach and Bai Bang beach with a bicycle is also an exciting experience for tourists. Another interesting place to ride a bicycle is the rice fields where you can enjoy the sweet scent of rice in the wind.
2. Visiting Tra Que Vegetable Village
In Hoi An, Tra Que Vegetable Village is a very famous tourist destination, which is about 3 km from Hoi An ancient town. This place provides Hoi An people with fresh vegetables, such as basil, lettuce, cilantro, etc. The people here grow vegetables in a clean process; the soil is mixed with algae taken from the river. Travelers can book a tour to Tra Que vegetable village or visiting this area by motorbike or bicycle. When coming here, you will experience the work of vegetable growers to understand more about vegetable fields and caring process.
3. Walking Around The Ancient Town At Night
Most tourists are interested in walking around the old town at night when visiting Hoi An. It’s simple but really interesting! You can step outside and enjoy the unique beauty of old houses and streets full of the colorful lanterns in the evening. Moreover, you will feel extremely wonderful when seeing a picture with peaceful streets and ancient architectures. On the Hoai River’s sides, you will watch the colorful streaks on the water’s surface which create romantic scenery of Hoi An town at night.
4. Dropping Flower Garlands On The Hoai River
An exciting experience that many visitors like to do in Hoi An Ancient Town is to drop flower garlands on the Hoai River. The scenery of Hoi An ancient town becomes more and more attractive in the evening. Also, this is the time when thousands of lanterns are lit. On the 1st and 15th day of each lunar month, visitors can participate in releasing flower garlands on the Hoai River. The calm and quiet river surface suddenly glows with hundreds of the sparkling lanterns. At present, flower garlands are still available for sale all day. So, you can buy and drop them with your wishes.
5. Discovering The Beauty Of Cau Pagoda
Cau Pagoda is also known as the Japanese bridge, which is a tourism symbol of Hoi An ancient town. Cau Pagoda is crossed through a small branch of Thu Bon River to embrace the old town. Over 400 years of history, this pagoda is still remained ancient and quiet. Also, it witnesses many changes and marks the interference of unique cultures. All of them give Hoi An town a unique beauty. The pagoda was built in the early 17th century by Japanese merchants. It worships Bac De Tran Vo – a God who protect the country and bring a peaceful life for the people.
6. Drinking Coffee In The Old Town
After walking around Hoi An ancient town, tourists can stop at a cafe shop on the sides to relax. The café shops in Hoi An are not too large but decorated with nostalgic style and brown color which make the space simpler but very close to everyone. When entering the café shops, you will forget the bustling life and soak up the quiet space with aromatic coffee. Visitors can choose the shops with two floors to see the whole landscapes of this beautiful town.
7. Taking A Boat On The Hoai River
Another fascinating thing that you shouldn’t ignore when coming to Hoi An is to take a boat on the Hoai River. Boats used to carry passengers on the river are completely rowed by hand, not use the mechanical engines. Hence, visitors can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the old town. Furthermore, you will see the nice views of riversides with many old houses. When sitting on the boat, travelers can also listen to stories about Hoi An history and people’s life here by boatmen. This experience is even more wonderful when you go sailing in the evening. You can see the lanterns and flower garlands on the sparkling water stream which will be an unforgettable impression in travelers’ mind.
8. Eating The Dish “Cao Lau”
Cao Lau is one of the famous dishes in Hoi An ancient town. The noodles of Cao Lau are made from delicious rice which is soaked in the water ash, and then it is ground into powder and filtered several times, rolled into pieces and made into small pieces to steam and dry. A Cao Lau bowl includes pork rind, a little bit mixing water, meat, and herb. Before eating, you should mix them well and gradually put them into your mouth to feel all flavors, such as greasy of pork rind, cool flavor of herb, aroma of meat, chewy and crispy tastes of noodles, and spicy of chili. Don’t forget Cao Lau when visiting Hoi An!
9. Bathing And Enjoying The Delicious Seafood
When traveling to Hoi An ancient town, you should spend a day relaxing on the white sand beaches, including Cua Dai beach, Bai Bang beach, etc. You can freely take some photos on the beach and bath in the cool water there. In the afternoon, after bathing, visitors can come to seafood restaurants along Cua Dai beach to enjoy the delicious dishes with shrimps, crabs, squid, etc. Don’t worry about the price when entering the restaurants near the beaches because the price for seafood dishes is quite reasonable and staffs are very enthusiastic and friendly.
10. Enjoying The Traditional Foods
Hoi An is an attractive place to enjoy the good dishes with its taste for those who love food. You shouldn’t forget to eat Phuong bread, chicken rice in Phan Chu Trinh street, Quang noodle in Hoi An market, etc. Besides, you can choose many traditional foods sold on the streets. In addition to the familiar dishes, you should enjoy other delicious ones, such as veal, grilled duck, green bean cake and so on. In the evening, you can eat these dishes at Cau pagoda, which contains small restaurants near Hoai River. In this place, you will have a chance to enjoy good foods and see beautiful sceneries of Hoi An.
Hoi An ancient town is a real paradise to travel at least once in a lifetime. In addition to the unique things above, this old town hides many other exciting tourist attractions. Why don’t you pay a visit to Hoi An to explore the new things and enjoy the beautiful landscapes by your own eyes?
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