Hoi An is a well-preserved ancient town located in central Vietnam. It is known for its beauty, especially after the night falls when its many colorful lanterns light up to add a special flair to this historical town.
1.Eating Hoi An foods
Hoi An, Vietnam, is often considered one of the food capitals in the country: in fact, I found the Vietnamese food here to be better than most places.
One of the specialties of Hoi An is white roses, shrimp dumplings made from translucent rice dough, and made in a way they look like roses. There’s only one place in town that knows the original, secret recipe, so skip all the other Hoi An restaurants and come to White Rose. They only have two choices in their menu, so choosing a plate will never be easier.
- Learn to cook a Vietnamese meal
Since Hoi An is the capital of food, so why not try to learn to cook a Vietnames meal here. It is 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.
- Get a tailor-made suit
Hoi An has been important to Southeast Asia’s textile trade for centuries, so it is no surprise that the city’s streets are filled with skilled tailors and leather goods workshops where you can have any item of clothing or accessory you like made to order. Many shops have been open for generations, producing top quality garments, but recent years have seen an explosion in poorer quality workshops – make sure to take precautions against unscrupulous business practices. Always go to the tailor’s with the specific details (material, fit, stitching, etc.) of what you want, shop around for the best rates, and never depend on hotels’ or taxi drivers’ recommendations, if you want the best of Hoi An’s craftsmanship.
- 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.
- Visit the Lantern Market
An Hoi, across the river from the central Hoi An, is home to one of the most beautiful night markets in Vietnam. Lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colors, made of the famous Hoi An silk, are on display here almost every night. Even if the idea of taking home a silk lantern as a souvenir is too clichéd for you, the sight of thousands of lit-up lanterns in the dark is well worth the river crossing.