Hoi An is a charming and appealing town in Vietnam which has secured a reputation as a noteworthy visitor attraction. Its quaint yet attractive old avenues have been mentioned in the World Heritage list and are delightful places to explore and stroll through. Interestingly vehicles like cars and lorries are unable to traverse the town’s narrow dilapidated streets and therefore pedestrians may explore the lanes without hassle. This is a welcome contrast from the hustle and bustle of other Vietnamese cities like Saigon and Hanoi. However there are many interesting and enjoyable things to do in this attractive and laidback location.
Many visitors take the time to explore the Hokien Meeting Hall which captures the attention with its splendid architecture which is typical of the region. Travellers staying at Anantara Hoi An Resort which features amongst Hoi An hotels will be enthralled by the elaborate design and decorations on this renowned edifice. In earlier times the building was used as a temple dedicated to a local deity.
Another local highlight is the opportunity to traverse the Covered Japanese Bridge. This quaint construction which dates to the 1500s is as its name suggests a Japanese design which has survived to the present day.
No visit to Hoi An would be complete without exploring the charming Hoi An Old Town. This intriguing zone which is closed even to motorcycles and mopeds is a delightful place to investigate and stroll around.
The culture lover will not be out of place in this town as there are many interesting museums in which visitors can learn about the culture and history of the region. Visitors will be able to view ancient local urns and pottery work as well as more modern artefacts such as weaponry.
There is no doubt that shopping is a local highlight with many bargains on offer for the inquisitive tourist. The town is well-known for its profusion of tailors, who undertake to make quality clothes for very reasonable rates.
The water sport enthusiast should take the opportunity to go diving on the nearby Cham Island. Here you will find beautiful reefs, coral gardens and unusual formations of rock.
Not to be missed is the opportunity to experience a useful and enjoyable cookery class where interested visitors will be able to learn the intricacies and subtle details of the distinctive cookery of the region.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.