Hội An radiates charm and beauty, which is why it’s a popular stop for anyone traveling through Southeast Asia. The Ancient Town is a preserved 17th-century trading port, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For those of you who have never seen pictures of Hội An, get ready to fall in love.
Hội An is famous for its tailors, and many visitors get a suit or dress made up. If knick-knacks are your thing, then Hội An has some options for you: decorative oriental umbrellas, bamboo crafts, paintings, Christmas ornaments, lanterns and so much more. Hội An is bursting with special gifts and souvenirs.
Thanks to the monsoon rains and warm climate, Vietnamese markets have an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Even if you have no intention of cooking a meal for yourself, these colorful hives of local commerce are vibrant scenes you really should wander through at least once. Feel free to try something you’ve never had before.
Hội An has many highly rated restaurants serving both local and international cuisines. If you’d like to try some authentic Vietnamese dishes, though, look for sidewalk restaurants and food carts. You probably won’t understand the names of the dishes, but your taste buds will do all the translating you’ll need. As for cafes, there are more than enough around to keep you properly caffeinated.
The Ancient Town of Hội An is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see. It oozes history, more or less preserved from the days when it traded goods with merchants from around the world.
While the city offers plenty for tourists to do, the outlying rural areas offer spectacular sights as well. Many Vietnamese still live an agrarian lifestyle, toiling in verdant fields that are rich with natural beauty. If you’re feeling brave, you can rent a motorbike and roam through the amazing towns scattered around Hội An. For those uncomfortable with driving themselves around in a foreign land, seek out one of the many guided tours.