Vietnam Quang Nam Province

Hội An

A UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, lantern-lit streets, and vibrant mix of architectural styles.

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Vietnam’s ancient port city is for solo travelers and night owls, from the luminous lantern-lined streets to the pop-up bars that offer late-night mixed drinks after the crowds have gone to bed. If you need a tailored suit for a cheap price, it happens to be one of the city’s specialties. You can also find Cao Lầu, a noodle dish that’s specific to Hội An. This UNESCO world heritage site truly lives up to all of its rightfully earned hype. There are a couple of ways to experience Hai Van, depending on your individual preference and timeline. Buying your own motorbike to do a full backpacking trip across Vietnam is undeniably the best way to experience the country in depth. This option comes highly recommended based on personal experience—the unparalleled freedom is indescribably exhilarating. Also, if you ding your bike along the way, you won’t have to worry about covering any repairs. If time isn’t on your side, or you’re a bit scared of the whole ordeal, you can still experience the Hai Van Pass. Jeep tours are available for those who don’t trust their driving skills. If you still want to ride but not commit to a vehicle purchase, opt for an Easy Rider Tour with luggage transfers included. This option is pretty popular with short-term travelers, or anyone who wants to split the journey up with some bus travel.

sarahlempa 4 years ago

Hoi An isn’t like anywhere else in Vietnam. Here, you’ll wake to the sound of water buffalos splashing in the rice paddies. You’ll whiz on rickshaws between paint-peeling coffee shops. You’ll wander narrow alleys laced with Buddhist shrines and noodle kitchens. Try to stay somewhere within reach of the old center; it’s UNESCO listed and oozes atmosphere. Those looking to bolster their wardrobe might want to get a three-piece made because Hoi An is the tailoring capital of Asia (BeBe is a trusted place to go). Alternatively, rent a bike and cycle through the gardens to An Bang Beach, a long run of powdery sand backed by casual bars.

jrfrancis 2 years ago

With Vietnam’s impeccable cuisine, this bucket list could easily be all about food. Proper Cao Lầu can only be found in the ancient port city of Hoi An because of the local water that must be used in the noodle recipe. Specific, eh? This heavenly bowl is a full on sensory experience, with fragrantly marinated pork, bright pops of green herbs, and intense chili sauce that you’ll inevitably get carried away with. I ordered it meatless and it was still up there in the top three foods I ate in Vietnam. Don’t miss this one.

sarahlempa 4 years ago

Vietnam’s ancient port city is for night owls, from the luminous lantern-lined streets to the pop-up bars that offer late-night mixed drinks after the crowds have gone to bed. If you need a tailored suit for a cheap price, it happens to be one of the city’s specialties. You can also find Cao Lầu, a noodle dish that’s specific to Hội An. This UNESCO world heritage site truly lives up to all of its rightfully earned hype.

sarahlempa 5 years ago

Wake up and smell the pho (Vietnamese noodle soup). An intriguing mixture of cultures and architectures present themselves in Hoi An, Vietnam’s famous ancient city. Chinese shophouses, French colonial architecture, and Japanese covered bridges coexist in a one-of-a-kind harmony here, many of them painted a shade of saturated yellow. It’s sort of like Cartagena’s Vietnamese twin, minus the empanadas.

sarahlempa 2 years ago

There isn’t a Google maps location for this, but if you see a pop-up street bar, it’s a worthwhile stop. When the streets quiet down dramatically after 10 pm, a few solo bartenders come out to mix drinks and play tunes from their boomboxes. There aren’t too many, but they’re more likely to be posted up around hostels and hotels that are just off from the main area. Good luck on your gin & tonic scavenger hunt!

sarahlempa 3 years ago

Hội An, located in the Quang Nam Province of Vietnam, is a charming town recognized as a World Heritage Site for its well-preserved trading port from the 15th to 19th century. Its ancient architecture and unique blending of cultures make it a must-visit destination when exploring World Heritage Sites in Asia. Visitors can explore the town's narrow streets, ancient houses, Chinese-style temples, and Japanese bridges, and enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine and handicrafts.

seeker 11 months ago

Influenced by a strong Buddhist tradition, the Hoi An Lantern Festival is an illumination of fluorescent colors glimmering throughout the city every full moon. Tourists and locals embrace a kaleidoscopic array of color and light freely throughout the eclectic city streets, enjoy spectacular live performances and cultural events, and sample the mouth-watering street food.

seeker 2 years ago

Considered to be Vietnam's "yellow city", Hoi An features rows of shops and houses all painted warm yellow shades. Perfect for summer exploration, Hoi An is a lively city full of culture, tasty cuisine, and bright sunny colors.

seeker 3 years ago

Considered to be Vietnam's "yellow city", Hoi An features rows of shops and houses all painted warm yellow shades. Perfect for summer exploration, Hoi An is a lively city full of culture, tasty cuisine, and bright sunny colors.

seeker 3 years ago

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