Hoi An is known for its countless tailors. If you ever dreamt about having a dress or a suit made specially for you, here is where you can make that happen. It’s the number one activity not because it’s the most important but because is the first thing you should consider looking into, as tailors will generally give you 24 hours or more to finish your order and some extra time might be needed to make any alterations or repairs.
Central Markets are great to get an introduction to any town and Hoi An Central Market is no exception.
Located in the old part of town, you can see lots of traditional Vietnamese dishes such as Cau Lau noodles,
Banh Mi, Ban Xeo, you name it.
After trying some food you can opt to bargain for some kitchen utensils and see what else they sell in terms of local produce; all fresh and bountiful.
We went there for a brunch and I loved my Bánh Mí and Al had an authentic bowl of Cau Lau noodles.
Hoi An is a city to chill out and if you need some help to relax, indulge yourself on a foot or body massage. There are several options in the old Town starting from 100.000VND.
If you go to Vietnam during the summer and find it hard to cope with the hot and humid days,
the beach is the perfect place to go. An Bang beach is known for being quieter than some other beaches in town and it’s only about 3km from the old town.
We decided to have lunch in one of the restaurants (The Deck House) and by doing so you get to use their sunbeds and umbrellas for free.
It’s super easy to get there and if you go by bicycle or motorbike you can pop by a herb garden on the way. There is a good variety of salad leaves, herbs such as sweet basil and mint. It´s just opposite the Tra Que Culinary Village sign.
On a hot and sticky morning, I went for a walk in the old Town to visit some of the historical buildings such as the Japanese Bridge
and the Tan Ky house which belonged to a Japanese family of merchants in the 18th century. The fee for visiting these and other places
of interest is 120.000 VND.
Meanwhile, Al decided to have a drink at Công caphe along the river and soak in the vibe. Who made the best decision? It’s hard to say.
Located about 10km from Hoi An, Marble Mountains is a cluster of 5 mountains named after five
elements of nature in Chinese Yin-Yang philosophy: water, metal, fire, wood and earth.
There you can also explore caves, temples, pagodas and great views of Da Nang city.
There are also stores selling products made of marble, an abundant natural resource available in the area.
Tip: Having access to the map of the area will help you to make sure you covered all points of interest. On rainy days, a rain jacket and some comfortable shoes will be useful as the paths get slippery.
Bánh mì is a snack which expresses the influence the French had on Vietnam and vice versa. Crusty French baguette with meat, pate,
cucumber and carrots salad, eggs, the options are countless. Vegetarian options can also be available on the menu.
Although, Bánh mì Phuong was acclaimed to be the best place in town according to the famous chef Anthony Bourdain, we compared and decided that the one from Madam Khanh is more flavoursome. Not to mention you´ll probably manage to skip the big queues in the former place.