Hoi An ancient town in Vietnam is UNESCO World Heritage Site accredited. But there is more to it! Here are the 8 reasons why you should visit soon.
Reasons why everyone is flocking over there.
If you don’t already know, Hoi An is a town in Vietnam that has received a UNESCO accreditation. Accolades aside, the romantic city has what it takes for you to fall in love with it. Here’s our lowdown on why you might be checking ticket prices soon.
Where is Hoi An?
There isn’t an airport or a train station in the city, so the only way there is by road. Situated 30 km south of Da Nang, most people fly there and take a bus or a car over. It is also accessible from Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Hoi An is adjacent to some amazing beaches and life is vibrant by the water.
Romance under lanterns
Walk on the streets with colourful lanterns hovering over you while you hold hands with your bae. This romantic sight is perfect for an Instagram post. Known as the city of lanterns in Vietnam, the kaleidoscopic scene of silk lanterns is truly a sight to behold.
A UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Hoi An was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in December 1999 as it “reflects a fusion of indigenous and foreign cultures (principally Chinese and Japanese with later European influences)". This is evident in the many heritage buildings in the ancient town, including wooden shop houses, French colonial houses, Chinese temples and pagodas. There is also a famous Japanese-designed bridge. Hoi An is referred to as ‘the place where time stood still’ because it is the only town in Vietnam that remains largely untouched during the Vietnam-American War.
Experience enchantment when you take a walk by the river at dusk. One side is lined with entertainment and the other side is full of colourful wooden boats – a photographer’s dream. If you are in the mood, you can even hop on one of the boats for a river cruise.
The sand and the sea
Cua Dai is about 5 km from the Ancient Town. You can get there by bike or a taxi. It’s not a beach to surf, but it is a place to chill and have fun in the sun. Sunsets here are also stunning, mind you.
Great Vietnamese food
Grab fresh fruits or Banh Mi from the vendors along the street or sit down for a pho. Food is ubiquitous and you will never go hungry. With options so delectable you will find yourself eating all day.
Relax with massages
This affordable service is well-appreciated after a long day of walking. Masseurs are polite and you can choose whether you want to have a full body or just a foot massage.
Befriend the Vietnamese
This hospitable lot enjoys inviting tourists into their homes for a meal. They love to celebrate and have parties over joyous occasions. You may encounter random selfless acts during your visit there.