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Explore Hoi An in the best ways – An ancient riverside town

This ancient town with a beguiling riverside setting and historic places which were once a major port is currently a charming town which is begging to be explored.


Explore the city on a bicycle

Not like you have much of a choice because cars and motorbikes are simply banned from the centre of Hoi An. The bicycle is, therefore, the commonest choice of transport even among locals. Therefore, experience the local life and cycle around this quiet town taking in the peace and tranquillity of the villages. You can also choose to explore on foot, as it is not too arduous at all.


Hoi An Old Town

The town has more than 800 ancient buildings that have been preserved by UNESCO. This means, most of what you see is exactly how this town looked many centuries ago. It certainly is like a trip back to the past. The town itself is like a living museum and some of the distinct heritage buildings include French-colonial houses, Chinese temples, pagodas and old canals. A ticket is valid for ten days and each ticket allows you entry to five out of twenty-two places. The town is located near many a Hoi An hotel, out of which a notable one is the Anantara Hoi An Resort. Make it a point to visit the Hoi An Riverside at night for a surreal view of the city lit in old-fashioned lanterns.


Enjoy the street barbecue

Once the sun sets, take yourself out for a stroll along the banks of the Thu Bon river to find quite a few food-stalls set up. These are known to serve some delicious meat dishes with herbs and rice papers that are super cheap. Buy a few and continue your walk under the glimmering water that reflects the dark night and the twinkling stars. It truly is a satisfying experience.


Japanese Covered Bridge

This is one of the iconic landmarks in the city and was constructed by the Japanese community in the 1590s as a way to link to the Chinese quarters. Due to this, the architecture of the bridge is greatly inspired and resembles the Japanese culture, which is always preserved despite the numerous renovations and repair it has undergone. Make a note to check if the bridge is open during your travel period to avoid any disappointment.


Visit the local farms

There is an abundance of farms from which most of the local restaurants get their fresh herbs and vegetables from. The farming communities grow almost everything that is found in their dishes. Visit one and witness how your food is grown. Some places offer the opportunity for you to cook, with the help of the local; an experience that is simply worth it and unforgettable. Enjoy the result of the cooking and share some among your helpers. The bright smiles and applause will ensure that you leave the place with a full heart.