1. Romantic Atmosphere
Hoi An is considered an ideal place for couples. Why? A walk of contemplating sunset, cocktails in the character bar, or a special dinner at dusk in the riverside coffee shop in the Old town of Hoi An offer romantic experiences couples always look for. The historic quarter along with its beautiful riverside setting is definitely attractive towards lovers.
2. The Old Town
In the 16th and 17th centuries, Hoi An was a busy trading center. Nowadays, this historic quarter is a mysterious, enchanting streetscape of Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese houses. The streets in Hoi An are uniformly pained mango-yellow. Every night, there are colored, traditional lanterns hung on the streets. The architecture, historic sites, and river life remain completely unscathed.
3. The Countryside
When thinking about Vietnam, the countryside, in general, and countryside in Hoi An, in particular, is what you are picturing. Swaying bamboo, vast green rice paddies, farmers donning iconic conical hats, coconut trees, water buffalos trotting along the small road and peaceful riverside villages looking like they have never heard about tourism… this is what make Hoi An so memorable and impressive in the eyes of Western tourists.
4. Local Markets
Rambutan, mangostene, and papaya are a few of the sweet juicy tropical sold in lively produce markets of Hoi An. Make sure that you visit the markets in Hoi An in the early morning to get the freshest produce. Look for spices, go to the markets and you will see them in sealed packets and could be brought home as presents. Bot Ngu Vi Huong (Bột Ngũ Vị Hương) (the powder of five aromas) is great for seasoning the meat.
5. Nightly Events
Hoi An does not slow down after the sun sets. Dance and music performances are usually celebrated along the riverfront in the evenings. You will notice locals and tourists releasing floating candles with the well wish into Thu Bon (Thu Bồn) River. In case you love shopping at nighttime, then feel free to cross the bridge over to the An Hoi Island in which an interesting night market sets up selling various stuff from beaded necklaces to silk lanterns.
6. Street Food
Vietnamese street food is famous and Hoi An is one of the places offering the best of street food in Vietnam. The street food in Hoi An is mouth-watering tasty and extremely affordable. In particular, Hoi An has a few local specialties, such as Cao Lau and white rose dumpling, which are the fat noodles well served with mint and pork. Authentic Cao Lau (Cao Lầu) noodles are dipped into the water collected from the ancient wells around Hoi An. White rose dumplings have shrimps as their main ingredient. The dish is arranged prettily on the rose-shaped plate. These dishes are available in the menu of most restaurants in Hoi An and often cost under $2.
7. Massage in Hoi an
Nothing completes a long day of touring in Hoi An better than a blissful and relaxing
Before running out to the closest spa, you'll need to do some homework. We learned the hard way not all massages in Hoi An are created equal. The level of training, cleanliness and professionalism vary greatly so it's important to do some research first.
At first glance Hoi An Massage prices are higher than most places in southeast Asia.
These listed prices are for tourists that don't ask for a deal and just accept the price. If you are one of those people, stop doing that! You are driving up prices for everyone else. Ask for a better price then the one that is posted on the menu. Most of the time it seems to be “Happy Hour” at every spa in Hoi An. This is their sales pitch where prices will generally be anywhere from 20% to 50% off.