Hanoi (VNA) – The ancient riverside town of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Namwhich was once a trading post rich in history, was recently considered by The Travel website as an ideal place for foreign visitors to experience the exotic culture of Vietnam.
A recent article on The Travel described Hoi An as one of Vietnam’s most visited destinations and a perfect place to learn what international port and trade life was like in the 18th century. Besides the distinct architecture, it is famous for its delicious street foodmaking it an ideal destination to explore.
Cycling is the easiest and most affordable way to get around Hoi An, especially when visiting the ancient town. Most hotels in town offer rental bikes, but travelers can always check outside the hotel at the many rental shops available. Cycling tours are available and offer amazing opportunities to explore rice paddies, fishing villages and the surrounding countryside.
Local food is a great introduction to local culture. Visitors will find street stalls and restaurants on almost every corner of the city. Hoi An is home to a wide range of dishes ranging from “banh mi” (Vietnamese sandwiches), chicken rice, “banh xeo” (crispy pancakes) to “my Quang” (rice noodles) and “cao lau” ( a dish cooked with croutons, rice noodles, Chinese barbecue pork slices and fresh herbs).
The Travel site also recommends floating paper lanterns on the river. Meant to wish peace, happiness and good luck, floating lanterns are a popular activity among visitors to this ancient city. The image of a moonlit Hoi An with lanterns along the Hoai River is a lasting impression of times past and a modern destination that connects with the past.
Meanwhile, another must visit is the Hoi An Central Market, a great place to experience an authentic Vietnamese site of trade and commerce. Nestled along the Thu Bon River banks, this market operates throughout the day, with travelers and locals trading in different goods including vegetables and fruits, handicrafts, spices and street snacks. It is also famous for offering affordable silk tailoring services.
Visiting ancient pagodas is also among the recommended activities in the city. Hoi An was a confluence of many cultures from Asia to Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, and that is why it is home to a number of temples, pagodas and shrines built in such unique architectural styles.
Moreover, strolling the streets of Hoi An at night is a good way to enjoy the town with its tranquility and old buildings decorated with colorful lights.
Another attraction is sunbathing and swimming in the sea off An Bang Beach. Hoi An is not only an ancient town but also home to pristine beaches with blue seas. Besides the famous Cua Dai Beach, An Bang Beach is like a hidden gem, chosen as one of the best beaches in the world in 2011 by CNN Go./.