Charming architecture, rich history and some of the nation’s most coveted cuisine are what makes Hoi An, Vietnam, one of the most beloved destinations in Southeast Asia.
Here are 10 reasons you should book a ticket to the country’s Ancient City.
Japanese Covered Bridge
Originally constructed in the 1590s by the city’s Japanese inhabitants, this Hoi An staple is not to be missed. Located in the center of town, it’s just steps away from celebrity chef Duc Tran’s famed restaurant, Mango Mango.
Fukian Assembly Hall
This assembly-hall-turned-temple fits like a puzzle piece into the colorfully eclectic city; the flamingo-pink entrance, bronze drums, statues and historical relics are must-sees when exploring the Ancient Town.
One of the main draws to Hoi An is the luxury of bona fide tailor-made clothing. There are several options throughout town, but few come close to A Dong Silk tailors. The establishment uses top-quality fabrics and prioritizes attention to detail.
An Bang Beach
Hop on a bicycle or walk over to this tranquil tree-lined beach for an afternoon. Less than a 10-minute car ride from Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, this unspoiled stretch of sand is a favorite of locals and international visitors alike.
Board a ferry in town and spend a relaxing day at this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Catch a glimpse of the colorful coral reefs below or soak in the turquoise lagoons before heading back to Hoi An for the evening.
Lune Performing Center
Get acquainted with the local culture by supporting the ever-popular A O Show, an acrobatic performance accompanied by traditional Vietnamese music and dance. The Lune opened its doors in early 2018 and is quickly becoming a favorite among tourists.
Old House of Tan Ky
Situated along the town’s restaurant row is one of Hoi An’s most historical buildings. The family who originally owned the home has lived there for seven generations, and much of the first floor is preserved to this day. As Hoi An is on the Thu Bon River, it is susceptible to flooding — markings from past floods can be found along the walls of the Old House of Tan Ky.
Vietnamese Cooking Classes
Several of the resorts throughout town offer cooking courses, allowing visitors to gain some insight into Vietnamese culture while bringing culinary memories back home. Four Seasons’ The Nam Hai Cooking Academy, for example, offers single-day or week-long classes featuring produce grown in the hotel’s own garden.
Kim Bong Carpentry Village
Cycle over to the village and witness skilled artisans creating remarkable works of art in the form of bamboo carvings, woven jute mats and intricate carpentry. Book a bicycle tour to get the most authentic view of the historic artists’ colony.
My Son Sanctuary
Those interested in visiting this UNESCO World Heritage site will not be disappointed. With structures dating back to the 4th century, you’ll be hard-pressed to find monuments of equal design elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Grab a bite at noted restaurant Bazar after; owner Federico is a former archaeologist and an expert on the ruins.