Strolling through the narrow winding alleys of Hoi An Ancient Town you will be surrounded by characterful yellow walls and secret corners. There are markets and bridges and cafes nestled in lush green gardens. Stop for a bowl of cao lầu, a Hoi An.
Stroll beside the river to the historic Japanese Bridge as small boats drift by. During full-moon season the streets are decorated with lanterns that come to life as night falls.
A couple of steps from Dechiu is Tan Thanh Beach. It’s located at the southern end of An Bang Beach which has been named as one of the 50 most beautiful beaches in the world. The long stretch of white sand is perfect for exercising or simply sunbathing. Or curl up in a beach chair with a good book soundtracked by the ebb and flow of the tide. At sunset, you might see local fishermen beginning work by launching their basket-boats into the surf for a night of fishing.
Cycling is the perfect way to understand Hoi An. Ride through endless rice fields past lazy water buffaloes grazing in rice paddies.
Ride along the river and see the bamboo fish-traps and fishing nets sitting in the water. And continue on to the photogenic Tra Que Gardens. There, enjoy organic salads made out of fresh, local ingredients grown by the villagers who live there.
Further west of Hoi An (about 30km away) you can visit My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With more than 70 temples and tombs carefully built from bricks and stone, the area was the architectural center of the Champa Kingdom. Although time has turned some of the temples into ruins, many remain for you to explore and understand the fascinating history of this region.
Cham Island comprises eight small islands across 15 square kilometers. There, you’ll find mountains and tropical forests. The ecosystem is home to a diverse array of plants and animals. If you are a thrill-seeker, scuba dive or snorkel at the coral reefs taking in the dramatic underwater rock formations.
In addition to exploring Hoi An and the nearby sites, you can also enjoy some special art performances here. They include Hoi An Impression Theme Park, where historic Hoi An is recreated in all its glory.
You can also enjoy the “A O Show” which tells the striking story of this historic harbors evolution into modern times. The show incorporates traditional basket-boats, carrying poles and bamboo sticks to create a dynamic piece of physical theatre that is a celebration of Vietnam.