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The best of Hoi An
Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most attractive, atmospheric and distinct cities. Welcoming travellers for generations as a former spice trading port, the city’s cultural legacies from China, Japan, France and even Portugal are clear. The calm cobbled streets of the UNESCO listed Ancient Town are a shopper’s paradise during the day, while the lazy river threading itself through the city is illuminated by bars at night. Couple this with great street food, and some of the country’s best palm tree-lined beaches only a short bike ride away, it’s little wonder that travellers flock here from around the globe. Here are our top things to eat, drink and do in Hoi An. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
The central-Vietnam town of Hoi An may be like a Disney version of this enthralling country, its impossibly sweet streets lined with the arresting architecture left by its various Asian occupiers and lit by multi-coloured lanterns swinging in the breezes from the river, but it’s a must-visit if you’re touring the country. And as you’d expect of somewhere that’s been an important trading post for centuries, so very experienced at welcoming visitors from around the world with all its unique things to do and see, there are a huge number of lodging options, at price points that run from cheap and cheerful to more than what many Vietnamese earn in months. Styles are equally wide-ranging. Want to stay in a centuries-old Old Quarter wooden town house? You can. At An Bang beach amid a laidback scene of cyclists winding their way through bright green rice fields to town? Plenty there. In a serene spa-based riverfront resort learning how to make lanterns? Lots of choice. Staying with a family who will teach you how to propagate orchids and take you to the market for the weekly shop? All these and more made our list; read on to find the one that’s perfect for you.