Savouring sweet Vietnamese coffee while drinking in views of the Old Town from Faifo Cafe’s rooftop. Watching a potter craft a vase using a foot-powered wheel. Lighting a lantern and setting it afloat on the sacred river…
From the cool to the cultural, there are no shortage of things to do in Hoi An. For more ideas on how to make the most of the city during day and night, check out Faifo Cafe’s rooftop
If all that sightseeing is getting a little much, hire a bicycle and explore Hoi An’s stunning coastline.
An Bang Beach has 4km of talcum-soft sand and refreshing sea breezes, which makes it a great place to escape the humidity and try your hand at parasailing. It’s fairly developed, with sun loungers, beach bars such as La Plage and even several spas. What could be more indulgent than a hot oil massage to the soundtrack of crashing surf?
Cua Dai is closer to town and has had some issues with sand erosion, but is still worth a visit. Relax in the shade of the palm trees and buy a cold coconut off the sun-wizened locals who hawk their wares at picturesque beach shacks.
Vietnam weather can be extreme. The best time to visit for a beach holiday is between late February and mid-May, and September and early October before the rainy season. June, July and August are the peak summer months.
Hoi An and trading go together like green tea and mung bean cake, so it’s no surprise that the city boasts several vivacious markets.
Across the river from Hoi An Ancient Town, on what some locals call ‘the party side’ because of the cluster of bars selling cheap cocktails, you’ll find the Hoi An Night Market. Although almost exclusively populated by tourists, it is a buzzing place to pick up some streetfood and a trinket or two.
For something far more authentic, rise with the sun and cycle the 3km to the Fish Market at Thanh Ha, which opens at 6am sharp every day (apart from one day a month when the moon is full). You’ll see fishermen in conical hats haggling fiercely with local matriarchs and a huge range of seafood, from small sharks to juicy prawns.