A trading port that some believe dates back over two thousand years, Hoi An has rapidly become one of Southeast Asia’s, and particularly Vietnam’s, most popular tourist destinations. I included it as one of my Top 30 things to see in Asia.
The city is famed for its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site characterised by winding narrow lanes, Chinese shophouses and the hustle and bustle of shops, restaurants and cafes, all of which make it a particularly entertaining place when the sun goes down.
Hoi An however offers much more to the tourist than the wealth of history lining the streets and riverfront. For example nearby are the ruins of My Son, a collection of abandoned Hindu temples built by the kings of Champa.
For those seeking more adventurous activities why not try:
Adventure activities in and around Hoi An
One of the most popular adrenaline-fuelled activities is the motorbike tour of the region. Travelling as locals do on a Minsk motorbike embraces the freedom of the open road, and the outstanding natural beauty of the Hoi An area leaves visitors breathless. A range of short and longer motorbike excursions are available in Hoi An.
Near to the city are the Cui Dai and China beaches, both of which offer the warm waters and golden sands visitors expect to find in Vietnam. In addition to the typical beach pursuits of swimming and sunbathing, windsurfing is popular on these beaches while snorkelling is extremely worthwhile.
Should you want to explore underwater a little deeper, the coast of this region is blessed with an incredible array of corals and tropical fish, making any scuba diving trip a remarkably rewarding experience. At just 21km from the city is the Cu Lao Cham Marine Park, a collection of islands with some of the best underwater wildlife the South China Sea.
Where to stay when visiting Asia’s Adventure Capital
Hoi An offers a variety of accommodation options but for those wanting a little indulgence in a luxurious tropical hideaway, The Nam Hai Hoi An cannot be beaten. Relaxing villas, elegant restaurants and its own spa and fitness centre ensure this luxury Hoi An hotel provides a slice of extreme comfort and the chance to recoup after a hard day’s activities.