Cultures mix and mingle in this ancient trading town situated on Vietnam’s eastern coast. For centuries, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and European traders plied the shipping routes across the South China Sea to trade spices, textiles and minerals in the godowns of Hội An. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, Hội An (whose name translates as “peaceful meeting place”) retains the atmosphere of an exotic trading town on the edge of the known world. Bisected by the Thu Bôn River, Hội An is small enough to explore on foot or on that most Vietnamese mode of transport, the bicycle. Along it’s pristine, white-sand beaches, stretching north and south along the coast, luxury hotels, homestay-style retreats, and elegant resorts cater for adventurous travellers seeking different experiences to those offered by other, more well-known destinations. Within Hội An’s town limits, superb hotels offer blue-tiled, palm tree-fringed swimming pools, opulent 5-star hotel accommodation options and exquisite food. Vietnamese culture is renowned for its openness and friendliness. Your stay in Hội An is guaranteed to be a unique and memorable experience.
Wondering what awaits you outside your luxury hotel in Hoi An? This charming Vietnamese town is full of unique architecture, beautiful canals, sensational food, and extremely welcoming locals. Here are seven unique and luxurious experiences you’ll find in this ancient port town.
Hoi An old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so before you do anything else, check out the many preserved buildings here. You’ll notice the streets in Hoi An are colourful and full of life, and alongside the ancient monuments are designer boutiques, art galleries, and top-quality coffee houses. Look out for the Japanese Covered Bridge, too. This 18th-century wooden bridge is one of the town’s most beautiful and famous landmarks.
Shore Club is a premier beach club located on a private stretch of the beautiful An Bang beach. Here you can relax in an elegant setting with world-class cocktails and premium international wines on hand. In addition, there’s an infinity pool and beachfront spa, and watersport activities are available, such as parasailing and jet skiing. The club also has an onsite restaurant serving incredible cuisine.
Vietnamese food is vibrant and flavourful, and you will undoubtedly fall in love with it. So why not learn how to recreate the country’s most loved dishes yourself by taking a cooking class with a local. Many options are available, but the best cooking classes are in Tra Que Vegetable Village, 3km from the city centre. The Waterwheel Restaurant cooking lesson is a popular choice and includes a transfer to and from your luxury hotel in Hoi An.
Cycling is a popular way to explore the stunning scenery of Hoi An. For an unforgettable experience, arrange a bike tour with a local guide to see the hidden gems of Hoi An. On this private trip, you’ll get off the beaten track and visit small villages. However, if you’re up for a full day of cycling, I recommend including My Son Temples on your itinerary. This cluster of Hindu temple ruins is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is well worth a visit.
There are so many bars in Hoi An that it can be hard to know which ones are best. So while you can bar hop yourself, I recommend doing the Secret Cocktail Experience instead. On this exclusive tour, you’ll visit the most secret, undiscovered spaces that you would unlikely come across on your own. At each stop, you’ll try a different cocktail as you learn about the city’s history.
The peaceful Cham Islands are fantastic for water sports like kayaking, diving, and snorkelling, thanks to the crystal clear waters and tropical coral reefs. You can explore the islands in total comfort and privacy with a private day trip. Your guide will take you to the best snorkelling spots and beaches, and then you will enjoy a BBQ seafood lunch on the island.
Akoya Spa at Vinpearl Resort is one of Hoi An’s most high-end spas in a tranquil setting where you will feel relaxed as soon as you walk in. Of course, you can come just for a massage, but if you seriously want to pamper yourself, splash out on the signature package called “Ultimate Indulgence”. This takes place in the VIP room and includes a four-hand body massage, refreshing body scrub, and more.