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Hoi An The Hidden Gem Of Vietnam

By Jose Mauricio Maurette

There are certain towns that should not be missed if you are having Vietnam tours. In a country with such a huge area to cover and so much to offer in terms of sightseeing and culture; to hit the mark with the ideal itinerary can be a bit stressing sometimes especially when you only have few days for your holidays.

The Ancient Hoi An located in Central Vietnam is quite possibly one of the most charismatic and colourful towns in Vietnam . In recent years certain areas of Vietnam have being flooded with an excessive number of tourist and as a result the local character have being lost. Hoi An though still retains is local flavour despite a recent increase in the number of tourists and expats.

Hoi An is a very small fishing village with just few streets running alongside the river and some boardwalks on the tiny islands found in the river itself. These little promenades are full of markets which tend to be very busy since early hours of the morning. The old town is dominated by French colonial buildings often framed by beautiful flowers and lanterns.

Hoi An is a town to walk around and enjoy the hectic life of the food markets an try some exquisite local dishes that can only be found in Hoi An. There is no much traffic compared to the rest of Vietnam and the outskirts of Hoi An itself. You can also rent a bicycle to ride around the town or even venture to the nearby beaches only 2 miles away.

Interestingly and arguable is that 2 of the most well-known local dishes – White Rose dumplings and Cao Lao – are said to get their exclusive virtues to the water used that comes from a single well in Hoi An and the ash from a particular tree that grows only in Hoi An.

All these dishes are typically a dollar on the street where you sit on tiny plastic stools with other Vietnamese. In most cases people agree that the street vendors are generally a step above their restaurant counterparts selling the same dish for a lot more.

If you want to experience on of the most hectic and colourful backdrops of Hoi An – The fish market- then get up early morning when the sun is rising at around 5:30 AM. Small and big boats compete frantically to unload their fish and even before the fish reach the stands to be weight others are yelling and bargaining for the best deals on the purchases.

Last but not least are the beaches of Hoi An located only 2 to 3 miles from the town and reachable by taxi or bicycle. The beaches of Hoi An are not as busy as neighbour Da Nang and Nha Trang and are a perfect place to cool off the high temperatures.

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