HOI AN MEMORIES SHOW REVIEW
Like a gateway to another world, Hoi An Memories Show is an unforgettable experience for all ages. Find everything you need to know about the show here!
THANH HA TERRACOTTA PARK AND POTTERY VILLAGE
Want to do something cultural, educational and creative that all the family will enjoy? Check out this guide to Thanh Ha Terracotta Park and Pottery Village
ART IN PARADISE DANANG
Have you ever wanted to come face to with King Kong, fly with fairies or take a trip through Venice on a gondolier? All this can be yours at ‘Art in Paradise Danang 3D Museum’ but grab your camera because ‘Art in Paradise Danang’ is all about photos and capturing the moment.
VINPEARL LAND NAM HOI AN
Disneyland has come to Hoi An! Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An will thrill all ages. Grab a riverboat up the ‘Zambezi’ to see lions, elephants and rhino or dust off in the fabulous Waterworld before hitting the Bird Park, Handicraft Village or the spine-tingling rides of Adventure Land. There’s shops, cafes, entertainment and much, much more. This is not to be missed!
BEST HOI AN ATTRACTIONS
Trying to relax or looking for culture, art or theater, attractions in Hoi An abound. Beaches and culinary adventures are also on the horizon as are plenty of day trips
BEST HOI AN TOURS
The serene Nipa Palms, bicycle and motorbike tours, fod safaris, Cham Island, Marble Mountain, My Son, DIY, off-road – we’ve got the best Hoi An tours!
BEST HOI AN ART GALLERIES
Hoi An has a reputation as a center for culture and the arts in Vietnam and it is true that a number of artists and writers have been drawn to this beautiful town because of the gentle pace of life, the light, the variety of landscape, the architecture and the vibrant culture.
HOI AN PHOTO TOURS AND WORKSHOPS
Whether you are a beginner keen to learn how to use your camera, an advanced photographer looking to improve your composition skills, or a semi-professional looking for the best locations around Hoi An, Hoi An Photo Tours and Workshops has you covered.
Hoi An Now Instagram Pic Competition 2019
Over 18,000,000 vnd in prizes to be won. Just select which Hoi An Now Instagram pic received the most likes from those showcased. But hurry entries close midnight 3 February!
TET IN VIETNAM: TET TET TET DEN ROI (TET HAS ARRIVED)
Tet (Lunar New Year) in Vietnam is the country’s greatest festival. It is both spiritually important and a time to really let your hair down.
WHAT’S OPEN DURING TET 2019
What’s open during Tet 2019? This quick guide covers the basics on who’s open and closed. Restaurants, Bars, Doctors, Convenience Stores and more!
QUICK GUIDE TO AN BANG BEACH
Voted one of the top 100 beaches in the world by CNN it’s remarkable how uncrowded and undeveloped An Bang Beach has remained. Both the north and south sides are lined with bar/restaurants with some especially geared for English speaking and European expats and tourists like Soul Kitchen (north) and Soul Beach (south).
CHINESE ASSEMBLY HALLS IN HOI AN’S ANCIENT TOWN
As Chinese merchants and traders morphed into settlers in the 1700s, they began constructing Chinese Assembly Halls and temples where they could congregate, worship and preserve age-old traditions. A prominent trading hub from the 1500s to the 1800s, Hoi An still hosts 5 Chinese Assembly Halls, all constructed on Tran Phu (or its extension, Nguyen Duy Hieu), facing the water.
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HOI AN MEMORIES SHOW AND IMPRESSION THEME PARK
Hoi An Memories Show, an open-air theatrical extravaganza involving a cast of 500 in an arena that can seat 3000, is the centerpiece of Hoi An Impression Theme Park. It’s comfortably the largest and most ambitious show anywhere in Vietnam and an enthralling experience that brings one closer to Vietnam’s unique spirit and time-honoured traditions. Both a must-see cultural spectacle and a mind-blowing entertainment.
TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN – TOURS
What are the top ten things to do in Hoi An? Who has the best tours? The local food, people and countryside – how can you make the most of it in the short time you have.
Top Ten Things to See in Hoi An
What are the top ten things to see in Hoi An? When the full moon has passed and the shopping and the Old Town sites have been done, what else does Hoi An have to offer? Don’t be fooled by the small-town charm, there are plenty of Hoi An attractions to keep visitors busy.
HOI AN 360 PHOTO TOURS AND WORKSHOPS
Hoi An 360 Photo Tours and Workshops’ two photography courses are tailored closely to your skill level and can cover both basic and advanced techniques in all aspects.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS DANCE: EXPLORING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL
For the first time in months there is a chill in the air. The unpredictable rains of September keep the people of Hoi An in tune with nature, sensitive to the changing seasons. The recently harvested rice fields are still smoldering in the distance, the smoky haze floating in over the street like an apparition.
HOI AN FOOD SAFARI
Vietnam packs a plethora of culinary delights into its north-to-south-stretch. Each region has its own unique tastes and specialties, and this is true of Hoi An and Quang Nam province as well.
The Hungry Ghosts Festival and the 7th Lunar Month
At the beginning of the 7th lunar month I lost my ATM card and my office manager said, “that’s normal’. She quickly added: ‘you’ll be lucky if that’s all that happens to you.’ She herself had just had her helmet stolen and was resigned to it. ‘I need to be much more careful this month – the hungry ghosts, the forlorn ones with no family, the sinners are all around,’ she added as she pulled a visitor’s bike inside the gate for safe-keeping and checked the lock on the side door.
THEATER SHOWS BY LUNE PRODUCTION
Whatever you do, if you have the opportunity to attend a Lune Production – Lune Cirque – do not miss it. For an hour or so you will be be totally absorbed by the drama and poignancy of traditional Vietnamese life in a unique way that will live with you long after the lights are turned up. The shows are genuinely world class in music and energetic, dramatic performance.
HOI AN SIDECAR TOURS: HOI AN HIGHLIGHTS
It’s difficult to think of a better introduction for newcomers to this fascinating town than Hoi An Sidecar Tours: Hoi An Highlights. In just over an hour this tour provides intriguing snapshots of local sights and sounds. Riding in a retro-soviet-style Ural sidecar is a nifty bonus where you can just relax and soak it all in or, with both hands free, record your journey photographically or on video.
BEST HOI AN TOURS
So you’ve drank enough coffee to quadruple your heartbeat, you’ve transformed your wardrobe thanks to several tailors and you’ve filled 3 memory cards with images of yellow walls, red lanterns and multi-colored market stalls. What next? Maybe this travel guide to tours with its fund of ideas is just what you need.
SABIRAMA COOKING CLASS
There are lots of cooking classes in Hoi An these days. How to choose? If your time in Hoi An is short Sabirama Cooking Class is one that packs a lot into a half day : a visit to the market, a 45-minute river cruise, a paddle in a traditional basket boat, a water buffalo cart ride, a foot massage, the preparation of four traditional Vietnamese food dishes (including decorative touches) and, last but not least, consuming the scrumptious food with relish. Phew!
HOI AN PHOTO TOUR AND WORKSHOP
Etienne Bossot is one of Hoi An’s most established photographers. Having conducted photographic tours in Hoi An since 2009 to thousands of visitors, he now also runs photo treks to Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Iran. But in Hoi An, Etienne Bossot – Hoi An Photo Tour and Workshop teaches you everything you need to take excellent photos – it is an experience that must be considered cheap at any price.
RED BRIDGE EVENING COOKING CLASS
As somewhat of a foodie and a cooking enthusiast, I was a little wary of signing up for a cooking class in Hoi An. I mean, there are just so many on offer – and I wanted to choose one that would allow me to actually cook instead of just sitting there like a spare turnip.
Cooking Classes in Hoi An
There are so may cooking classes in Hoi An it’s hard to know where to start. Here are a few that we’ve personally road-tested and they have all been wonderful outings in different ways. Remember, you don’t have to be a cook or even like cooking to get something out of cooking classes in Hoi An, they’re usually great fun for everyone, even the kids!
RED BRIDGE COOKING SCHOOL
Red Bridge Cooking School is not just a cooking class, it’s an ‘experience’ that includes a visit to markets and herb gardens followed by a trip down the river to the cooking school restaurant which enjoys one of the most glorious settings Hoi An has to offer.
HAI VAN PASS: THE HISTORIC MISTY MOUNTAIN TOP
As soon as I’d heard about the Hai Van Pass I knew I wanted to go and see it for myself; it had become so famous at home in England after Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson had described it as “a deserted ribbon of perfection – one of the best coast roads in the world.” So when the opportunity arose, I jumped at the offer.
WILL LY SON ISLAND EAT ITSELF?
At noon, the sun bears down on the narrow, largely deserted, streets of Thôn Tây – the harbor village of An Vĩnh commune on Ly Son’s big island. Prudently, most locals are taking a mid-day nap.
MY SON: CHARIOTS OF THE GODS OR THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
How were the ancient buildings of the Hindu sanctuary at My Son put together apparently without mortar yet they have lasted millennia? How can it be that the bricks used in the restoration have already weathered more quickly than the originals?
PARADISE FOUND: A CAVERNOUS EXPLORATION
It could be a scene straight out of a Jules Verne novel. Gigantic stalactites, lit up in fantastical green and bluish hues, mushroom out from a slippery, dripping canopy. The natural detail of each limestone formation is extraordinarily surreal; similar to a 3D sci-fi flick, causing you to think for a moment you’re on the set of ‘Forbidden Planet’ or are, in fact, journeying to the center of the earth.
THAI PHIEN: ONE OF MY FAVORITE STREETS
Think you are finished with the ancient town? Head away and a short walk of just a couple of blocks brings you to Thai Phien. This is a real picture, not of ancient but of traditional Hoi An. The block between Nguyen Truong To and Tran Cao Van is the most fascinating. Thai Phien is on the maps and you can’t miss it because the Nguyen Truong To intersection has the Travelodge on one corner and a large church is on the other.
GRASSHOPPER ADVENTURES – HOI AN FOOD TOUR BY BIKE
With only a few days experience cycling the streets of Hoi An, I was a little nervous when asked to review Grasshopper Adventures’ ‘Hoi An Food Tour by Bike’. My fears soon dissipated after a warm welcome at the Grasshopper Adventures gate from tour guide Tommy and meeting the other people in our group – two guys around my age and a lovely family, all on holiday and all great people!
LIZ HAYES TOP 10
US-born traveler and and former National Geographic videographer Liz Hayes lived in Hoi An for almost three months, where she produced a series of videos for us at Hoi An Now – from profiling live music venues to tourist guides to lanterns to Vietnamese language tips. You can find Liz’s videos on our YouTube channel. When she wasn’t shooting and editing, Liz indulged in veggie dishes, strong coffee and got to know the locals.
Photo Competition – People’s Choice Awards
Back in February, we invited budding photographers to enter our Spring Photo Competition. The challenge was to capture the essence of spring in one (or two) photos. From 25 photographers, we received the beautiful photographs seen below. Our judges Etienne Bossot (Pics of Asia) and Bridget March (March Gallery) chose three finalists and the eventual winner, Andy Barker.
Lune Production – The Mist
The highly praised Lune Production Company recently opened a new theater in Hoi An, adding another location to its permanent shows in Saigon and Hanoi. Its premier production was ‘The Mist’.
AWESOME MONKEY MOUNTAIN: DA NANG’S UNTAMED BACKYARD
On an incredible, stock-still, sparkling day the ripple-free East Sea mirrored like a monstrous pane of glass. As I stood at the peak of Monkey Mountain my gaze was drawn to the heat haze on the horizon as it yielded the only movement. Above this, I scanned a glorious gradation of deep cobalt blues smeared with fine white streaks, a heaven on earth, an empyrean descended. From my unsurpassable vantage this panorama loomed roundly and powerfully.
A First-Timer’s Guide to Tet
This quick guide to Tet in Hoi An is for for those who haven’t been before. But before jumping into the tips and advice let’s set the scene a little.
What’s Open at Tet (Vietnamese New Year) 2018
What’s open at Tet? At Tet (Vietnamese New Year) there’s not much rhyme nor reason regarding who stays open and who closes. This quick guide to what’s open and what’s closed over Tet in 2018 covers the basics. It’s by no means exhaustive but it’s a good start. All dates indicated are February 2018.
Tet Food Delicacies
You might have heard of the special Tet food that Vietnamese prepare to eat and offer to guests during the Tet holidays: Banh Chung and Banh Day.
VIETNAMESE ZODIAC: THE DARK SIDE
Ever wonder why zodiacs all over the world only have good things to say about everyone? Even faults are seen as positives as everyday reality goes out the window. You have to wonder where all the misery, war and poverty in the world comes from when reading these ‘fairy tale’-like descriptions where everybody is smart, compassionate and talented. This is a good marketing ploy that sucks in readers but it’s not much use to anyone.
1984 TATTOO STUDIO
Just a 10-minute bicycle ride from the Old Town, Western-style 1984 Tattoo Studio sprung up mid-2017 alongside Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Hoi An on Cua Dai.
Australia Day at Salt Pub
What better way to celebrate Australia in Vietnam than at a bar and restaurant run by local expats from down under?
3rd Cam Ha Kumquat Festival 2018
Cam Ha, just 1.5kms out of Hoi An city center, hosts a Kumquat Tree Festival every year. It takes place approximately three weeks before Vietnam’s greatest Festival celebrating the Lunar New Year (Tet).
SPRING INTO THE NEW YEAR: TET IN HOI AN
The Vietnamese new year, or Tết Nguyên Đán (commonly shortened to ‘Tet’), is the biggest event on the Vietnamese calendar. Also referred to as the ‘Spring Festival’ to typically mark the beginning of Spring, Tet is a grand affair, filled with ceremony, tradition, family reunions, and, of course, food. It falls at the same time as Chinese New Year (in correlation to the lunar calendar) however there are various Tet customs that are unique to Vietnam.
Hoi An Now Spring Photo Competition
Welcome to the Hoi An Now – Spring Photo Competition.
After a long period of rain, we’re very happy that Spring has finaly arrived!
Quang Nam Province Ethnic Festival in Hoi An, 2018
Running throughout 2018, the Quang Nam Province Ethnic Festival in Hoi An is organized by the Quang Nam Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the People’s Committee of Hoi An city and six mountainous districts of Quang Nam: Nam Giang, Tay Giang, Dong Giang, Phuoc Son, Nam Tra My and Bac Tra My. The event is also co-organized and sponsored by FIDR Japan, a Hoi An based French photographer Réhahn and Anantara Hoi An Resort.
To the South: Quy Nhon
Surprisingly off the tourist trail, Quy Nhon is one of the country’s most idyllic beach towns. White powder sands, azure waters and a quiet, slow-paced atmosphere make this township a truly worthwhile seaside destination about 4 hours’ drive south of Hoi An. The main municipal beach offers backpacker and small hotel accommodation.
HOI AN’S FULL MOON LANTERN FESTIVAL
Many tourists and visitors flock to Hoi An’s Old Town to see the candle lit river and smell the incense on the breeze for the Lantern Festival. The festival falls on the night of the full moon, a sacred time for the heady Buddhist/Confucian mixture in Vietnam and Ancient Hoi An provides the perfect setting for this monthly celebration.
HOI AN WATER PUPPET SHOW $
A short walk from the Old Town, Hoi An’s Water Puppet Show is an entertaining prelude to dinner and fun for all ages. Set under the stars in amphitheater-styled seating, this energetic and frequently humorous 45-minute show presents a series of fables and stories on Vietnamese village life through colorfully hand carved puppets.
Bus Service Between Da Nang and Hoi An
Bus Services between Da Nang and Hoi An: Schedules and Prices
The Lunar Calendar and the Full Moon Lantern Festival
Although the moon takes 27.3 days to orbit the earth it takes 29.5 days to complete its phases (because the earth is moving too). This makes it a bit tricky to nail down exactly on which date a full moon occurs, even in the lunar calendar. To cope with this some lunar months are 29 days and some are 30 days. In the wash-up the full moon usually occurs on the 15th or 16th day of each lunar month but not always.
HEAVEN AND EARTH COUNTRYSIDE BICYCLE TOUR
The Heaven and Earth Countryside Bicycle Tour, the brainchild of M. Pascal, provides an off-the-beaten-track experience where you’ll likely meet rice wine makers, pig farmers, craftsmen from Kim Bong’s boatyards and war veterans along the way.
CYCLING TO AN BANG BEACH: SCENIC ROUTE
So your second tailor fitting isn’t until tomorrow, you can’t face another day of the Old Town crowds…and the sun has just come out! “What to do today, Hoi An Now?!” I hear you cry…
CAM KIM CYCLE TOUR
Sometimes in a town like Hoi An it can feel as if everyone you meet is selling a tour to somewhere. It can be hard to separate the wood from the trees and actually make a decision.
ESCAPE IQ – CERTAINLY NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED!
The Hoi An Now team were put to the test and scared witless at Hoi An’s only escape room, Escape IQ. There won’t be any tips or spoilers because it would be a shame to ruin the fun!
SUNRISE WITH SUP MONKEY
The sunrise in Hoi An is one of the most beautiful you will ever see – a mixture of pink, lavender, and coral, broken only by clouds and the peaks of the Cham Islands.
ALTERNATIVE HOI AN CYCLE TOUR
Ever had the feeling that you’re not alone? No, we aren’t talking about ghosts. We’re talking about that sinking sensation you get as a tourist when your hidden ‘happy place’ is suddenly overrun by a selfie stick-wielding horde.
HOI AN FOR KIDS: FURTHER AFIELD
So, you’ve exhausted all the land-based kids activities in Hoi An and the water-based trips, too. Don’t worry, you haven’t tapped out all your options just yet! From play centers in Da Nang to a hill-top wonderland, there’s plenty going on to entertain the troops.
HOI AN FOR KIDS: PART 2
Still got some energy after all the activities for kids! Well, you’re in luck – because we ain’t finished yet!
HOI AN DIVING CENTER
‘Lapping up the sun on deck while a cooling sea breeze ruffles your hair ain’t a bad start to a Wednesday’, I thought happily as the waiting boat rumbled awake and the eager tourists clambered aboard.
Surf’s Up: RS:One World Championship Windsurfing Comes to Hoi An
For all of those who love to race the wind and waves, the sixth edition of the RS:One World Championship windsurfing event will be held at An Bang Beach from June 10 – 14.
HOI AN FOR KIDS: PART 1
This one’s for the kids… Hoi An is a magical place. With its colorful boutiques, picturesque Old Town and range of fantastic restaurants, any adult could happily lose several days in this dreamland. But what about those with...
Rehahn – ‘The Ageless Beauty’ Exhibition
Local Hoi An photographer, Rehahn, is making a name for himself around the world, especially for his extraordinary portraits of Asian people.
The Sixth Quang Nam Heritage Festival
The sixth Quang Nam Heritage Festival is a feast of music, sport, food, history, ethnic diversity and multi-cultural history. Major events will be held in Tam Ky, Hoi An, My Son and various regional districts.
California surfer dude Chris Charney came to Vietnam three years ago, drawn to the Orient by his fascination with Eastern art. From flipping pizzas by candlelight above a motorbike shop to opening beloved beach Mexican joint Felina Cantina, Chris has come a long way in the past three years.
Elka Ray first came to Vietnam when it was still very much wild and undeveloped. Her adventures from Hanoi to Saigon in 1992 as a backpacker spurred her to pursue a degree in Asian Studies and Journalism.
Having sold all her possessions in 2013, Claire Richmond has been living the nomad life that many of us only dream of. From simple homes to grand villas and mansions, Claire has spent time all over the world traveling as a house sitter, taking care of people’s homes and pets while they are away on vacation. ‘
HOI AN KAYAK TOURS
Although the Nipa Palms (Coconut Palms) have been a Hoi An tourist attraction for several years, few experiences can deliver, as they can, the illusion of ‘being the first person ever there’ – an illusion that transports one back millennia.
Da Nang Discovery Tour – 30% off Wednesdays
Da Nang Discovery Tour – 30% off Wednesdays – Hoi An Now
My Son Sanctuary and Marble Mountain – 30% off Sundays
My Son Sanctuary and Marble Mountain – 30% off Sundays – Hoi An Now
The Da Nang International Fireworks Festival 2018
Now spreadeagled over two months the Da Nang International Fireworks Festival has become Vietnam’s most spectacular fireworks event by far.
EXPLORING CAM KIM ISLAND
Part of the allure of Hoi An is its vibrancy. There is a charm to the mixing of its old world history and architecture with its still-lively markets, filled with locals and visitors alike. But step away from the city center by degrees, and by degrees you find a quieter – though no less vibrant – pulse.
THE TIMING MASK WORKSHOP HOI AN: FOR KIDS AND ADULTS $ – $$
Are you after a Hoi An activity that’s …
(1) as much fun for the kids as it is for you
(2) not only creative but educational
(3) results in a rather splendid Hoi An souvenir …
ESCAPE TO THE MYSTICAL COCONUT PALMS
To explore the peaceful escape of the Hoi An’s Coconut Palms (Nipa Palms) you first need to make your way through the quiet, scattered hamlets of Cam Thanh Island.
GRASSHOPPER ADVENTURES: OFF THE BEATEN TRACK BY BICYCLE
True to its name, biking with Grasshopper Adventures is a genuine adventure.
BA NA HILLS MOUNTAIN RESORT $$ – $$$
The most awe-inspiring aspect of Ba Na Hills for me was its amazing transplantation of European architecture, much of it medieval, to the top of a 1,487-metre high Vietnamese mountain.
Monika Czerveniak is an Austrian-born, Vancouver-based expat who has been popping in and out of Hoi An since 2010. Monika is an outspoken free-thinker who likes to stir the pot both literally and figuratively.
A smiling face ensconced in the Hoi An social scene, Jürgen Joost came to Hoi An from Talinn, Estonia with his wife Xenia and two children.
Michael Kredics came to Vietnam 15 months ago as a tourist and never left. After working in communications in his hometown of Studgardt, Germany for several years, he decided it was time to quit the rat race and seek out a more laid back, peaceful lifestyle. He teamed up with fellow spirit bird Stefanie (aka Sao) to start the Hoi An Hippie House in An Bang beach.
TAM THANH MURAL VILLAGE: ‘ART FOR A BETTER COMMUNITY’
Riding about an hour south from Hoi An along the Thanh Niên road, I arrived in Tam Thanh much like Dorothy stepping out of black and white into technicolor Oz.
HOI AN’S NIGHT MARKET
For those wishing to take home a piece of Hoi An’s lanterned charm, the Night Market on An Hoi Islet (across the river from Hoi An Old Town) provides a large array of inexpensive souvenirs and snacks from which to choose.
A Quick Guide to An Bang Beach
Voted one of the top 100 beaches in the world by CNN it’s remarkable how uncrowded and undeveloped An Bang Beach has remained.
Teh Dar – Lune Production
Teh Dar by Lune Production is memerizing and enchanting in turns. Oscillating between frenzied action and calmer, poignant moments, it symbolically imagines life as lived by the ethnic minorities in the mountainous regions of Vietnam.
CAPTIVATING CHAM ISLAND
Most visitors are attracted to a Cham Island trip by the swimming, snorkeling over the extraordinary coral reefs, eating and drinking, karaoke and shopping, parasailing/paragliding and motor bike rides. If you are one of these, you will not be disappointed.
VINTAGE SIDECAR TO SON TRA (MONKEY MOUNTAIN)
I can see Liem’s smile widen out of the periphery of my right eye as he slides back into third gear to take on the sharp, ascending corner, then back again to fourth as we valley down a straight stretch of Da Nang’s famed Son Tra peninsula.
TRA QUE WATERWHEEL COOKING CLASS
Who doesn’t want to go for a countryside bike ride, dress up and pretend to be a farmer, cook and eat, and finish off the day riding a water buffalo?
Life’s a Beach
If you love Vietnam but want a break from the hectic pace of travel, or just want to recharge your batteries, Life’s a Beach homestay is the place to go.
Elephant Springs (Suối: springs, Voi: elephant)
Elephant Springs is around 20 km north of Hai Van pass, not far from Lang Co.
HOI AN FREE TOURS
Staffed by energetic student volunteers, Hoi An Free Tours packs a lot into a short time.
Around Lang Co
If you’re planning a trip to Hue then you will undoubtedly pass through Lang Co – a seaside town that is rather famous in these here parts.
Paul Macnicol’s Favourite Hoi An Bike Tour
I recommend riding towards Redbridge, left through the water coconut plantation then on to Cua Dai towards An Bang for a beer.
HELIO CENTER $$
If you’ve got kids and half a day to spare, Da Nang’s Helio Center is definitely worth a visit.
HOI AN’S HIDDEN BEACH
Kept apart by a few kilometres of golden coastline and brought together by the less idyllic Lac Long Quon highway are the two main beaches of Hoi An, Cua Dai to the south, and An Bang to the north. However, in between these two lies another beach, one so well hidden they named it just that – Hidden Beach.
MARBLE MOUNTAIN MARVEL
The Marble Mountains’ religious significance and amazing views make it one of Hoi An’s most famous and popular destinations.
PLAY ZONE FOR KIDS $
Got young, restless children who need to work off some of that boundless energy?
Vincom Shopping Mall $$$
Unless you’re a shopaholic there’s nothing mind blowing about the Vincom shopping mall from a tourist’s point of view.
VINPEARL ICE SKATING RINK $ – $$
The heat’s overwhelming, the kids’ energy levels are through the Richter scale and like half the world, you still can’t get that song from Frozen out of your head – well for a cheap, half-day outing, literally ‘Let it Go’ and head straight to Da Nang’s newest chilled venue for kids: Vinpearl Land Ice-Skating Rink.
VinKE (That’s Eduta!nment), Da Nang is a must for families with kids. Inside there’s a brightly colored jungle play gym, arcade games, bumper cars, imaginative play rooms, and a 5D-cinema that will plunge you into the world of virtual reality.
VY’S MARKET RESTAURANT AND COOKING SCHOOL
Everything, Vietnamese food-wise, is available at Ms Vy’s Market Restaurant and Cooking School. Choose from a wide selection of authentic and modern food.
STREET FOOD GUIDE: HOI AN FOOD SAFARI
Hoi An Food Safari runs an exceptional, personalized food tour in Hoi An with a particular emphasis on street food.
It’s hard to beat cocktails on the water at sunset and Cinnamon Cruises takes it to a new level:
BICYCLING IN HOI AN
To go cycling in Hoi An most hotels offer free access to bicycles or at a nominal charge.
CHAM ISLAND – UNSPOILT PARADISE
If you are one of those selfish types who simply hate sharing your tropical paradise with the general public then get a move on and visit Cham Island, a lovely unspoiled, marine-protected island – one of the least developed islands in Vietnam and for now mostly a secret, but the hordes will descend.
Phong Nha – Sublime Scenery off the Beaten Path
Before the summer heat becomes insufferable spring is the best time to dig out your hiking boots and get into an explorer’s mode. And one of Central Vietnam’s most captivating World Heritage Area’s – Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park – remains the ideal location.
About Da Nang
Da Nang is Vietnam’s third busiest airport and the key transportation hub and economic centre for central Vietnam.
Hue Bars and Nightlife
In Hue, most drinking takes place in eateries – from the refined to the hose out style – but in both cases food is always part and parcel of the evening .
Da Nang Dining
Da Nang boasts a fine range of both International and Vietnamese Eateries providing something for every palate.
When we arrived in Hue four years ago we knew little about this sleepy provincial capital and I never would have thought one year would turn into three or end with both of us giving up our jobs.
Hue cuisine is one of the most distinctive in Vietnam, much of it with its beginnings in the Imperial kitchens of the Nguyen Dynasty.