How To Spend A Perfect Day in Hoi An – Trip Around Me
This is a guest post from Mike, a full-time traveler and in love with adventure quotes. Recently, he went to Hoi An Old Town in Vietnam to help HoiAnNow.com, sharing tips and tricks for those who visit this magical place.
You have explored the old town of Hoi An, and you may have even shopped until your fall. You only have one day left in Hoi An, what are you doing? Discover this bike day trip on the beach and get inspired! Psst … be sure to bring a card, though. This will be useful to you.
A perfect day in Hoi An Vietnam
09:00 – 10:00: Breakfast at the Cargo Club
Start your day off right with a hearty and tasty breakfast at the Cargo Club, right on Thu Bon River. Head to the upstairs balcony for the best views!
Address: 107 Nguyen Thai Hoc
Recommended: Eggs Benedict; this dish includes your choice of tea or coffee, plus a juice.
10:00 – 11:00: Take a bike!
You can take a guided bike tour on a DIY tour, but it usually takes at least half a day and we do not have time to do it! Most hotels offer free bikes, but if yours is not, there are many places to go. Next to Thanh Binh 2 Hotel (at 712 Hai Ba Trung), a lady rents bikes for about $ 1 a day. She is also in the right direction for your next destination.
Note: Cycle slowly and be aware of the surrounding traffic. If you have doubts, if you feel uncomfortable or realize that you are lost, tie up at the sidewalk and get together. Once out of town, the roads are quieter and you can relax in the beautiful landscape that surrounds you.
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11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Coffee at Jack’s Cat Café
Time for a little cat love. Follow your map at 12 Hong Phong Street. In front of this house is a secondary road; Take this and the first big gate on your right is Jack’s Cat Café, a shelter for over 60 rescued cats and kittens. The owner, Emma, runs Vietnam Cat Welfare – a British charity – and has opened her home a few hours a day for people to enjoy coffee and excellent vegetarian food in the large garden. All proceeds go to his charity and kittens.
12:00 – 13:00: lunch at the Nomad café
Nomad Yoga and Café is located right in front of Jack’s, at 6 The Hong Phong – well placed for your lunch break. Chef Julien serves incredible vegetarian dishes and fresh fruit juices, all in a picturesque setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the old town.
Recommended: Poutine with vegetable sauce, mozzarella cheese and one of their huge fresh salads. Healthy and hearty.
13:00 – 16:00: Beach time at Soul Kitchen
A few kilometers away, through some pretty rice paddies and some buffaloes that drag in the water, is the beach of An Bang. When you get there, turn left and continue until you see a sign for Soul Kitchen; a spacious beer bar and a restaurant that attracts expats.
Order a beer, sit back and enjoy a lazy afternoon at the beach. Buy food on the spot or grab your snacks from the ladies on the beach who sell treats ranging from sweet tofu to quail eggs to monkey nuts.
16h00 – 17h30: Sunset at Tra Que
Back at your hotel, stop right next to the main Hai Ba Trung Road, in the vegetable village of Tra Que. This picturesque spot is famous for its organic vegetables and local farmers who spend their days tending their crops. Farmers do not use chemicals or fertilizers, but some kind of seaweed found in a lagoon near Tra Que. The village itself is really charming (and friendly!) And allows for a nice bike trip. Stop by Tra Que Water Wheel for a drink while the sun begins to set.
PAUSE – Return to your hotel to cool off for the evening.
19:30 – 20:30: Dinner at Nu Eatery’s
This small restaurant, nestled in an alley near the Japanese bridge, is frequented by tourists and locals alike. At a reasonable price, the menu is small but rich in flavor and the charming setting creates a pleasant atmosphere.
Recommended: Their steamed buns are to die for. Like all their desserts! Bring a big appetite.
Address: 10A Nguyen Thị Minh Khai
MAKE A SMALL MARKET – The old town of Hoi An is particularly beautiful at night, so take a stroll along the river along the Nguyen Phuc Chu River to the night market. Now you only need half an hour, because it’s very “the same”. But you might find last-minute trinkets or lanterns you need as gifts to take home.
9 pm – 10 pm: drinks at Dive Bar
Head to this local bar for a nightcap on your way back to your hotel. Choose between the quieter garden at the back or relax in the cozy sofas inside. Dive Bar plays good music in a lively atmosphere, with really interesting people!
Recommended: Sex on a bar (do not worry, it’s just a cocktail!)
Tip: Do not forget to go to the top of The Law to get a taxi; no motorcycle drivers please!
That’s all, my friends! I hope you had a great day … next time, be sure to book a longer stay in Hoi An and discover all that this wonderful place has to offer!