Stubbornly traditional and jam-packed with sights, the small city of HOI AN also exudes a laidback, almost dreamy atmosphere that makes it an essential stop on any tour of the country. This intriguing place, with its narrow streets comprising wooden-fronted shophouses topped with moss-covered tiles, has much to recommend it, not least the fact that a concerted effort has been made to retain the city’s old-world charm: by way of example, it’s the only place in Vietnam that places restrictions on motorbike use, and the only place that forces local businesses, by law, to dangle lanterns from their facades. These come to the fore as evening encroaches, and by nightfall you’ll see them shining out from narrow alleys and the riverbank in their hundreds, the light reflecting in the waters of the Thu Bon River
Hoi An’s ancient core is a rich architectural fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European influences dating back to the sixteenth century. In its heyday, the now drowsy channel of the Thu Bon River was a jostling crowd of merchant vessels representing the world’s great trading nations, and the mellow streets of this small, amiable town still emanate a timeless air.
Cua Dai Beach is located at the end of Cua Dai Road, running for eight kilometres along the coast, from the tip at the Cham Island ferry port north to An Bang Beach. Stray away from the beaten road and head either to the small beach area beside Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort, or up the coast, towards An Bang Beach where there is a long stretch of empty white sand that you can sink your toes into. This is a good spot if you want to get away from the crowds; very few tourists know about it. Try the tiny laneway just before or after Boutique Hoi An Resort.
An Bang beach has slowly been gaining the status of Hoi An’s best beach and is located about 4 kms away from Hoi An’s UNESCO world heritage center. It is the perfect accessory ti the bustling beautiful old town. You can either hang out in one of the casual bars on this beach or simply settle with a book or an umbrella on the soft white sand of this heavenly beach.
A huge temple structure constructed with wooden following traditional architecture style. It is situated about 4kms away from An Bang. The best time to visit is in the evening on full moons and auspicious Buddhist celebrations like Buddha’s birthday, when monks travel for miles to pray at the pagoda.
The tour obviously starts at the tourist hub in the old town on a street sprawling and vibrant, where dozens of stalls sit under the weight of brightly coloured produce, steaming vats of soup and family-recipe delicacies, trying to find their footing in the organized chaos. Try out everything from condiments to com ga, trung vit lon (duck foetus egg) or duck congee served with a plate of brain, blood cake and offal. Hop on an organized food tour for a complete and thorough guide to eating right at Hoi An.
Hoi An NYG Homestay is located on Cua Dai Beach and is a sprawling property that offers a splendid garden and a terrace area. Cua Dai beach is a great option for travellers who just want to relax and enjoy their time on a beach. For travellers who want to experience what most tourists in Hoi An experience, the An Bang public beach is located 2 kms away from Hoi An NYG Homestay. It is also conveniently located 3.5kms from down town Hoi An is about 3.5 kms Seasun Homestay.
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Da Nang airport is about 30kms away from Hoi An NYG Homestay. The property is placed 700m away from Japanese covered bridge and Hoi An historic museum.