Welcome to day 19 of our trip, where we’ll spend another free day exploring the charming city of Hoi An. With so much to see and do in Hoi An, it can be hard to know where to start. One of the best ways to experience the local culture is by visiting the many markets in the city. From food markets to handicraft markets, Hoi An has something for everyone.
For foodies, a visit to the local markets is a must. The Central Market is a buzzing food market where we can find a variety of fresh produce, spices, and local delicacies. Be sure to try some of the street food, such as banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich with a variety of fillings, or the famous cao lau, a pork and noodle dish only found in Hoi An. Another popular food market in Hoi An is the Night Market, which opens every evening and is a lively place to try different street foods and local specialties.
If we’re interested in shopping for souvenirs and handicrafts, Hoi An has many markets to choose from. The Hoi An Silk Village is a great place to learn about the traditional art of silk weaving and buy some unique silk items, such as scarves or dresses. The Hoi An Central Market also has a handicraft section, where we can find everything from lacquerware to pottery, to hand-embroidered clothes.
If we prefer sightseeing, there are many options to choose from in Hoi An. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of well-preserved ancient architecture, including temples, assembly halls, and historic houses. We can also visit the Quan Cong Temple, one of the most important temples in Hoi An, dedicated to a legendary Chinese general. Another popular sightseeing spot is the Japanese Covered Bridge, dating back to the 1600s and featuring intricate carvings and a unique architectural style.
If we’ve been on the go for a while, we may want to use our free day in Hoi An to relax and recharge. There are many spas offering a range of treatments, from traditional Vietnamese massage to hot stone therapy. We can also spend some time at one of the nearby beaches, like An Bang Beach or Cua Dai Beach, and soak up the sun.