Hoi An, Vietnam
Discovering Quang Nam
Host Destination: Hoi An, Viet Nam
Cradled between rivers and beaches, bustling streets and peaceful countryside, the ancient past and vibrant present, Quang Nam has plenty to offer as a timeless destination. This one-time regional trading port has transformed into an enticing tourism destination that promises an unforgettable experience no matter what you’re looking for. Quang Nam is home to distinctive, long-standing Vietnamese cultural values and history, including two World Heritage Sites: Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary. Quang Nam also boasts the Cu Lao Cham World Biosphere Reserve and the Art of Bai Choi, a UNESCO-recognized Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Quang Nam is well-known as a friendly, hospitable destination thanks to its beautiful coastline and natural resources, vibrant culinary scene, appealing cultural attractions, diverse history, hundreds of traditional villages and festivals and, of course, endearing people. For tourists seeking a green travel experience, Quang Nam is not to be missed. The province is home to numerous farms, handicraft villages, mountains, and unspoiled natural areas.
Popular attractions include the Song Thanh nature reserve, Phu Ninh Lake ecotourism area, Bhơ Hôồng and Đhờ Rôồng community-based tourism villages (Dong Giang), Zara brocade weaving village (Nam Giang), Pơmu forest heritage (Tay Giang), Ngoc Linh ginseng region (Nam Tra My), Loc Yen ancient village (Tien Phuoc), Tra Que village (Hoi An), Dai Binh eco-tourism village (Nong Son), Tra Nhieu community-based tourism village (Duy Xuyen), Triem Tay community-based garden tourism village, and Cam Phu-Go Noi community-based tourism village (Dien Ban).
All of these have turned Quang Nam into a safe, friendly, and attractive destination to both domestic and international tourists.
No COVID-19 test is required prior to and upon entry for all travelers entering Viet Nam.
Upon arrival, you must present:
- Proof of valid medical/travel insurance covering Covid-19 treatment. Minimum cover USD 10,000 (more info).
- A valid visa (if applicable)
For a detailed overview of the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam as it relates to travelers, as well as up-to-date information, please see the updated travel advisory here.
Things To do
The Ancient Town of Hoi An is pretty no matter the time of day or night. Take a stroll during the day to get a glimpse of daily life and admire the architectural fusion and layered past of the town, or in the evening when thousands of lanterns light the streets.
My Son Sanctuary is a remarkable architectural site built by the Cham people, and is a 1-hour drive from the center of Hoi An. Stroll around the remains of these impressive temples and learn about the glorious history of this one-time religious and political capital of the Cham empire.
Home to eight islands, fishing villages, and sun-drenched beaches. Visitors can enjoy the fresh air of the mountains and the sea while also taking part in water sports and activities such as scuba diving, sea walking, and swimming. Mountain climbing and savoring local cuisine also should not be missed.
The most popular stretch of sand in Hoi An is An Bang Beach, just a 10-minute drive from the center of the ancient town. Relatively unspoiled by development, An Bang Beach has been listed among the world’s top 50 most beautiful beaches by CNNGo and is popular with visitors of all ages thanks to its beautiful beach village, laid-back restaurants, late-night bars, water sport activities, and live music. Quang Nam is also home to many other beautiful beaches such as Ha My (Dien Ban District), Cua Dai (Hoi An), Binh Minh (Thang Binh District), Tam Thanh (Tam Ky District), Rạng Beach (Nui Thanh District) etc.
If you fancy some tranquility, take a bicycle from your hotel or any rental shop and wander from the town center to Tra Que Village or Thanh Dong Village. Indulge in Vietnamese life in the countryside, where organic farms and gardens supply produce to local residents.
Enjoy a cultural show at Hoi An Memories Land, Vinwonders Nam Hoi An, performing arts centers in Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary or Dong Giang ecotourism area … In addition, visitors can also experience a wide range of entertainment activities such as golf services, casino, and spa.
From street stalls to upmarket restaurants, dining in Hoi An is like nowhere else, as the town represents the unique features of central Viet Nam cuisine. Don’t miss the iconic Cao Lau, Com Ga (chicken rice), Banh uot thit nuong (wet cake served with grilled meat), Quang-style noodle and the local version of Banh my – the world-famous Vietnamese street food with a touch of Hoi An. These dishes are loved by the locals and visitors alike.
A visit to Hoi An would not be complete without shopping for some local handicrafts. Hoi An’s ancient alleys feature numerous top-notch silk shops and tailors. From custom-made suits and bags to off-the-rack accessories, you can find it all. There are also plenty of boutiques in town that are worth visiting, selling everything Hoi An has to offer – organic jams and coffee, fashion and accessories, posters and stationery, and ceramics and jewelry. Quang Nam is renowned as a destination with diverse, high-quality OCOP (One Community One Product) goods from different areas of the province including Ngoc Linh ginseng, bird’s nests, tea and coffee, forest honey, and all kinds of local sweets.
Quang Nam boasts nearly 900 accommodation options with approximately 17,000 rooms, many of which are operated by international hotel and resort chains. Homestays and villas are also increasingly popular among domestic and foreign tourists.
For more information, please visit:
Quang Nam Tourist Support Center
Address: 49 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An, Quang Nam
Hotline: +84 (0) 235 366 6333
Website: https://quangnamtourism.com.vn/ or https://www.visitquangnam.com/
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