The old capital of Vietnam, Hue, has many sights – temples, tombs and the Forbidden City – but mostly destroyed in the “American War” (from 1955 to 1975). The old town of Hoi An, 100 km from the coast, is a great place to spend a few days, with a lazy river with mustard gold traders and beaches a few kilometers away. It is a well-preserved, well-preserved country in the dismantling of the Thu Bon River in the late 19th century, ending its importance as a business point of view, but has helped it escape development. Modern and bombing in America. Yes, it is tourists, but the old town is surprisingly generous and can absorb a lot of visitors without losing its daydreaming atmosphere. And while most in Vietnam, both in the north and south, are soaked in the summer, the driest and most sunny central coast in May, June and July.
Take a cooking class
Hoi An is known for its varied and wonderful food: the heritage of many countries, including Japan, China and Portugal, where they live or trade. It seems that every other restaurant offers cooking classes, but Thuan Tien’s cooking days provide more than some. After an intriguing market visit to gather the ingredients, you board a river boat and putter east along the river to this low island near the mouth of the river, completing the last section by rowing boat. Then, with cooking (and eating) a variety of dishes – fresh rolls, crispy crisps, beef noodle soup and classic noodles, while enjoying the countryside atmosphere and watching the small boats take the road. coconut water.
Explore on a cycle tour
Cars and even motorbikes are banned from central Hoi An, so the pushbike is king. Most families offer bikes to guests, and joining many cyclists on the road offers a dip in local life. To explore further, world-class tours and paradise, running from a quiet street in An Hoi Island, are floating, crossing the river from the old town, offering a series of trips to Countryside and islands near the city. Choose from a few easy hours with just 9 km of cycling along the quiet lane, lunch, or adventure that requires more than 50 km. All traditional handicraft villages, handicrafts, fragrant rice fields and scattered bridges.
Hit the beach
The beach near Cua Dai town has serious erosion problems, flooded by winter storms, most of the sand washed off the coast. An Bang Beach, further north, is a more attractive prospect, with less development and soft sand. A cycle from the town (about 5km) and some persistent old women will try to charge you to park their bikes, but off the main lane parallel to the sea left or right and many cafes and The restaurant will give you a park in exchange for a few drinks. Buying lunch is also good and they will throw in an umbrella and a pair of climbing shoes. There is also plenty of space for those who want to kick up and lie on their towels.
See where your lunch is grown
Most meals in Hoi An include a large number of fresh vegetables and herbs that make eating in Vietnam very enjoyable. And most of it will come from Trang Que, a fresh village between town and An Bang beach. This small farming community grows everything from luscious onion to the huge potato on this fertile island on the De Vong River. Some businesses, like the Water Wheel, offer cooking classes, foot massage and more, but can just wander, try to identify trees and chat with farmers. A small place called Mustard Young, right across the fields from the Water Wheel, will make a great lunch cheap. Try “three friends” – buns, shrimp and mint, attached to spring onion.
Drink bia hơi
After visiting the city’s sights (temples, ancient houses, chapels, bridges), head south across the central bridge to An Hoi Islet, along the banks of the river lined with supply bars. These cold glasses of fresh beer are brewed daily called brewers with cheap price (less than 20p half pint). It’s soothing, with only about 3% alcohol, so it’s easy while going for a couple of hours sipping and watching the boat without feeling worse for wear. Trial Island (Dong Hiep Entertainment Resort, Hoi An 51000), at the eastern point of the island, for the view of the Thu Bon River and the shore tables. Spend a few bucks on a small, salty, peanut-based package from a street vendor, and you’re set.
Eat cau lao
Hoi An instant noodles have been eaten in the city since the 17th century. Rice vermicelli is brown in color and has an unusual aroma of lime juice. Ash for the dye is said to come from the wood of the Cham islands 12km off the coast, and water for noodles from a particularly good secret outside the town. The truth is that all is not important when something is very delicious. Hand cut noodles are sliced with sliced pork, crackers, spices, some fresh vegetables and some broth. There are some great versions at the booths in the riverside food market – try Mrs. Thu, right when you come from Tran Phu Street. For more space and comfort, and a lung at £ 1 a bowl, go to Chicken Perfume just outside Le Loi main street.
Try a tasting plate
There are often more Vietnamese than westerners at Quan Dau Bac, a tiny wedge-shaped restaurant at the western end (no 147) of main Phan Chau Trinh Street. Most of them will be tucking into bún đậu mắm tôm, a platter of pork, fried tofu, herbs, vegetables and chunks of sticky rice noodle, around a pungent dipping sauce of fermented shrimp. Don’t be put off by the smell of the sauce: its flavour is much more mellow, with an elusive sweetness that combines beautifully with the other ingredients.
Discover street barbecue
To dine cheaply on the nails, wander north of the Thu Bon River after dark, where dozens of small charcoal firewood is roasted with barbecue skewers: roast pork, chicken or black tiger prawns come with some herbs Rust and greens, and a little wrapper wrapper paper to roll it in. The whole thing is then dipped in a spicy tomato spicy sauce, with a few grilled sesame seeds. Fried eggs cost 30p-40p per person, and while some sellers sit in the usual places in the harbor, they are also bought from a woman on foot – with barbecue and food hanging from the bamboo.
Budget accommodation at a homestay
Like many parts of Asia, these are not real houses, but small, informal hotels built on family homes. The Golden Bell is exceptionally well located, easily cycling (bicycles can be borrowed free of charge) from An Bang town and beach. Friendly staff – although not as friendly as the resident dogs – and breakfast includes homemade eggs, eggs and banana rolls.
Splash out – a little – for pool views
For a little more, Phu Thinh Boutique Resort offers a swimming pool, a central location in the Old Quarter and beautifully landscaped gardens with water lilies and a dining room in the center. Pool view room required to avoid noise from Cua Dai main street. Borrow a bike to visit the city, then relax at one of the two bars or in the Jasmine spa.
By: Anna Lee