A relax day in Hoi An, Vietnam

We all know how tiring travelling can be so it is now time to enjoy the peace and tranquility of Hoi An.  Why not have a lazy day in this beautiful World Heritage town – this is all about relaxing for the day – no tours, no history, no hustle and bustle.

Late breakfast

Let’s have a lazy morning when we don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to catch a bus/train/plane. Let’s stay in bed and enjoy a late breakfast. Unfortunately, most hotel breakfasts finish at 10 am but don’t worry, there are many other choices in Hoi An.

Home taste choices: Treat yourself to a Western style breakfast. Cargo Club, Dingo Deli and Green Mango in the centre of town all have a great selection of dishes for breakfast.  Take a leisurely cycle into town when Hoi An is relatively quiet and before it gets too hot. (April, May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep)

Local breakfast choices:

  • Banh My: A great choice. Everyone is talking about Banh My in Hoi An since Anthony Bourdain ate here and made it so popular.  Banh My Phuong and Queen Banh My are very well known on the tourist trail. But I would recommend trying Banh My at any Banh My stall that you come across – most are of similar quality and yummy!

Tips: want to order a fried egg? it is Bánh Mỳ Trứng in Vietnamese.

Not too hot? Just say Không Cay! Yum yum!

  • Noodles

Really? Absolutely – noodles are probably the most popular breakfast dishes for locals everywhere in Vietnam. In Hoi An, try My Quang, Cao Lau or Pho for a different style of breakfast.  Give it a go, you will love it.

Tips: Alley 58 – 60 Le Loi street has plenty of noodle food stalls to try. If you want Pho, try Pho Tung – I reckon it is the best Pho in Hoi An.

Coffee time!

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The coffee shop is one of the most recognised Vietnamese traditions.  Hoi An has a great range of coffee shops serving top quality coffee to international standards. Here are some we love:

  • Phin Coffee: An open air garden in the alley 60 Le Loi st, Phin coffee offers a great selection of coffee choices with their high quality beans from Da Lat. Their coconut coffee and hand-drip yellow bourbon bean are very popular, as well as their experienced barista’s creations. If you order their House special, the barista will demonstrate how they make their coffee. If you are having trouble to find it, use Google Map to find Phin Coffee  or looking for well-signed Secret Garden, Phin Coffee is next to.
  • Mia coffee: a well-established good quality coffee shop, one of the first coffee shops in Hoi An serving great cappuccino and carrot cake
  • Hoi An Roastery and Cocobox have several branches throughout the town.

Tips: Try the latest barista’s creation at Phin Coffee – Cold brew with pineapple – You will love it!

Beach

Hoi An has great beach weather during March, April, June, July, August and September.  Head out to An Bang beach and grab a spot on the deck at Soul Kitchen or The Deckhouse for a relaxing day.

Tips 1: Bring your book or pen for writing your diary!

Tips 2: Hire a bicycle from the hotel (normally it is free) or rent one from Hoi An Cycling to ride to the beach. It is only 4km away from the ancient town!

Mid-day snack/light dinner

Food is always a highlight of your stay in Hoi An and whenever you are hungry, you can always find a bowl of Cao Lau or My Quang.   There are plenty of places to choose from on Phan Chu Trinh St and you can also grab a Banh My or a plate of chicken rice.  All very tasty snacks at reasonable prices!

Walk around Hoi An in the evening

Hoi An is very pretty in the evening when all the streets are decorated with lanterns. Such a charming town to walk around, soak up the atmosphere and make unique holiday memories.

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