Foreign media suggests best things to do in Vietnam’s Hoi An Old Town

Thursday, 28/03/2024 22:15
According to VOV, Bangkok-based writer Vichayuth Chantan has published an article on Life Style Asia, suggesting a number of the best things to do when visiting Hoi An Old Town in Vietnam’s central Quang Nam province.
Hoi An Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site in central Vietnam (Photo: 

According to the author, compared to the southern metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City or the central city of Da Nang, Hoi An seems to be quite underrated.

“It’s a charming city packed full of interesting history and architecture. It’s one of those places where you don’t feel the need to pack your itinerary to the brim — no guilt in wanting to spend some time by the pool, wake up a bit late, and take a walk down to the old town later,” she wrote in the article.

Chantan suggested that tourists should spend an afternoon at NOX Beach Club where they can sample delicious Vietnamese classics such as phở (instant noodles) or bánh mì (sandwich), authentic Mediterranean delights, Argentinean steakhouse experience, and a range of signature cocktails at the bar.

The author also suggested that tourists should take a stroll through the Hoi An Old Town, which has been recognised as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites since 1999.

Vietnam's Hoi An Ancient Town  (Source:

“When you walk through the town, you’ll find yourself surrounded by interesting architecture that is a direct result of the city’s history being a melting pot of cultures,” she noted.

“Wooden Chinese-style temples and shophouses adorn the street, with French colonial buildings with colourful exteriors to admire. As canals cut through the city, you’ll also find a Japanese bridge complete with a pagoda. The canal is where tourists board little rowing boats, which many argue is the best way to tour the lantern-lit city,” Chantan added.

She stressed that visitors also should not miss out on the braised spiced pork noodle (cao lau) which is the city’s signature dish and perfectly paired with a cold beer.

Moreover, the Bangkok-based writer also recommended several popular spots and interesting activities to do in Hoi An, such as staying and relaxing by the gorgeous pool at New World Hoiana Beach Resort, enjoying the charming hospitality at Mezcal Cocteleria, taking part in the monthly Hoi An Lantern Festival, and learning about the region’s history through museums.

The Lost Recipes introduces the forgotten dishes of Binh Thuan

The Lost Recipes – the event to introduce and enjoy lost dishes - took place on March 28 in the south-central coastal province of Binh Thuan, bringing together many local chefs and a large number of tourists staying in Phan Thiet - Mui Ne, reported VNA.

The Lost Recipes introduces the forgotten dishes of Binh Thuan  (Source: VNA)

The event aimed to introduce delicious dishes of the coastal areas of Phan Thiet and Binh Thuan, especially old dishes such as Bac Binh duck, braised dried scad fish in Phan Thiet style served with pandan leaf white porridge and sweet potatoes stewed in sugar, scad fish braised with Phan Thiet horn chili, and Phan Thiet beef noodle soup.

Besides enjoying traditional dishes, visitors will have a chance to learn the culinary history of Binh Thuan.

Traditional dishes are made from materials available in the locality, chefs said, adding that those seemingly simple dishes bring an unforgettable flavour.

Visitors to the event (Source: 

For Viet Tien, an overseas Vietnamese from Canada, The Lost Recipes offers him a chance to learn dishes from his homeland that he had not enjoyed in the past.

Thai Ngoc Hieu, head of the Binh Thuan Chefs Association, said the event helps connect chefs, thus reviving lost dishes of the locality, contributing to diversifying tourism products.

With numerous activities to promote tourism, Binh Thuan is set to welcome 9.5 million visitors in 2024. In the first two months of this year, Binh Thuan served more than 1.5 million arrivals, up 7.3% over the same period last year, earning nearly VND3.8 trillion (over US$152.2 million) in revenue.

World Youth Orchestra to perform in Vietnam

The World Youth Orchestra (WYO) is scheduled to perform alongside the Vietnam National Academy of Music Youth Orchestra (VNAMYO) in the “Sounds of brotherhood” music project which will take place in Hanoi this April, reported VOV.

World Youth Orchestra to perform in Vietnam (Source: VOV)

Conductor Damiano Guiranna and 45 members of the WYO, together with 25 members of the VNAMYO, will practice and perform together from March 29 to April 12.

Some of the highlights of the event will be a concert themed "Thang Long Night" on the evening of April 6 at the Grand Concert Hall of the Vietnam National Academy of Music and a concert themed "Gala Opera Puccini" taking place at Hanoi Opera House on April 10.

Local audiences will be introduced to classic musical instruments and pieces of work written by famous composers during the two concerts.

The diverse combination of young artists from 20 countries and territories worldwide will spread youthful, positive, and creative energy to music lovers in Hanoi.

Founded in 2001 by Italian conductor Damiano Giuranna, the WYO has welcomed more than 2,000 talent members from all continents, and taken part in many tours around the world./.

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