Creating a local experience for our guests
Being at X2 Vibe Hoi An is not just about having a wonderful experience when you are inside our residence, but also about enjoying the best Vietnam holiday you can have as you explore the many attractions right at your doorstep.
Hoi An – The UNESCO World Heritage Town Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befits its heritage, and the 21st-century curses of traffic and pollution are almost entirely absent.
Whether you are making a day trip from Da Nang, are looking to dig into the cultural richness of Hoi An’s history, or are simply here to experience a quintessential Vietnam beach holiday, X2 Vibe can be your springboard for making travel happen.
This beautiful little bridge is emblematic of Hoi An. A bridge was first constructed in the 1590s by the Japanese community to link them with the Chinese quarters. Over the centuries the ornamentation has remained relatively faithful to the original Japanese design. The French flattened out the roadway for cars, but the original arched shape was restored in 1986. While access to the Japanese Bridge is free, you have to surrender a ticket to see a small, unimpressive temple built into the bridge’s northern side.
Museum of Trade Ceramics
Occupies a restored wooden house and contains a small collection of artifacts from all over Asia, with oddities from as far afield as Egypt. While this reveals that Hoi An had some rather impressive trading links, it takes an expert’s eye to appreciate the display. The exhibition on the restoration of Hoi An’s old houses provides a useful crash course in Old Town architecture.
Museum of Sa Huynh Culture
The museum supplies plenty of information on the ancient people of Sa Huynh civilization, who were the first owners of the Hoi An trading port, having trading relationships with the people of China, India, and South East Asia. The Sa Huynh Culture Museum in Hoi An is a bearer of a legacy that is both rich and rare. It is one of the most important museums in Hoi An. Located in the Tran Phu Street of the Hoi An heritage center, the museum house is a crucial relic of the Sa Huynh culture.
Old House of
2 pm – 4.30 pm
Built two centuries ago by an ethnically Vietnamese family, this gem of a house has been lovingly preserved through seven generations. Look out for signs of Japanese and Chinese influences on the architecture.
Kim Bong Carpentry Village
The carpentry village of Kim Bong belongs to the Cam Kim commune, just on the other side of Hoi An river. Take a boat trip on Thu Bon River to visit Thanh Ha & Kim Bong handicraft Villages. It is very convenient for tourists to visit and collect souvenirs. With the reputation of Kim Bong carpentry, there were many carpenters organized by the King of the Nguyen dynasty in order to build Hue capital. Among them were awarded the nine and eight grades of mandarin positions, chief wooden statue positions etc.
Thanh Nam Fishing Village
The fishing Village Thanh Nam (also called Con Chai) is shaped by the beautiful Thu Bon River. Fishermen have come here for a long time to cast their nets and catch prawns, crabs and fish. The fishing village is still active nowadays, even with the appearance of modern fishing ships going to far fishing areas in the East Sea. The village is just 3 km away from Hoi An ancient town and it can be accessed by boat and bicycle. Visitors can stay and work with the accommodating local people and learn how to catch fish in the traditional way of this area. They will experience the daily life of a typical fisherman, learn how to lift the big fishing net out of the water and how to use the little round boat “THÚNG CHAI” to get fish out to the net.
Tra Que Vegetable Villages
Tra Que is a charming little village located just a few kilometers from Northeast of Hoi An. Its location is between De Vong river and Tra Que alga pond (Cam Ha commune – Hoi An town). This village is famous for many kinds of vegetables in a long time: lettuce, salad, houttuynia, flagrant knotweed, basil and coriander vegetables etc., The village is named after the sweet scented vegetables that spice up the everyday meals of the Hoi An people.
Thanh Ha Pottery Village
Pottery is not just a significant and traditional craft in Vietnam, but also an important means of livelihood. The Thanh Ha Pottery Village in Hoi An is a famous example in this type of an establishment that aims at furthering tradition as well as employment. The Thanh Ha Pottery Village in Hoi An is located in the Quang Nam Province in the Thanh Ha ward; Hoi An lies 3 Km to the east of it. The pottery village has a long historical legacy attached to it.
Cua Dai Beach
Cua Dai literally means the ‘big sea mouth’. Cua Dai beach is located in the area of Cam An Ward, about 4km to the north-east of Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province. The beach boasts fine white sand, clear and blue water, moderate slopes and small waves, which make it ideal for recreational activities like swimming and other sea sports.
This beach is closest to Hoi An, is very beautiful and is well worth a visit to cool off when the heats starts to get to you. If you spend a day at the beach and elect to take a deckchair, you will be asked to buy either a baguette, some lovely pineapple or a drink, otherwise you will have to pay for the seat.
An Bang Beach
An Bang Beach is awarded as top 25 best beaches in Asia by Trip Advisor. Just four kilometres from Hoi An’s UNESCO World Heritage centre and 30 kilometres from Da Nang International Airport, An Bang Beach is the perfect complement to the sightseeing and tourist bustle of town. With the once popular Cua Dai Beach suffering from severe erosion, An Bang now holds the crown as Hoi An’s go-to beach
Sat – Sun 9.30 am – 8 pm
Excellent fair-trade gift shop that stocks good-quality souvenir of silk scarves, clothes, jewellery, hand-painted Vietnamese hats, handmade toys and teddy bears and more. The shop employs and supports artisans with disabilities, and staff are happy to show visitors through the workshop.
Shop here for interesting Arts & Crafts homewares and fashion, often using natural hemp and indigo, and crafted incorporating fair trade practices by the Hmong, Black Thai and Lolo ethnic minority people in the north of Vietnam.
A Dong Silk
A Dong Silk is especially favored for their quality and attentive service. The secret of A Dong Silk’s success may lie in their care to customer satisfaction, since most customers appraised the staff there for being very friendly and patient, as well as their knowledge of how the fabrics work with different garments and their high tailoring skill. Their wide range of fabric can also please most people. Not a cheap one but still definitely reasonable for such a high quality of clothes and service like that!
Banh Mi Phuong
Many among you surely know Anthony Bourdain, the famous American chef, author and television personality with “No Reservations” travel show. He came to Hoi An, ate banh mi Phuong and then claimed that it is a symphony in a sandwich. What makes banh mi here so special?
One of the most important thing is the plain banh mi madam Phuong bakes next door which is crispy outside, soft and airy inside. Banh mi Phuong is a good combination of many ingredients together: pork liver pate, handmade mayonnaise, pork floss, grilled pork, head cheese, pork patty, pickled papaya, long sliced cucumber, sliced tomato and cilantro, spring onion, mints,…All these ingredients combining together is what makes the banh mi here so tasty.
Madam Buoi Chicken Rice
One of the oldest eateries in town, this simple, family run chicken rice spot is a gem. Com Ga Ba Buoi only serves Hoi An chicken rice – and was opened by Ba Buoi or Mrs. Buoi in the 1950s. It’s been serving locals and visitors since then. Her son Mr. Binh now runs the show with the family so if you are feeling like a light tasty lunch with some devoted locals, swing by Com Ba Ba Buoi.
Remarkable cafe-restaurant, serving Vietnamese and Western food, with a terrific riverside location (the upper terrace has stunning views). A relaxing day here munching your way around the menu would be a day well spent. The breakfasts are legendary (try the eggs Benedict), the patisserie and cakes are superb, and fine-dining dishes and good cocktails also deliver.