Balancing riverside luxury and colonial charm with a rush of real adventure, Anantara Hoi An Resort invites guests to explore Vietnam’s more off the beaten track sights.
For intrepid travellers, open jeep tours afford a closer personal connection to changing landscapes and local life, enhanced by the option of taking the roof off. Creative itineraries investigate beyond the confines of a guidebook, and whilst encompassing all the key landmarks, each excursion is unique. Passionate local guides are always on the lookout for fresh routes and secret finds, meaning that the map of each tour
is constantly evolving. From touring the ruins of the ancient Champa Kingdom in My Son, to exhilarating rides through lush rice paddies and the Thu Bon River delta region, no two trips are the same.
Complimentary bicycles and cycling route maps available at the resort make exploring the verdant countryside around Hoi An by bicycle a breeze. Start with a three kilometre ride to Tra Que Village – an organic vegetable commune blessed by fertile soil and prime conditions for herb and vegetable cultivation. Established at least 300 years ago and spanning 45 hectares, this rural village is now home to 245 families who supply Hoi An markets and restaurants with the freshest produce. Tour the vegetable and herb gardens, see traditional farming methods, learn about the organic techniques which fertilise the land using local pond algae, resulting in produce of exceptional quality and superb taste.
Back at the resort, master the art of making a traditional decorated silk lantern, learn to cook quick and easy Vietnamese dishes or join a Vietnamese language class before putting your new language skills to good use haggling at Hoi An’s farmers’ market.
More information: Anantara Hoi An Resort: +84-510/391-4555; hoi-an.anantara.com