Quang Nam

  • Down on the farm

    Down on the farm

    Life as a farmer need not only be seen briefly as the tourist bus passes through the countryside.

  • From Vietnam with love

    From Vietnam with love

    The second instalment of a photo book by photographer Réhahn provides readers with a glimpse of the many facets that make up Vietnam.

  • Rambling Road

    Rambling Road

    Vietnam ‘heritage trail’ is at risk of falling into disrepair as development competes with preservation.

  • A legacy to leave

    A legacy to leave

    Reiko Usuda hopes to pass on skills to her staff at the U Café in Hoi An and, eventually, the café itself.

  • Around & about

    Around & about

    As is now the tradition, The Guide travelled to Vietnam’s major tourist destinations to see how the industry is performing.


Out & About



    The Phuoc Hai Company, which manufactures leather bags, purses, wallets and belts, opened its Crocodile Shop in the ancient town of Hoi An in June.

  • Authentic Hoi An

    Authentic Hoi An

    Located in the heart of Hoi An’s old quarter, Home Hoi An Vietnamese Restaurant reflects the spectacular cuisine of the charming ancient town in a setting reminiscent of a French townhouse with a warm and elegant setting.

  • Japanese delights

    Japanese delights

    Wakaku Japanese restaurant, inside the five-star Hotel Royal Hoi An, was first opened to serve in-house guests but soon became well-known among visitors to Hoi An as one of the most luxurious restaurants in town, serving high-end Japanese dishes.

  • Eco tees

    Eco tees

    Established in early 2007, Ginkgo is well-known for its chic printed t-shirts from organic cotton for both men and women.

  • Down below

    Down below

    In the heart of the ancient town, Dive Bar is the place to head for some nightlife after dinner in Hoi An.



  • The cycle of life

    The cycle of life

    A father and son just outside of Hoi An ancient town are staking out a reputation for making good quality bamboo bicycles.

Bits & Pieces

  • Hoi An - Japan Cultural Exchange

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    August 03,2017 09:46 AM

    The Hoi An - Japan Cultural Exchange is a specific cultural event organised annually since 2003 in Hoi An. This year’s event will present a series of interesting activities, including a photography exhibition entitled ‘The diversity of Vietnam culture’ by Réhahn, a photography and object exhibition about Cham Island, the Hoi An - Japan handicraft exhibition, the Hoi An - Japan art exchange held at the An Hoi Sculpture Garden, ‘Hoi An - Japan and tourists’ boat racing on the Hoai River, a street art exchange including Yosakoi dance, a judo and karatedo performance, and ‘The wedding procession of Princess Ngoc Hoa and Japanese trader Araki Sotaro’ late on the afternoon of 19 and 20 August around the Japanese Covered Bridge area. There are also many folk arts for tourists to experience, such as coconut leaf folding, paper lantern making, pot breaking games, origami folding, and Vietnamese and Japanese games for children. For more information visit www.hoianworldheritage.org.vn.

  • Boutique Cam Thanh Resort in Hoi An has just opened

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    August 07,2017 02:35 PM

    Located in the Bay Mau coconut forest, a famous attraction in Hoi An, the resort is inspired by traditional Vietnamese villages and features red tiles, bamboo rafters, and coconut leaf roofs. The resort has 40 rooms and villas situated in three distinctive areas, each with their own swimming pool. It also boasts Ngon Café, Nón Bar, and The Lúa Restaurant, which can host up to 300 guests and serves authentic Quang Nam and Vietnamese cuisine with a touch of Western delicacy. Nestled among the water coconut forest, the Dua Spa is a little gem for those looking to be pampered by the region’s top masseuses. The resort also has a public exhibition area that takes guests through the rich history and culture of the Cam Thanh region. During the soft opening, Boutique Cam Thanh Resort is offering a 30% discount on its Best Flexible rate, a ‘Stay 3 Pay 2’ package, and many other promotions valid from 15 August to 31 December. For bookings or more information, call (028) 3939 0899 or email:sales@boutquehoianresort.com.

  • Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort recently held its soft opening.

    Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort recently held its soft opening.

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    August 07,2017 02:40 PM

    Situated by the serene Co Co River with stunning views overlooking the nipa forest and Hoi An’s suburbs, the resort features a blend of East meets West in architecture and all facilities to provide a superb and comfortable stay in keeping with international four+-star resorts, such as spacious, elegant guestrooms, an array of cuisine outlets, a spa and wellness centre, leisure and recreational facilities, including a gym, yoga classes, a 25-metre outdoor swimming pool integrated with a Jacuzzi, water sports, a private beach, and a kids area, as well as tour services. Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort will officially welcome tourists from 1 August, with plenty of special offerings and packages. Visit www.silksenseresort.com.

  • Hoa Co Villas opened in July

    Hoa Co Villas opened in July

    8pm, 21 & 22 March

    Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien St., HN

    August 07,2017 02:45 PM

    Located between Hoi An ancient town and Cua Dai Beach, Hoa Co Villas opened in July on an area of 2,600 sq m surrounded by the peaceful and romantic Co Co River to the front and green rice fields to the back. Hoa Co Villas consists of six luxurious villas, each with five rooms designed with a touch of traditional Hoi An architecture combined with modern luxury. Each villa has private living and dining rooms for the whole family to get together for breakfast or dinner and a private outdoor BBQ. Hoa Co Villas is offering an opening promotion of VND1,150,000 per room per night and VND5,000,000 per night for a villa of five rooms including breakfast. Hoa Co Villas and Palm Garden Resort are also cooperating to provide more luxurious services. The exclusive offer is VND1,640,000/ room/ night or VND7,250,000 per  night for a villa with five rooms, including a stay at Hoa Co Villas and buffet breakfast at the Palm Garden Resort. Contact: 252 Cua Dai, Hoi An. Tel: (028) 3845 7304, email: cuong.pham@hoacovillas.com.vn, or visit www.hoacovillas.com.vn.

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