Hoi An is a seaside town and famous for its monthly lantern festival. A UNESCO site since 1999, Hoi An is one of the most picturesque and romantic locations to experience coworking and coliving in South East Asia.
Many refer to Hoi An as the culinary capital of Vietnam and it’s easy to see why. There is a vast array of local restaurants and the many street food vendors cook local specialties including White Rose, Bun Cha and banana blossom salad.
A hotchpotch of Vietnamese, French, Chinese and Japanese architecture is what gives Hoi An its unique charm. Architecture loving remote workers can visit the Duc An Old House and be transported into another era.
Just 5 km up along the sea, digital nomads can relax by An Bang beach or visit Tra Que, which has been called the “loveliest village on earth”, to see how the local people grow exotic organic vegetables.
Long term and short-term visitors can also explore many different activities such as cookery classes and local photography workshops.
Here are some fun facts about Hoi An:
- Every full moon the locals celebrate their ancestors with the lantern festival, but there are beautiful lanterns every day in Hoi An.
- Historians believe that the city was founded over 2,000 years ago by the Sa Huynh people.
- The name Hoi An means “peaceful meeting place”.
- Many Chinese settled in Hoi An from 300 B.C. onwards.
- One of the most popular sites is an ancient bridge built from 1593 to 1595 by the Japanese called Cau Chua Pagoda.
- In 2018, about 2.4 million people visited Hoi An.
- Hoi An is a popular location for fashion lovers: the many local tailors and leather workers are famous for their made-to-measure clothes and shoes.
- Banh Xeo is a popular savory pancake dish from central Vietnam and a must-try in Hoi An.
- There are many initiatives to turn Hoi An into Vietnam’s first eco-city, and in the evenings the city center is pedestrianized.
Hoi An is perfect for those remote workers who enjoy romantic nighttime strolls under lampions and who want to experience coliving and coworking in a smaller town with a welcoming and international ambiance.