News in Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoi An Chic resort offers flavour of country life
Situated in the centre of Cam Chau, 4km from Hoi An’s Old Quarter, the four-star Hoi An Chic resort is a new destination where tourists can experience rural life.
Pham Vu Dung, manager of Rose Travel Service company, said the newly opened resort offers guests an exciting tour programme during their stay in the village.
“Hoi An is a well-known tourism destination but we have tried to create a different option for visitors to the ancient town,” Dung said.
“Village life can be taken in on foot, by bicycle or in a buffalo-drawn cart as the locals go about their day-to-day tasks,” he explained.
Dung said that military jeep trips along Cua Dai Beach and boat cruises along Co Co River are also available.
There’s no need to book a luxury hotel in Hoi An if you want to share life with local people.
The first morning at Hoi An Chic starts with a taichi session followed by swimming in the open-air swimming poor on the third-floor.
The sunny pool has a great view over the village and the green rice fields surrounding the resort, where farmers plough the paddy with buffalo.
A 3km walk awaits guests after breakfast along which drinks and snacks are provided.
“Most villagers make a living on the farm and are happy to show their hospitality to anyone interested in chatting with them or even helping with their work,” said tour guide Nguyen Anh Khoi.
“There are also blacksmiths and rice-paper makers – two of the village’s traditional trades – and farmers cultivate their gardens during leisure time,” Khoi further said.
An eight-seat buffalo cart is an alternative method of exploring.
“We converted the wagon to serve tourists and add a touch of nostalgia and an extra dimension to a tour of the village,” the travel agency manager said.
The travel agency also offers camping on the beach.
The 10km beach is home to dozens of fishing villages and provides a romantic setting for couples.
Tour guides and staff will provide the more adventurous travellers with stoves and equipment to cook on the beach.
Khoi said that fish and seafood could be bought from fishermen to cook lunch during the adventure, and old jeeps can be used to visit My Son Sanctuary or rural areas around the town.
Jeep tours are priced between 115 and 160 USD, while the buffalo wagon is 50 USD for a group of eight.
“We provide free bicycles free of charge or transportation to and from Cua Dai Beach and the Old Quarter for our guests during their stay at Hoi An Chic,” according to the agency manager.-VNA