Riding buffalo around paddy fields & other fun, at Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam

by Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Nguyen Manh Luan is the Guest Services Agent at Anantara Hoi An Resort, Vietnam. Luan has been working at Anantara Hoi An for nearly five years, first as a concierge and later transferring to his current position as a guest services agent. Luan is originally from Hoi An and he particularly enjoys showcasing his home town – a UNESCO protected heritage site – to travellers from over the world. Let’s take a trip to Hoi An with Luan… 

Nguyen Manh Luan.

Most popular request

Guests mostly ask for recommendations for a good restaurant in the old town, or an activity in and around Hoi An.

Favourite locale when enjoying a day off

I walk along the beach and stop for local street food, together with my family. Sometimes, we’d walk to the old town, have coffee at the Cafeteria at 69/03 Phan Chau Trinh to enjoy the slow lifestyle of the old times. Their decorations and interior are very attractive and unique.

Best coffee

We offer 100 per cent organic coffee sourced from local K’Ho growers at all Anantara Hoi An restaurants. The flavour is rich and velvety and the quality of the beans is superb. Also, Cargo Club Café & Restaurant offers great coffee and desserts.

Where we must go for lunch

My suggestion is a local restaurant called Thuy Ta Song Que which is on Cam Kim Island. The restaurant floats on the river and you can feel the bobbing motion of the waves under the deck. It’s open-air and close to nature; prices are affordable; and the quality of the food is excellent.

It’s a rainy day outside but we want to explore, what we should do

If I had to go out on a rainy day, I would go fishing with my friends. For Hoi An visitors however, I would suggest visiting Tra Que village where our local farmers grow all the herbs and vegetables for the local restaurants. It is a very serene setting, especially in the rain.

An absolute must-do or must-see before leaving

Walk around exploring the old town on foot is the best way to appreciate Hoi An’s unique architecture and lifestyle. Also, the street food experience is not to be missed. Hoi An is famous for its street food!

What he loves about the hotel

I like the people working at Anantara Hoi An, especially my team. I love all the guests coming to stay with us and I enjoy sharing Hoi An stories with them.

Anything else we should know when visiting

Ride a buffalo around the paddy fields to get the feel of Vietnam’s countryside living.


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