In my previous article about my favourite teahouse in Hoi An, I mentioned that Hoi An is my number one destination throughout Vietnam. The reason being the perfect harmony and balance between the charming Old Town and pristine beach not far from the town.
My daily routine while staying in Hoi An was to ride a bicycle to An Bang beach after breakfast, spend the whole day at the beach until late afternoon and explore the Old Town in the evening. The beach is about 20 – 30 minutes by bicycle from Old Town and most of the hotels in Hoi An offer complimentary bicycle rental. The ride along the way is so peaceful and you can enjoy some variety of landscapes like the rice fields and river.
Although An Bang beach is not the most turquoise beach or whitest sand, it is stunning and admirable in its own way. This beach is filled with sunbeds and huts and you’ll get the sense of being in a very typical beach scene, which is promising and exciting. If you prefer serenity over crowded sunbeds and restaurants, you can find some beautiful and tranquil spots as you go further down south from An Bang beach.
The sunbeds are owned by restaurants just off the beach and they charge about 50,000VND or so (I’m not so certain) if you rent them, but it’ll be free of charge if you have a meal at their restaurant. And there’s one restaurant I went back every day during my stay and every visit because their food is absolutely delicious and the one lady staff who has been the most hospitable to us.
There’s quite an extensive menu of fresh seafood as well as other vegetable and meat dishes to choose from. I’m not a big fan of seafood, but here with the view over the beach and huts with the heavenly sea breeze, I enjoyed every dish they served especially stir-fried mantis with lemongrass.
My most recent visit was with a group of four friends, so we had the luxury of ordering a good variety of dishes. We ordered fresh and grilled oysters, shrimps, mantis, clams, morning glory and sweet and sour beef. That constant flow of food coming onto our table was so exciting and the meal was perfect.
What’s even better is that despite being in a tourist place, the price is not too elevated and not bad at all. Average check with a good range of seafood, vegetable and drinks was about 250,000 – 350,000VND per person. This is including free sunbeds for however long you want.
If you’re visiting Da Nang and / or Hoi An, An Bang beach is certainly a strongly recommended place to visit and this restaurant if you want the freshest and delectable seafood treats of Hoi An.
Restaurant: Nhà hàng Năm Giã
Address: Lô 2 – Bãi biển An Bàng, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Opening Hours: Everyday 08:00 – 23:00