Hoi An's mustard-colored old town is plentiful with relaxing activities. One afternoon, we hired a private little boat for two hours. The ride took us past hard-working fisherman, and we even had the chance to ride in a basket boat that we'd serendipitously encountered on the backwaters! On another morning, we learned how to make mouth-watering Vietnamese spring rolls, banana pancakes and jeweled rice at a small restaurant cooking school. Each night, we strolled along the waterfront, watching as the colorful lanterns danced on the water.
A visit to the historic city is not complete without launching paper lanterns once the sky is cloaked in darkness. Vendors of all ages sell them along the water's edge. If you're feeling romantic, also take an evening boat ride on one of the small vessels. The locals are eager to rent them for half an hour or more. From there, you can send the delicate luminaries off on a late-night journey.