No hustling or bustling like the big cities as Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An is graceful and historic located ideally on one of the most beautiful coastal in Vietnam. Formerly a major port, it boasts the old grand architecture and stunning riverside setting that befits its heritage…
For those who planning a trip to a unique Ancient Town existed in the world, top of attractions in Hoi An will give you all the information you need about what to do and see in one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam
1 – Tra Que Riding a bike around Hoi An countryside is an exciting experience to discover and feel the real life of farmers in Central Vietnam. Tra Que vegetable village Cycling Tour is good for travelers to take a day visit, just ride a bicycle about 4kms outside Hoi An to the countryside of Tra Que herb village; you can have a wonderful time with the local family besides visits this heritage ancient town. Spend a half day to visit the tranquil village, be a farmer and learn how plant as well as cook daily dishes of local people.
2 – The Japanese bridge One of Vietnam’s most iconic attractions, Hoi An’s Japanese covered bridge dates back to the 18th century and is a beautiful historical piece of Japanese architecture. It is claimed that it was created by the Japanese then living in Hoi An as a way to reach the Chinese quarter across the water.
The bridge was opened by Nguyen Phuc Chu Lord in 1719 who carved three Chinese symbols above the door in commemoration. The bridge also features the sculptures of two dogs and two monkeys representing the Chinese years in which many Japanese Emperors were born along with the fact that the building of the bridge began in the year of the dog and was completed in the year of the monkey.
The Japanese Covered Bridge underwent renovation work in 1986 which saw the restoration of the arch that was once flattened to make way for cars. Today, the bridge stands as a symbol of Hoi An and remains as aesthetically pleasing as it was when it first opened
3 – The old town of Hoi An It is an ideal spot to stop for a few days, strolling along the wharf, shopping in the market or having a silk dress or suit fitted, and is best explored on foot and at your leisure. There are many restaurants, old houses, craft shops and art galleries, where local artists exhibit their works. Nearby Cua Dai beach is a relaxing spot in fine weather. Are you ready to take a culture discovery journey?
4 – Cham island, About 20 kilometres to the east of Hoi An is a string of islands with beaches and lush forested hills. Only one of the eight Cham Islands is inhabited with fishing villages. A day trip offers the opportunity to explore, swim, snorkel and scuba dive. There are dive sites suitable for various levels of diving, include coral gardens, reefs and underwater pinnacles
5 – The rice paddies on Hai Ba Trung street (The road leading to An Bang beach). You will be able to work in the rice fields with the locals. If you are an early person, around 5 am. They are some beautiful photos to be taken.
6 – The beaches: Cua Dai and An Bang where you will enjoy relaxation and eating right on the waterfronts. A personal preference to An Bang beach much quieter and not submerged with resorts. The new beach called Hidden beach in Hoi An is also a good spot if you are looking for peace and quiet; there you will be able to ride a basket boat. (a round Vietnamese fishing boat.)
7 – The Tan Ky house, (Nguyen Thai Hoc street) is located in the old town Being the combination of Vietnamese, Japanese as well as Chinese elements, from a time when the three communities lived together in Hoi An during the 16th and 17th centuries, the house strongly represents features of Oriental philosophy,
8 – Hoi An Market. Resting on the banks of the Thu Bon River, bustling Hoi An Central Market is certainly worth a look for its authentic slice of Vietnamese life. The market is busy throughout the day with locals bargaining hard alongside tourists so its best to arrive first thing in the morning. The negotiating over fish usually starts around 07:00 as the fishermen drop their catch off and the market vendors and local buyers dive in to get the best fish. Be warned that it can get very messy, nevertheless it’s certainly a sight not to be missed.
9 – Fishing village Being a coastal region, many locals are expert fishermen so visiting a fishing village and experiencing the life of a fisherman is a key cultural experience. Hoi An Tours offer visitors a chance to learn to fish like a local. You help lift the big fishing nets out of the water, use baskets to scoop the fish out of the nets and spread the nets in the water again..
10 – Great shopping – Best tailor in Hoi An
Hoi An is a shoppers’ heaven where you can find tailor shops everywhere on the streets. Lots of tourists come to Hoi An in the hope of having tailored clothes within just a few days and at reasonable prices. Since there are nearly 400 cloth shops and tailor shops compact in this small town, there is a wide assortment for customers of all tastes to select. However, this multitude of shops also results in the fact that most tourists find themselves overwhelmed when picking the One amongst these. Next article would give you some recommendations of the shops that have the most positive reviews and feedbacks, as well as by word of mouth locally.
11 – Mid Autum Moon Festival
The Mid Autumn Festival in Hoi An is actually a moon festival. It is an annual festival unlike the monthly moon-festival of “Hoi An Full Moon Night” that is held on the 14th day of every month. The Mid Autumn Festival in Hoi An on the other hand is an annual affair falling in the lunar August or the eighth month of the lunar calendar. The festival is celebrated for two days: on the 14th and the 15th of this month. The Mid Autumn Festival in Hoi An is a gesture of gratitude to the Moon. The festival is celebrated to thank the moon for its year round services. The occasion is commemorated by baking and exchanging moon-cakes.
12 – My Son Sanctuary
According to many French, Poland and Vietnamese researchers, My Son sanctuary architecture was affected by Arabian, Malaysian, Indonesian, especially Indian culture, and it is the convergence of different styles such as ancient style in the 7th-8th centuries, Hoa Lai style in 8th-9th century, Dong Duong style in the mid of 9th century, My Son- Binh Dinh style. All of the towers were built from red bricks and sandstone. Today, the brick making and construction remain a secret among many archeologists and tourists also.
Though there are not many remnants left, My Son holly land still boasts the rich culture and arts of ancient Champa kingdom in glorious time. Because of those priceless values, it was honorably recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1999, and attracts millions of tourists each year.