Hoi An ancient town

Hoi An is an ancient town located in downstream of Thu Bon river. It was recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage in 1999. During 17th and 18th century, it was known as a crowded trading port of South East Asia.  A lot of businessmen from all over the world came here to make commercial transactions.

By 19th century, sea transportation was not as important as before, Hoi An port lose its importance. Consequently, French people began to invest in Da Nang.

Through the course of time, Hoi An was lucky not to be destroyed by war. Especially, unlike other cities in Vietnam, it was not urbanized. By 1980s, it caught public attention for its architectural and cultural value. From then on, Hoi An became a travelling spot, attracting visitors from many countries to visit.

According to current statistics, Hoi An has 1360 historical and scenic sites in total. These including 1068 ancient buildings, 19 pagodas, 43 temples,  38 churches, 5 communal houses, 11 ancient wells, 1 bridge and 41 tombs.

Not only does Hoi An have cultural value, it’s also managed to preserve its traditions and customs. It is the place that marks the cultural exchange of Vietnamese and Champa people.

Visiting Hoi An, you will have chance to discover the unique culture of an exceptional well-preserved example of a South-East Asia trading port.

 

Accommodation in Hoi An Vietnam

Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most famous destination, attracting many local and foreign tourists. Accommodation here can meet all requirements.

If you are preparing for a trip to Hoi An, booking a room in advance is neccessary. The hotels are often fully booked because Hoi An is the favourite destination of many travellers.

Luxurious resorts such as Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort, Palm Garden Beach Resort & Spa, Golden Sand Resort & Spa, Victoria Spa,… costs 2.500.000 – 7.000.000 VND for a room.

Others have room rate from 1.000.000 to 2.000.000 VND/room/night, like: Little Hoi An Boutique Hotel & Spa, Hoi An Hotel, Hoi An Glory Hotel & Spa, River Beach Resort,…

To save accommodation expenditure, travellers can choose cheap hotels whose price is from 300.000 to 600.000 VND/room/night such as: Sam Sam hotel ( Ba Trieu street), Tan Phuong hotel (Ly Thuong Kiet street), Phuong Dong hotel (42 Ba Trieu), 2-star Hoi An hotel ( 69 Nguyen Phuc Chu), Green field (423 Cua Dai),…

Besides, travellers can rent homestay whose price is from 250.000 to 350.000 VND/room/night. It is specially suitable for backpackers or those who want to stay in Hoi An for a long time.

Places for food and drink in Hoi An

Hoi An is not only famous for being a world heritage recognized by UNESCO, but also for its unique specialities.

You can try many attractive dishes in Hoi An:

Cao Lau (A kind of noodles): It is sold in many places in Vietnam. However, only in Hoi An, you can try all its special and delicious taste. It is orginated from 17 century. It is made with some pork, and a spicy, sweet, and sour sauce. You can come Mrs. Be restaurant on Tran Phu street, or Trung Bac restaurant at 87 Tran Phu, Thanh restaurant at 26 Thai Phien to try this dish.

Chicken rice: It is quite popular with many travellers. It is sold at the price of 15.000d – 20.000 per portion. Famous restaurants are Mrs. Buoi restaurant (26 Phan Chau Trinh), Mrs. Minh restaurant (Ly Thuong Kiet), Mr. Xi restaurant (Kiet Ba Le)….

Bread: Phuong bread on Hoang Dieu street was rated as the restaurant of most delicious bread in Vietnam by an international travell magazine. Don’t forget to try this bread.

Hoanh thanh (a kind of noodles): The main ingredients include flour, eggs, and shrimps. It is made quite carefully and meticulously to make even prissy clients satisfactory. You can choose Anh Dung restaurant (14 Ba Trieu), Van Loc restaurant (27 Tran Phu) to try this dish.

Quang noodle: not only sold in Hue and Danang, Quang noodle is also sold in Hoi An. It is seen as a traditional dish of Hoi An. Travellers can come Mrs. Minh restaurant in Cam Ha area – Hoi An city to try this dish.

Dumplings & cauldron cake: It may be the kind of cake which is sold only in Hoi An. Its shape is similar to another kind of cake in Hue – banh bot loc. However, they are different in flavour, and ingredients. You can come White Rose restaurant (535 Hai Ba Trung) to try this dish.

How to get to Hoi An?

Hoi An is a famous tourist city of Quang Nam province. It is an ideal destination for international as well as local travellers.

There is no international airport and train station in Hoi An. However, it is only 30 km from a governmental city – Danang. Therefore, travellers can get to Danang by air or by train.

If you attend a tour from a travel agent, everything will be in order as schedule. You will be sure to visit all attractions in Hoi An.

If you go to Hoi An by yourself, you can take a flight or train from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Danang. From Danang, you can catch a bus, a taxi, or hire a motorbike to get to Hoi An.

As usual, there is a bus from Danang to Hoi An every 20 minutes. From Hoi An bus station, you can catch a motorbike to visit the ancient town at from 15.000 VND to 20.000 VND.

You can also catch a taxi to get to Hoi An ancient town from Danang. Some reliable taxi companies such as Song Han Taxi, Huong Lua Taxi, Mai Linh Taxi, Airport Taxi

Hoi An is a big tourist city that you can get many kinds of transportation vehicles to. Based on your demand, you can choose the most suitable one to make your trip safe and interesting.

Tourist attraction sites in Hoi An

Hoi An is small but famous for many tourist attraction sites and relic of a busy harbour centuries ago.

Visiting Hoi An, you will have a chance to see some famous attractions in the ancient town and the nearby.

  1. Tourist attraction sites in Hoi An ancient town

Japanese Bridge pagoda: It is a symbol of Hoi An’s tourism, which was built in the end of 16th century. In the middle of the bridge is a temple worshiping “Huyen Thien Dai De”. It has an unique architecture, decorated with patterns which are the combination architecture of Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and the West’s.

The temple of Tran family: Located on a are of 1,500 square meters, it was built in 1802 according to the order of a big official of Tran family. It is one of the temple which still keeps its architecture undamaged in Hoi An.

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall (Fujian Assembly Hall): In the beginning, it was a small temple which worshiped “Thien Hau Thanh Mau” – the god blessed for businessmen. It gradually became gorgeous, palatial, and characterized by Chinese architecture through many times of renovation by Chinese men living in Hoi An.

Trieu Chau Assembly Hall: It was built in 1845 by Chinese men living in Trieu Chau. It was the place for men from Trieu Chau (China) in Hoi An for their communication. There are many porcelain masterpiece made by craftsmen preserved here.

Quang Dong Assembly Hall: Located at No.17 Tran Phu, it was built in 1885 for worshipping “Thien Hau Thanh Mau” and “Khong Tu”. Since 1911, it has started to worship “Quan Cong” and “Tien Hien”. It was mostly made of wood and rock with unique beauty attracting many tourists.

Quan Thang Old house: Considered as the oldest and most beautiful house in Hoi An, it was built in the end of 17th century. It is located at No.77 Tran Phu. All of its architecture was made by artists of Kim Bong carpentry village.

Tan Ky Old house: Located at No. 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Tan Ky Old house was built nearly 200 years ago. It was divided into many rooms, each of which has a particular function. Its front was for trading. Its back connected to the habour – the place for goods imported into Vietnam.

The Culture & History Museum: It was founded in 1989. Nowadays, about 200 objects made of wood, porcelain, bronze, paper,… are displayed here. They reflect the stages of development of Hoi An.

  1. Tourist attraction sites along Hoi An

Hoi An Handicraft Workshop: Located at No.9 Nguyen Thai Hoc, the workshop comprises 12 kinds of oldest traditional handicraft in Hoi An which are pottery, carpentry, waving, carving, making lanterns, embroidery, lacquer …

Thanh Ha pottery village: Derived from Thanh Hoa, it was founded in the end of 15th century. It mostly produces and sells pottery made of clay, such as: bowl, flower vase, pot,… Nowadays, it is considered as a lively museum for scientists to do research on the history and development of pottery in the South East Asia.

Cua Dai beach: It is 5 km from Hoi An ancient town with the length of 3 km, considered as one of the most beautiful, and romantic beaches in the middle of Vietnam. A long sand shore runs along a line of coconuts. It is an ideal destination for the people who love beach, and sightseeing.