Hoi An

7/10/2017 8:31:46 AM

Situated along the south central coast of Vietnam, Hoi An is an outstanding example of a well-preserved ancient town that has been designated a World Heritage Site. Known as Faifo in the past, it was a major port town that boasted multi-cultural influences from the 16th – 18th centuries. Today, it is a quaint and picturesque town that can be easily explored on foot.

Hoi An

Situated along the south central coast of Vietnam, Hoi An is an outstanding example of a well-preserved ancient town that has been designated a World Heritage Site. Known as Faifo in the past, it was a major port town that boasted multi-cultural influences from the 16th – 18th centuries. Today, it is a quaint and picturesque town that can be easily explored on foot.

Where to go in Hoi An?

Merchant houses: Many of the old merchant houses are lived in by the locals and beautifully preserved. They can be typically described as having a narrow and lofty interior with a barrel vault ceiling. The street entrance has a shop front where the merchant used to display his goods. This is still used for his purpose n modern Hoi An with its numerous galleries and antique shops.

Phuc Kien community house: This is a Chinese Community Hall, but has other uses as a temple, shrine, place of ancestor worship, and a venue for conferences. The Chinese maintain practicality in their worship but since most things in life ca not be guaranteed, superstition also plays a large part in their religious beliefs. The rear contains an altar dedicated to the three gods of health, wealth, and longevity. Three is even a goddess who will stop your baby crying for a sufficient tip. Other community and assembly halls include: the Hainan Chinese Assembly, the ChaoZhou Assembly Hall etc.

Japanese Bridge: This bridge was built in 1953 by the Japanese, although this may be hard to pick by its name! Its base is made of stone and the rest of ironwood, jackwood and other hardwoods. The bridge’s purity has been ruined over time with Chinese and Vietnamese ornamentation. There is a pagoda built into one side of the bridge. The bridge is still used as a popular thoroughfare and is on the western end of Tran Phu street.

Hoi An’s tailors are renowned for their high workmanship, so be sure to shop for tailor-made clothes. Do also shop for interesting souvenirs such as silk lanterns and custom made jewelry. Head to the Old Town where historical sights await. There, you can cross the Japanese covered bridge, stroll through the cultural halls, enjoy a traditional music performance, and explore the layout of an ancient house.

Just a few kilometers out of town, Cua Dai Beach’s golden sands provide a nice place to unwind over fresh seafood. Explore the small villages on a bicycle and discover artisans crafting pottery in the narrow streets. For day trips out of Hue, opt for the historical Cham statues at My Son or to the Marble Mountain where caves, temples and magnificent views await at the summit.

Where to stay in Hoi An?

A long the Cua Dai beach there are many beautiful and godd servies resort such as The Nam Hai, Palm Garden, Golden Sand, Victoria, Hoain Beach… You also could find the small with smiles hotels in the old town…

For more information, please see the hotel page (link with hotel page)

Where to eat in Hoi An?

 In Hoi An, do not miss the local specialty Cao Lau which is a dry noodle dish with a tantalizing touch. Other delicacies include Hoa Hong (white dumplings) and Mi Quang (noodle soup with a foray of ingredients). With only 6 tables, the seafood specialty restaurant Hoi An Hai San features a cozy and intimate atmosphere but pre-booking is required if you want guaranteed seats. Dine in the landscaped courtyard of the riverside Brothers Café and watch the fishing boats drift by. The funky Mango Rooms serves fusion food at its best – delectable dishes with great visual appeal. If you are eager to learn local culinary recipes, be sure to join in the cooking classes at Tra Que Organic Vegetable Village which produces the country’s finest organic food. For an original culinary experience in Hoi An, indulge in a private picnic on a deserted beach on the Cham Island (accessible by speedboat).

How to get in?

From Da Nang airport or Da Nang Railway station you could go by taxi to Hoian with more than 10 USD for one way car.

Hoian is 35km from Da Nang, 160km from Hue, 90 km from Myson …

 

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