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Top 8 Things To Do & See for Hoi An Tours

Hoi An – The poetic riverside city has been an inspiration for many generations of Vietnamese poets, novelists, artists and has left a deep impression for every foreigner who has visited the country. Different from the other bustling cities of Vietnam, Hoi An enchants tourists by its charming beauty of landscape and people. This ancient city is packed with wonderful sights to see, special cuisine, unique colorful architecture and surrounded by gorgeous countryside. Here are top 5 things to do and see in Hoi An we recommended to you.

Wander around Hoi An Old Town

Hoi An Old Town gets the top position on the list of must-see destinations in Hoi An tours. As a major Southeast Asian trading post in the 15th to the 19th century, this ancient town is a special museum consisting of a series of historic buildings influenced by Chinese architecture. Zigzag on the narrow and winding roads of the town to explore many unique highlights such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, the three so-called Old Houses, and the Quan Cong Temple. Drop at a tailor’s shop to get a beautiful dress or suit. Remember to watch the incredible folk music performances held several times each day at the Hoi An Handicraft Workshop. wandering hoi an

Visit Tan Ky House

Tan Ky house was built by an ethnically Vietnamese family two centuries ago. This house is the most invaluable property which has been preserved through seven generations. This ancients house is a perfect combination of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture. You can easily recognize the ceiling is affected by Japanese architectural styles with three progressively shorter beams or the Chinese characters are presented by columns decorated with special mother-of-pearl Chinese poems. Tourists will be impressed by the carving of crossed sabers wrapped in silk ribbon where force and flexibility converged.

Admire Japanese Covered Bridge

Like the iconic image of Hoi An, Japanese covered bridge impresses tourists by their pure beauty of being graceful curves and the inspiration for Zen spirit. This ancient bridge distinguishes itself by Japanese character unlike most other buildings in the old town, which are decorated according to flamboyant Chinese and Vietnamese architectural styles. This is such an ideal place for those who love taking photos, with a magnificent historical background and amazing red faded color. See it at night…awesome! japanese bridge in hoi an

Hit the Cua Dai beach

As one of the top beaches of Vietnam, Cua Dai is well-known for its pristinely soft white sand, crystal-clear yet deep blue water, crispy sunshine, cool salty breeze, slightly sloped sea floor and the gentle waves. This unspoiled and clean beach guarantees you an amazing experience. Relax on the deckchair and sip a cool cocktail or take part in a lot of fun activities, it depends on you. Do not skip this destination in your Hoi An tour if you are not a big fan of beaches!

Taste Cao Lau

Cao Lau is one of the most mouthwatering dishes you must try during your Hoi An tour. With the attractive brown color, unusual flavor, this unique dish satisfies everyone even fastidious people. It’s the combination of hand-cut noodles, sliced pork, crunchy rice crackers, spices, big handfuls of fresh herbs and super-tasty broth. Drop at a restaurant or stall in the riverside food market to taste this special dish. cao lau hoi an

Visit Tra Que vegetable village

You can easily realize that most meals in Hoi An also served with vegetables and herbs, so where your lunch is grown? Let’s find the answer! Located between town and An Bang beach, Tra Que fresh-veg village grows many types of vegetable from spring onions, tomatoes to hefty taro. Visitors can wander the plots, try to identify plants and chat with farmers there. Come to Baby Mustard restaurant for your delicious lunch and do not forget trying “three friends” – bundles of pork, prawn, and mint, tied with spring onion!

Soak Into Hoi An Night Market

Located on Nguyen Hoang Street, Hoi An night market is a paradise for shopaholics and foodies. The market opens around 5 pm every day when more than 500 vendors open up their stalls. The visitors will be mesmerized by a ton of local products from unique souvenirs to fresh fruits and mouthwatering streetfoods. Perhaps the most-spotted item for sale is the colorful paper lantern, which glows vividly after nightfall like a beautiful flower. Pick up a colorful lantern to cast a glow as you shop or take it home as a way to remember the colors, vibrant, and excitement of the Hoi An Night Market. A lantern is also a lovely gift for your friends. hoi an night market

Attending a Cooking Class

During your Hoi An tour, you will have a chance to discover how tasty the local cuisine truly is and bring home its flavor by taking a cooking class. It often starts with a tour around markets in Hoi An to buy fresh ingredients for the cooking lesson. Then you will learn how to mix all the flavors in the tasty treats. Nothing is more wonderful than cooking yourself delicious dishes and taste them. Names of recommendation are Red Bridge Cooking School and Gioan Cooking School.

Weather in Hoi An

Hoi An is divided into two distinct seasons: the dry (from January to July) and wet season (from August to December). Hoi An is sometimes also cold in January, which creates the unique feelings for the ancient town. The best time to visit Hoi An is the difficult question as each season has its featured beauty. It looks like this ancient town, regardless of sun or rain, still attracts a lot of visitors whenever they arrive here.

Best Time to Visit Hoi An

The 14th Day of Every Month (Lunar calendar)

hoi an lantern festival Hoi An Lantern Festival is organized on this day. From 7 pm to 9 pm, electric lights are turned off and colorful lanterns are light up instead with the space of folk music and cultural activities like dragon and lion dances. Visitors to Hoi An on this occasion will see the town full of nostalgic but extremely bustling, splendid experience.

From February to April

This is the time when the weather in Hoi An becomes especially pleasant and cool. The light sunshine at daytime and slight winds at night make Hoi An really suitable for relaxation. The time from February to April is the best occasion for outdoor activities in Hoi An such as sightseeing, taking photos, and visiting old heritages. In addition, Tet holiday often happens in February so you can explore how different this biggest festival of Vietnam is celebrated in Hoi An. hoi an from february to april

From May to July

Last months of the dry season in Hoi An is the exciting summertime with activities on beach. If the hot weather gets you tired after visiting around the ancient town, swimming and surfing on Cua Dai beach will completely refresh you for the next days of your visit.

From October to December

The rains at this time may interrupt your travel in Hoi An. Moreover, Thu Bon River is rising and the ancient town will be submerged in the water. If you want to discover a Venice in Vietnam by traveling by boats, consider visiting Hoi An on this occasion. hoi an in wet season

Hoi An General Information

Location: Central Vietnam, Quang Nam province
Population:  Approximately 150,000 (2018)
Language: Vietnamese
Currency: Vietnam Dong (VND)
National Condition: Mostly delta, Thu Bon River in the North
Ocean in the East map of hoi an

People, History & Culture in Hoi An

Hoi An People

People in Hoi An are rustic, simple, and similar to their ancient town. Time flies but Hoi An has still maintained the streets with ancient houses having green pile roofs of moss. Hoi An is generally quiet and peaceful. There is sometimes light laughs, greetings as well as chats of citizens. Visitors to Hoi An are always welcome by the locals with friendly and hospitable attitudes. Besides, Hoi An is not commercialized like some other destinations because the locals prefer focusing on popularizing the image of their country to earning themselves the profits. people in hoi an

Hoi An History

At the end of the 15th century, Hoi An was inhabited by Dai Viet (old name of Vietnam). Together with the reclamation, establishing the village, the Vietnamese also created a number of professions in accordance with natural and social conditions in Hoi An. From the end of the 16th century to the 17th century, more Chinese and Japanese settlers came to Hoi An and helped this town grow. Combined with the appropriate geographic location, Hoi An quickly became a prosperous trading port for centuries. In the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), Hoi An lost its position due to many unfavorable causes: the limited economic policies of the feudal court and the disadvantaged changes of natural conditions. hoi an in the past Nowadays, the Vietnamese government in association with local authorities have been preserving the traditional heritages and villages in Hoi An such as carpentry, pottery arts, and lantern, etc.

Hoi An Culture

In 1999, Hoi An was recognized by UNESCO as the world cultural heritage by its features of the traditional port in Southeast Asia along with the traditional architecture from the 17th century to the 19th century. Visitors can feel the melting pot of art and architecture from France, China, Japan and Vietnam by the rows of ancient houses, temples, and other constructions. The cultural values of Hoi An ancient town are shown by the rich and diverse intangible culture of habits, customs, beliefs, folk arts, cultural festivals which are still well-preserved. Hoi An, today, is the old town of Bai Choi folk music performed by outstanding artisans on the river, diverse street cuisine such as Quang noodle or “white rose” cake and colorful nights of Hoi An Lantern Festival. culture of hoi an

Hoi An Travel Guides

How to Get to Hoi An

To reach Hoi An, you have to get to Danang first. From Danang, there are some choices of transportations.

Bus

Distance: about 30km from Danang bus station to Hoi An bus station
Daily operating hours: From 5.30 am to 17.30 pm
Ticket price: around 25.000 VND bus from danang to hoi an

Motorbike

This is an opportunity for visitors to freely explore Hoi An and see nature along the roads.
Ask the staff of your hotel you stay for the stores which you can hire motorbikes.
About the route, you can follow the road signs on the national route 1A or ask for help from the hotel's staff.

Taxi

This is the most convenient way to travel from Danang to Hoi An. It takes about 45 - 55 minutes depending on transportation conditions. However, the price of the taxi service is quite high from 350.000 VND to 450.000 VND one way.

Transportation in Hoi An

Hoi An citizens always have awareness of protecting the environment. Motorbikes and cars are hardly found in the town. They have developed the habit of walking and cycling. Hoi An was the first city in Vietnam to host the event "A Day Without Smoke - Car Free Day" in 2012. Since April 1st 2014, every citizen in Hoi An has gone to work by bikes to contribute to environmental protection, aiming to build Hoi An - the city of ecology, culture, and tourism. Cyclos are also the recommended transportation in Hoi An. A slow travel by cyclo around the ancient town will leave tourists astonishing memories. cyclo in hoi an

Mobile & Internet Connection in Hoi An

The mobile network is available in Hoi An. International roaming service and other associated costs require the registry with mobile operators from foreign tourists. Vietel, Mobifone, and Vinaphone are names of recommendation. SIM cards can also be bought from their stores in Hoi An.
Internet access and Wi-Fi connections are available in restaurants, coffee shops, museums, and other public places.

Top 4 Must-buy Souvenirs in Hoi An tours And Ideal Places To Buy

Hoi An is not only known well for ancient landscape, mouthwatering cuisine but also for a ton of unique souvenirs. Here are Top 3 Must-buy souvenirs in Hoi An. Check and make sure you do not forget taking them home before living in this elegant city!

Colorful silk lanterns

Colorful silk lantern is considered as one of the symbols of Hoi An town. If you are in Hoi An you will witness the town lightened by many beautiful lanterns blossoming like flowers in the evening. The lanterns can be made of many kinds of fabric but silk lanterns are the most popular. If you want to buy silk lanterns as souvenirs for family members and friends you can go to Hung An lantern shop on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street over the Japanese Bridge. Only VND20,000 for two small lanterns and VND140,000 for a large hand-painted design. silk lantern in hoi an

Souvenirs

Keychains, floating cards, and ceramic animal statues are so cute and special gifts for your friends and family at very reasonable prices. Keychains are mainly sold at shops near pagodas and ancients house with prices around VND 5,000. Floating cards are not only available in luxury shops but also on the sidewalk with many models like lotus or Bridge Temple. A card often costs VND40,000. Thanh Ha Pottery is a paradise of ceramic animal statues with the prices around VND5,000 for three statues. souvenir in hoi an

Shoes

Footwears in Hoi An look unique and soft so that you can pick some pair of shoes for your lover and friends. Shopping in Hoi An you will be mesmerized by a hundred shoes with diverse designs and colors. Travelers may be lost through a series of shoe shops in Hoi An. Among those, The Friendly shoe shop seems to be the most recommended by experienced travelers with high-quality leather and good customer services. Most of formers customers of the shop extremely satisfied with the shoes they ordered. Especially, this shop does a great sell customer care by warranting the shoes for up to 3 months after the order. Find it at No.18, Tran Phu street to have perfect shoes.

Tailor-made outfits

  Tailor-made outfits in hoi an To have a tailor-made outfit for your own or your friend as a gift, you should select yourself cloth from the Cloth Market where the source of high-quality silk is sold out. There is a plenty of fabric exhibited there so you just need to opt for your favorite one and do not forget haggling politely on price. The Cloth Market is located at No.01, Tran Phu Street, Hoi An. After that wander around the Hoi An Old Town to find a tailor shop. One of the most popular shops is Trang Tailors with 25 skillful craftsmen standing head and shoulders above other craftsmen in Hoi An. You can find it at No.43 Tran Hung Dao street, Hoi An.

Useful Information for a Perfect Hoi An tour

Wear elegantly in Hoi An to show your respects to Vietnam. Sexy clothes are considered impoliteness and despiser.
You can pay US dollar in Hoi An. But for easy purchase, VND is highly recommended.
Massage in Hoi An is worth your try with only around $15.
Attend the cooking class to learn how to cook specialties in Hoi An and taste them.
Loan a bicycle to travel around Hoi An. Most hotels provide this service with the reasonable fee.
If you want something tailored in Hoi An, remember to ask for prices, lead time (often 2 days), and styles. Reputable shops are worth your while.
In the wet season, remember to carry a raincoat or an umbrella. Boots are recommended instead of scandals or sneakers.
In the dry season, T-shirt, jeans, sneakers or sandals, hat, and sunglasses are the advised set of clothes. Apply sunscreen for skin protection. Carry a bottle of fresh water for keeping hydrated.
Although most of the vendors in Hoi An are quite nice, some still cheat the tourists with higher prices and unprofessional services. Be careful with them. Ask the price clearly before making the purchases.

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