Discovering Hoi An, Vietnam – Travel Tips
Hoi An is one of the most beautiful and untouched traditional towns in Vietnam. Located in the central coast of Vietnam just south of Da Nang, Hoi An’s Old Town is a UNESCO Heritage Listed site. If you’re travelling to Vietnam, this is the must-see place on your travel list.
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To See and Do Around Hoi An
Hoi An was a key regional port in the 16th and 17th centuries. Its rich historical legacy is still evident in Old Town, where its winding lanes, Chinese shophouses, temples, pagodas, and mix of modern and traditional style housing come together to create an authentic local atmosphere for travellers seeking both the traditional and modern in Vietnam.
Japanese Covered Bridge
The transitory Japanese community constructed this near-400 year old bridge in the early 17th century. The bridge was later renovated in 1986 and today, it stands as one of the most recognisable landmarks in Hoi An.
Go for a pleasant stroll along the river and you’re sure to catch sight of one of the swan boats on the river. These swan-shaped boats carry passengers and are a familiar sight on Hoi An’s river.
There are four main museums in Hoi An to check out.
- The Museum of Folk Culture is located on Nguyen Thai Hoc St. This museum documents the historical and culture aspects of rural Vietnam.
- The Museum of Trade Ceramics. Located on Tran Phu St, the building itself provides just as much interest and historical value as the pottery as it is a fine example of a traditional Hoi An style home.
- The Hoi An Museum of History and Culture is located on Nguyen Hue St. Among its collection are traditional photographs of the town, old pottery, and an old canon.
- The Museum of Say Huyhn Culture on Banc Dang St is home to thousand year old pottery and urns.
Cooking Lessons and Eco Tours
If you’re a gastronome, some of the local restaurants offer cooking lessons for travellers. Some local cruise tours also offer cooking lessons on boats, while others offer eco-style tours where you can fish and learn to row a traditional basket boat, finishing up with a cooked dinner and drinks. If you’re keen on boat trips, take a day trip to Cham Island for a scuba diving lesson in the pristine waters.
Cao Lau is a local rice noodle dish that’s similar to both Italian pasta and Vietnamese pho, served with roast pork, savoury doughnuts, vegetables and herbs. Other local delicacies not to miss are White Rose, a type of shrimp dumpling, and the local wonton dumplings. Central market has plenty of excellent and inexpensive local eats, while at night the pubs along the river come to life, offering great cocktails, beers, and bar snacks.
An Bang Beach is only 2.5 km from the town and popular with both locals as travellers, as is the spectacular Cua Dai beach. Both have plenty of local shacks serving fresh seafood and plenty of Western restaurants. For travellers seeking a luxurious beachside paradise with a dose of the traditional, look no further than unspoilt Hoi An. Like hotels anywhere such as Malaysia or Doha, hotels in Vietnam can range in quality, and staying at a reputed chain is often the best way to be sure of a comfortable experience.
Local festivals to watch out for are the monthly full moon festival, which is held on the 14th day of every lunar month and the fisherman’s festival, which is held on 16th February of the lunar year. The mid-Autumn Festival is held on 14th of August of every lunar year.