Hoi An is a famous small city known to many people as “Hoi An Ancient Town”. Located in the downstream of Thu Bon River, this is one of the most prominent highlights of central tourism. With a very simple, poetic and loving folk beauty in an ancient space, Hoi An ancient town is like a strange and unique picture in the midst of modern life. Coming to Hoi An, you can choose for yourself a Hoi An hotel near the old town and immerse yourself in the diverse traditional cultural and architectural space with ancient craft villages. Not only that, but this place also preserves many monumental intangible values recognized by UNESCO.
1. Hoi An overview
* Where is Hoi An located?
Hoi An is a tourist city of Quang Nam– A province in the central part of Vietnam, 860 km north of Hanoi capital and far from Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City 865 km to the south. Located in the middle area along the North-South axis, this is the intersection of cultural nuances between the two regions, which contributes to making Quang Nam in general and Hoi An ancient town in particular rich in tradition. culture, unique in cultural identity. Experiencing two long wars of resistance against the French and the Americans, Hoi An was fortunate not to be severely damaged and to avoid the process of massive urbanization in the late 20th century. Since the 1980s, The architectural and cultural values of Hoi An ancient town have gradually been noticed by scholars and tourists, making this place to exploit its tourism potential and become one of the attractive destinations of Vietnam.
Quang Nam and Hoi An are located in a tropical climate, so there are only 2 seasons: the dry season from February to August and the rainy season from about September to January next year. Although located deep in the Central and South Central region, Hoi An is still affected by the cold winter of the North. The average annual temperature is 25.4 degrees Celsius. In winter, the temperature in the delta can drop below 20 degrees Celsius. Because the rainy season often coincides with the storm season, in addition, Quang Nam is a province adjacent to the sea, so it suffers many impacts. benefit every time a storm hits the central provinces. If tourists want to visit Hoi An , they should go in the period from February to April every year because the weather is quite pleasant at this time, it rains little, the sightseeing process is not interrupted.
2. Means of transportation
Quang Nam does not have an airport, so if you go by plane, you can land at the nearest airport in Da Nang, only about 30 km from Hoi An. To save time and travel costs, you should book tickets 3-6 months in advance. Currently, airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, and Vietjetair all operate routes from Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi come to Da Nang and open super promotions.
In addition to airplanes, visitors can go by train from Hanoi or Saigon along the North-South railway with ticket prices ranging from 400,000 VND to 1,200,000 VND. However, the travel time by this means is quite long, takes up to 14 to 20 hours, so it causes a lot of fatigue. This is similar to passenger cars, the ticket price is about 400,000-500,000 VND.
*Note: To get to Hoi An, visitors will usually have to take a bus or taxi to go from the Da Nang transit point to the tourist area. You can also choose Hoi An hotels near the bus station for convenient travel.
3. Come to Hoi An, don’t miss these tourist attractions!
* Hoi An Bridge Pagoda
Hoi An Bridge Pagoda is a national historical and cultural relic and was chosen as a symbol of Hoi An city. The temple is located on a small bridge, crossing the romantic Hoai River. This is the only building with an origin from the land of Phu Tang in history, built by Japanese merchants from the 17th century, so it is also known as the Japanese bridge. However, the bridge still has bold Vietnamese architecture. The pagoda and bridge are made of lacquered wood with elaborate carvings, the roof is covered with yin and yang tiles, the pagoda’s face is facing the river. The two ends of the bridge have wooden animal statues, one end is a dog statue, the other end is a standing monkey statue.
* Lantern Street
Lantern Street seems to have become a familiar image for anyone who has ever visited Hoi An. On each occasion of the lantern festival, usually in the spring, you can book a hotel near Hoi An Ancient Town to see the bustling streets to welcome the New Year, the whole neighborhood as if it were changing new clothes and showing off its brilliant colors. Each porch, shop, public place… is decorated with lanterns of all colors and sizes. Coming to Hoi An tourism these days, visitors are like “lost” in a fairyland, a “kingdom” of magical and shimmering lanterns.
* Duy Xuyen Silk Village
At 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, the Silk Village Festival is recreated with the aim of reviving the ancient space and promoting to visitors the image of a miniature of a large trading port more than 300 years ago. It was here that contributed significantly to creating the famous Silk Road of Vietnam on the sea. With special ingredients that cannot be found elsewhere, the silk village has produced many unique and beautiful products. Visiting this ancient silk village, visitors not only admire the process of creating products but also experience this process with artisans.
* Tra Que Vegetable Village
Tra Que vegetables have been known as a famous brand for a long time because many vegetable products are grown on fertile soil, fertilized with seaweed taken from the river, so they have their own unique flavor. This vegetable village is only 2 km northeast of the center of Hoi An ancient town, located between the De Vong river and Tra Que seaweed lagoon, Hoi An city. Every day on the 7th day of the first lunar month, Cau Bong festival is often held here in a jubilant atmosphere with the desire for favorable rain and good harvest. Tra Que Vegetable Village has become an attractive tourist destination for those who want to learn and experience the life of farmers.
* Cu Lao Cham
Cham island belongs to Tan Hiep island commune, Hoi An tourist city , Quang Nam province, located 15 km from Cua Dai coast. This is an island cluster recognized as a world biosphere reserve, including 8 islands: Hon Lao, Hon Dai, Hon Mo, Hon Kho Me, Hon Kho con, Hon La, Hon Tai, Hon Ong. With a cool year-round climate, rich flora and fauna, especially seafood and bird’s nest resources and coral reefs, you can rent a hotel near Cu Lao Cham pier for convenience . travel and visit. Cham Island becomes a great tourist destination for those who love the unspoiled natural beauty of the sea in addition to the moments of being immersed in the ancient quiet space of Hoi An.
* Cua Dai Beach
Located 4km east of Hoi An ancient town, Cua Dai attracts visitors with its fine sand beach stretching to the top, clear blue sea water, calm waves in the bright golden sunlight. This is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Asia.
* Handicraft workshop
This is the place to create a variety of exquisite items that most visitors want to buy as souvenirs. Hoi An has many types of handicrafts such as mat weaving, cloth weaving, pottery, lacquer … Visiting the workshop, tourists can witness the skillful and meticulous hands of the artisans creating the products. beautiful handicrafts and visit a few stages in the production process.
4. Hoi An cuisine
* Quang Noodles
Quang noodles have long been famous as a famous dish of Hoi An, Quang Nam. Today, it has become a common gift for tourists when coming to the Central region. Like pho and vermicelli, Quang Lai noodles have their own nuances and flavors, including popular ingredients made from rice noodles, shrimp meat, pork, chicken, grilled rice paper, some available vegetables, Nothing is noble or noble. The aroma emanating from meat, shrimp, eggs, rice paper, and peanuts stimulates diners’ sense of smell, making the dish even more perfect.
* Hoi An Cao Lau
Many people mistakenly think this is noodles, but it’s actually not noodles. The essence of the dish is in Cao Lau, which is specially processed. When eating, there is the crunchy feeling of Cao Lau fiber and the cool and sweet taste of raw vegetables, the spicy and salty taste of soy sauce and the perfect melt-in-your-mouth fat.
* Ba Buoi chicken rice
This is a famous brand that is extremely familiar to Hoi An people. If you want to enjoy this dish, Ba Buoi chicken rice is the first choice when visiting this land.
* Corn sweet soup
The most famous in Hoi An must be Cam Na corn tea. To make this dish, you need 3 ingredients: cornstarch, sugar and tapioca flour. Corn tea in Hoi An is delicious for one reason only: the natural sweetness of freshly broken corn and its smooth consistency. To enjoy this dish, visitors can eat it solid, chilled, served with ice or served with other types of bean soup.
5. Coffee shops should visit when traveling to Hoi An
* Cocobana Cafe – 16 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
Drinks price: From 30,000 – 50,000 VND
This place is the intersection of rustic things, bold traditional Vietnamese nuances with diverse colors, creative and modern interiors. It is not difficult to see conical hats, bamboo ladders or beautiful small gardens with clear water aquariums. You can retreat into a corner of the tea room to sip a cup of tea or coffee, enjoy the simple space but it is worth posing here.
Special space of Cocobana Cafe (Source: ST)
* Cargo Club & Cafe – 107 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An, Quang Nam.
Price: 180,000 VND – 275,000 VND
This is one of the beautiful and memorable cafes in Hoi An. Located in the center of the old town where there are many Hoi An hotels and crowded with tourists, the shop offers a romantic and nostalgic space with two rooms facing the main street. One space is a large yard with high tables and chairs and cool trees. The remaining space is smaller but in return has a very cool veranda. In the midday sun, nothing is better than sitting under that veranda, leaning back on a bamboo chair, enjoying a glass of water here and idly singing a certain song, looking at the flow of people, light and peaceful.
Hai Cafe with cool trees (Source: ST)
6. What souvenirs to buy in Hoi An?
Lanterns are one of the unique cultural features of Hoi An people. Lanterns with all kinds of shimmering and brilliant colors are hung to cover a large, eye-catching space. The lanterns are skillfully made from bamboo frames, silk fabrics in many different designs and designs such as cylindrical lanterns, flying saucer lanterns, filling lanterns, garlic lanterns or military lanterns… With the price from only 15,000 VND for a small lantern, visitors can choose for themselves one as a souvenir.
Silk is a delicate souvenir bearing the beauty of the people of Hoi An ancient town. The highlight of Hoi An silk is its softness, lightness and coolness. Visitors here can choose for themselves the desired silk fabrics available or you can order according to the designs or patterns that you like.
* Carved wooden furniture
The items carved into unique shapes are very famous products of Hoi An craft village. With the price of each product from 100,000 to 300,000 VND, visitors can own a souvenir such as landscape paintings, portraits carved on bamboo.
7. Where to stay when traveling in Hoi An?
Located in a quite quiet location, right next to Cua Dai beach and only 5 km from Hoi An ancient town, visitors will be very convenient in traveling and enjoying the wonderful scenery. Along with the most complete and comfortable services, Cua Dai Beach Hotel ensures the most comfortable experience.
Address: 422 Hung Vuong, Thanh Ha Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam
Simple but sophisticated space, affordable prices and dedicated service are the advantages that Riverside Pottery Village Homestay brings to visitors. You will not be satisfied when living in a crab space in the middle of an idyllic village but still experiencing attentive services.
Address: 2 Tran Quoc Toan, Cam Chau, Hoi An City, Quang Nam
Located on a beautiful valley in the tourist city of Hoi An, Botanic Garden Homestay is an extremely friendly and close green space and also an ideal resting place for visitors with fresh air and trees. surrounded by trees like a beautiful tropical garden.
The hotel is beautifully designed in the style of a garden villa with 4 spacious and airy rooms with full amenities in daily life.
Address: 321 Cua Dai, Cam Chau, Hoi An City, Quang Nam
Located in the center of Hoi An city, Mercure Hoi An Royal owns a very ideal location, convenient for tourists to move in the city when it is only about 10 minutes by bike from Hoi An ancient town . 2km from Cua Dai beach with about 15 minutes by car. This is a green architecture located in the heart of the Old Town. With close-knit suites with beautiful views of the cool green swimming pool and comfortable services, Mercure Hoi An Royal attracts visitors when they stop here.
The above is a brief information about Hoi An travel experience , but it is enough for you to understand more about this land. It’s a pity if we miss an opportunity to come to this small but a billion reasons to love!