Hoi An, an ancient town
Hội An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. Hoi An is an ancient town located in Vietnam’s central Quang Nam Province, on the bank near the mouth of the poetic Thu Bon River, 30 kilometers south of Da Nang.
The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.
Recognised by the Unesco as the world heritage site in 1999, it has became a hot tourist spot for not only the locals but also the foreign tourists. Today, we’ll give a glimpse of how its beauty that has hypnotized millions of tourists from all over the world.
Coming to this town, you’ll get a chance to admire a series of well-preserved old-architectured houses with moss grown walls and old furniture from their pristine past.
As a major trading port dates from 15th to 19th century, Hoi An is lucky to be a cultural crossing which reflects a fusion of Cham, Japanese, Chinese and the Western culture. Hoi An itself is free to visit; however, to enter the Old town, you’ll need an entrance ticket which are sold at various entry points. The Old town ticket includes 5 coupons to enter 5 different attractions which are Old house, museum, assembly hall, handicraft workshop and either the Japanese Covered Bridge or the Quan Cong Temple. Let’s get away from the modern and high-tech era, explore the old-fashioned charm and see for yourself how lively this ancient town is.
Hội An is known for its diverse and excellent food: a legacy of the many nationalities, including Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese, that lived or traded here. It can seem that every other restaurant is offering cooking classes, but the Thuan Tinh cooking day offers more than some. After a visit to the fascinating market to collect ingredients, you board a river boat and putter eastwards along the river to this low-lying island near the river mouth, completing the final stretch by rowing boat. Then it’s on with cooking (and eating) a selection of dishes – fresh spring rolls, crispy pancakes, beef noodle salad and classic pho, say – while enjoying the village atmosphere and watching tiny basket boats navigate the water-coconut-lined waterways.