Hoi an Travel Guide - Things you have to know
By Custom Vietnam Travel | Updated 1/5/2019
Beautiful Hoi An is the most atmospheric city in Vietnam, with bags of surviving historic architecture. The old town quarter is a joy to explore, packed to the brim with well-preserved merchant houses that hark back to Hoian’s trading center heyday of the 15th century. Plenty of the old merchant houses have been opened to the public so you can get a taste of these times.
Hoi An’s major symbol is the delightful Japanese Bridge at the western end of Tran Phu street while nearby, the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation is the old town’s most highly decorated temple. There are numerous small pagodas and museums dotted about the town, but Hoi An’s true charm is found in simply rambling the old town streets admiring the well-preserved facades
Following our local travel consultants, we will give you the full Hoi An travel guide to prepare the best trip in Hoian
1. How to get to Hoi An
Hoi An is located in Quang Nam but the nearest airport is in Danang (Hoi An is 30km from Danang). Currently airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, Vietjetair all operate routes from Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to Da Nang. If you want to buy cheap tickets, you should book about 3 to 6 months in advance.
Overview of Da Nang Airport
Trains from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang
From Hanoi or Saigon, there are train routes to Da Nang (North - South route), fares range from VND 400,000 to VND 1,200,000 depending on the train type and seat type. It takes 14 to 20 hours to travel from these two cities to Danang by train. From Da Nang you can take a bus / taxi to Hoi An, it is very convenient.
A long rail way Vietnam
Coach: cost about 400,000 - 500,000 VND. Xe Hoang Long, Hlink, Mai Linh and Thuan Thao. 18 to 20 hours from Hanoi / Saigon to Hoi An.
Coach from Da Nang to Hoian
2. How to get around Hoi An
Hoi An is full of transportation services such as bus, taxi, motorbike taxi, cyclo
• Motorbike rental from 120,000 to 150,000 VND / day.
• But the most interesting thing when visiting Hoi An is walking or renting a bicycle around the neighborhood to feel the special features of this place. The price for renting a bicycle is VND 30,000 / day.
Tourists are cycling around down town streets
3. The best attractions must visit in Hoi An
Japanese Bridge is the jewel in the heart of Hoi An. The bridge was built in the late 16th century and is called the Japan Bridge. In the middle of the bridge is a small temple to worship Huyen Thien Dai De. The bridge has a quite unique roof with decorative structures and patterns showing a harmonious combination between Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and Western architectural styles. Location: The bridge crosses the creek flowing into the Thu Bon River and bordering Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu streets.
Hoi An's Japanese covered bridge at night
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, also known as Fujian Assembly Hall, is one of 5 official assembly halls in Hoi An, including Chaozhou (Trieu Chau), Guangdong (Quang Dong), Fujian (Phuc Kien), Hainan (Hai Nam), and Hak. Chinese people have long highly appreciated the community life. For the purpose of uniting together to trade, mutual assistance when having any troubles, they has established their own assembly halls. Fujian Assembly Hall has been famous for its magnificent beauty, splendor, and majesty in a large space with unique architecture of Chinese architectural style and its sacredness.
Phuc Kien in the Hoi An ancient town in Quang Nam Province of Vietnam
Trieu Chau Assembly Hall
This assembly hall was built by Chinese overseas coming f-rom Trieu Chau (China) in 1845. It is dedicated to the God of Wind and Big Waves. The house's owners hope this God will always bring luck to them and help them travel smoothly on the sea. Formerly, people often went to the house at night to pray because they thought that all their wishes would come true. The most outstanding features of the house are a sophisticatedly carved wooden frame, decorative designs, beautiful wooden patterns and embossed patterns made of porcelain pieces.
Trieu Chau assembly hall Hoian
Museum of History and Culture
Containing a great number of historical relics, the redundant Museum of History and Culture in Hoi An is located in the earliest inhabited region in Hoi An. The museum is a treasure trove and is also a famous pagoda all rolled into one. The name of this pagoda is “Quan Yin”. The Museum of History and Culture in Hoi An was actually built as a religious establishment in the year 1635, and so it was set up accordingly. Traces ogf this is still clearly evident.
Museum of history and culture hoi an
Cua Dai Beach
Cua Dai literally means the 'big sea mouth'. Cua Dai beach is located in the area of Cam An Ward, about 4km to the north-east of Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province. Cua Dai Beach is over 3km in length and up to 300m in width. The beach boasts fine white sand, clear and blue water, moderate slopes and small waves, which make it ideal for recreational activities like swimming and other sea sports.
Beautiful Cua Dai beach Hoian
Old House of Tan Ky
The name Old House of Tan Ky itself suggests that the building is one of the remotest historical buildings in Hoi An. The age of the old house is approximately a couple of centuries. The old house reflects the combination of both Japanese and Chinese architectural geniuses. So while visiting the small town Hoi An, in Vietnam, you must also visit this Old House of Tan Ky to encounter great historical and cultural significance of Vietnam.
The main entrance of Tan ky old House
The Old House of Phung Hung
The Old House of Phung Hung Hoi An is a beautiful town in Vietnam. While traveling in Goi An, you will get to see various beautiful historical buildings and many other tourist attractions. The Old House of Phung Hung, Hoi An is one of the most famous architectural buildings hat are considered to be the cultural heritage of hoi An. Visit this ancient home in Hoi An and enjoy the old world charm.
Inside of the Old House of Phung Hung
Thanh Nam fishing village
The fishing Village Thanh Nam (also called Con Chai) is shaped by the beautiful Thu Bon River. Fishermen have come here for a long time to cast their nets and catch prawns, crabs and fish. The fishing village is still active nowadays, even with the appearance of modern fishing ships going to far fishing areas in the East Sea. The village is just 3 km away f-rom Hoi An ancient town and it can be accessed by boat and bicycle.
The picture of locals in Fishing Village in Hoi An
Tra Que Vegetable Village
Tra Que Vegetable Village Just half a kilometre up the road f-rom the Tomb of Tani Yajirobei is the Tra Que Vegetable Farm, a community of people who grow a wide variety of veggies and herbs in the rich soil at the top of the rice field. And rarely have any rural areas in Vietnam whe-re livelihood is based solely on growing vegetables like this. Since the begining of the XX century and previous, Traque is one of the important stop of many boats circulate along the Thu Bon river from Hoi An to Da Nang.
Local people are working on the garden in Tra Que vegetable village
Thanh Ha Pottery Village
Thanh Ha Pottery Village Pottery is not just a significant and traditional craft in Vietnam, but also an important means of livelihood. The Thanh Ha Pottery Village in Hoi An is a famous example in this type of an establishment that aims at furthering tradition as well as employment. The Thanh Ha Pottery Village in Hoi An is located in the Quang Nam Province in the Thanh Ha ward; Hoi An lies 3 Km to the east of it. The pottery village has a long historical legacy attached to it.
Thanh Ha pottery museum - outside collections
4. The best food in Hoian
Although Hoi An ancient town is small, its culinary culture is extremely rich. Here are some delicious dishes and addresses for you to enjoy when coming to this special place:
Pho Hoi Chicken Rice
With all the meticulous pulling skill in the way of processing, Hoi An people have created a chicken rice dish enough to make a mark for people to give it a unique name: Hoi An chicken rice. Chicken Hoi Town rice with onions, sour papaya, herbs, Tra Que, also has a cup of soup mixed heart, liver, kidney served to increase the appeal.
Address: Ba Buoi chicken rice (26 Phan Chau Trinh), Ba Huong chicken rice - Kiet (alley) Sica, Ba Minh chicken rice, Russian chicken rice ...
Chiken Rice Hoi An
Many people living in the old town say high floor has appeared in Hoi An since the 17th century. Perhaps that is why this dish is heavily influenced by Chinese cuisine as well as Japanese cold noodles Udon. However, the high floor of Hoi An still has its own bold and only Hoi An has the true Cao Lau dish.
Address: It is very easy to find Hoi An high floor, from the curbside to restaurants on Tran Phu street, the most famous is Ba Be restaurant, Trung Bac.
Cao Lau Hoi An
Dumplings - cauldron cakes are two types of bread with similar ingredients, usually eaten on a single plate. Another is the cauldron filling made from crushed ground shrimp mixed with a little pepper, garlic, onion, lemongrass and esoteric spices.
The dumpling filling is made from pork, mushroom, sliced green onions and then fried with esoteric spices. Perhaps this seasoning is also a reason why dumplings - cauldron can only eat well when in Hoi An.
Address: White Rose Restaurant on Nhi Trung Street. Here, you can see firsthand the elaborate baking process of the shop.
White rose cake white rose restaurant Hoian
From the outside, Quang noodles are almost like Cao Lau, but if you just try it once, you will see these are two completely different dishes. Quang noodles are often eaten with shrimp, meat, quail eggs ... All infused with spices. When eating, indispensable crispy rice paper and vegetables.
Address: Mrs. Minh's shop, Cẩm Hà district, or in Hội An market, at the beginning of Trần Phú street; Quang noodles on the street.
Quang noodle - Hoian
Hoi An Pancake - Banh Xeo
Hoi An Pancake is a genuine specialty of Hoi An town. The main raw material for making pancakes besides rice is also shrimp and meat. In order to make a pancake, a person must sit by the fire constantly hot, so the rainy season of the year from October to December is the most suitable season for making pancakes in Hoi An.
Address: Gieng Ba Le (Phan Chu Trinh alley); Bale Well (Ba Le shop) - 45/51 Tran Hung Dao.
Hoi An Pancake - Banh Xeo
5. Shopping in Hoi An
Hoi An lantern are made pretty nice, light and retractable so they are suitable for tourists to buy as souvenirs. You can find products on Tran Phu street from Tuoi Ngoc and Ngoc Thu lantern shops or shops on Le Loi street. Price is not too expensive, only a few tens of thousands a unit.
Custom tailors in Hoi An is both cheap and beautiful and fast. In just a few hours, the worker will finish sewing for you like the outfit. If you can't wait, just leave your measurements and address, the store will send the product to your door.
Garment stores: Thu Thuy shop (60 Le Loi), Yaly (358 Nguyen Duy Hieu), A Dong silk (40 Le Loi), Bao Khanh (101 Tran Hung Dao).
Hoi An footwear is also quite rich and beautiful. Many stores receive quick shoemaking similar to clothing stores.
Hoi An chili sauce is a special dish, spicy and aromatic again.
Other things: Silk, woodcarving, embroidery, souvenirs, stoneware ...
6. Some tips in Hoi An
• Hoi An is very interesting in the early morning, the streets are quiet, the people of Hoi An are about to start the day without lights, sellers and buyers are busy.
• Able to stroll in Hoi An at night in the quiet alleys of the old town.
• Every night at Ben Bach Dang there is a cultural boat strolling around the river, playing classical music.
• Restaurants and shops are always ready to serve you wholeheartedly. Therefore, you do not necessarily have to listen to leads or follow them to the shopping place.
I hope you’ve found the article “Hoian Travel Guide” useful and it helps you to have a great trip to Ha Giang.
Enjoy yourself and ‘hen gap lai!!!’ (see you later!!!)