As we all know, Hoi An Ancient Town is well-known as a crowded international commercial port where local people met merchant ships from Japan, China, and the West during the 17th and 18th centuries. It is located on the coast of Vietnam’s Central Sea, in the downstream of the Thu Bon River, Quang Nam province, about 30 kilometers south of Da Nang. There are around 1,360 relics and landscapes, with 1,068 ancient dwellings, 19 pagodas, 43 divine shrines, 23 houses, 38 pagodas minority, 5 assembly halls, 11 old wells, 1 bridge, and 44 ancient graves grouped into 11 categories. In December 1999, UNESCO designated Hoi An Ancient Town as a World Heritage Site, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam.
The following are the Top 8 Best Places to Visit in Hoi An:
In Hoi An, this is a well-known tourist attraction and must be one of places to visit in Hoi An. Chua Cau (Japanese covered Bridge) has historically played a major part in local people’s spiritual lives, contributing to the ancient town’s cultural richness.
It’s called a pagoda, but it actually worships the North Deity Tran Vu, a god who, according to Chinese traditions, is responsible for curing storms and floods, protecting the country, and delivering joy and happiness to the people.
Designed to look like a pagoda, this bridge spans the tranquil and lyrical Hoai River. Standing on the bridge and taking in the tranquil and welcoming landscape of Hoi An is an unforgettable experience.
PHUC KIEN ASSEMBLY HALL:
This is a popular tourist attraction in Hoi An, attracting a large number of young people due to its gorgeous and old Chinese architecture,
The Phuc Kien Temple built in 1690, it serves as a historic social gathering place for the Chinese ethnic group of Fujian, China. And the function of the temple now is to worship Thien Hau – the goddess of the sea, who guards sailors from harm.
Besides, the temple not only focuses on Goddess Thien Hau’s worship, but also on the majestic beauty and strength of other significant gods and goddesses in Fujian folklore, as depicted in murals, lacquered boards, and paintings.
TAN KY ANCIENT HOUSE:
Amazingly, Tan Ky is a 200-year-old ancient home and one of the oldest nice houses in Hoi An. In addition, this is the first old mansion to be designated as a national monument, and it is where heads of state are welcomed. The mansion, which has been in the Le family for seven generations, was erected in 1741. As you know, the home was renamed Tan Ky in the second generation, which indicates business prosperity.
In term of architecture, the Tan Ky ancient house is tubular in shape, long and thin, and devoid of windows. The courtyard, which invites light into the house, is located in the center of the building.
A Confucius cup is one of the most expensive antiques in the house. This cup’s meaning is to encourage individuals to live in moderation.
Today, Tan Ky should be one of the places to visit in Hoi An if you are travelling to this town.
MY SON HOLY LAND:
Around Hoi An areas, My Son Sanctuary is one of the must-see places to visit in Hoi An; it is home to a system of ancient Champa temples with a lengthy history that are nestled within a 2km-wide valley.
During the Champa royal family’s reign, the entire sacred site was a prominent location for ceremonial sacrifices.
My Son Sanctuary is 45 kilometers west of Hoi An, 68 kilometers southwest of Da Nang, and 145 kilometers south of Hue, the historic capital of Vietnam. This location is surrounded by hills and mountains and is located in a valley with a circumference of about 2 kilometers. The area of the tombs of the ancient Champa dynasties’ kings and princes used to be here, as well as a site to organize sacrifices. Thanks to its historical value, UNESCO designated the My Son relic site in Vietnam as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1999.
Accordingly, this complex contains more than 70 temples and towers with a variety of architectural sculptural styles representative of the Champa Kingdom’s historical periods. And Hinduism has affected the majority of the architectural and sculptural works in My Son.
| See My Son Private Tour
HOI AN MARKET:
When visiting a new place, the first thing you should do is go to the local market. The market is a location where each country’s culture, life, and personality may be plainly and honestly reproduced. The rustic and familiar aspects of Hoi An Market impress, as they perfectly depict the people who live here.
So, this is the place where you can find story, culture, lifestyle of Hoi An people. Coming to Hoi An market, you’ve entered a world of unique and delicious street cuisine, with numerous Hue-style meals as sweet as the people of Hoi An’s voice and personality. Visitors are always invited to try Cao Lau, Quang noodles, Wonton, grilled Spring Rolls, Banh Xeo, Banh Beo… and the rest of the excellent snacks available.
CAM THANH NIPA PALM FOREST:
In addition to hearing many interesting stories of the war that happened here in 70’, when you arrive, you will go on a basket boat tour of the coconut grove. The more you go inside, the more peaceful it becomes, and the rustling leaves produce a soothing melody. The most unique aspect is that individuals here make close-to-nature jewelry such as rings, glasses, and crickets out of coconut leaves.
From August to October is the best season to visit Hoi An. The nipa bush is at its ripe season around this time. Delicious, oily coconut rice with sesame seeds awaits you. Friends, don’t forget to see the basket boat display here.
So, this place is a definitely one of places to visit in Hoi An. Thus, you not only find out fishing life of the local fishermen but you also participate in some water sport activities with the locals.
| See Hoi An Basket Boat Tour here
THANH HA POTTERY VILLAGE:
Thanh Ha Pottery Village is about 3 kilometers west of Hoi An city center, near to the tranquil Thu Bon River. This pottery village, which has many uncommon ancient features, is an excellent alternative for individuals who want to learn about our country’s ancient culture.
When you visit this tourist site in Hoi An, you may not only see the pottery village, but also participate in a variety of fun activities. As a result, various services such as discovering Dinh Xuan My relic, relic of craft forefathers, or observing ceramic artisans at work are included in the entrance charge. In particular, you will be able to make pottery by yourself starting from the most fundamental procedures.
Thanh Ha Pottery Village in Hoi An differs from other pottery villages in the country in that all of the manufacturing procedures are done by hand. If you get the chance to visit, you must not miss out on the many fascinating activities offered by this ceramic village. You will be able to witness directly the beautiful process of creative artisans manufacturing ceramics from clay. They will transform basic clay blocks into a product full of art through the hands of professional artisans at Thanh Ha pottery village.
From molding clay on the turntable to painting decoration, drying the pottery, and putting it into the kiln, you’ll see every step of the pottery producing process. The Thanh Ha artists are not just talented and innovative. They adore their profession as they tenderly care and send their spirits into each piece of land.
TRA QUE VEGETABLE VILLAGE:
On a 40-hectare plot of land, the Tra Que vegetable community now boasts more than 130 homes specializing in rotating and inter cropping vegetables. More than 20 species of green vegetables and spices are grown in the vegetable village, and some of the herbs are among the greatest in the world. Few places have flavors that are comparable: basil, é, perilla… all converged. 5 flavors are sufficient: spicy, sour, sweet, bitter, and caustic.
Green vegetable products grown on the rich ground between Tra Que lagoon and De Vong river are famous in this area. Furthermore, the inhabitants here use seaweed from the Co Co River to fertilize vegetables, which, when paired with advanced technology, ensures that the veggies in Tra Que are constantly fresh and have a flavor that is unlike any other. Because of the closed process, vegetable growing here creates ultra clean vegetable products and has no negative impact on the environment, giving health to consumers. Tra Que is not only a great area to grow healthy vegetables, but it’s also one of great places to visit in Hoi An if you want to experience the freshness and serenity of a vegetable village.
| Make a tour of Tra Que Vegetable Village
HOW TO BOOK HOI AN PACKAGE TOUR?
Above are Top 8 Best Places to visit in Hoi An. Hence, if you are planning to Hoi An ancient town (one of the nicest cities in Vietnam or A Little Venice of Vietnam) and look for the best travel agent or tour company organizing Hoi An Package Tour or Tours in Hoi An, please do not hesitate to contact us as follows:
Premium Travel Vietnam
100 Tran Van Du street, Ngu Hanh Son district, Da Nang city
Mr. Viet Nguyen (Travel Manager)
Whatsapp: 0084 979613777