Highlighted among other tourist destinations in Vietnam, Hoi An old town is a rustic, simple and poetic painting. Whether it’s a day or a night, Hoi An tourism still has its own charms.
In addition to cultural values through diverse architecture, Hoi An still preserves a rather large intangible cultural background. The daily life of the residents with the customs, belief activities, folk art, cultural festivals together with the romantic natural scenery, special dishes … make Hoi An increasingly attractive to travelers across the world to travel to Hoi An
From the 2nd to the 14th centuries, Hoi An belonged to Champa, with Lam Nam Pho, a developing port, attracting many Arab, Persian and Chinese merchants travel to Hoi An to trade and exchange articles. According to many ancient books have been in existence for quite a long time, Chiem port – Lam Chau Street played an important role in creating the flourishing of Tra Kieu citadel and My Son temples.
Due to the volatility of history, over a period of several centuries, this land has been forgotten. Thanks to the favorable water environment, plus many other internal and external factors, from the 16th to the 19th century, the urban area of Hoi An was reborn and prospered. In 1585, when King Nguyen Hoang conquered Thuan Hoa and Quang Nam (in 1570) with his son, Lord Nguyen Phuc Nguyen, developed land and developed the economy of the Central, Hoi An became a crowded international port of the whole country and South East Asia at the time. Since the end of the 19th century, due to the impact of many disadvantageous factors, the “sailing seaport” of Hoi An gradually deteriorated and disappeared, and gave its role to “young mechanical port” in Da Nang. But thanks to that, Hoi An avoided the distortion of a modern city under the influence of modern urbanization to preserve to this day a unique urban architecture complex and become an interesting destination for travel to Hoi An
2. How to travel to Hoi An?
Hoi An is in Quang Nam but the nearest airport is in Da Nang (30km from Da Nang). Airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, Vietjetair are operating flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to Da Nang. If you want to buy a cheap ticket to travel to Hoi An, you should order about 3 to 6 months.
Other means: Cars, trains
• From Ha Noi or Saigon, there are train routes to Da Nang (north-south route), fares range from VND400,000 to VND1,200,000 depending on type of boat and type of seats. It takes from 14 to 20 hours to travel to Hoi An from these two cities to Da Nang by train.
Bus: about 400,000 – 500,000 VND. Hoang Long vehicles, Hlink, Mai Linh, Thuan Thao. 18 to 20 hours from Hanoi / Sai Gon to Da Nang.
Since the transfer point to Hoi An is mainly the station in Da Nang. From here you can take the bus / taxi to Hoi An very convenient.
• From Hanoi, you can also pick up a stop at Tam Ky Station (Quang Nam), where you can catch a bus to travel to Hoi An
• If departure from TP. You can choose to travel to the North or Danang, the bus will stop in Hoi An.
Note: From Danang to Hoi An there are two ways:
+ You can follow Highway 1 to the south about 27km to Vinh Dien street and turn left 10km to Hoi An.
+ The second route is closer, absent, from Da Nang center cross Han river bridge, enter Da Nang provincial road – Hoi An, to Hoi An about 30km.
Transportation in Hoi An
• Hoi An is full of traffic services such as bus, taxi, xe om, pedicab
• Motorcycle rents range from 120,000 – 150,000 VND / day.
• But the most interesting thing to see in Hoi An is still walking or renting bicycles around the neighborhood to feel the special of this place. The rent for a bike is 30.000VND / day.
3. Destinations in Hoi An
3.1 Japanese Covered Bridge
This bridge is a pearl in the heart of Hoi An. The bridge was built in the late 16th century and is called the Japanese Bridge. In the middle of the bridge there is a small shrine worshiping the Great Emperor. The bridge is quite unique with the structure, decorative motifs show the harmonious combination between Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Western architectural styles. When travel to Hoi An, you should visit this bridge Location: The bridge acrosses the creek flows into the Thu Bon River bordering Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu.
3.2 Tan Ky Ancient House
Built nearly 200 years ago, Tan Ky House has the typical architecture of Hoi An town with furniture divided into many rooms, each with its own function. The front of the house is the place to open the shop, the back side connected with the river to serve as a place to import goods. This place in the list of must-visit when travel to Hoi An The house is built by traditional materials and is made by local carpenters, local mason shows a unique appearance, agility, elegance and the interaction with the style of art in the area. On February 17, 1990, Tan Ky was granted a Certificate of National Historical-Cultural Relics.
Cua Dai is a beautiful beach recommended when travel to Hoi An, with fine white sand, clear blue water, small waves and fresh seafood available at low prices. Cua Dai beach in the evening is also great because the beach immense, sparkling under the romantic oil lamps.
In the An Bang beach, you will feel the wonderful freshness while walking along the sandbank, picking up the sun, watching the beautiful sunrise at dawn on the sea.
4. What to eat in Hoi An?
4.1 Chicken rice
With all the meticulous in the preparation, Hoi An created a chicken rice delicious enough to make a mark to give it a name: Chicken rice Hoi An. Chicken Rice Street with the onion, papaya, Tra Que aromatic vegetables, also a cup of soup mixed heart, liver, chicken add to eat more attractive. You must try when travel to Hoi An
4.2 Cao Lau
Many people living in the old town say Cao Lau appeared in Hoi An from the 17th century. Perhaps so, this dish is influenced quite a lot from the cuisine of the United States as well as Udon cold noodles of the Japanese. However, Cao Lau Hoi An still boldly own and only Hoi An has the right Cao Lau.
4.3 Banh Beo Hoi An
To make Banh Beo, people choose delicious rice, shrimp dough, meat. Visitors to the restaurant, the owner is about to add many cups on the tray, the stuffing poured in, add grease, chili sauce, onion and put on the table. Eating cake must use the “bamboo knife”, it is a bamboo stick shaped blade. This type of cuisine also evokes curiosity for guests and is a distinctly different way of desserts with other Hoi An dishes made with rice.