Top 7 Best Places to Visit in Hoi An
February 14, 2017 252 Views
There are a lot of famous sites in the ancient town of Hoi An that attract thousands of tourists. However, it may be hard to visit all of them during your travel to Vietnam. Here, we have included top 7 best places to visit in Hoi An which you should not miss.
1. Japanese Bridge
The most ancient bridge in Hoi An is the Japanese Bridge built in the 16th century. The exact date and story of this location are not really confirmed, but it is said that the bridge was created by the Japanese to connect the trading area with the Chinese. Today, Japanese bridge has become the symbol of Hoi An town with its unique architecture.
Japanese Bridge in the Morning
The bridge features the common style of some Asian countries which has a roof covering the bridge. You can also find many one-of-a-kind decorations from the past and two sculptures of a dog and a monkey. Legend told that the bridge was built to seal the monster Mamazu, stopping it from causing Earthquake. Another theory is that this creation was started in the year of the monkey and finished in the year of the dog according to the Lunar Calendar.
The Beautiful Bridge at Night
2. Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
Phuc Kien (or Fujian) Assembly Hall is another historical destination for tourists to learn about Hoi An. In 1692, Vietnamese people built a pagoda called Kim Son to worship Buddha. After it was damaged in 1759, Phuc Kien people (from Chinese) bought the pagoda and repaired it before renamed to Fujian Assembly hall.
The Main Gate
This location is packed with the ancient architecture of Phuc Kien people adding to the magnificent and beautiful scene from the natural surroundings. Visitors will explore a huge number of Chinese symbols such as dragons, phoenix, turtle and altars which dedicated to Thien Hau (Sea Goddess), her two assistant Thien Ly Nhan and Thuan Phong Nhi who can see and hear ships respectively from thousand miles and other significant figures.
3. Tra Que Vegetable Village
If you want to contemplate the life in the countryside of Vietnam, Tra Que Vegetable Village is a wonderful choice for you. Situated 3 km from the center of Hoi An old town, tourists can join a Tra Que Village Cycling Tour through the peaceful landscape of the village and breath the fresh air in the country. You are welcome to visit the organic garden where you can discover a wide variety of vegetable and herb, water and harvest them.
Trying New Experience
Additionally, it is a good chance to taste the local cuisine and participate in Hoi An Cooking Class available. Here, you will learn how to make Vietnamese dishes by yourself and enjoy them in the tranquility of the village.
Joining the Cooking Class
4. Cu Lao Cham Island
Hoi An is usually known for the ancient town and rich history, but Cham Island is a different discovery in the region. Traveling to this island, you will be amazed at the diverse ecosystem of this wild environment. Numerous activities are presented here, including snorkeling, diving, visiting the local fishing village or enjoying seafood.
Safety Equipment for Children
To explore the rich fauna and flora on the island, you can stroll around the island, hiring a driver to take you through the jungle or find out swallow nests in the cave. Moreover, Cham island offers a good selection of seafood and decent facilities around the beach.
5. An Bang Beach
Since the unfortunate erosion of Cua Dai Beach making it less appealing to visitors, An Bang Beach is slowly taking the popularity from the other one. However, it is not fair to say that this beach is just the same as Cua Dai Beach because this is the wildest and untanned beach in the region. Although does not have the crystal-clear water and vast white sand, a trip to An Bang is still worthwhile.
An Bang Beach
The restaurants in this area are packs with delicious seafood of the region. Not only you may find them extremely fresh but also at reasonable prices. Another great factor of the beach is that not many people decide to spend their time there, so you will have a private space with your family while lazing on the beach.
Homestay in An Bang Beach
6. Hoi An Night Market
The night market in Hoi An is a little relaxing walk through various souvenir shops. After a tired day, you may want to spend time contemplating the sparkle streets with a huge number of lanterns on the way. The atmosphere is definitely the attractions of this location.
The Unique Lantern Shops
Nevertheless, for a trip in the market, your main activity is certainly shopping. There are lots of stall selling products such as jewelry, silk fans, statues and especially lantern. Therefore, you can find a nice gift from one of many shops in the night market. Local food vendors are also available if visitors need something to refill their energy.
Other Local Products
7. Thanh Ha Terracotta Park
Our last destination is a little special one since it does not have the history of centuries nor the unique architecture of Hoi An. Thanh Ha Terracotta Park is a complex consisting of various products by the craftmen of Thanh Ha ancient pottery village. You will explore many outstanding handcrafted products and artifacts in the museum inside the park.
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Afterward, you can spend time visiting the outdoor exhibition area featuring miniatures of famous sites in Vietnam and in the world like Van Mieu (temple of literature), St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi, Opera Sydney House in Australia, The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Thanh Ha Terracotta Park hopes to create a spiritual trip around the Earth for tourists.
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