Hoi An is not only famous for ancient architecture but also dishes, culture and traditional identity. One day, if you visit the “the world cultural heritage”-Hoi An and do not know what to do, you can see some following hints to feel more deeply about life and people here. The best way to discover Hoi An, however, is to simply wander. Discover Hoi An with a half day walking tour. Discover the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses, Hoi An history museum, former merchants’ homes, the town’s iconic 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colorful market where an array of fresh ingredients are on offer. Hoi An walking tour has more and more interesting things that you must discover. There are many popular Hoi An tourist attractions that Seatrek would like to introduce for your trip! Let’s check it out!
- 1. Handicraft workshop – Hoi An Tourist Attraction
- 2. Tra Que Vegetable Village
- 3. Cham Island
- 4. Tan Ky Ancient House
- 5. Trieu Chau Assembly Hall
- 6. Phung Hung ancient house
- 7. Quang Dong Assembly Hall
- 8. Tran Family House
- 9. Hoi An Market
- 10. Cau Pagoda
- 11. Hoi An Museum of History and Culture
- 12. Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
- 13. Cua Dai Beach
- 14. An Bang beach
- 15. Thanh Ha Pottery Village
- 16. Walking along the streets of Hoi An
- 17. Coffee shop in Hoi An
- 18. Enjoy the sidewalk dishes
- 19. Lantern Street
- 20. Boating and dropping lanterns on the Hoai River
- 21. Walking the night market in the old town
- 22. Visit Sa Huynh Cultural Museum
- 23. Book an eco tour – Top Hoi An tourist attractions
- 24. Vinpearl Land Hoi An
1. Handicraft workshop – Hoi An Tourist Attraction
Hoi An Handicraft Village converges quintessences of Quang Nam handicraft villages, which is established by the spirit and perspectives of the Quang Nam people in general and Hoi An in particular. Handicrafts in Hoi An was born from the 15-16 century and increasingly grew. Not only contributing artistic values for the region, products of Hoi An Handicraft Village are followed by traders going abroad. The traditional handicraft together with its precious experiences handed down for centuries from many generations. Hoi An Handicraft Workshop keeps an incredible collection of traditional handicrafts. Tourists will actually find all kinds of arts and crafts from brocade weaving, textile, pottery or lacquer ware.
Hoi An handicraft workshop is located on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street and is designed to preserve the traditional handicrafts of the local people. Hoi An handicraft workshop brings together many talented and skillful artisans in most traditional handicrafts of Hoi An and Quang Nam such as pottery, lacquer, cloth weaving, … Here, you will see how meticulous artisans create fine artworks and choose to buy souvenirs. Seatrek also has a Hoi An handicraft workshop tour for your choice.
Visitors of Hoi An tourist attractions go to handicraft workshop not only admire, visit, watch the beautiful and delicate products, but also observe how the skilled craftsmen masturbate at work to make a product.
2. Tra Que Vegetable Village
Just about 4km from Hoi An ancient town, Tra Que Vegetable Village is a traditional vegetable village that attracts many visitors to visit and experience. Here, you will be involved in the process of growing vegetables as a real farmer and have more knowledge and understanding of the working life of the people in the village. This will definitely be a real experience that you can not forget!
Tra Que traditional vegetable village has no way to travel. More than 30 freelancers work in tourism. They shop for farmer’s clothes, slippers, hats and houses for visitors to rest. If you want, visitors will be vegetable gardeners to hoe, plant, water and vegetables. But before going “farmer”, they will be “admire” the taste of Tra Que vegetables at the display, introduced at the welcome guests.
After bathing, rest, visitors will enjoy the dishes processed from the green vegetables Tra Que and the “delicious long memory” of Quang Nam such as beaten cake, cauldron, mussel, shrimp , Quang noodle, Hoi An… “Tra Que vegetable village is very beautiful. The people are gentle and very friendly with visitors. If you have the chance to return to Hoi An, I will visit Tra Que again. Besides, Hoi An Eco Tour is also a great choice for your experience.
3. Cham Island
You can come to Cham Island for diving to see the coral and enjoying seafood. Eco tour Hoi An also supplies for tourists some great experience to discover Cham Island. Referring to Cham island, surely you will think of diving to see the coral and enjoying seafood. If you can walk and breath, you can SeaTrek . Besides, if you like fishing, we also has a Fishing tour 1 day at Cham Island for your trip.
During the tour, fish of all shape and colours, local marine life will surround you. You will have a delicious lunch and relax at the Unique ecological Bai Chong beach of a Word Biosphere Reserved Cham islands recognized by UNESCO. Then, have a chance to experience the adventure on our VietNamese wooden boat. Moreover, it’s the best tour for snorkeling, swimming, relaxing.
4. Tan Ky Ancient House
First in Hoi An tourist attractions list is Tan Ky Ancient House. Built in the late 18th century, this is one of the oldest houses in Hoi An. It is nearly 200 years old. The old house still retains its unique architectural style. This was the home of the Le family for seven generations. The house is built mainly with pillars and roofs which made of wood, while the foundation of the house is paved with high-grade pottery. Behind the house, there are many souvenirs that you can buy for your friends or family.
With the unique style of architecture, it was combined with 3 cultures: Chinese – Japanese – Vietnamese. The designs and motifs are carved by Kim Bong Carpentry artists in the style of Eastern philosophy. The Ancient House is one of the ancient houses honored as the national cultural heritage and is the only place in Hoi An welcoming heads of state and abroad to visit.
Wood is the main material used by the owner to build the house, besides the wood, there are also rocks and tiles. Stone brought back from Thanh Hoa, it is the new stone that helps the wooden columns be good for a long time. Brick flooring is a type of Bat Trang brick- one of the famous brick villages in VietNam.
5. Trieu Chau Assembly Hall
Trieu Chau Assembly Hall is one of the Hoi An tourist sites that is always mentioned in the list of Hoi An tourist attractions. It is considered one of the oldest architectural assembly hall in the city. Owing to its unique architecture, the Trieu Chau assembly hall impresses visitors with its fine lines and sharp motifs on solid woodwork. Besides, the art of embellishing of terracotta and porcelain patterns is also used to build this work to enhance the beauty and create the art of the assembly hall.
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. The main hall is dedicated to General Phuc Ba (Bon Dau Quan), a god of mastering waters. The two sides of Phuc Ba’s altar are refined for worshipping the Gods of Wealth and Luck. The east-wing house is dedicated to former sages, chiefs and deputy-chiefs of the house. Every year, descendants of the Trieu Chau people gather at the house f-rom the 1st to the 16th of the first lunar month to worship their ancestors.
6. Phung Hung ancient house
Address: No. 4, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam
Phung Hung ancient house is more than 100 years old, built from the XIX century. The owner of the house was a famous and wealthy businessman, with the desire to flourish prosperous business so he took the name “Phung Hung”. With special requirements, the loft is made of many high-grade wooden slats, surrounded by wide corridors that reflect the typical Asian style of the house. The architecture of three cultures: Japanese – Chinese – Vietnamese.
Today, the ground floor is the family’s living room, furnished with some wooden old-style cupboards containing many precious objects and belongings. The house has 80 columns made of precious wood. Each column stands on a lotus-shaped base in order to minimize subsidence and moisture for the house and to prevent termites from damaging it. There are square pillars on the veranda, and the roof is made of pan-tiles. A wide corridor made of wood surrounds the second storey. It is now reserved for the worship of the family’s ancestors and of Thien Hau Holy Mother.
7. Quang Dong Assembly Hall
Quang Chau assembly hall was built in 1885. The convention hall is quite harmonious by the combination of stone materials and wood in the structure. In Quang Chau assembly hall, there is a large lake, embellished in the shape of a dragon winding flexible. The place is still preserved many ceramic artifacts, simulated images, sketches of cultural plays and documents record the ordinary life of the Cantonese community in Hoi An.
8. Tran Family House
Tran Family House in Hoi An is one of the famous Hoi An tourist attractions with its ancient features and unique architecture of the church. It is located at No. 21 Le Loi, Hoi An City, Tran Church and considered one of the oldest houses with hundreds of years old.
Observation from the outside, the Tran Family House was built by wooden architecture. When you come inside, it has three doors, with the main door in the middle for the grandparents or older people and it only opens on important occasions or festivals. Two doors aside are for younger people in Tran family.
9. Hoi An Market
Hoi An Market is one of the Hoi An tourist attractions which attracts many visitors to visit and shopping. You can find many specialties, arts and crafts as well as enjoy delicious food here. Coming to Hoi An market, you will also exchange, talk with local people and have more experience of life here.
Markets are generally more than just places to buy goods or browse. At Hoi An Market, that is true to a large extent – this central market by the riverside is a bustling and colourful spot for understanding the locals’ way of life and for socializing. You can find literally anything here – dried food products, fresh fruit and vegetables, succulent seafood and household items just to name some – but what is perhaps the main draw is its food hall, where rows of family-run stalls hawk no frills, delectable local noodle and rice dishes at unbeatable prices.
10. Cau Pagoda
Located in the heart of Hoi An ancient town and located across the romantic Hoai River, Hoi An Bridge is a place you can not ignore when traveling to Hoi An. Cau Pagoda has a unique roof style is made of wood with decorative architectural style originating from “land of cherry blossoms” should also known as “Japanese Bridge”. With such characteristics, the Bridge Pagoda has become an inseparable symbol when referring to Hoi An.
The pagoda is under the floor in wood crosses a channel of Hoài river. The bridge is covered with a curved roof and thoroughly carved. On the guardrail, a small temple is devoted to god of the storms and typhoons according to the Chinese belief. The statues of sitting monkeys and dogs in wood are laid out at the two bridge’s ends.
The origin of Cau pagoda was attached to the legend of a watery monster whose head was in India, the body in Vietnam and the tail in Japan. Each time it agitated, there were floods and earthquakes in these areas. Thus, the bridge’s construction, beside in service of circulation, still aimed to control the monster and to protect the peaceful life.
11. Hoi An Museum of History and Culture
Museum of History – Culture Hoi An is located in the street named hero Nguyen Hue cloth, Hoi An city. The Museum is displaying over 434 artifacts and is arranged in different themes, reflecting many typical features of the development of Hoi An Ancient Town over the years.
Hoi An’s Riverside Museum of History and Culture showcases a range of artefacts such as photographs of local architecture, ceramics and pottery depicting the changing faces of Hoi An from 7th-15th centuries. The museum offers an interesting insight into the heritage of Hoi An including traditional burial rites with some very old coffins on display alongside what is a very eclectic mix of exhibitions portraying Hoi An throughout the ages. Ceramics are in abundance although not quite as many as those displayed at the Museum of Trade Ceramics.
12. Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall is also one of the Hoi An tourist attractions and was started construction in 1679. Through many restorations, with the contribution of ethnic Chinese, today, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall become more spacious, splendor contributes to the beauty of the architecture of the ancient town of Hoi An. Here, you will admire the close-up of the sculptured sculptures extremely sophisticated in a space of unique Chinese architectural art. In addition to its architecture, nowadays its many events and activities to celebrate Chinese’s festivals make the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall a wonderful destination for visitors from both inside and outside of Vietnam.
13. Cua Dai Beach
Cua Dai is one of just five Vietnamese UNESCO World Heritage Sites offering an unrivalled seaside escape from the ancient streets of Hoi An. This 3km stretch of fine white powdery sands positioned just north-east of Hoi An make Cua Dai Beach the perfect place to easily find your own patch of paradise. The water is very clear with tropically blue waves that are gentle enough for swimming and floating around. There are even changing huts on the beach along with a few bungalows here and there.
You can not only get into the cool water and cool air but also enjoy fresh seafood dishes in Cua Dai beach. Restaurants, hotels and tourist centers around the sea are thriving to cater to the needs of tourists. There are also plenty of great seafood restaurants located around the coast so its worth staying for dinner and enjoying fresh dishes served up from the vendors lining the beachfront.
14. An Bang beach
Just four kilometres from Hoi An’s UNESCO World Heritage centre and 30 kilometres from Da Nang International Airport, An Bang Beach is the perfect complement to the sightseeing and tourist bustle of town. With the once popular Cua Dai Beach suffering from severe erosion, An Bang now holds the crown as Hoi An’s must-go beach.
The best time to be at An Bang is dry season, which falls between March and September. During this time you can expect blistering sun, soaring temperatures and calm waters. For the price of drink, you can use a restaurant’s sun lounger for the day. Discovering An Bang beach, you will feel extremely refreshed and relaxed in the quiet and peaceful space like the dissipated all the surface of life.
15. Thanh Ha Pottery Village
Thanh Ha pottery village is one of the famous traditional villages in Hoi An. Here you can admire the fine arts pottery art is extremely sophisticated from the skillful hands and talents of artisans Thanh Ha. In addition, you can also make their own products to make memories or bring back to relatives and friends.
The tradition dated back to the time when the Nguyen Dynasty of Hue invited craftsmen from the Thanh Ha Pottery Village to fashion some decorative as well as useful articles for the palace. This one event gained them sufficient renown to last them a lifetime. Henceforth, the village began a Mandrain system of grading craftsmen according to their talent. The most talented held the ninth position.
The pottery at the Thanh Ha Pottery Village in Hoi An are all manually crafted and are exported world over. The techniques that they use are unique f-rom those prevalent in other provinces. The Thanh Ha Pottery Village in Hoi An crafts decorative articles along with useful items like cups, jars, bowls and pots.
16. Walking along the streets of Hoi An
When you come to the old town, the best thing is to stroll around the streets, look at old houses with old tile roof, enjoy a glass of lotus. Many places associated with Hoi An Ancient Town should be located on the main street of Tran Phu, Japanese Bridge, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Bach Dang Road along Hoai River, Quang Dong Assembly Hall,…
At night, you just go out the street and see the old houses, the colorful street with lanterns at night. You will imagine you lost in the conviviality of the light, a picture combines with ancient architecture with rustic and excitement of modern life. Perhaps the most beautiful place is Hoai River, where has the sparkling streaks on the water. Even, Hoi An is more beautiful when no tourists and restaurants, then it come back to really ancient city.
If you are afraid of walking or cycling, you should choose cyclo as a means of transportation to discover the ancient town of Hoi An. Cyclo has become a “brand” famous, known to many visitors not to be forgotten as elsewhere. This will be a nice experience.
17. Coffee shop in Hoi An
Hoi An has two cafes which are crowded in the morning: Mrs.Thao coffee shop. Guests coming here are mostly young people. Across the bridge is the coffee shop for middle-aged people. Sitting at both coffee shops, you can see Hoai river bank, and a scene of trawling and An Hoi streets. Fresh morning before banning motor vehicles, drinking a cup of coffee after eating Phuong bread is a gentle way to start your day in the Ancient Town. Also, in Hoi An, there is a special tea room serving for the deaf. This tea room- Reaching Out is at 131 Tran Phu. Coming to here, you will be enjoy the gentle, quiet air it is great for drinking a cup of hot coffee and reading a pocket book.
18. Enjoy the sidewalk dishes
Wander around the streets of Hoi An, you will encounter delicious and cheap pavement dishes. Sit back and enjoy the special and delicious taste of the items.
The most famous food in Hoi An is Cao Lau. Many local residents living in this ancient town said that Cao Lau was appeared from the 17th century, in the time of opening the port of Hoi An, allowing many foreign traders to come. Cao Lau –an unique food attached to Hoi An ancient town. Cao Lau looks like noddle, but not noddle
Then, you can try Banh Dap. Banh Dap is combined with two pieces of crispy rice paper and wet rice paper smashed on the table. It’s meant to be eaten in pieces then dipped into a bowl of sweet fermented fish sauce and chili called Mam Nem. Banh Dap is often sold at roadside, alleys, or on a pair of small baskets to sell through the roads of the country or street corner.
Sweet corn soup – is a famous food in list of Hoi An food. It is a sweet and sticky dessert made with shaved kernels of corn sourced from the village and sweet glutinous rice. It can be enjoyed at warm, cold or at room temperature. It is also a rustic Hoi An food becoming very famous recently
19. Lantern Street
To mention Hoi An, many people will remember the vibrant city lights at night. Under the hands of talented local craftsmen, many lanterns are created in full color, size. Heart lamps appear throughout the street and in the shops, made eye-catching and lightweight so it is suitable for travelers to buy as souvenirs.
20. Boating and dropping lanterns on the Hoai River
Still in this evening, besides observing, you can soak up the decorations for the party and the light on the waterfront. A pleasant experience that many tourists like to do is dropping flower lights on Hoai River. Your hands will drop some small twinkling lights down the river and hope the lights will bring good luck to your family.
In the old part of Hoi An, colored lanterns adorn every house, and at night the soft glow of candle-light settles over the town. Every full moon, the electricity is switched off and a procession winds through the candle-lit streets to the river, where the lanterns are set free. I stood and watched the flickering lights float down the river.
21. Walking the night market in the old town
With more than 40 stalls, stretching on the street about 300m long, Hoi An Night Market is a place where tourists go shopping, with all kinds of goods, from traditional lanterns to the beautiful handicrafts, Thanh Ha pottery, fabrics, silk …
22. Visit Sa Huynh Cultural Museum
You will understand more about the culture and history of Hoi An Ancient Town when visiting Sa Huynh Cultural Museum Hoi An located at 149 Tran Phu. This is the most unique and rich collection of exhibits in Vietnam, with over 1,000 artifacts related to the ancient inhabitants of Sa Huynh culture dating back 2,000 years. With a strong and various creations, Sa Huynh Culture had increasingly seen the influence and exchanges with numerous regions in Southeast Asian, ancient China and ancient India. Coming to the museum, tourists easily recognize the architecture and such distinctive style. Located right in the heart of Hoi An Ancient Town, Sa Huynh Culture Museum converges the appearance of a national-calibered museum in the Central.
23. Book an eco tour – Top Hoi An tourist attractions
Eco tour Hoi An is one of the most popular activity which foreign tourists as well as domestic tourists choose to travel. Taking part in eco tour, tourists can see some beautiful views as well as enjoy traditional food , join many activities with local residents
Visit the Bay Mau coconut forest in Cam Thanh is the must-have activity in Hoi An tourist attractions. The eco resorts in Cam Thanh, Hoi An are developing with modern furniture . Every year, it attracts a lot of attention from domestic and foreign tourists . According to this tour, you will visit the Bay Mau beautiful coconut forest by boat pannier and participate in many fun activities such as sailing , shaking the bottle basket, cutting down coconut,…Moreover, you can enjoy some fresh food in here.
24. Vinpearl Land Hoi An
Hoi An is a famous ancient city for domestic as well as foreign tourists. Lately, there have been many amusement parks but the most famous is Vinpearl Land Hoi An. It was first opened to welcome guests from April 30. So for a wonderful trip, we high recommend you guys to go Vinpearl Land Hoi An. In this article, you can know some experience to play in Vinpearl Land Hoi An when travel to Hoi An.
In a word, we can not list all of the Hoi An tourist attractions in one article. There are more and more wonderful things that we will be explored in next article . Let’s wait and see what great things we bring to you!0