Located on Vietnam’s central coast, Hoi An, a former trading port, is renowned for its well-preserved architectures. This riverside ancient town is a melting-pot history reflecting in its buildings. From wooden Chinese houses and temples to vibrant French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses, and lazy Thu Bon river, Hoi An is one of the most picked attractions in Vietnam. This former trading port will offer you sightseeing opportunities that you could never find in other cities in Vietnam. Here’s a list of Hoi An’s most impressive attractions.
Hoi An Ancient Town
Offers stunning combination of ornate Chinese temples, wooden shop-houses, French colonial houses, Japanese styled bridge, and old canals. You’ll spot many modern business including myriad tailors, souvenir shops, art galleries, restaurants and cafés in the old styled architectures but there’s some traditional shops appear around the town. To stroll through the town, you need to buy the ticket which is valid for 10 days. Each ticket is covered every entrance to Hoi An ancient town, six intriguing points and street entertainment such as folk dancing, singing, and traditional games.
Hoi An Riverside
Hoi An Riverside, the most liveliest area in Hoi An, is well-known for its bar, bistros and restaurants. You can enjoy fresh seafood, beers, cocktails, coffee and cakes in local and international fare. You can charter the local boats at the docks to cruise along the serene river. If you travel there during the annual festivities, you will see multicoloured handmade lanterns hanging and light the wooden bridges and doors or windows of the shophouses.
Japanese Covered Bridge
Featuring the sculptures of two dogs and two monkeys, a coral bridge with a wooden pagoda roof is known as Cau Nhat Ban or the Pagoda Bridge. Japanese covered bridge is believed it was built by Japanese living in Hoi An in the 18th century. The bridge was opened by Nguyen Phuc Chu Lord in 1719. Crossing over the bridge, you will find several paintings painted by artists living nearby.
Van Duc Pagoda
Dating back to late 17th century when people in Hoi An pray to Buddhist deities, Van Duc Pagoda was built to houses the deities. The yellow-hued building is recognized as one of Hoi An’s oldest Buddhist Temples. There are three worship halls, animal sculptures, deities’ paintings and plenty of potted plants and trees.
Fujian Assembly Hall
Fujian Assembly Hall was built by the Fujian residents to be a gathering place when they visit Hoi An. It boasts the Buddha deities’ statues, altars decorated with carvings of dragons, bronze bells drums, and lacquered artwork. Many childless couples come to this hall to pray at fertility shrine hoping for conceiving.
Hoi An Museum of History & Culture
Museum of History & Culture, built in 1653, displays relics that cover 2,000 years of Hoi An’s rich history. The museum provides compelling insight of the local heritage including authentic coffins, photos of the local architecture, pottery and ceramics as well as Cham artefacts. From Japanese covered bridge, it takes only 10 minutes to reach the museum.
Chuc Thanh Pagoda
Designed in a mix of Vietnamese and Chinese style, Chuc Thanh Pagoda, the oldest pagodas in Hoi An, was built by Monk Minh Hai of Chine in 1454. The pagoda houses a marble statue of Guan Yin, intricate animal carvings, and 16 grave towers of eminent monks.
An Bang Beach
Housing a bunch of beach front resorts, seafood restaurants, and bars with breathtaking scenery of neighboring mountains and islands, An Bang Beach is an unspoiled attraction by development. You can enjoy many activities there such as swimming, paddle-boarding, or simply relaxing on sun beds.
Hoi An Museum of Trade Ceramics
Located in Hoi An ancient town, Museum of Trade Ceramics is an alluring timber house offering the cultural and historical insight. Stepping inside, you will see plenty of Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese ceramics found during archaeological digs. You also find charming paintings telling the various types of buildings in Hoi An. Every piece of the sculptures and paintings will have some description about the history in both Vietnamese and English.
The way to get to Hoi An is only by road as there’s no airport and train station. You can take a flight, bus or train to Danang and grab a taxi to Hoi An.