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. leading travelers cross.
1. Best time to visit Hoi An
The best time to visit Hoi An is from February to April every year, with little rain, pleasant climate. Avoid going in summer because of rising temperatures, very sultry. The rainy season from October to November also has the disadvantage is wet space due to heavy rain and heavy rains.
Come visit Hoi An on the 14th, lunar month monthly to attend the night of the old town. On this occasion you will have a chance to see the red lanterns flashing across the street, a unique scene of Hoi An on the occasion.
2. How to travel to Hoi An?
Hoi An in Quang Nam but the nearest airport is Da Nang (30km from Da Nang). Airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, Vietjetair are operating flights from Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to Da Nang. If you want to buy a cheap ticket, 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 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 pier, 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 drive to Hoi An.
• If departure from TP. You can choose to travel to the North or Danang, will walk and stop in Hoi An.
Note: From Danang to Hoi An there are two ways:
+ You can follow Highway 1 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, Da Nang provincial road – Hoi An, to Hoi An about 30km.
Transportation to 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 bridge
Japanese 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.
Location: The bridge across the creek flows into the Thu Bap 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 of the river to serve as a place to import goods.
The house is built by traditional materials and is made by local carpenters, local mason should have a unique appearance, agility, elegance and show the interaction with the style of ant in the area. On February 17, 1990, Tan Ky was granted a Certificate of National Historical-Cultural Relics.
3.3 Cua Dai Beach
Cua Dai is a beautiful beach, 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 lamps.
3.4 Thanh Ha Pottery Village
In the 16th and 17th centuries, Thanh Ha was a very prosperous village, famous for pottery and earthenware exchanged throughout the central provinces of Vietnam. The pottery village of origin from Thanh Hoa, after acquiring a technical capital, formed the pottery village as today. The products are mainly used for daily life such as cups, bowls, jars, jars, flower vases, bowls, shapes of animals … with many styles and colors are very rich and special. lighter than other local products of the same type. Location: Located 3 km west of Hoi An (30 minutes by boat from the Old Quarter).
4. What to eat in Hoi An?
4.1 Pho Hoi chicken rice
With all the meticulous scissors in the processing, the Hoi An created a chicken rice enough to make a mark to give it a name: Chicken Hoi Hoi. 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. Address: Ba Boi chicken rice (26 Phan Chau Trinh), Ba Huong chicken rice – Kiet (alley) Sica, Ba Minh chicken rice, Russian chicken rice …
4.2 Cao Lau
Many people living in the old town say high floor 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, high floor Hoi An still boldly own and only Hoi An has the right Cao Lau. Address: It is easy to find the high floor of Hoi An, from the curbside to the restaurant on Tran Phu Street, most famous is Ba Be, Trung Bac.
4.3 Mi Quang
On the outside, Quang noodle is similar to Cao Lau but once you taste it, you will see that these two dishes are completely different. Quang noodle is often eaten with shrimp, meat, quail eggs … All are soaked in spices. There is no need to eat crusty rice and vegetables. Address: Quan Minh, Cam Ha or Hoi An market, Tran Phu street; The burden of noodle selling on the street.