Situated in the downstream of Thu Bon river, Quang Nam province, Hoi An is known as a famous tourist attraction with a common name –“Hoi An ancient town”. Travelling to Hoi An, visitors will have opportunity to immerse traditional cultural space with ancient villages such as Kim Bong carpentry village, Thanh Ha pottery village, Phuoc Kieu bronze casting village. Hoi An ancient town still conserves its traditional architectural style with Japanese bridge, the Tran family chapel, Phuc Kien assembly hall, old house of Tan Ky, ect.

Food and drinks

Travelling Hoi An, visitors also have opportunity to enjoy its amazing cuisine with some traditional dishes like cao lau , Quang noodle, chicken rice, banh vac, banh xeo and to experience some exciting traditional festival. Marked as highlight in tourist map of Central Vietnam, Hoi An ancient town is mentioned as a rustic and poetic picture. It brings the different charming beauty in both days and nights. Besides the cultural values expressed via architectural diversity, Hoi An still preserves its bulky intangible culture foundation. The daily life of the local people, religious activities, customs, specialties, charming natural landscapes, ect, all make Hoi An become more attractive travelers in over the world.

Hoi An

Best time to travel Hoi An:

Weather in Hoi An, Vietnam is divided into two seasons: dry season and rainy season. Each season owns distinctive features. From many advices of experienced Hoian travel guides, there are four intervals visitors should come to travel Hoi An.

  • The fourteenth day of each lunar month: Coming to Hoi An in this time, visitors will be enjoyed extremely wonderful experiences because in the 14th day of each lunar month, all families in Hoi An will turn off electric lights and light up their lanterns. Therefore, travelers will be admired majestic sceneries flooded with light of colorful lanterns that are like sceneries in fairy tales. Moreover, visitors will not be sorry when coming to Hoi An in this time because of the festivals, special music performances organized there.
  • From February to April: In this interval, the weather in Hoi An is cool and very mild that are really approximate to relax and rest.
  • From May to July: This is nearly ending time of dry season in Hoi An, great time to enjoy days off on the beach and Cu Lao Cham.
  • From October to December: Visiting Hoi An in this time, travelers will have opportunity to experience boating in Hoi An ancient town because it is the beginning of rainy season and the ancient town is flooded with water so the local people have to use boat for transferring.

In spite of owning small area, Hoi An ancient town still retains plenty of special cultural value including cuisine. Hoi An’s dishes are skillful cooked, subtle and diverse.

Hoi An view

  • Quang noodle: Like “bún”, “phở”, Quang noodle is made from rice but its taste is distinct. This dish stems from Quang Nam province, Vietnam.
  • Vietnamese sandwich: Coming to Hoi An, visitors should try to taste Vietnamese sandwich in Phuong bread shop and Madam Khanh bread shop. They are two bread shops rated as “world finest bread’ by both domestic tourists and foreign tourists.
  • Cao Lau: It is a special dish whose name is attached to the fame of Hoi An. Its quintessence is in its pasta often cooked very elaborately.
  • Banh xeo: This cake is a typical rustic dish of Vietnam. Its flavors are different depending on each regions.
  • Moreover, some other dishes to refer in Hoi An visitors should try to taste are chicken rice, banh bao-banh dap, “ chè”, ect.

Hoi an explore

Travelling to Hoi An, visitors can discover the many interesting places.

  • Thanh Ha pottery village: Coming to Hoi An, visitors admire not only ancient streets but the beauty of Thanh Ha pottery village – the pride of Quang Nam province as well.
  • Tan Ky Old House: Hoi An is well-known with old houses and the most featured one is Tan Ky old house. This house still preserves many invaluable antiquities that has been recognized as a world cultural heritage.
  • Cau pagoda: it is one of the symbol of Hoi An bringing the unique architectural and cultural value in Vietnam. It is situated in Tran Phu street, Hoi An.
  • Phuc Kien assembly hall: It is one of the most popular destinations in Quang Nam province. This hall was built in the 17th century. Coming to Phuc Kien assembly hall, visitors can stroll or rend a cyclo to admire this Hoian’s beautiful and unique architectural work.
  • Tran Family Chapel: It, located on an area of approximately 1500 m2, is an architectural work used as a worship place of a big family. This works brings the intact ancient architectural shapes of the Vietnamese.

To discover Hoi An, travelers can choose many means of transportation such as bike, cyclo, motorbike, taxi but the most ideal vehicle for enjoying Hoi An ancient town is walk.