I always think that some of people are lucky to visit Hoi An, one or more times in their life. I do not know how people feel like? But for myself, Hoi An is something like a slow melody, sweet and truly lovely. Let's explore its charm and beauty by my recommendations for some attractions which cannot be ignored when you visit Hoi An.
1. The Old Town
In the Old Town, every road you cross, there is a famous place you can find. There are also many types of vehicles such as motorcycles, bicycles or pedicabs which you can choose for exploring the city. But I recommend to walking to experience the cityscape while visiting the further destinations you can rent a bike or motorbike at the homestay.
In Hoi An, every road you cross, there is a famous place you can find
In the nighttime, the city will shine with full of brights from the colorful lanterns. And one special thing in Hoi An is, on 14th of every month (followed Lunar Calendar - Chinese Calendar), local citizens will celebrate the Full Moon Lantern Festival which you can experience not only hanging lanterns but also floating one. Let's take a look at some gorgeous spots.
All of these locations are interesting, but most have tickets. Buy 60,000 VND ~ 3$ ticket, you will be able to visit 3 locations and 120,000 VND ~ 6$ for visiting 6 locations. Usually there are only fewer people visiting all the attractions. But if I had to choose, I would choose: Bridge Pagoda, Fujian Assembly Hall, Cantonese Assembly Hall, Hoi An Market
1.1 Japan Bridge & Bridge Pagoda
The bridge was built by Japanese traders in the early 17th century, so the people here often referred to as the Japan Bridge.
After visiting the old town, you can stop at the Bridge to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
And also notice that,
This bridge is a very dear and unique symbol of Hoi An and is illuminated by colorful lights, continuous color changing at night. You also may see the cute babies in a long dress, wearing "Non la" (traditional hat of Vietnam) and with full of floating lanterns on their hands for sales.
The bridge is more vivid at night
1.2. Fujian Assembly Hall
Fujian Assembly Hall is a tourist attraction in Hoi An and was started construction in 1679. Through many restorations, with the contribution of ethnic Chinese. Today, Fujian Assembly Hall becomes more spacious, splendor contributes to the beauty of the architecture of the ancient Hoi An town. Here, you may admire the extremely sophisticated sculptures in a space of unique Chinese architectural art.
Coming inside, visitors often light up the big incense-coil to wish good health and fortune for family and relatives. These incenses can burn up to more than 30 days, if disabled, people in the Assembly Hall will light them up again. Those who come here worship often write on a piece of paper with the information of the family placed on the hilt with the desire for everything in life is always smooth. After the incense burned, the people in the Assembly Hall will burn these pieces of paper. Thus, the new wish became sacred.
1.3. Cantonese Assembly Hall
The Canton Fair (also known as Quang Trieu Hall) was built in 1885. Its structure is quite harmonious by the combination of stone materials and wood together with the sophisticated, meticulous decorations which bring a majestic, splendid construction.
There is a large lake, embellished in the shape of a dragon winding flexible inside the Hall. The place is still preserved many ceramic artifacts, simulated images, and documents recorded the ordinary life of the Cantonese community in Hoi An.
1.4 Hoi An Market
2. An Bang Beach
3. Cham Islands
Cham Islands is located in Tan Hiep commune, Hoi An city, Quang Nam province. In 2009, Cu Lao Cham was recognized by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve in the world and gradually became an attractive destination in the heart of domestic and foreign tourists.
Best time visiting is from July and August. If you like diving, this is exactly the place for you. You also can find a lot of services in here such as diving trips, or tours or even camp on the beach to enjoy the night stars.
Hoi An is truly a must-go destination when you visit Vietnam. Hope with my above sharing, you can easily to make your Hoi An's itinerary! Let's hit the road!