A walk through the old town of Hoi An. Hoi An sights, review, lots of photos, video
Hoi An Old Town, Vietnam
Hoi An is a city in central Vietnam, centuries ago it was a major trading center in Southeast Asia and an important port of the South China Sea, and now it is an open-air museum city where almost intact old buildings, 844 of them have historical value. Since 1999 Hoi An has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Hoi An is a model of a trading city in Southeast Asia in the 16th – 17th centuries , a city frozen in time .
On the streets of Hoi An. No people, because it is very hot I walk through the city you can say alone.
And Hoi An is also a city of colorful lanterns, which romantically decorated houses, cafes, restaurants, stores, trees and streets of the city
The lanterns are decorated streets and numerous cafes A huge variety of lanterns in Hoi An
Soon I will definitely write an article with all the useful information about Hoi An: how to get there, where to live, how to get around, where to eat and how much it all costs, but for now let’s just take a walk around the old town.
One of the temples in Hoi An City
The city of Hoi An is so extraordinary that you can walk around it endlessly. We lived in the old town for four days and I enjoyed every day leisurely walks through the sights of Hoi An.
A leisurely stroll through the old streets
The city of Hoi An is very small, and the old part of Hoi An generally can be walked around for a couple of hours, but it is very pleasant to walk here, even in spite of the heat of May at +40 It’s like in Lviv I can come back an infinite number of times: like already know every house, every coffee shop, every pub, but still come and every time you enjoy the atmosphere, leisurely stroll and great food.
The cost of visiting the sights of Hoi An
Before proceeding to walk through the old town of Hoi An, it is necessary to buy tickets to visit attractions: some old houses, temples, meeting halls, communities, workshops, etc. There are a total of twenty-two paid attractions in the old town.
Tickets are sold at booths like these and at the information center. There are several around the old town.
You need tickets to visit some of the sights in Hoine
A set of tickets to visit any 5 attractions costs 120,000 dong (~ $6) . One ticket is cut off when you visit.
The ticket entitles you to visit 5 of the 22 paid attractions in the old city
Be sure to get a map-scheme of the old city. You will not get lost in the city, but with the map at least it will be more or less clear which house is a museum and which is just a store or a gallery .
Map of the old town sightseeing map Walking around Hoi An often think: is it a museum, temple, apartment building or a store? And it turns out that in the house behind the beautiful arch is an art gallery
Just noticed that the tickets say that the ticket is valid for 24 hours . But there is no date on the ticket itself, and I used the ticket all three days At first, we got a little excited and bought a ticket for each of the 5 sights. In the end, Lesha refused to walk with me in the 40-degree heat and sat out the afternoon in a hotel room, so I got all 10 tickets! But I have to say that I still had 3 tickets out of 10, which means I only visited 7 paid attractions in Hoi An
Sightseeing in Hoi An.
The thing is, all the houses and temples in the old town are very similar. If you, like me, are not particularly versed in architecture, then of course there is no point in visiting all 22 paid attractions in Hoi An. It is better to just walk around the city, and even better – to sit in a cafe and drink cold coffee or beer and watch the tourists But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, about the delicious food and drink I will tell the next article.
How nice to sit in such nice, cozy and romantic cafes, take your time drinking coffee-beer-cocktails and watching the passersby
No matter where you live, but walking through the old part of the city you will definitely come to the Japanese Bridge. The Japanese covered bridge is a symbol of Hoi An and is even depicted on the city’s coat of arms.
The Japanese Bridge is a symbol of Hoi An Japanese bridge is depicted on the city’s coat of arms.
The Japanese bridge was built by Japanese residents of Hoi An in 1593 to connect the two trading quarters: Japanese and Chinese. The Japanese bridge is not over the river Thubong, but over a small stream.
Japanese bridge connected the two shopping areas: Japanese and Chinese
Vietnamese are big fans of all sorts of legends and, of course, with the symbol of Hoi An – Japanese Bridge legend. It is a legend about a terrible huge monster that once lived in this world. The monster was so huge that his head was in India, the tail in Japan and the body in Vietnam. When the monster began to move, all sorts of cataclysmic events occurred in Vietnam: hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes. People decided to destroy the monster, building a bridge in its weakest point. Now on the bridge is an altar for the prayer service.
Japanese bridge in the evening illumination
There is a toll to cross the Japanese bridge (one of the tickets is torn off). But don’t worry, the other part of the old town of Hoi An can also be accessed by a small bridge nearby Because at first I thought that every time you walk back and forth you have to pay to get in
There’s a toll to get across the old bridge But there’s a small bridge nearby that you can walk from one block to the other completely free of charge
Quan Cong Temple
The oldest functioning temple in Hoi An, Quan Cong Temple (Quan Cong ) was built by the Chinese in 1653. The temple is quite small, not even sure if it is worth spending a ticket.
Quan Cong Temple Inside the Temple of Quan Cong
This most ancient temple is located in front of the central market, next to the Minh Huong Communal house (1820). The house was the Minh Huong communal house where the members of the community met. The Minh Huong community still lives in Hoi An.
Hoi An central market with tourist fruit prices Minh Huong Community Meeting House At the Minh Huong Community Meeting House The temple at the Minh Huong Community Meeting House
Museum of Hoi An History and Culture.
But in a small museum of history and culture of Hoi An, I advise you to check it out. The museum was opened in 1989 in an old religious building. The museum contains ancient objects, pottery, tools and other household items found during excavations. It turns out that the city of Hoi An is very, very old, it is over 2000 years old! Since the 2nd century, Hoi An has been a center and a big port of the Cham civilization with traders from different regions.
The History and Culture Museum of Hoi An The History and Culture Museum of Hoi An
In the 15th century, the Chinese and Japanese came to Hoi An and established their own districts in the city. The Chinese built houses and temples in their style, which can still be seen in the city today.
Chinese Style Houses
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
Beautiful Phuc Kien Assembly Hall was built in the Chinese style in 1757. It was built in 1757 to serve as a meeting place for the Chinese who lived in Hoi An. It was also home to a temple dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea, Thien Hau.
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall On the grounds of Phuc Kien Assembly Hall In the temple in honor of the sea goddess Thien Hau The boat in the temple and wishlists The interior of the temple. Very interesting paintings on the walls On the grounds of the Chinese temple. I liked the vase
Fuk Kien assembly hall. Video
Quang Trieu Assembly Hall
The Cantonese Countrymen’s Assembly Hall is right next to the Japan Bridge. Very beautiful house in the Chinese style, built in 1887. Impressive interior of the temple, paintings, very well maintained area. In front of the entrance to the temple cute fountain with dragons. Of all the paid attractions in Hoi An, Quang Trieu Assembly Hall is a must see!
Quang Trieu Assembly Hall At the entrance to the temple there are beautiful dragons
Streets of the Old Town
The houses in Hoi An are built in the Chinese style. Most of them are two-story houses with a store or a cafe on the first floor and living quarters on the second floor.
Cute and romantic town Hoi An
The houses in Hoi An are painted in bright yellow, and sometimes there are nice combinations of yellow and blue Beautiful…
Hoi An old town is painted in joyful yellow Yellow and blue houses of Hoi An old town Beautiful combination of colors. This building houses a tour agency
The promenade of the Thubong River
One of the most pleasant places to walk around Hoi An is the waterfront of Thu Bon River. It is especially pleasant to walk here in the pre-dawn hours when the coolness descends on the city, vendors lay out their wares for sale, souvenir stores and stores open, cozy cafes beckon for a cup of coffee or an aperitif. In many restaurants from 5 to 7 pm “happy hour” – when you order a cocktail, the second get free.
The waterfront in Hoi An in the afternoon Evening walks around the city along the waterfront One of my favorite cities in Vietnam – Hoi An. The waterfront of the Thu Bon River.
It starts to get dark, numerous lanterns are lit, the city is transformed and becomes even more romantic.
It gets dark… colorful lanterns are lit… tourists take the best seats in cafes and restaurants Evening Hoi An. Huge red lotuses are illuminated on the river, tourists launch candles in cardboard flowers along the river (for good luck!) In the evening on the streets of Hoi An
The old town of Hoi An. Video
Take a walk with us through the streets of Hoi An Old Town, enjoy the atmosphere of this romantic city. Watch the video:
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I went to Hoi An for one day, but stayed there for a month. My idea of an Asian city is a noisy anthill with frantic traffic on the streets, smelly food and barracks adjacent to high-rise buildings. What was my surprise when I saw Hoi An.
Old cobblestone streets, neat two-story tile-roofed houses, cute cafes, workshops and art galleries – this is Hoi An, a typical 16th and 18th century port city. The first impression when you find yourself in the center is that you are not in Asia, but in Europe.
It is the only city in Vietnam that survived the war. The entire center is protected by UNESCO, more than 800 sites: temples, houses and bridges are of historical significance.
Hoi An is considered a tourist mecca for Europeans and Americans. Here you will not meet the “packers” from Russia, this area is not yet enamored of travel agencies. Hoi An – a paradise for curious solo travelers and backpackers. The city has a large selection of hostels, inexpensive hotels and villas.
The city of Hoi An is located on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Many tourists compare it to Venice. Only instead of pumped-up gondoliers here Vietnamese colorful grannies offer a ride on the local gondolas.
Shopping is another reason to go to Hoi An. No, there are no huge malls, supermarkets and outlet stores here. This city is famous for its tailors. For a small fee they will sew an evening gown or suit no worse than in Italy.
Also called the Hoi An City of lanterns. They light them every night on the streets: red, yellow, orange, different shapes and sizes.
How to get there
When it’s high season. When is the best time to go
Hoi An – Monthly weather
Main attractions. What to see
Food What to Try
Things to do
How to get there
The easiest and fastest way to get to Hoi An from Russia is to fly to Da Nang Airport with connections in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City and then take a cab or bus to the city.
There is another option: take a direct ticket to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and from there to Hoi An by bus. Between these cities there is a so called sleeping bus, in which you can sleep lying down, which is very convenient for long distances. You have to spend more than 12 hours on the road, of course with short stops.
There are no direct flights from St. Petersburg to Vietnam, it is more convenient to get from Moscow.
From Moscow to Da Nang
There is no airport in Hoi An. The closest one is 30 km north in Da Nang City. It is the third largest international airport in the country and the largest in central Vietnam. It’s small but very comfortable: there is a Duty Free and a few Vietnamese cafes at reasonable prices.
Flights from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat as well as Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Siem Reap and Seoul arrive here.
From Moscow to Da Nang, as I have already mentioned, you can change planes in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Aeroflot and Vietnam Airlines fly five times a week. To Hanoi it is 9 hours. 15 minutes in the sky, to Ho Chi Minh City – 10 hours. The roundtrip ticket costs 450€.
From there you fly to Donang with Vietnam Airlines or Jetstar from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. The plane leaves almost every hour and in 1 hour. You will be there in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
There are also connecting flights from Moscow to Singapore (Singapore Airlines). The flight from Moscow to Singapore takes 10 hours and from there to Da Nang takes 2 hours. 50 min. The ticket costs 500 €.
You can find the tickets on the well-known aggregator sites or, for example, in this section of Travelask.
From Da Nang to Hoi An
From Da Nang Airport to Hoi An you can take a cab – $20-$25, but you need to bargain.
Cab drivers are waiting at the airport entrance.
You can order a shuttle service from your hotel, it is cheaper than a cab. A minibus ride costs $5 (VND110,000) and a private car costs $14 (VND300,000-350,000). I booked a minibus through the hotel. Got there for $5 (110 VND) and 40 minutes.
The Vietnamese dong has fallen a lot against the dollar in recent years, so the locals will be happy if you pay with American currency.
There is a yellow #1 bus between Da Nang and Hoi An that says Danang-Hoian. It departs from the local bus station, which is located at Dien Bien Phu, after the intersection with Highway 1A. It is better to get there by cab ($5-10).
Then the bus goes to Dien Bien Phu, Hung Vuong, Ong Ich Khiem, Nguyen Thi Minh Kha. Catch better on the streets, you need to raise your hand up and the driver will slow down. Buses in Vietnam do not stop completely, you have to jump in as you go.
In Hoi An, the bus will take you to the north station, where there will be cab drivers. I took a motorcycle cab at my own risk. With haggling, it took me with a large suitcase for $3 (60,000 VND). If you print out a map of the city beforehand, you can also walk to the hotel – the Old Town is small.
Vietnam has a well-developed network of railroads along the coastline, you can get to any major city by train. There is no railroad in Hoi An, the nearest station is in Da Nang.
To Da Nang, there are trains from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hue.
If you want to go from Hoi An to Da Nang, you can take a cab, bus or buy a ticket in Hoi An from a travel agency – they will take you to the train station.
There are public buses in Vietnam where the locals ride. But they are “killed”. There are a lot of people in the cabin, people sit in the aisles between the seats. In addition, they are very slow, because the driver is constantly picking people up on the street. And tourists usually want to charge double or triple the fare.
This mode of transport can only be used for short distances. Tickets are sold at the train station. I took it from Hue to Da Nang and it was a great experience. If you want to experience the local flavor, this is the place.
There are also tourist buses and sleeping buses. They are convenient for long journeys around the country: the cabins are clean, they give out water and even something to eat. The sleeping buses have separate beds (in contrast to neighboring Laos, where two people sleep on the bed) and a blanket.
You can buy tickets at hotels and agencies around town. Tourist buses come to Hoi An from Hanoi ($30), Ho Chi Minh City ($40), Nha Trang ($24), Hue ($13), Da Nang ($5).
You can take this bus to Vietnam from neighboring Laos. I drove from Pakse (south Laos) to Da Nang ($33), and from there by cab to Hoi An. Travel time was about 10 hours with several stops.
Entering Vietnam by land proved to be very easy. Our group was disembarked from the bus before the border, the driver collected everyone’s passports and gave them to the customs officer. In about 10 minutes everyone got their passports stamped and we were on our way. There were no questions about how long you were going, where you were staying, and whether there were any return tickets.
The only inconvenience was that at the border they asked to take your temperature. And we didn’t find any official currency exchangers. Only a few grannies standing around ready to exchange Laotian kip for Vietnamese dong.
Traveling by car in Vietnam is not easy. Russian and international driver’s license are not valid here, you should get a local one. It is better to rent a car with a driver, the price is almost the same ($ 35 per day). The rates for renting a car without a driver can be found here.
You can also rent a scooter ($5 per day). If you’ve been to Asia, you know it’s a more convenient mode of transport.