Ancient and peaceful, Hoi An was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Used to be a Vietnamese trading port between the 15th and 19th century, the city now owns a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and French architectural feats that are reflected on houses, museums, buildings, etc. Moreover, set nearby Thu Bon river and beaches, Hoi An offers Vietnam tourists famous sites from riverside to Ancient town and islands. Read on to explore our list of Hoi An’s most popular attractions.
1. Hoi An Ancient town
This is the major attraction that no Vietnam tourists visiting Hoi An do not come. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An Ancient Town offers a breath taking mix of different culture with a Japanese-designed bridge, Chinese temples, wooden shop-houses and French-colonial houses. An entrance ticket of VND 120,000 is applied for foreign tourists allowing to entrance to Hoi An Ancient Town, six points of interest, and street entertainment (folk dancing, singing, and traditional games).
2. Hoi An riverside
Hoi An Riverside is another attractive Vietnam tourist spot on the banks of Thu Bon River. Many tourist come here for visiting lively bars and restaurants, where you can enjoy fresh seafood, cocktails, beers, coffee and cakes, etc. Moreover, you can hire a local boat or charter for a day of fishing or cruising along the tranquil river. Thu Bon river is not just the chief source of livelihood for local residents but also is the culminating point for most festivals and events. During festivities, hundreds of colourful lanterns illuminate the wooden bridges, verandas and windows of shop houses.
3. My Son Sanctuary
Far away 40km from Hoi An city center, My Son Sanctuary is a great sample of the ancient Champa civilization that was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The impressive Hindu-themed ruins feature many beautiful stone sculptures, temples and towers in tropical jungle surroundings. Booking a day tour from a Vietnam tour agency is a cheap way to explore cultural beauty of Hoi An. The entrance fee is only VND 100,000 for a foreign tourist.
4. Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)
This is an ideal stop for a beach journey to a green island outside Hoi An Old Town. Cu Lao Cham island is considered as a paradise with sun, sea and white sand. Experience a cano trip to move to the island and arrive at Hon Nhon beach to take part in the “ Walking Underwater”- an attractive unique new experience in the island to see the coral inside the ocean. During the sea trek tour, many fishes of all shape and colours as well as local marine life will surround you no matter cannot you swim or dive.
5. Cua Dai beach
Cua Dai Beach provides a relaxing seaside escape from the ancient town of Hoi An. Boasting three-kilometre stretch of white sand and gentle waves, the beach is relatively quiet most of the time apart from weekends and public holidays.
6. FUJIAN ASSEMBLY HALL
Fujian Assembly Hall is a symbolic icon of Hoi An architecture and Fujian artistry, boasting beautiful statues of Buddhist deities, altars adorned with delicate carvings of dragons, bronze bells drums, and lacquered artwork. This World Cultural Heritage Site was utilized by residents from Fujian in China to meet up and socialise whilst living or visiting Hoi An. Fujian Assembly Hall is also the home of Jinshang Golden Mountain temple, which is dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of the sea and caretaker of sailors.
7. KIM BONG CARPENTRY VILLAGE
Many Vietnam tour operators are offering a boat trip from the Old Town of Hoi An to come to Kim Bong village where there is no entrance fee. You will have an opportunity to see the artisans working with their skillful hands on the crafts and then can by local common products such as furniture, religious statues and finely crafted wooden doors on souvenirs shops.
8. TRA QUE HERB VILLAGE
The little charming village lying on the edge of Hoi An is named after the sweetly scented vegetable which creates unique flavor of Hoi An specialities. You can take part in a cooking class conducted by the host with local “Tam Huu” spring roll which is primarily made from Tra Que vegetables or pancake with meat ( Banh xeo ) which is made with the enlivenment. Experience one day living and working with the local people at the Tra Que vegetable village where you will have a chance to discover the daily life of farmers.