Hoi An – a beautiful city in Vietnam – Part 2




Hoi An is a beautiful city in Vietnam which is just to the south of Da Nang.

Overview of Hoi An

• The Old Town of Hoi An is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
• Hoi An has a meaning “peaceful meeting place”.
• Hoi An also Faifo, is a city of Vietnam.
• This is located on the coast of the South China Sea which is located in the South Central Coast of Vietnam.
• It is situated in Quang Nam province.
• It is a listed World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
• Hoi An is an ancient Town.

Places to Visit in Hoi An

The ticket to Old Town allows admission to one of the four museums in the Old Town:
1. Museum of Folk Culture
• 33 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street
• There are bizarre-looking plaster sculptures of Vietnamese peasants.
• This museum documents the dress and culture of rural Vietnam.

2. Museum of Trade Ceramics
• 80 Tran Phu Street
• There are dusty, unlabeled displays of broken pottery.
• The house itself is nice enough.
• This house provides an exploring of the shape and layout of an old Hoi An home.

3. Hoi An Museum of History and Culture
• 7 Nguyen Hue Street
• The museum houses some old black and white photos of Hoi An.
• These photos were taken in the early 20th century.
• It also houses an old canon.
• It also houses about two-thousand year old pots from the Sa Huynh period.
• There is a case full of 9th century bricks and tiles from the Champa period.

4. Museum of Say Huynh Culture
• 149 Bach Dang Street
• The museum’s main collection has pottery and urns.
• These belong to the 1st and 2nd centuries.
• There is another museum upstairs.
• This is known as the Museum of the Revolution.
• Its main collection has pictures from war heroes and a collection of weapons.
They include:
– grenade launchers
– machine guns
– AK 47s

5. Old Houses
• There are three old houses.
• They are a halfway state between museum show-piece and somewhat shabby residence for the family.
• The ticket allows admission to one.

6. Phung Hung House
• 4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street
• This is just west of the Japanese Bridge.
• There is a traditional two-story wooden house.
• It was inhabited over 100 years by eight generations.

7. Quan Thang House
• 77 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.
• Tan Ky House, 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.
• The design of the house exhibits about the local architecture that was incorporated with Japanese and Chinese influences.
• Japanese elements include:
– The crab shell-shaped ceiling supported by three beams in the living room
– Chinese poems written in mother-of-pearl are hanging from a number of the columns that hold up the roof.
• Numerous congregation halls
• Here, Chinese expatriate residents socialized and held meetings.
• The ticket allows admission to one.

8. Cantonese Assembly Hall (Quang Dong)
• 176 Tran Phu Street
• It was constructed in 1885.
• It has a calm courtyard with ornate statuary.
• There is a half-hidden back yard and its kitschy pastel dragon statues.

9. Hokien (Fujian) Meeting Hall (Phuc Kien)
• 46 Tran Phu Street
• It was constructed in 1757.

10. Chinese All-Community Meeting Hall (Trieu Chau)
• 157 Nguyen Duy Hieu
• It was constructed in 1887.
• It’s near the Fujian hall.
• It also spans the block.

11. Hoi An Handicraft Workshop
• 9 Bach Dang Street
• There are folk music performances.
• Offered at 10:15AM and 3:15PM every day except Monday.

12. Traditional Theatre
• 75 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street
• Check out the swan boats on the river.
• These are literally passenger boats shaped like giant swans whose eyes light up at night.
• They play ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ at double speed.

13. Hoi An Orphanage
This is situated right next to the Roman Catholic church.

Best time to visit / climate

• Mild weather is limited to the season of May-June – end of August.
• This is when the seas are calm and wind changes direction.
• The wind comes from the South.
• The remaining year the weather is intermittent between rain & cold and hot and mild.
• Popular activities such as visiting offshore Cù lao Chàm islands are best during the short season of end of May or at the end of August.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

1. By plane
• The nearest airport is in Da Nang.
• It has domestic connections to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hue.
• There are some international flights to:
– Bangkok
– Singapore Siem Reap
– Cambodia (for Angkor Wat)
• There are charter flights to China.
• A taxi from Danang airport to Hoi An costs about US$22 using a taxi with a meter.
• The ride takes about 45 min.

2. By train
• There is no railway station in Hoi An.
• The nearest station is in Da Nang.
• This platform receives several trains a day from:
– Hanoi
– Ho Chi Minh City
– Hue
– Nha Trang
Most travel agents and hotels can book a train ticket for you.
Da Nang Railway Station
• 202 Hai Phong, Tan Chinh Ward, Thanh Khe District, TP Da Nang
• Phone: (+ 84 511) 3750666.
There are transfers available between Hoi An and Danang train station for 80,000 VND with Go Travel Vietnam.

3. By bus
• There are two different bus stations in Hoi An.
• The public buses to Da Nang leave from the station about 2 km north west from the center on Le Hong Phong.
• A xe om from Hoi An bus station to the old town should be around 10-15,000 dong.
• There is a public bus:
– from Da Nang bus station to Hoi An bus station
– 15,000 dong
– charge for foreigners 50’000 dong
– The bus passes through downtown Da Nang
– There are private buses traveling to and from from Hoi An to destinations such as Hue, Hanoi, Saigon, Dalat and Nha Trang.
• Open-tour buses run daily up and down the coast from Da Nang and Hue.
• 3.5-4 hours
• 60,000-100,000 dong
• For Nha Trang: 9-10 hours

4. By motorbike or taxi
• It is easy to take a motorbike or taxi to and from Da Nang via the Marble Mountains.
• You can catch a train on wards from here.
• This trip cost vnd 460.000 from Da Nang bus station, by the meter.

5. By boat
• Hoi An has a river system stretching hundreds of kilometers.
• This was the ancient transport network of the Cham Kingdom.
• They moved goods between the highlands and then thru Hoi An and onto China.
• Speedboats or traditional ghe nang sailing can be availed on the river or sea.

Some Travel Books on Vietnam

Vietnam (Country Travel Guide) DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Vietnam and Angkor Wat To Vietnam With Love

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at asiahotels.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org

Blogs / Sites about Hoi An – Vietnam

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at lonelyplanet.com
blogs at tripadvisor.com
blogs and reviews at hoianfestival.com

Images and photos of Hoi An – Vietnam

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