Hoian ancient town is highlighted in the Central Vietnam tourism map with the rustic beauty, simple and poetic painting. Whether it is day or night, Hoian still has its own distinctive charms. Beyond the diverse architecture and cultural values, Hoian preserves a rather large intangible cultural background. The daily life of the residents there with the featured customs, religious beliefs, folk art, cultural festivals combined with the romantic natural scenery, special dishes … makes Hoian increasingly attractive to travelers coming from different countries.
Prepare a plan to pay a visit in Hoian
The best time to visit Hoian is from February to April every year when it does not rain too much and the weather is cozy. If you go there in the sunny season (from May to July), do not forget to bring hats, sun cream or something like that to avoid hot. The rainy season begins in October and ends in November. That is also the time that the weather in the old town is so wet due to torrential rains.
It is recommended to come to Hoian on the 14th of each lunar month (in Vietnam, this day is called moon-day) to take part in the nightlife of the old town. On this occasion, you will have a great chance to see with your own eyes the red lanterns hung all the streets, the one and only scene can be seen Hoian.
The beauty of Hoian Ancient town at night
Some must-see places that you should drop by once coming to Hoian
Cau Pagoda is a pearl in the heart of Hoian. The bridge was built in the late 16th century and also called with the name “Japanese Bridge”. In the middle of the bridge, there is a small shrine worshiping the Great Emperor and that is the reason why the locals here call it “Cau pagoda”. It is quite unique with the structure, decorative motifs showing the harmonious combination between Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Western architectural styles.
Magnificent Cau pagoda at night
- Location: The bridge has crossed the creek to the Thu Bon River bordering Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Tran Phu Streets.
Museum of History – Culture which was founded in 1989 displays 212 original artifacts and valuable materials in pottery, porcelain, bronze, paper, wood … reflecting the stages of urban development of Hoi An town.
You can find lots of artifacts in the old days kept in this Museum.
Inside the Museum of History – Culture
- Location: No.13 Nguyen Hue Street
Cua Dai is a beautiful beach with sleek white sand, clear blue water, small waves and fresh seafood available at low prices.
Visitors are taking picture on the beach
Cua Dai beach at night is also great on the beach at that time is boundless, sparkling under the romantic oil lamps.
- Location: 5km to the east of Hoian Ancient Town
In addition, you should take time to check in some other awesome destinations in Hoian such as Thanh Ha pottery village, Kim Bong Carpentry Village, Tran workshopping House, Cantonment Hall,…
Top dishes must-eat in Hoian
Though Hoian Ancient Town is small, its culinary culture is extremely multifarious. Here are some appetizing dishes and entitled addresses for you to enjoy when visiting this adorable place
Chicken rice is a famous specialty in Hoian that you cannot find this distinguishing tasty dish in other places. It is served with onion, papaya, basil grown in Tra Que vegetable village, and would be more tasteful with mixed soup of heart and liver of chicken.
Hoi town chicken rice
- Location: Ba Buoi’s ( No. 26 Phan Chau Trinh), Ba Nga’s (6 Phan Chu Trinh),…
It is said Cao Lau appeared in Hoian from the 17th century. Perhaps due to this, this dish is influenced quite a lot by the cuisine of China and as well as cold Udon noodles of the Japanese’s.
Cao Lau – one of the famous specialties in Hoian
Location: It is easy to find Cao Lau of Hoian, from the road to the restaurants on Tran Phu Street, the most famous is Ba Be’s, Trung Ba’s
In addition, there is abundance of delicious food in Hoian that you cannot turn back on like dumpling, bank quai vac (Vietnamese Pork and Shrimp Dumplings) in White Rose restaurant (Hoa Hong Trang), “bánh đập hến xào” at Ba Gia’s (Cam Nam Commune), “bánh xèo – Vietnamese pancake” at Hoang Van Thu and Dinh Tien Hoang Street, and so on.
That is something about Hoian, are you ready for a trip to Hoian after reading this “Hoian Travel Guide” I am sure that you will have a holiday of a lifetime there.