Centuries ago, Hoi An used to be a major commercial port in the middle of Vietnam, hence, this old town became a cross-cultural center amongst Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese.
With the special cultural features, the beauty of reminiscence and old building, Hoi An, as a highlight among top destination in Vietnam, attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. Here hoiantravelreview.com recommend best tourist attraction in this old harbor town.
1. Chùa Cầu (Japanese Bridge)
Known as the most famous tourist attraction in Hoi An, the bridge was constructed in the late 16th century by Japanese traders to connect them with the Chinese quarters on the other side of the stream. According to a legend, the bridge was built to protect the old town from the water monster Namazu and earthquakes.
Japanese Bridge with ancient beauty (Source: Internet)
Chùa Cầu is regarded as the emblematic of Hoi An with its historical value and unique architecture. The bridge’s design was inspired by Japanese, French and traditional Vietnamese design. In the middle of the bridge is a small wooden temple that makes Japanese Bridge a must-visit place for ones who love old and original architecture.
2. Old house of Tan Ky
Situated at 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Tan Ky Old House can be seen as the typical example of a trader’s residence in this bustling commercial town in the past. The old house was constructed nearly 200 years ago with the specific design of Hoi An’s old houses. The house was divided into many rooms with different functions. The fronts were used as a store served for their business while the back was used as a warehouse.
Inside the old house of Tan Ky (Source: Internet)
Despite the destruction of annual floods, seven generations living in the house have tried their best to keep it in good condition. Among Hoi An ancient tourist attractions, the old house of Tan Ky is the most well-preserved in this small town.
3. Thanh Ha Pottery Village
Thanh Ha Village was very famous for pottery products in 16th and 17th century and has a long historical legacy attached to it. The tradition dated back to the time when Nguyen Dynasty moved the capital to Phu Xuan (Hue), many ceramic artists in Thanh Ha Village were called together to decorate the palace. Then, with the development of Hoi An harbor town, pottery household goods became more and more popular. Aside from the ceramic items such as cups, jars, bowls, pots and much more, Thanh Ha Village was famous for its bricks and roof tiles.
Thanh Ha Pottery Village is famous for handmade pottery (Source: Internet)
When getting access to the pottery village, tourists are able to learn about this traditional handicraft, observe the process of pottery production and try making a ceramic item on their own. Thanh Ha Pottery Village is located 16km from the West of Hoi An so that you can easily transfer to this famous handicraft village after finishing your walking tour in Hoi An old quarter.
4. Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands)
In addition to the old quarter with ancient buildings, tasty street food, tailor-made tour and unique culture, Hoi An is also known for Cu Lao Cham. Located in Tan Hiep, 18km from the East of Cua Dai Beach, Cu Lao Cham is a group of seven islands including Hon Lao, Hon Kho Me, Hon Kho Con, Hon Tai, Hon Dai, Hon Mo, Hon La and Hon Ong. With the biodiversity, natural forests, stunning beaches, Cham Islands is a marvelous tourist attraction in Hoi An for any nature lover. Cu Lao Cham Marine Park was recognized as the World Nature Reserve by UNESCO.
Spectacular beauty of Cu Lao Cham (Source: Internet)
When visiting this untouched paradise, tourists will have the chance to experience many interesting outside activities such as diving to explore colorful coral reefs, sunbathing on the sandy coast, swimming in the crystal-clear beach, kayaking, and water skiing.
5. Hoi An Traditional Art Performance Theater
Founded in 1996, Hoi An Traditional Art Performance Theater has a wide audience in Vietnam and from abroad. Tourists coming to the theater will be able to enjoy traditional Vietnamese folk music and folk dance performed by Hoi An artists. If you have paid the entrance fee into the ancient town (VND 120,000 per person), these performances will be free. The theater is quite small and not so comfortable; however, it creates such a cozy atmosphere that the audience can clearly see the facial expressions and detailed costumes of performers while enjoying the original music.
A performance in Hoi An Art Performance Theater (Source: Internet)
Don’t bother if you do not understand Vietnamese song, before a performance there is a short English introduction for foreign viewers.
The theater is located on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street in the old town. If you are interested in traditional art and culture, Hoi An Theater is definitely worth a stop.
Above are the top 5 tourist spots in Hoi An, one of the best places in Vietnam. Check them out to see whether they can persuade you to make a trip to this beautiful town.