The Venice of Vietnam (Shutterstock/Banana Republic images)
Located quietly on Thu Bon riverside, Hoi An is a little ancient town which is one of the most attractive Vietnam destinations for both local and foreign tourists. Hoi An attraction has ever been recognized as the world cultural heritage by UNESCO.
Although tourists in great number always flock to attractions in Hoi An, this ancient town is still able to protect its own tranquility and ancientness with fanciful lanterns at night as if the town’s soul has made its existence on every pathway created by the residents and the scenery here.
Now let us take you through best places to visit in Hoi An!
1. Japanese Bridge Temple (Chua Cau)
Japanese Bridge Temple was constructed in late 16th century.
The Temple crosses a canal flowing towards Thu Bon river in between Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street and Tran Phu Street and it is seen the symbol of peace for the strong desire to unite the Japanese community and the Chinese community in the old days in Hoi An.
Bridge Temple is the world’s unique bridge accommodating a temple inside (mytour)
Although it is just a little bridge, its historical role makes it one of the best Hoi An places to visit for any tourist.
With respect to architecture, Bridge Temple is the world’s unique bridge accommodating a temple inside.
People placed two monkey stone statues in the western bridgehead and two dog stone statues in the eastern bridgehead. These are seen two typical holy animals that could only be found in Hoi An attraction. Legend has it that these were the animals that the Japanese people have worshiped since the ancient time.
The charming beauty of Chua Cau at night (mytour)
The bridge has a unique lean-to that is supported by a wooden structure system patterned in details to present the harmonic combination of Vietnamese-Japanese-Chinese architectural style. The remaining patterns founded on proclaim items are symbolic for the architecture under Nguyen dynasty.
2. Architectural population of the Chinese community’s club-houses
In former times, Hoi An used to be an international busy trading port so in comparison with the other ancient towns such as Hue Ancient Capital, Ha Noi Old Square of Vietnam, Hoi An has formed its own separate culture.
This place is considered a meeting point of multi-culture; especially the Chinese community has left the architectural population of unique club-houses.
You should never forget visiting Chinese old town (Dalbera)
Phuc Kien club-house, Trieu Chau club-house and Quang Dong club-house are the buildings typical for the architectural population of the Chinese community in Hoi An. If you wish to learn about the Chinese culture, this is one of the best Hoi An places to visit that are always highlighted on Hoi An attractions map.
The large-scaled club-houses are mostly located in Tran Phu street line leading to Thu Bon river.
3. Enjoying lanterns in Hoi An ancient town
Mixing yourself in the space full of fanciful lanterns is of elegant pleasure for tourists coming to Hoi An attraction.
Hoi An old town at night with many colorful lanterns (instagram/kristenmnoll)
Tourist can enjoy walking under colorful light from the lanterns and watching art performance such as play, dance and folk music. At night, the lanterns ashore make their light reflection on Thu Bon river to create a sparkling image of the ancient town.
The colorful lanterns is the specialty of Hoi An (mytour)
Furthermore, such lanterns are also famous handicraft of Hoi that is bought by tourists as a gift to their relatives and friends.
4. Traditional trade villages in Hoi An
The trade villages including Thanh Ha, Kim Bong, Tra Que are the most favorite Hoi An tourist attractions.
The vegetable planting village Tra Que is 2km northeast away from Hoi An downtown. This village is famous for typical vegetables used to prepare Quang Nam specialties in Hoi An such as Cao Lau, Quang noodles, Tom Huu, Ricepaper Rolls With Belly Pork, sizzling cake, grilled calf etc.
The rural life at the vegetable planting village Tra Que (hoiminhlaai)
Along with the ever-developing trend of travel for “experience”, Tra Que has been encouraged to participate in tourist activities.
Foreign tourists experience the real life there (hoiminhlaai)
Coming to this village, tourists will be guided by local farmers to plant vegetables and prepared vegetable dishes like real farmer. This makes Tra Que to be an attraction in Hoi An for tourists to experience the daily tastes of the local that will definitely satisfy those loving DIY products and experiencing.
5. Cua Dai beach
Cua Dai Beach is 5 km east away from Hoi An town and is 3 km in length, and one of the most beautiful and romantic beaches in the central region.
A beautiful scenery at Cua Dai beach (instagram/meongusiii)
Such beach remains deserted and natural. The beach is tranquil with mild waves and filled with coconut lines to create a peaceful and pleasant space for tourists who tent to spend vacation with their families, spouse for a honey moon or for team building activities.
6. Cu Lao Cham
Cu Lao Cham consists of 8 islands: Hon Lao, Hon Dai, Hon Mo, Hon Kho Me, Hon Kho Con, Hon La, Hon Tai and Hon Ong. With white sandbank, cool climate around the year, coral reefs in unique shapes and diversified flora and fauna, all contributes to create a picture of fully charming nature and make it one of many Hoi an places of interest.
But what makes it stand out of the other beaches in the central region is the historical value hidden in that natural beauty.
Many small boats make Cu Lao Cham an amazing landscape (instagram/quangnamtourism)
On Hon Lao, the biggest island of Cu Lao Cham, the scientists has found out archaeological relics as proof for human presence here dating back to 3000 years ago and the trading between Vietnam and near Eastern countries, India, China, Southeast Asian countries over 1000 years ago.
You'll feel relaxed when coming there (instagram/khanhdo94)
Diving in Cu Lao Cham to discover coral reefs (instagram/lalalaadrienne)
More than 25 architectural and artistic works whose history dated back to 18th century to early 20th century are situated along the capes of Tay Hon Lao in Bai Lang, Bai Luong to prove for the length of history and culture of Cu Lao Cham.
The serenity of the ancient town and the romantic nature of Cu Lao Cham in combination bring peace of mind to tourists.