Sights in Hoi an what to see
It is difficult to highlight individual attractions in the town of Hoi an, as the entire city itself is an attraction, and at the present time, it 844 officially recognized monument of historical significance. Many of the old buildings in the town have preserved such features of traditional architecture rarely seen today in other places: for hundreds of years the facades of the shops are locked at night traditional wooden shutters; the roof of some houses are made of red tiles "Yin and Yang". In the rainy season due to high humidity lichens and mosses on the tiles and walls of buildings come alive, painting the walls a bright green color.
In the city there are attractions that pay and is for the tickets. Tickets can be purchased at sales points in the streets for 120 000 VND (330.99 RUB, see money, Vietnam exchange rate). Use of the ticket is not very common: one purchased ticket can be used to visit five places from among all paid sites to choose from: one of four Museum, one old house of three, one traditional Studio or theater hall. During sightseeing ticket off coupons, yet it is all not used. To visit other sights, it was time to buy a ticket for five visits. Detailed information you will get in places of purchase of tickets, and along with the ticket will also receive a card with instructions and a brief description of the attractions (some of them are briefly described below on this page). For some houses, not included in the list of paid attractions, their owners can set a small entrance fee. And in some places on the streets there are old houses, the owners of which, on the contrary I invite everyone to their home for free for the tour, with the expectation that guests will buy something from the offered goods.
In addition to explore the attractions of Hoi an is also invited a large number of organised tours of the town and the surrounding area. They can be purchased in any hotel (at the reception) or travel agencies on the street. Among the most popular trip in the Marble mountains, visit the ruins of my son, Cycling tours, city tour and silk village of Hoi an, diving or snorkeling tours to Cham island, fishing, cooking lessons (cooking classes), the BA na mountain in da Nang, etc. Here is a rough cost:
- Marble mountain - 100 000 VND (275.83 RUB)
- Ruins michonne - 200 000 (551.65 RUB)
- Tour with snorkeling on Cham island – 700 000 (1930.78 RUB)
- Tour diving island Cham – from 900 000 (2482.44 RUB)
- Overnight on the island Cham – 700 000 (1930.78 RUB)
- Cycling tour in Hoi an – from 440 000 (1213.64 RUB)
- Silk village of Hoi an – 400 000 (1103.31 RUB)
Ruins of my son (My Son sanctuary)
It is a Museum under the open sky on the site of the ancient city of Champa state listed in the list of UNESCO world heritage. Here you can see the ruins of 17 churches and towers of XIII-XIV centuries belonging to the Champa nation. The place is a must to visit by all lovers of antiquities.
Sometimes michonne is compared with the complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the ancient capital of Thailand Ayutthaya, although the scope here is much more modest. The ruins a little, moreover, most of them almost nothing left. A great contribution to the destruction made by the American military during the war, virtually leveling the place to the ground. However, given its historical significance, the ruins are worth a visit. Read more about the ruins michonne and photos here...
🕐 Working time: from 6:00 to 16:00 hours.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 150 000 VND (413.74 rubles). The cost of day trips to my son from Hoi an from 250 000 VND.
🚶 How to get there: the ruins of my son located 80 km from da Nang and 60 km from Hoi an town (ruins michonne on the map). Unfortunately, to find tours from da Nang to my son is difficult, and most likely you will have to take rent of transport, or hire a taxi for the trip. The taxi ride there and back with waiting will cost $ 25.
Japanese covered bridge (Japanese Covered Bridge, Viet. Cau Nhat Ban or Lai Vien Kieu)
The bridge connects Tran Phu street and Nguen Thi Minh Khai and is the symbol of Hoi an. Beautifully decorated arch bridge was first built in the 1593 by the Japanese community of the city to link it with the neighboring Chinese areas located on the other side of the river. For centuries, the bridge has remained relatively unchanged.
On the North side of the bridge built a small temple, Chua kou (the entrance is from a bridge). On his door is written the name given to the bridge in 1719 to replace the old Japanese bridge. The new name of the bridge is Lai Vien Kieu (Bridge for passers-by from afar), never caught on.
Visiting the bridge and the temple is made upon presentation of the coupon single ticket (see above), but in the evenings the bridge is often open to all comers.
Local main market (Central Market Hoi An, Cho Hoi An)
The local market is on the river Bank near the bridge to the island of Cam Nam. Here you can walk almost every day on tour, and at the same time to buy products and Souvenirs.
The market consists of street stalls and a two-storey building of the market. Street market occupies a rather vast territory. It sells fruits, vegetables and various other food products, Souvenirs, products of local artisans. On the first floor of the building market also sold food. On the second floor of the market building you can find all kinds of consumer goods, clothes, shoes at very competitive prices. On the market be sure to bargain, as local sellers inflate the prices for tourists at times.
Near the market on Hoang Dieu street in a row of Shoe shops and clothing, there are a few shops for the sale of alcohol and drinks at very low prices, something like our "Optovik".
The Village Of Stone (Cam Nam)
The village of Stone is located on long island with the same name in the middle of the Hoi an river. To get to the village by the bridge Cam Nam, located near the main market.
The village of Stone on a life almost indistinguishable from the center of Hoi an, and you won't even notice much of a difference, if not carefully look closely. There are several good hotels (near riverside) restaurants in which to eat local, small shops. In General, everything is the same as in the center of Hoi an, but here is more quiet and peaceful and the prices are a little lower. The village is also known for the fact that most of the Handicrafts, Souvenirs and items made antique, are sold in the shops of Hoi an are made here.
Necessarily during another walk through the town cross the bridge and walk along the quiet streets of the village. Can be in local shops you will find a very interesting souvenir at a low price.
The Peninsula Of Anhui (An Hoi Islet)
The Peninsula of Anhui is not a landmark in the truest sense of the word, but it is very interesting and cozy place, visiting which one day you will return there every evening.
To get to the Peninsula is easiest by a beautiful pedestrian bridge (An Hoi Bridge), which is located near the Japanese Bridge (the position of the Peninsula on the map). Near the bridge in the middle of the river floating large pieces (called Swan Boats) - fish, tigers and dragons are in the evenings very beautifully lit. On the waterfront of the island is a Park with sculptures of Vietnamese artists. And along the river settled a chain of very cosy cafés and restaurants with dining in which you can admire the river views and evening in Hoi an. Prices in restaurants are very low, perhaps even lower than on the other side of the river.
In the evening, it starts something like a tent souvenir market. Prices for Souvenirs too low.
Assembly hall, Phuc KIEN (Phuc Kien Assembly Hall)
Located on the street Tran Phu St, 46 (Assembly hall on the map). Assembly hall was built in 1679 and is a magnificent example of Chinese architecture. During the existence the building has undergone a number of changes.
This pavilion is home of the sea goddess Thien How, here also venerate the goddess Thuan Phong Nhi who can hear ships at a distance of thousands of miles and the goddess Then Lou Nhan able to see the ships from it from miles away.
The Temple Of Quan Cong (Quan Cong Temple)
Located on the street Tran Phu st, 24 (the position of the temple on the map). The Chinese temple was built in 1653 On the stone plaques on the walls are inscribed a list of persons who donated for the construction and repair of the temple. Pay attention to the rain gutters in the form of a carp on the roof surrounding the courtyard. Carp is a symbol of patience in Chinese mythology, is a popular symbol in Hoi an.
The House Of Tan Ky (Tan Ky)
Located on the Nguyen Thai Hoc street, 101 (building the map). This is a private house, the family which lives here for seven generations. The house has been lovingly preserved and today looks almost exactly as in the beginning of the 19th century. The scale of the house-Museum is quite small, it consists of only two rooms on the ground floor, but the owners udovolstiem meet you and explain in detail in English about the significance and history of each part in the house. Just visit the house you'll spend no more than 10 minutes. To get inside you can buy a single ticket to the sights of Hoi an. The entrance to the house is from the street Nguyen Thai Hoc, and access to the promenade on the street, Bach Dang.
Museum of folk culture in Hoi an (Hoi An Museum of Folk Culture)
Located on the Nguyen Thai Hoc street, 33 (the Museum on the map)
This Museum was established in this former home of local residents in 2005 and now contains 490 items depicting the traditional culture and art of the ordinary villagers of Central Vietnam.
The Museum is quite large, has two floors and many rooms, each of which exhibits are thematically grouped.A visit to the Museum is by coupons a single ticket. The examination should allocate 20-30 minutes.
Museum of history and culture of Hoi an (Hoi An Museum of History and Culture)
Located on the street Nguyen Hue Street, 7 before the market (Museum map)
Museum of history and culture of Hoi an, obviously as the name implies, is designed to tell you about the history of the town in different historical periods. Unfortunately, despite this significant name of the Museum is quite modest and not very well maintained. The exhibits are stored dusty and dirty muddy glasses that like no one had long been wiped. If not signing in English on the exhibits and information on posters on the walls, this Museum had absolutely nothing to do. Overall, the visit to the Museum is not contraindicated, but don't expect too much of him.
The exhibition includes photographs, furniture, utensils, bells, statues, altar. In the centre of the Museum there is a small pond with goldfish. On the tour you will spend no more than 20 minutes.
Communal house, Minh Huong (Minh Huong Communal House, Minh Huong Worship House)
Located on the street Tran Phu Street, 14 before the market (Museum map)
In Hoi an among the attractions you can find quite a lot of communal houses. These were the homes together representatives of a certain community to discuss and solve pressing problems, to elect the chairmen of the community.
This community house was built by the Chinese community of Hoi an in the typical Chinese style in 1820. The community of Minh Huong are still living in Hoi an and consists of at least 60 families.
To expect from visiting this community houses not worth much, but if you pass by and you won't know what to do with the extra coupon from bought a combined ticket for Hoi an sights, you can look here.
Silk village of Hoi an (Hoi An silk village)
This is a new attraction in Hoi an (opened in 2012). Do not expect from this place, this "tradition" because, in fact, is a special surrogate for tourists. However, this does not mean that it is not necessary to visit the village. The tour here is quite interesting and informative.
During a visit to the village (the village is, of course, an exaggeration) you will be able to walk through the 300 year old mulberry garden; to see how to make silk handmade using vintage machines and tools; learn how silk is grown larvae; visit a workshop where, of course, offered something to buy or order clothes.
To visit directly the village will take 2-3 hours on a trip with the Shuttle will take half a day.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: entrance fee for entrance $ 5. The cost of trips to the village with a Shuttle from the hotel (including lunch or dinner) $ 19 (399 000 VND).
🚶 How to get there: the village is right in town close to the Northern bus station in Hoi an on Le Hong Phong (on the map). To get there from old town and you can walk.
Marble mountain (Marble mountains)
This is one of the most famous sites in Central Vietnam, and is a must to visit place if you're staying in Hoi an. The mountains consist of five stone hills, each of which, according to local ideas, means one of the five elements of the universe and has the appropriate title: Thaison (Water), Moxon (Wood), Hooson (Fire), kimchon (Metal) and Choson (Earth).
Mount Thoison (Ngon Thuy Son or Water Mountain), the only equipped for tourists: built paths and steps, resting places in caves, there is decorative lighting. And let you not be misled by the name "Marble mountain", in fact, attend only. Here you can visit several caves with shrines and temples, to climb one of the two viewpoints. In addition to the caves, during the movement you will see various Buddhist pagodas and temples. Read more about Marble mountain here...
🕐 Working time: from 07:00 to 17:00, seven days a week.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 40 000 VND (110.33 RUB, see Vietnam currency and the exchange rate), Parking 10 000 VND (27.58 USD), the ascent and descent of the Elevator – 50 000 (137.91 RUB).
🚶 How to get there: the Mountain is located on the outskirts of da Nang (mountain view on the map). The easiest way to visit is by purchasing a group tour. Also here you can take the city avtosh of No. 1, by taxi or rented transport.
The cave of heaven and hell (Am Phu Cave)
This cave is often confused with Marble mountain, but actually they are different sites, just they are in the same place. This is a natural cave, inside of which symbolically and not only recreated the atmosphere of heaven and hell in the view of Buddhists. The theme of hell's judgment is here presented in full, which in General, is most and interesting to tourists. Scenes of agony complemented by appropriate light and sound effects, which together can create the most impressionable visitors a creepy feeling. But don't expect that there will be scary. Actually it is rather funny, and you can safely visit the cave with the children. Read more about the Cave of heaven and hell here...
🕐 Working time: from 07:00 to 17:00, seven days a week.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 20 000 VND (55.17 USD), Parking 10,000 dongs.
🚶 How to get there: the cave is located in the largest of the Marble mountains of da Nang (cave on the map). The entrance is separate from the two entrances to the Marble mountains and is located approximately in the middle between them.
The village of potters and terracotta Park
The village potters Thanh Ha (Thanh Ha) is located a few kilometers from Hoi an town and the Museum "Terracotta" Park, or One Park). And the village itself and the Museum are tourist attractions and can be visited both together and separately. It is believed that local artisans had reached such skill in the making of pottery that can make clay into almost anything. You can see this, if you go to this village.
You can visit it with a guided tour from Hoi an by bus or boat, or by bike, taxi or rented transport. You can even get a walk on pass from the center of Hoi an will have 3 kilometers.
You can visit the village for free, but if you buy tickets at the box office in the centre of the village you can visit several pottery workshops where you will show and tell about the Potter's skill, the technology has not changed for centuries. The Museum "Terracotta Park" is located near the cash register, but visited on separate tickets, which are sold at the entrance. The Museum contains a huge collection of Handicrafts, and there is a section of miniatures of famous architectural structures from around the world. Read more about the Village of potters and Terracotta Park here...
🕐 Working time: from 08:00 to 17:30, seven days a week.
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: tickets to visit the workshops in the village there are 35 000 VND (96.54 USD), ticket entrance to the terracotta Park – 30 000 (82.75 RUB)
🚶 How to get there: the village and the Terra-cotta Park are located two kilometers from Hoi an town (a village on the map, terracotta Park on the map). To visit their easiest group tours from Hoi an by boat or bus, or to take a taxi, a rented transport, bike or on foot. To get around the village on your truck, or on the tour cars. When you buy tickets at the box office you can also buy your own custom tour or join a group tour.