Top 6 tourist attractions in Hoi An

  • 13/12/2019

It’s no wonder that Hoi An is one of many tourists’ favorite destination in Vietnam. The city is unlike any others in Southeast Asia, and it is built right on stunning canals that lead to the East Vietnam Sea. Old Town Hoi An, the city's historic district, is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century, its buildings and street plan reflecting a blend of indigenous and foreign influences. Just simply take a quick look from this checklist of attractions of Hoi An to see where to visit in Hoi An with Whatsup Vietnam.

1. Japanese covered bridge

Japanese covered bridge or Chua Cau bridge, one of the most visited landmarks in the city, was built in the 17th century. This allowed the Japanese quarter of Hoi An to be accessible from the Chinese neighborhoods. The bridge is covered and resembles a Japanese pagoda, and its original style has been carefully preserved for the last 400 years. Crossing over the bridge, you will find plenty of paintings for sale by artists living in the vicinity. The bridge is about 60 feet in length and simple n structure, yet colorfully painted in red with a wooden pagoda roof.

Chua Cau bridge

2. Old house of Tan Ky

Tan Ky ancient house of nearly 200 years old is one of the famous destinations in Hoi An that allures tourists due to its unique architectural style, which is divided into many small compartments and each with different functions. The architecture of this house is influenced by Japanese and Chinese styles. Japanese elements can be seen through the ceiling, which is supported by three progressively shorter beams, each one placed on top of the other. Although undergoing a long process of development, this old house is still immortal over time and is a beauty that adorns the ancient town of Hoi An.

Old House of Tan Ky

3. Hoi An Night Market

The market is located on Nguyen Hoang Street, just opposite the Japanese Covered Bridge. The market opens around 5 evening per week, when more than 500 vendors open up their stalls to sell everything from souvenirs, clothing to fresh food. It’s easy to be swept up by all the different smells, people, noises, and unidentifiable food served on rice cakes. A visit to the night market here is a lively experience for families, couples, shoppers, and photographers. Kids love this night market, too, given its many lights, toys, and music. Perhaps the most-spotted item for sale is the paper lantern, which glows beautifully after nightfall. You can buy a colorful lantern to cast a glow as you shop, or you can take it home as a way to remember the colors, vibrancy and excitement of the Hoi An Night Market.

Hoi An night market

4. Hoi An handicrafts workshop

Not only will you want to discover the beauty of Hoi An through unique and authentic architectural works, but you will also want to learn about the culture of making lanterns as well as paper fans and other crafts. Visiting Hoi An Handicrafts Workshop is an opportunity for tourists to have a close look at the process of creating beautiful handmade products through the skillful hands of professional craftsmen. Tourists possibly participate in some simple production steps to mark poetic experiences during the travel to Hoi An ancient town. And don’t forget to buy some products as gifts with affordable price for your relatives and friends. In addition, there is also a cozy small theater space on the outside, performing traditional art performances for tourists to enjoy.

Hoi An handicrafts workshop

5. My Son Sanctuary

Mỹ Sơn is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples in Vietnam, constructed between the 4th and the 14th century by the kings of Champa, the old country which once was situated in Southern Vietnam. My Son is perhaps the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina, but a large majority of its architecture was destroyed by US bombing during a single week of the Vietnam War.

My Son sanctuary

The property is located in the mountainous border Duy Xuyen District of Quang Nam Province, in central Viet Nam. It is situated within an elevated geological basin surrounded by a ring of mountains, which provides the watershed for the sacred Thu Bon river. The source of the Thu Bon river is here and it flows past the monuments, out of the basin, and through the historic heartland of the Champa Kingdom, draining into the South China Sea at its mouth near the ancient port city of Hoi An. The location gives the sites its strategic significance as it is also easily defensible. 

My Son Sanctuary is really one of worth visiting Hoi An attractions for tourists, particularly those who love history.

6. Cu Lao Cham

Cu Lao Cham is not a strange name for most of foreign visitors to Hoi An. Cu Lao captivates a numerous number of tourists because of its inherent beauty, tranquility and freshness. It takes you less than 20 minutes from Hoi An to set foot on Cu Lao Island and admire the panoramic view of this wonderful green space. At present, Cu Lao provides a very interesting service that is Scuba diving watching corals. You can take a deep dive into the sea to watch the sparkling and colorful coral reefs as well as schools of fish swimming in crystal clear water. This famous Hoi An tourist destination also gives you interesting experiences while traveling along Cu Lao by bicycle to leisurely and peacefully enjoy the fresh air of this green island.

 Cu Lao Cham


Written by: Hieu La

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