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Step back in time to Hoian, Vietnam's most enchanting town. Lost in a historic port city bursting with charm, free from the usual traffic and pollution. Explore colorful riverside streets lined with ancient architecture, whispering tales of a glorious past. Hoian brings you a captivating blend of history, delicious food, and a relaxed atmosphere. Dive deeper and unlock tours to Hoian!

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Overview Hoian

1. LOCATION

Hoian belongs to the central region of the country in Quang Nam Province, which adjoins directly to the sea, and gently lies on the flat area of the plain, where the great Thu Bon River approaches the ocean.

Overview of Hoian

Overview of Hoian

You can get to Hoian from Danang City whether by bus, taxi, private car, or motorbike. The distance between Danang and Hoian is around 40km and takes about 30 to 60 minutes to get to the destination depending on your means of transport.

2. BEST TIME TO VISIT HOIAN

Hoian has two main seasons: Dry and Rainy. Characterized by a tropical climate, the region has a warm temperature all year round.

Tourist arrival peaks from February to May when the weather is comfortable with an average temperature of 28°C. This period is in the dry season of the region, so instead of severe rainy days, you will catch warm sunshine and cool winds.

Bear in mind that from June to August, the weather turns really hot. With an average temperature of 34°C and high humidity. However, this is the perfect time to get tanned on Hoian amazing beaches like An Bang or Cua Dai, and also enjoy diving and snorkeling off coast Hoian in Cham island.

Weather in Hoian

Weather in Hoian

From September to January, the rainy season takes place. During this time, heavy rain pours and typhoons happen, it quite severe, and cause floods to most of the region and tourist spots.

For festive spirit information, people in Hoian celebrate the Full Moon Day on every 14th day of the lunar month with many interesting activities like singing, dancing, or folk games. Especially, all the streets will be lit up with beautiful lanterns.

3. THINGS TO DO IN HOIAN

Explore the Ancient Architectures

When talking about time-honored buildings, people are reminded of Hoian where many constructions have been kept intact since the 17th century. The architecture here is influenced by Chinese, Japanese, and French culture creating a unique fusion that nowhere else in Vietnam has. Whatever the structure you visit, it is also a piece of art, which possesses distinctive features in design and decorations. Let’s check out some remarkable buildings for your Hoian tour package, an ancient town.

Phuoc Lam Pagoda owns both ancient and modern versions in its large yard, which are designed to follow the Chinese style. In the spot, you can find old statues and stunning wood carvings. Quan Cong temple is also worth a visit with the typical ancient shrine or Chuc Thanh Pagoda, which is famous for possessing a unique Chinese style design of the old time and dreamy gardens.

Phung Hung Old House in Hoian

Phung Hung Old House in Hoian

Moreover, you can also pay a visit to Phung Hung House, which still keeps the antique furniture and housewares, owns a small souvenir shop, and is designed in Chinese style. Fujian Assembly Hall boasts beautiful wood carvings and many more proofs of art.

Contemplate the Ancient Mark of the Japanese Bridge

Japanese Covered Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in Hoian Ancient Town. It was built in the 1590s by the community of Japanese in town, to connect with the Chinese quarter across the stream. Over the centuries, the structure has survived with the original ornamentations of Japanese architecture making it one of the not-to-be-missed sites in Hoian as well as the town’s unique symbol.

Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoian

Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoian

Stroll Along the Ancient Town

At the ancient town, by day the sun turns the yellow town shiny, by night the colorful lanterns are adorned with its mystery beauty. Strolling through its paths and alleys, you will be amazed and fall for the historical town. People here have to walk or go by bike to enter the street, in this way, the town can keep its spotlight. When enjoying your time, you can see many stores selling souvenirs, cool items, snacks, and food, spend some money if you like. The most important thing, make sure you have enough battery for fantastic images.

Hoian Ancient Town Street

Hoian Ancient Town Street

Enjoy the Beaches

With the advantage of owning beautiful beaches, Hoian has drawn a great number of tourists from all around the world. To catch the best site and clean sand-yard, An Bang and Cua Dai beaches are the best choices for you. There are some stunning resorts you can find near the stretches offering not only amazing accommodations but also many water sports activities such as canoeing, sailing, surfing, etc. Moreover, Cham Island is also a great option for a beach break in Hoian with pristine nature and amazing spots for snorkeling and diving.

Cu Lao Cham Island

Cu Lao Cham Island

Discover the Countryside

Just a little from the ancient town, you can catch an endless site of rice paddy fields and gardens of farmers. Hire a bike and spend a day discovering the region, you can relax and breathe in fresh air. Along the track, rustic rural views and encountering locals would make your trip an awesome one.

Rice Planting Trip from Hoian

Tourists can try "1 Day as a Farmer" in Tra Que Village in Hoian

If time permits, you should ride to Tra Que Organic Farm, where a hundred miles of herb and vegetable gardens are grown. Right at the time you are getting close, you will feel pleasant with the herb smell that emerges in the air. Of course, the site is beautiful as always. Stop your bike, let’s get your hands muddy when giving a hand to locals who are picking the herb leaves. You can also collect the goods on your own and use them in the cooking class you attended. What a day to go!

Go on a boat trip on Thu Bon River

On the Thu Bon River, which flows through the ancient town of Hoian, sitting on the local wooden boat, you can completely immerse yourself in this dreamy site. From the sampan, you can observe the lively activities of the locals as well as the beautiful houses on the waterfront. Make a stop at some villages exploring the authentic life of the natives will give you memorable moments. And when the day comes to an end, enjoy the romantic and spectacular scenery when the sun casts its orange glow on the horizon.

Take a boat trip on Thu Bon River

Take a boat trip on Thu Bon River

Food to Try

Hoian owns many delicious dishes that can impress you from the first taste. Among those, these stand-out dishes are what you should try once.

  • Cao Lau: the most famous dish of Hoian that you can’t find anywhere else. Comprises of chewy udon - like rice noodles, slices of Chinese barbecued pork, bean sprouts, croutons, fresh herbs in a pork-based gravy, and kinds of vegetables.
  • Mi Quang: the materials are yellow rice noodles, bone broth flavored with fish sauce, pepper, shallot, and garlic, several kinds of meat, herbs, and local vegetables.
  • Banh Beo: made of flour liquid and coconut milk, topped with several kinds of meat, and cut scallion. They are served with a separate bowl of processed fish sauce and a large dish of local vegetables.
  • Com Ga: still rice and chicken but the way they cook it is different. The soul of this dish this fried fragrant rice, shredded chicken, chili jam, and herbs.
  • Banh Mi: the baguette sandwich includes greasy pate, butter, meat slices, and sauces. and vegetable.

4. THINGS TO BUY IN HOIAN

During your Vietnam tour package, to buy something as gifts or souvenirs, you can also find some of the unique and fantastic items right in shops and on the town street

  • Lantern: awesome for decorating, available in all sizes and colors, you can easily find it in the town shops
  • Non La: a symbol of Vietnam, it is a hat with a cone shape, made of palm tree leaves.
  • Shoes: the common style of shoes that the locals use to wear on called Dep Kep, it is nearly uncovered on your feet, and you can find it is pretty comfortable.
  • Copper statue: there is a village that is famous for making copper statues, you can find the statues in a diverse shape like a building, architects of the area, people, animals, and so on.
  • Silk: the silk is soft because it was made from silkworm string, the price is high but the quality is undiscussable.
  • Accessories: like bracelets, necklaces, earrings, hairpins.

You can buy a lantern or DIY one in the lantern workshop

You can buy a lantern or DIY one in the lantern workshop!

5. DOS & DON'TS

DOS

  • Learn to bargain
  • Respect the temple
  • Keep toilet paper with you
  • High recommend eating at a local food store

DON'TS

  • Don’t trap in a fight.
  • Don’t do intimate contact in public.
  • Sometimes what you are going to discover is way more than the writing, just do anything you want, locals always help. Have a nice time out there.

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