Hoi An City is located on the banks of the Thu Bon River in Quang Nam Province. There was a time when it was famous as Faifoo that Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian merchants, etc. known from the 16th and 17th centuries. Since that time, Hoi An trading port has been prosperous and is the major trading center of Southeast Asia, one of the main stops of merchant ships in the Far East. Fortunately, Hoi An was not destroyed in two wars and avoided massive urbanization at the end of the 20th century. Starting in the 1980s, the architectural and cultural values of Hoi An ancient town gradually gained. Attention by scholars and tourists alike, making Hoi An tourism one of Vietnam’s attractive destinations.
History of Hoi An
Due to the favorable geographical features, since 3,000 years ago, the first classes of residents appeared on the land of Hoi An today. Through archaeological research results, many types of jars have been discovered with production tools, living tools, fine jewelry made of stone, pottery, glass, metals, copper coins, artifacts. iron and jewelry with refined crafting techniques allowed to confirm the existence and development of the late Sa Huynh culture, the peak of the pre-prehistoric period (from the second century onwards).
In particular, at the excavation pits of the sites in Hoi An of this period, two types of copper coins were discovered, Ngu Thu and Vuong Mang from the Han dynasty, pottery and Western Han-style iron artifacts, bronze artifacts bearing Dong Son culture (North), objects bearing the distinctive mark of Oc Eo culture (the South), or jewelry with refined processing technology originating from India, China … Hoi An people in the Sa Huynh cultural period had wide exchanges with the outside. This also confirms that at the beginning of AD there was a strong foreign trade established in Hoi An.
Under the Champa kingdom (from the second century to the fourteenth century) the land of Hoi An at that time was called Lâm Ấp phố. Dai Chiem Haikou (Cua Dai) and Chiem Real Lao (Cu Lao Cham) became important stops on the international maritime route. Linyi Pho is a developed trading port, attracting many Arab, Persian, and Chinese merchant boats to trade and exchange. The main exported goods at that time were silk, pearls, tortoiseshell, gold, frankincense, freshwater … Many ancient bibliographies recorded a quite long period, Lam Ap Pho port played an important role. most important in creating the prosperity of Tra Kieu citadel and My Son religious and belief center.
With the ruins of the Cham architectural foundations, the Cham wells and the Cham statues (the statue of Vu Cong Thien Tien Gandhara, the statue of the Nam God of Wealth, the statue of the Elephant God …) and pieces of Chinese and Dai Viet ceramics, Middle East, II century – XIV and jewelry, famous stained-glass pieces of Middle East, South India was discovered, clarifying the hypothesis that once there was a Linyi street (the time Champa) before Hoi An (Dai Viet era), once existed a port with a thriving maritime trade.
At the beginning of the fourteenth century, after the fact that King Chiem Thanh, Che Man, cut two Chau O and Ly to honor the wedding ceremony of Princess Huyen Tran of Emperor Tran Nhan Tong, the southern border of Dai Viet came to the North bank of the river. Thu Bon. At the beginning of the 15th century, the Ho Dynasty (Ho Han Thuong) continued to expand the realm to even Chiem Dong and Co Luy (corresponding to present-day Quang Nam and Quang Ngai), dividing the new land into four continents: Thang, Hoa, Tu, Nghia; set up the Thang Hoa highway to dominate the four continents, and sent An Phu to oversee the pacification and reclamation. The strategy of migration from the northern regions was initially interrupted by the Dai Viet feudal dynasties; partly due to the dispute, the annexation occurred constantly between the two countries Viet – Chiem, the other part was by the Minh invaders to set the yoke to dominate our country.
Until the middle of the 15th century, in 1471, King Le Thanh Tong’s army of “South advanced pacification” of King Le Thanh Tong pulled down the Do Ban capital city of Chiem Thanh, coined the Taoist sect to declare Quang Nam, starting the main presence. knowledge of the Vietnamese people in the Central region. However, it was not until the time when the Nguyen lords came to defend the Thuan Hoa-Quang Nam area, that the career of exploring the land of Dang Trong really entered a peak time.
Starting in 1558, when Nguyen Hoang was determined to leave Nguyen’s household land in Thanh Hoa to go to the South, get rid of the yoke of King Le – Trinh Lord, implementing a plan to create an area. independent probation, long-term development, based on the advantages of the land “Hoanh Son most pee, ten thousand great body”. The whole land area from Hai Van pass to Cu Mong pass has just become stable and attracted a large number of people in the Northern Delta and North Central provinces to reclaim and establish villages and build new lives. A part of the Vietnamese residents who took off from Thanh Hoa – Nghe An – Ha Tinh regions stopped staying in order to settle down and set up a village on the side of the poetic Thu Bon river.
In order to win the hearts of people and be able to cope with the mighty power of the Le-Trinh government in Dang Ngoai, Nguyen Hoang has issued and implemented a series of positive policies, building and strengthening the power of a new government institution such as encouraging the reclamation, utilizing talented people, building a powerful army … By the time the Nguyen lords succeeded, then in Dang Trong was a period of very strong development of the commodity industry. and the golden age of the East Asian trading system. Along with the strategy of the contemporary Nguyen lords; The resident community of Hoi An – Quang origin knows how to promote industriousness, intelligence, and creativity to build more and more prosperous towns and villages.
From the middle of the sixteenth century, the “Champa ports” in the central region, which had a tradition from the Champa era were reborn. Due to its favorable geographical location, the potential of a Quang country rich in natural resources, abundant specialties, human resources full of vitality, smart and open foreign policy and foreign trade,… so Hoi An town port has created a great attraction, attracting many merchant boats from Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, UK, France, India, China, Japan, Siam,… busy to trade.
From a declining “Chiem Port”, Hoi An quickly revived and became the most thriving international trade center of the country and Southeast Asia. Hoi An plays the role of the coordinating center for the central commercial ports such as Thanh Ha (Hue), Thi Nai (Binh Dinh), and together with the ports of Dong Nai, Saigon, Ha Tien … become important commercial ports in Dang Trong. Not only that, as an inter-regional center, Hoi An together with Goa (India), Ayutthaya (Siam), Malacca (Malaysia), Batavia (Indonesia), Luzon (Philippines) … connected with Formosa (Radio). Loan), Macao, Xiamen (China), Busan (Korea) form a complete trading system of Asia.
Since the end of the nineteenth century, due to many unfavorable factors, the “sailing town” of Hoi An gradually declined, giving way to the position of an international trade center for the “mechanical port town” of Da Nang. However, Hoi An is still the political, military, economic, and cultural center of Quang Nam.
Under French colonial rule, Da Nang was “ceded land”, while Quang Nam became “protected” land. In addition to the Southern dynasty government, there was also a protectorate government of French colonialism, headed by a French envoy who was concurrently the Chairman of the Quang Nam Provincial Council, stationed in Hoi An and the headquarters of the brain. government machine protection. During the resistance war period, the French colonialists and the American imperialists all chose Hoi An as the provincial capital and set up many political and military headquarters in Quang Nam.
When to travel to Hoi An?
The weather of Hoi An has 2 distinct seasons each year, the rainy season lasts from August to December and the dry season lasts from January to July every year, sometimes depending on the weather each year, there can be cold spells. but not too cold and last long.
- The best time to come to Hoi An is from February to April, the weather is hardly rainy and quite pleasant.
- Go to Hoi An on the 14th of every month to attend the night of the old town. On this occasion, you will have the opportunity to listen to traditional songs, play folk games and enjoy delicious food, especially watching the red lanterns fluttering around the street.
If you want to explore Cu Lao Cham more, you can go in the middle of summer, the hot weather will be suitable for marine exploration activities.
Guide to Hoi An
By Public transport
From Hanoi and Saigon (as well as famous tourist destinations along the other two ends of the country) there are many open bus trips to Hoi An directly. If you do not mind cramped space, long hours and want to save travel costs, you can choose this option. No need to switch back and forth between different types of vehicles.
Hoi An is located between two airports of Da Nang and Chu Lai. In fact, the distance from Da Nang airport to Hoi An (30km) is closer than from Chu Lai airport (70km) so not many people choose to fly to Chu Lai, flights to Da Nang have many options. choose to fly more time. However, if you can buy a cheap flight ticket to Chu Lai, you just choose this airport, from here there is also a bus from the airline to the center.
Similar to the flight plan, if you take the train, you also have 2 options: Da Nang station (30km) and Tam Ky station (50km). If you are from Hanoi and the North, you should stop at Da Nang station, if you stop from Saigon and the South stop at Tam Ky station, it will be less time-consuming than going back to Da Nang and then going back by taxi.
- From Hanoi, there are 6 daily trains to Da Nang, namely SE1, SE3, SE5, SE7, SE9, SE19. In terms of the reasonable travel time, you may be interested in the train SE1 (from Hanoi 22:20 to Da Nang 13:25) SE3 (from Hanoi 19:30 to Da Nang 11:05), or SE19 (go from Hanoi 20:10 to Da Nang 12:20)
- From Saigon, there are 5 daily trains to Tam Ky, namely SE2, SE4, SE8, SE10, and SE22. Similarly, the trains to Tam Ky during the day are SE2 (going from Saigon 9:55 to Tam Ky 12:24) SE4 (going from Saigon 19:45 and arriving Tam Ky at 11:08), and SE22 (going from Saigon at 14:40 and arriving in Tam Period at 8:12)
By Private vehicles
For those of you who prefer to travel with family or friends in your own vehicle, you can stop by Hoi An after passing Da Nang (if going from the North) and Tam Ky (if going from the south).
Traveling in Hoi An
The whole old town of Hoi An is not so wide, but it will take a whole day to go through if you walk. If you have time, you can walk through the streets and streets, stop at cafes or restaurants located right in the small alleys of Hoi An.
At many hotels and resorts in Hoi An, bicycles are always available for guests to borrow. Bicycles can comfortably travel in the old town, but you should also note that you should choose a time to ride. The most suitable is to go in the afternoon or early morning, both cool and not too crowded. If using a bicycle to go at night, especially on weekend evenings, sometimes the speed cannot be equal to that of pedestrians due to traffic jams.
This is one of the types of vehicles that are allowed to operate right in the old quarter. If you still want to have a relaxing time to see Hoi An but are a bit lazy to exercise, you can hire cyclos to carry passengers along the streets.
Staying in Hoi An
Currently, about 90% of the number of accommodation establishments in Quang Nam are concentrated in Hoi An, the number of accommodation establishments increases sharply and grows abundantly, making the number of rooms here exceed the number of demand. You come to Hoi An, in addition to a number of famous accommodation establishments that will always be crowded, at any time you can easily find a place to stop by.
This is the most popular accommodation model in Hoi An with many groups of hotels to choose from, from small hotels located close to the center to luxury hotels, high-end resorts located close to the sea. Depending on the purpose of your trip, you can choose the most suitable hotel.
Model of community accommodation, living, and accommodation with local people. However, in reality, the current homestay model is almost the same as a hotel, is better designed, and has common living spaces in the house so that groups of tourists can interact with each other. Coming to Hoi An, if you want to experience a real homestay, you can go to Cu Lao Cham.
This form of accommodation is quite developed in Hoi An in recent years, so much so that the city government has to stop licensing the implementation of these forms. The houses built with villas (villas) are designed by homeowners to make many rooms for tourists to rent, the quality is relatively good and the price is much cheaper than large hotels. The villas also have a full swimming pool, cleaning, and dining services to provide for guests always.
Tourist attractions in Hoi An
Hoi An Old City
The Old Quarter is located entirely in Minh An Ward, an area of about 2 km², with short and narrow streets, with winding sections, running horizontally along with the chessboard style. Located close to the riverbank is Bach Dang street, next to Nguyen Thai Hoc street and Tran Phu street, connecting with Nguyen Thi Minh Khai by Cau Pagoda. Due to the gradual inclination of the street’s terrain from North to South, the horizontal roads of Nguyen Hue, Le Loi, Hoang Van Thu, and Tran Quy Cap are slightly steeper if going back into the city. Formerly Tran Phu Street was the main street of the town, connecting the Covered Bridge to the Chaozhou Assembly Hall. During the French colonial period, this street was named Rue du Pont Japonais, or Japanese Bridge Street. Today, Tran Phu Street is about 5 meters wide with many houses without a veranda, the result of the expansion around the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. The two streets Nguyen Thai Hoc and Bach Dang were formed later filled with mud and soil. Nguyen Thai Hoc street appeared in 1840, then was named Rue Cantonnais by the French, or Guangdong people’s street. Bach Dang Street was born in 1878, located close to the riverbank, so in the past, it was called the River Bo River. Located deep in the city, next to Tran Phu Street is Phan Chu Trinh Street, a new road built in later times. In the old town, there are many other alleys located perpendicular to the main road extending to the riverbank.
Tran Phu Street is the main street, where the most important architectural works are concentrated, as well as the classic houses for Hoi An architecture. The most prominent of these are the guilds built by the Chinese to commemorate their homeland. If starting from the Japanese Covered Bridge, there will be five synagogues on Tran Phu Street, all with even numbers: Assembly Hall of the Cantonese Chinese Congregation, Assembly Hall of the Chinese Congregation, Assembly Hall of Fujian, Assembly Hall of Quynh Phu, and Assembly Hall of Chaozhou. At the corner of Tran Phu and Nguyen Hue streets is Quan Cong temple, a typical relic of the temple architecture of the Minh Huong people in Vietnam. Right next to the temple to the north, Hoi An Museum of History and Culture, formerly known as Quan Am temple of Minh Huong villagers, can be found. Sa Huynh Culture Museum and Museum of Trading Ceramics are also located on this street. Following Tran Phu Street, going through the Covered Bridge will lead to Nguyen Thi Minh Khai. The traditional houses here are very well renovated and preserved, the sidewalks on both sides are paved with red brick, the end of the road is the location of the Cam Pho family. To the west of Nguyen Thai Hoc street, there is a block of streets formed by houses with French-style facade architecture, while the eastern part is a bustling shopping street with two-story houses with a large area. Hoi An Folklore Museum located at 33 of this street is the largest old house in the old town, measuring 57 meters long and 9 meters wide. During the rainy season, Nguyen Thai Hoc Street and the surrounding area are often flooded, residents have to use boats to shop and go to restaurants. The Old Quarter East of the Old Quarter used to be the quarter of the French. On Phan Boi Chau Street, the western street was built close to the houses with a European-style façade, mostly one floor. This place used to be the residence of civil servants during the French colonial period.
Japanese Covered Bridge
Hoi An ancient town, nestled quietly by the romantic Hoai River is one of the famous tourist destinations not only for domestic tourists. Hoi An has many monuments and landscapes that captivate people, go into poetry and music. To the people of Hoi, the Cau pagoda is the soul and a symbol that has existed for more than four centuries. If you have come to Hoi An, you have not visited Cau pagoda, you are not considered to have come yet.
Ong Pagoda, at 24 Tran Phu street, also known as Quan Cong shrine, whose literal name is Trung Han Cung was built by the Minh Huong people in Hoi An and the Vietnamese built in the mid-17th century, worshiping the talented general. Tam Quoc is Quan Van Truong (Quan Vu), in order to admire, praise, and praise his spirit of loyalty and loyalty.
The whole temple consists of 4 buildings, a vestibule, 2 left, Huu Vu, and a large main area. The four buildings were built according to the typographic style and the architecture, the structure in the style of overlapping avoidances, roofing tiles, and roofs very nicely, decorated with Dragons and Giao. The main hall placed the statue of Quan Van Truong, wearing a glittering dragon embroider, with a bright and majestic face, sharp eyes looking ahead. courage and loyalty of Quan Cong and statue of Quan Binh Nghia Tu; Two horses are worshiped as tall as real horses, on the left is a white horse, on the right side of the horse – the horse that Van Truong is very precious to when he is given by Cao Cao. Standing in front of these statues, visitors cannot help but praise the elaborate hand of the sculptor from ancient times.
Currently, in the temple, there are still many sea posts, royal galleries, colors, stelae, and ancient artifacts, especially poems to write about the bay by Xuan Cong District Nguyen Nghem (father of the great poet Nguyen Du ) chant and two paintings by Uong Si Cu and Nguyen Lenh Tan and the ancient parable by Nguyen Nghiem. These articles were done in 1775 when Xuan District Cong served to depict general Binh Nam at a station in Hoi An. It is a historical relic that has kept ancient traces in the Trinh-Nguyen war period that remained in Dang Trong from the 18th century until today.
Old Well of Ba Le
For a long time, Ba Le well was not only a source of life for families who carry water to rent but also for hundreds of other households, from street vendors to luxury restaurants. The specialties of Hoi An such as high-rise floors, noodles, and latrines,… cannot be delicious, with typical taste if using other well water for processing.
Ba Le well water is also used to serve tourists. Many people when coming to Hoi An want to take a sip of this well water to try the taste. For that reason, a family on Nguyen Thai Hoc street, the road leading to Ba Le well, is equipped with a well water jar with the words “Well water for visitors”. This “specialty” attracts many tourists, especially international visitors.
According to many old people in Hoi An, Ba Le well is from the time of the ancient Cham people (around the eighth-ninth century). Materials for making ancient wells made of bricks without using lime and mortar. At the foot is a large ironwood frame, which existed for thousands of years. Not an ordinary well as anywhere in Vietnam, the Cham well Hoi An is seen as a physical cultural value reflecting the life of the Champa community here for more than 10 years ago. Through many sources, the ancient Champa dug wells, in addition to serving daily needs, they also exchanged freshwater with ships, foreign merchant ships to Hoi An town port. The strange thing is that until today, Hoi An people still use most of these old wells because the well is very clear, clean, and sweet. This shows a very high level of soil selection or understanding of feng shui.
Ancient House in Hoi An
The most popular housing type in Hoi An is the one- or two-story townhouses with narrow width and very long depth creating a tubular style. The main materials used to build houses here have high strength and durability due to the extreme climate and annual storms and floods of this area. Usually, houses have a wood-framed house-style structure, with brick walls on both sides. The average campus of the houses has a width of about 4 to 8 meters, a depth of about 10 to 40 meters, varying with each street. Common ground layouts of the houses here include sidewalks, patio, main house, annex, patio, toilet and courtyard, patio, backyard, back garden. In fact, townhouses in Hoi An include many folds arranged in-depth and constitute architectural space including 3 parts: business space, living space, and worship space. This division is suitable for narrow space and combines many functions of the house. It can be seen that this is an architectural product of regional culture.
In the main house space, a system of 16 pillars distributed 4 x 4 creates a horizontal and depth hierarchy of 3 x 3 compartments, in which the central 4 columns are much higher than the remaining columns. This is the space for business with the first booth from the entrance being the sales place, the next one is the warehouse divided by partitions, the third room with the church facing inside. This special feature is a very important feature of Hoi An townhouses, although there are sometimes cases where the altar faces the road. Besides the common main houses of 3 x 3 compartments, a few other houses have main houses larger or narrower, type 3 x 2 or 3 x 5 compartments. Space next to the house is an outhouse, often found in two-story houses with a low height. This open space is connected to the road surface, separate from the outside business activities, and can receive the light of the terrace, used as a place where homeowners receive guests. The toilet and courtyard are a space divided vertically by two parts, with an independent structure from the front and back houses, with a transition function. The courtyard is paved with stone, decorated with water tanks, rockery, ornamental plants, helping the house airy and in harmony with nature. In contrast, the roofed toilet section connects the front house with the back house into a continuous structure, very suitable for rainy and hot weather conditions here. Regardless of the weather conditions, all activities in the house can be done normally. The back house is the living space of the whole family, divided by wooden walls. Behind the house, there is another space for the kitchen, toilet, and other auxiliary functions. For an ordinary house, worship space only occupies a small part, but always reserved an important position. In order for the functions of trading, transporting goods, and living to be unobstructed, the altar is often moved to the mezzanine level. In one-story houses, the altar is placed in the sub-roof of the front house or the center of the back house. In two-story houses, the entire second floor of the main house is often used as a warehouse and the altar is also located on this floor.
Most of the houses in Hoi An are made in the form of two roofs. In very few cases, the government roof even covers the outbuildings. In contrast, most toilets are roofed in a four-roof style. On the overall premises, the front house, the toilet house, and the back house are roofed with separate roofs. Tile in Hoi An is a type of tile made of earth, thin, coarse, with a square shape, each side is about 22cm and has a slightly curved shape. When roofing, people first line up a row of tiles facing up and then next to a row of tiles facing down. This roofing method is called the yin-yang roofing style. When the roof is finished, the tiles are fixed with mortar, forming tile protrusions along the roof, making the entire roof appear sturdy and strong. At the top of the roof, the roof is built up to a rectangular shape like a box, there are also some cases where the sides of the gable are also taller, making the whole look out of balance. The form and decoration of the wall always make a strong impression and is the factor that creates a very unique value of Hoi An ancient town.
Quan Thang Ancient House
It is one of the ancient houses that is considered the most beautiful in Hoi An today. The house is more than 150 years old, with the architectural style of the Hua Xia region of China. Over the years, the house is still quite intact in terms of architectural design and interior decorations, helping us to partially imagine the lifestyle of generations of owners, business class people. Hoi An port in the past. It is known that all the very vivid and delicate wood sculptures and architecture of this house are made by artisans of Kim Bong carpentry village. Nguyen Thai Hoc. This house is one of the oldest houses in Old Town. Entering the house, you can see many architectural features of Hoi An. It is a kind of “passer-by” in the main roof system structure, which is a small covered space overlooking the courtyard with a beautifully decorated “husband-husband” truss. Opposite the courtyard is the roof because of the crab shell. The wall surrounding the courtyard is beautifully decorated with Chinese ceramics, the decorations of animals, landscapes, and rockery have turned this place into a masterpiece.
Old House of Tan Ky
Tan Ky’s ancient house consists of many folds connected together, the first fold has 6 rows of columns to form 3 compartments, 2 compartments on both sides, and the middle nave. The origin of the round rocks underneath the other pillars was transported from Thanh Hoa, only this strong rock can help the pillars to avoid rotting, which also explains why it has been hundreds of years. Now, this old house is still as it is.
And these square veranda columns are assembled with wooden bars from the front wall array while keeping the function of protecting the house from rain and wind and making the house more discreet. And the eyelids attached to the other two eyes are “a vortex of yin and yang leaves’ ‘, the eyes of the house are like human eyes, it is the spirit of the old house, it is a prosperous commercial desire and a warm family life ”.
The roof of the house is divided into two parts because the roof is close to the veranda, so it is structured in the style of “stalking columns” (the columns are “hidden” by “growing” from the cross beams) including 3 rows of columns plus rows of columns. veranda. Then following the 4th and 5th row of columns, the architectural style of “stack of fake pagodas’ ‘ (the pillars overlapped like a 5-finger hand) were delicately carved. The 5th and 6th rows of columns are textured because the crab shell is curved and printed like a crab shell.
Phung Hung Old House
Phung Hung Old House was built more than 100 years ago during the development period of Hoi An urban. The first owner of the house was a Vietnamese man who had a thriving business and exchanged widely. He named the house Phung Hung which means Hung Thinh with the expectation that his family will always do well. In the past, this was a shop selling native forest products such as cinnamon, pepper, salt, silk products, porcelain, glass,… the current owner is the 8th generation descendants who are still alive and preserved. old house. This is one of the most beautiful house models of ancient Hoi An architecture.
This is the popular 19th-century type of trader in urban areas in Vietnam: tubular house, wide facade, mainly wood material. The ancient house of Phung Hung has the combined architecture of three schools of Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese architecture. The balcony and door system are Chinese. The roof in the middle has four directions called the “four seas” roof, which is Japanese architecture. The rest are the system of wooden ribs, crossbeams, longitudinal beams, and traditional two-way roofs in the front and back of the Vietnamese. With a system of 80 ironwood columns all placed on the foot of the stone to avoid contact with the foot of the column with the ground.
The door system is above and below the easily portable version, which can be cool in summer and warm in winter. The doors are removable. They are also roofed with yin and yang tiles, keeping the house cool and well ventilated all year round because the roof has many grooves. The carp-shaped porch supports are a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Carp for the Chinese is luck, for the Japanese is power, for Vietnam is prosperity. Upstairs, the family has an altar and Thien Hau Thanh Mau.
Duc An Ancient House
Duc An ancient house is a 180-year-old house in which the ancient and serene features still exist on each very simple object of the family, making people feel more clearly the slowness of time. From very simple objects in the house such as an oil lamp, a pen holder,… to tables and chairs, a set of four-square pictures has been over for hundreds of years.
The history of Duc An’s ancient house, with the anti-tax event in 1908, the Duc An family switched to selling Chinese medicine and merged with the busy trade of the same many Northern pharmacies in Hoi An, but it was still a meeting place for journalists. patriotism in the region. In the years 1925 – 1926, when the patriotic and anti-French movements had changed more and more, the Duc An family became the meeting place of the young and intellectuals who were patriotic. The works on world bourgeois democracy, Phan Chau Trinh’s works on the Duy Tan movement and other progressive publications such as: “The bell newspaper”, “The East France newspaper”, “The New Century”, “Humanity” and especially “Vietnam soul” newspaper published in France are also kept and circulated here.
Old House of Diep Dong Nguyen
Diep Dong Nguyen’s ancient house, located on Nguyen Thai Hoc street. This place is considered by many domestic and foreign tourists, researchers as an invaluable antique museum – always open to visitors. Ancient artifacts were displayed without seeming to be protected, but never lost.
This house was built in the late 19th century. The ancestor of this homeowner was a Chinese businessman. In particular, the house is decorated with many Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese antiques that have many different ages. The structured house has floor-to-floor openings on the second floor; this type of floor cellar is characteristic of the ancient houses in Hoi An, which used to be a place to transport goods and objects through the system of zipper pulleys. hand.
Tran Ancient Church
Located in a 1,500-square-meter garden surrounded by high walls with lush greenery and influenced by Japanese and Chinese-style Asian architecture, the house is divided into two parts: the main part for worship. and a side appendage for the head of the family as well as the guest. Between the living room and the worship hall, there is a doorway used as an obstacle, reminding everyone to bow inside to do the ceremony. Behind the house is a garden with a high mound that is the place to “bury each other and cut the belly button” of the family. All are built in harmony, adhere to strict feng-shui. Every year, on a regular day, all relatives in the family gather together with incense and smoke to express gratitude to grandparents and ancestors. An annual meeting like that helps the relationship between the family members to deepen because over time, the descendants of the clan will be more and more numerous, so the strengthening of the church is more and more necessary.
Chinese Assembly Hall
In the Middle Ages, there was a strong development of trade between China and neighboring countries and everywhere the Chinese had a strict way of organizing communities on the basis of countrymen. To stabilize the business and ensure the rights of their countrymen, they set up the Assembly Hall to be commonplace for cultural and spiritual activities of the whole community. Perhaps this is a unique feature of the Chinese people around the world
In the past, Hoi An was the residence and business of 5 large population segments of the Chinese: Fujian, Chinese, Chaozhou, Quynh Phu, and Guangdong and corresponding to 5 synagogues with large scale for their community activities. The architecture of the Hoi Quan often follow the archetype that is: the big front gate, next to a large yard decorated with ornamental plants, rockery and two auxiliary churches of Ta Than and Huu Than, then Phuong The pavilion, where the rituals are held, ends by the church, the largest architecture of the whole. The halls are elaborately and meticulously decorated with carved wooden frames, painted with gilded lacquer, and the roofs adorned with colorful glazed porcelain animals. Today, although the Assembly Hall has been changed and repaired, the wooden frame still preserves many original elements. In addition to the function of maintaining community activities, the guild also has another important function, which is religion. Depending on the custom of the beliefs of each community, the synagogue took the basis of worship.
Chinese history tells that in the 17th century, 1649, in China, the Qing dynasty destroyed the Ming dynasty, founded the Manchu Dynasty. The Ming generals failed to tame, rebelled against the Qing Dynasty, and were defeated. Many of them took their families on board ships to sail to Southeast Asia, including Hoi An. They asked Lord Nguyen for permission to settle in Hoi An and established Minh Huong village, which are people from 5 main states: Chaozhou, Guangdong, Fujian, Hainan, Haka or also known as He. Because the Chinese, as well as the Vietnamese, live a very high sense of community, in order to be able to unite together, trade, and support each other in times of trouble, each state has established its own association. Fujian Assembly Hall is famous for its magnificent beauty, majesty in a large space, unique Chinese architecture, and holiness.
Phuc Kien Assembly Hall is a place of worship for Mrs. Thien Hau Thanh Mau and the guardian gods of rivers, money, children, ancestors and is a place for compatriots and mutual help of the Fujian people, who to Hoi An earliest and most crowded. This is a typical architectural work in Hoi An built-in 1697. Through many restorations, with the contribution of Hoa Kieu, Hoi Quan Phuc Kien has become more brilliant and spacious, contributing to embellishing the appearance of the ancient urban architecture of Hoi An.
In the past, the Assembly Hall was built entirely of wood, but in 1757 it was rebuilt with bricks and a tiled roof. Compared with the guest clubs in Hoi An such as Guangdong, Chaozhou, Hainan …, Fujian has the widest and deepest space.
Assembly Hall of Cantonese Chinese Congregation
The Assembly Hall was built by the Cantonese Chinese Congregation in 1885, initially to worship Thien Hau Thanh Mau and Duc Confucius, after 1911 it was converted to worship Quan Cong and Tien Hien. The art of harmoniously using wood and stone materials in load-bearing structures and decorative motifs has brought the club a unique, unique, and imposing beauty. Currently, the Assembly Hall still retains many ancient artifacts such as 4 large panels, 1 large bronze deposit 1.6m high, 0.6m wide, 1 pair of Chinese jade porcelain,… Each year, in Nguyen Tieu (January 15th of the lunar calendar) and Quan Cong (June 24 in the lunar calendar), the assembly held a very large festival, attracting many participants.
Assembly Hall of Chaozhou
Chaozhou Assembly Hall, also known as Am Bon Pagoda, is located at 157 Nguyen Duy Hieu. The Chaozhou Assembly Hall was built in 1845 by the Overseas Chinese of Chaozhou State as a place for community activities and private beliefs of the Chaozhou people in Hoi An. The Assembly Hall worshiped the gods to control the waves and winds, thereby praying that the travel and business on the sea would be smooth and smooth. The Assembly Hall is an architectural work with intricately carved wooden frames, with wooden motifs and decorations according to folk legends and beautiful porcelain embossed works.
Cua Dai Beach
About 5km from the center of Hoi An, Cua Dai beach is as peaceful and calm as the soul of Hoi An ancient town. The sandy foundation of Cua Dai beach is not as white as the sand of My Khe beach in Da Nang, Sao Beach of Phu Quoc, but also not as yellow as in Mui Ne beach of Phan Thiet … the fine sand and ivory white seem to increases the immensity and elongation of the sand bands. The sea breezes from the deep blue sea to the horizon sometimes washed up in waves like pushing waves to quickly roll ashore. The special thing about Cua Dai beach is that it is very clean, no matter where you stop during the 7km length of the beach here, you never have to complain because everything is very clean and fresh. Even when Hoi An beach tourism is quite developed, hotels near the sea resorts constantly appear, Cua Dai beach is still the same – still a peaceful, quiet, very clean, and very clear space heal.
An Bang Beach
Only when being on the list of the 50 most beautiful beaches in the world by CNNGo site, An Bang is widely known even though it is only located more than one km from Cua Dai beach. An Bang Beach, located in Cam An ward, is located about 3km east of the center of Hoi An Ancient Town; It is about 4km long with a fresh natural landscape and diverse vegetation. Because it was newly formed, An Bang Beach still retains its wild and tranquil look.
Cu Lao Cham Island
With 8 small islands stretching in the shape of a green bow, Cu Lao Cham is one of many unspoiled islands that have been exploited in recent years in Quang Nam. Those who first come to Cu Lao Cham are likely to be captivated by this island. The pristine blue color of the forest tree is connected to the blue of the sea by a smooth white sand ribbon, sparkling under the golden sunlight and deep blue sky,…
Museum of cultural history
The museum was established in 1989, displaying over 212 artifacts made of pottery, porcelain, copper, iron, imitation, wood,… related to the development stages of the Urban – commercial port of Hoi An from the Sa cultural period. Huynh (From the beginning of the second century AD), followed by Champa culture (II century – XV century) and Dai Viet culture, Dai Nam (XV – XIX century). With archaeological artifacts discovered in the riverbed, seabed, on the ground, both in the old town and the suburbs, the Museum of Cultural History has vividly demonstrated the history of formation and development. of the land of Hoi An. The artifacts of the Dai Viet period (from the late 15th century to the middle of the nineteenth century) on display at this museum partly reflect the role of Hoi An as a center of international trade in Dang. Inside – Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Hoi An Folklore Museum was opened to welcome guests on March 24, 2005. Originally, this was a typical classic house in the Old City, with a length of 57m, a width of 09m, two floors, wooden floors, two sides of Nguyen Thai Hoc and Bach Dang streets. On the second floor, the museum displays 490 artifacts, introducing four main themes: folk visual arts, folk performing arts, traditional professions, and folk activities. On the first floor, there are quite lively performances that illustrate the folklore values of Hoi An. The museum is considered to be a special and rare cultural institution in the area. With original images, artifacts, and performances, the Museum of Folk Culture has shown intangible cultural values, introducing rich cultural traditions, creativity, and contributions. of generations of local residents in the process of building and developing Hoi An land.
Sa Huynh Culture Museum
Sa Huynh Culture Museum is located at 149 Tran Phu, Hoi An city. On display at the museum is a complete and unique collection of artifacts to provide information about ancient residents of the Sa Huynh Cultural system (dating back to more than 2000 years), considered the owner. Sa Huynh port – the primitive town of Hoi An, had relations and exchanges with South India, with China. The interesting thing is that the artifacts have a very reliable archaeological address because together with the artifacts are the system of documents, photos, video,… clearly demonstrate their position in the ground. Along with artifacts, the documents recorded during archeology also reflect much other information about the customs, the notion of life and death, awareness of the development, exchange relationships … of the ancient residents of the system. Sa Huynh culture on Hoi An land. Regardless of the number in the warehouse, the display alone has 216 exhibits of Sa Huynh Culture discovered from the results of archaeological expeditions and excavations in Hoi An from 1989 to 1995 at Hau Xa locations. Thanh Chien, An Bang, Xuan Lam, Dong Na.
Museum of Trade Ceramics
Built in 1995, holds over 430 ceramic artifacts dating from the 8th century to the 18th century. Built-in 1995, the museum holds over 430 ceramic artifacts dating from the century. 8 to the 18th century. Most of the artifacts are trade ceramics originating from the Middle Near East, India, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam,… evidencing the important role of the Hoi trading port. In the network of trade in ceramics at sea in the previous centuries, at the same time, it also shows that international cultural-economic exchange relations have taken place very strongly in Hoi An.
Traditional craft villages
Thanh Ha Pottery Village
Originating in Thanh Hoa, Thanh Ha pottery village is located right on the banks of Thu Bon river, in the area of Cam Ha ward, formed in the late 15th century and thrives with Hoi An town port in the next centuries. Thanh Ha ceramic products are made from the main source of raw material which is clay by the skilled hands of artisans and traditional techniques of the craft village. Main products are utensils for daily life such as cups, bowls, jars, jars, flowerpots, pots, seeds … with many different styles and colors. lighter than similar products of other localities. Up to now, Thanh Ha’s pottery village still exists and works in craft production with traditional means and techniques. Therefore, Thanh Ha pottery village has become a living museum, a valuable resource for scientists to learn and research on the traditional pottery profession of Vietnam in particular as well as of Southeast Asia in general.
Tra Que Vegetable Village
Tra Que is a traditional vegetable village in Cam Ha ward, Hoi An city. Tra Que green vegetables are famous for a long time with many vegetable products grown on fertile soil, fertilized with seaweed from the Co Co river, so it has its own unique flavor. Tra Que is not only a famous brand for high-quality cleaning vegetables but also an attractive destination for domestic and foreign tourists. In the midst of warm spring weather, we went to the traditional Tra Que craft village to enjoy ourselves. Enjoy the rich aromatic aftertaste of vegetables and watch the people in the vegetable village,… do tourism.
Moc Kim Bong Village
Kim Bong village (former name is Kim Bong Chau, now a large part of Cam Kim commune, Hoi An city, Quang Nam province), where the famous craft is formed called Kim Bong carpentry, located on the downstream right bank Thu Bon River flows through Hoi An before discharging into the sea. From the village, looking across the river is the ancient town of Hoi An. This is a convenient location not far from the urban center, and easy to transport and transport materials by waterway to develop the profession.
Bay Mau Coconut Forest
From Hoi An ancient town, down to the Southeast along the Hoai River about 3km to the Bay Mau coconut forest tourist area. During the war, this area was a revolutionary base. Today, the coconut forest has become an attractive eco-tourism destination that many people refer to as “The West in the heart of Hoi”. Nipa forest here is located downstream of two big rivers: Thu Bon and CoCo river before flowing into Cua Dai. This ancient Nypa forest spreads in many villages in Cam Thanh commune, Hoi An city.
My Son Sanctuary
My Son Sanctuary is located in Duy Phu commune, about 69 km from Da Nang city and near the ancient citadel of Tra Kieu, including many Champa temples, in a valley about 2 km in diameter, surrounded by hills and mountains. This used to be the place of worship of the Champa dynasty as well as the tomb of the Champa kings or princes and national favorites. The My Son Sanctuary is considered one of the main Hindu temple centers in Southeast Asia and is the only heritage of its kind in Vietnam.
Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An
This is Vingroup’s amusement park combined with resorts, similar to the amusement parks in Nha Trang or Phu Quoc. However, from Hoi An here is a bit far, you can go by taxi or use the bus for free at their fixed pick-up points.
What to play when coming to Hoi An
Walking around the old town watching the lanterns
In addition to the peaceful scenery, Hoi An also holds visitors’ feet with sparkling lanterns. Lanterns appear everywhere in the old town, in front of patios of restaurants and hotels.
Enjoy coffee watching the old town
Hoi An has a lot of cafes scattered around the old town. If you are a simple person, you can enjoy coffee at the sidewalk cafes with many local customers. If you want to sip coffee or another drink to see the old town, you can go to the locations with balconies or terraces located in the center of Hoi An.
Cruise on Hoai River
Take a boat to see a corner of the Old Quarter at night and drop flower bouquets that are very popular for couples, especially those who come to Hoi An for wedding photography. However, if you do not have a couple, you can still go with family and friends.
Drop lights posted
An interesting experience that many tourists love to do is to drop flowers on the Hoai River. It is your own hand that will drop the small sparkling lights into the river, with the hope that the lamps will bring luck to the family and loved ones. Besides lanterns, the flower garlands have gradually become a feature of Hoi An tourism.
See performing arts
À Ố Show is a type of art that combines bamboo circus, acrobatics, dance, and drama combined with contemporary dance on live national music.
With the combination of familiar bamboo objects in the countryside of Vietnam, combined with the sophistication and skill of the actor on traditional national music, À Ố Show has brought to the public and visitors. schedule to Hoi An Ancient Town with surprisingly interesting moments when being in harmony with a peaceful, beautiful Vietnam, friendly and hospitable people.
Water sports games
These are games imported from abroad and exploited by tour operators in Vietnam in general. In Hoi An, these games can be found in Cua Dai, An Bang, or in Cu Lao Cham. However, due to many safety-related issues, Hoi An City is halting the operation of canoes to pull parachutes.
Delicious dishes in Hoi An
Made from simple ingredients in everyday life such as non-glutinous rice, glutinous rice, sweet potatoes, green beans,…. But the folk dishes of the people of Hoi always attract tourists when visiting this ancient city.
Hoi An Chicken Rice
Chicken rice is delicious, fragrant, and sticky rice, carefully selected, seasoned, and cooked with chicken broth and pineapple leaves in the woodstove. Chicken used is a kind of chicken with silk, the meat is soft but not fragile, firm but not chewy. After boiling, the chicken is shredded and then squeezed with onions, scallions, salt and pepper, and coriander. Finally, the rice is presented to a plate, the chicken is shredded on the rice, served with onion, sour papaya, Tra Que herbs, soy sauce, and chili sauce. In addition, there is a bowl of soup mixed with heart, liver, and chicken. With all the meticulous ingenuity in their processing, Hoi An people have created their very own chicken rice dish, bearing the imprint of Hoi An.
Cao Lầu Hội An
Cao Lầu, unique dish associated with the ancient town of Hoi An. At first glance, it looks like noodles, but not noodles. Little is known about the high rise not because it is not delicious, but because this delicious dish is humble. Many people believe that this dish is Chinese, but the overseas Chinese here do not recognize it. And the Japanese think that it resembles their udon noodles but differs in taste and processing.
The essence of the high-rise dish is noodles, often very elaborate. First, fragrant rice is soaked in ash water, but it must be ashes for cooking firewood taken in Cu Lao Cham when soaked to create noodles that are crispy, flexible, and dry. Then filter carefully, grind into powder; Rice grinding water must be water in Ba Le well, made by the Cham thousands of years ago, to be freshwater, free from alum, and cool. Continue to use cotton many times to make the dough flexible, dry, rolled into pieces that fit, cut into strands, steamed several times, and then dried to make noodles. Through many times of handling like that, even if the building is upstairs to stay overnight, it is not afraid of rancidity.
People often eat upstairs at the price of boiling water but it is not too soft. Add some raw vegetables, taken from the famous traditional vegetable village of Tra Que, which is famous in Hoi An. Pour into a bowl, place the noodles on top, add a few slices of pork, then pour the fat (crispy pork skin), and a teaspoon of fried pork fat is available by the stove. With pork meat, only use grass pork, the meat is firm, fragrant, thin skin and leaner and its juice will taste sweet. When eating, the high floor gives a lumpy feeling of the noodles, full of sour, bitter, bitter, sweet flavors of raw vegetables, the taste of the fish sauce, fragrant powder, soy sauce,… and the fat shrimp shatters in the mouth.
Quang noodles as well as pho and vermicelli are made from rice but have their own distinctive nuance and flavor. True to its name, this noodle originally originated from Quang Nam. To make noodles, people use good rice soaked in water to soften it, then build it into finely powdered water, just coincident (not thick, not liquid), mixed with a little alum to make the noodles crispy, hard, and then coated into noodles. When ripe, put on the blister to cool, apply a layer of oil to prevent pasta from sticking, then cut into fibers. Noodles (filled with noodles) in local languages also known as soup – made with shrimp, pork, or chicken, sometimes made with snakehead fish, beef,… are very diverse but more popular than rice, shrimp, meat or chicken.
To make shrimp and meat fillings, they make raw shrimp, remove the oil, some of them crush them, some leave the whole. The bacon is just thinly sliced, put in seasoned shrimp, and then put on the stove to absorb. Again add a few onions, pour them into a pot to cook tomatoes, pineapple (pineapple) to get the aroma, and sweetness for broth (water). For chicken pieces, after cleaning, chop into small pieces, mix the chili with pepper, onions, garlic, and soak in the kitchen, then cook with tomatoes, fragrant onions until cooked into broth. Noodles do not need much color, do not need much seasoning, but must be clear and sweet. This sweet is especially different from the sweetness of beef bone noodle soup, the broth of pork bone vermicelli. Raw vegetables to eat with regular noodles are bitter vegetables, fish lettuce, basil, basil, vegetables, onions, cilantro … of the famous Tra Que vegetable region located northeast of Hoi An ancient town, eating Quang must. with fresh vegetables, Tra Que is the right “tone”. Only vegetables in this region can show all the many aromatic flavors: spicy, acrid, sweet, bitter,… enhancing the flavor of Quang noodle bowl.
Hoanh Thanh, a dish originating from China, is also a traditional and familiar dish associated with the life of the people of Hoi An for a long time. Wonton has many methods of processing with many different forms such as fried wonton, water wonton, noodle wonton,… can satisfy the most demanding diners.
Hoi An noodle soup
For those of you who have come to Hoi An many times, have enjoyed all the chicken rice, noodles, high-rise,… The noodles can be another option to experience. Noodles are arranged neatly in a bowl, plump, neatly with a few slices of meat, two slices of beef roll, including stomach and pork liver, mixed with a little taste of Chinese satay noodles, extremely attractive. The soup is clear, only a little yellow and yellow fat, humble, elegant, and gentle. Noodles are exceptionally chewy and not sour. The meat used for the noodle soup is also the meat used for the high-class dish, deep-fried, has a honey-brown color that looks very attractive, while the grilled meat is chewy. Vegetables served with rice noodles are crispy and sour slices of green papaya, a few stalks of a boat, and bean sprouts.
Hoi An Banh Mi
Banh Mi, the guide dish can be found everywhere in this country of Vietnam. However, have you ever wondered, where is the best bread in Vietnam? Type the keyword “best banh mi in Vietnam” (use the English keyword to get objective reviews from Western friends who have not eaten bread since childhood like us. The result you get is “Bread Phoenix in Hoi An ”.
There is the fact that Ms. Phuong, the owner of the shop, has served the “best” bread according to Caroline Mills, reporter of online travel magazine Travelfish, to Hoi An people, and perhaps to the whole world, for more than 20 years.
Regularly every day she woke up early, preparing to do things to stuff it with: the char siu pork chewed as if it was thawed, the pate and the jambon were deliciously delicious. Then a mysterious homemade sauce that makes your taste buds burst with glee!
It is hard to describe to the very extent the pleasure of chewing each piece of Phuong’s bread, which Anthony Bourdain describes as the “a symphony in a sandwich” but this is not that sandwich is “the world’s most popular bread as we all know it” (Caroline Mills).
Her small bakery was born before the renovation in Vietnam when the country opened its doors to foreign tourists for the first time. Hoi An at that time had not recovered from the aftermath of the war, most of the people in the old town were still poor and did not have many restaurants, only street vendors selling food.
At that time, Phuong found a place in the old market to open a bakery. Every day she gets up at 3 am to prepare char siu pork and other additives, ready to serve the first customers to buy; while Phuong’s sister baked bread to be crispy and the batches were baked hot, sandwiched with meat, pâté, pickles… so they were sold all day. Soon, Phuong Banh Mi became one of the most popular selling places in Hoi An.
The types of bread sold and the opening time of the store is still at 3 am in the morning. Maybe a little change is that the bread supplied to her shop comes from a bakery on the corner, and besides her sister, there are four other family members helping her with shifts, because Phuong’s shop now so famous, customers bought so many but no one had to wait long because there was a reasonable bread supply line, after only a few seconds, the customer received the hot dish.
Dumplings – Cakes cauldron
Dumplings – cauldrons are two types of cakes with nearly the same ingredients and are often eaten together on a plate of cake. The main raw materials for processing these two types of cakes are rice, which is really white, whole grain, flexible, and fragrant, grown on clean land. The cauldron cake is made from crushed earthen shrimp mixed with a little pepper, garlic, onions, lemongrass, and esoteric spices. The dumpling filling is made from thinly sliced pork, mushrooms, green onions and sautéed with the same esoteric spices. Perhaps this spice is also a reason why the dumplings – cauldrons – can only be eaten deliciously in Hoi An.
Bánh Đập – Hến Xào
Banh Dam (also known as Banh Xeo) is a popular cake that all Quang Nam people know. It is a harmonious combination of two kinds of baked rice paper and wet rice paper with some other ingredients to create a new flavor. The crispy cracker that dissolves in the mouth with stir-fried mussels is a very attractive dish in Hoi An.
The cake is coated with delicious sticky rice, one part is baked rice paper, one part is made of wet rice paper. With baked rice paper, the cake is extremely thin, then dried and baked on a red charcoal stove, then put in a sealed bag to keep the crispness for a long time and serve as a reserve. Wet rice paper, only when eaten
The batter is made up of these two types of cakes. Pair a piece of wet cake with a piece of crispy rice paper, over half a layer of wet cake wipes over a green bean paste, spread with onion oil. Depending on preferences, people can add leaf noodles (microfiber noodles) with wet rice paper.
Then use your hands to lightly smash the cake so that the two pieces of cake stick together. but wet, flexible. Then fold the cake in half and make a beat. Banh batter must be very thin to eat deliciously.
Eating biscuits as well as eating pancakes, must have sesame, dipping sauce, and chili food. Sauces are mixed with the female fish sauce. Fish sauce mixed with a bit of sugar, minced pineapple, a bit of oil, and onion, seasoned with a lot of garlic and special greenhorn chili of Quang, this type of chili when dipped into the sauce has a characteristic aroma. That is a cup of the finished dipping sauce. The sauce dish is just that simple, but it is surprisingly delicious.
Corn Sweet Soup
Hoi An has many places selling corn tea but the most delicious and famous is Cam Nam corn tea. Ingredients to cook tea include corn (corn), sugar, flour. Corn for tea cooking is milk corn (baby corn) grown on the alluvial grounds along the river. Thanks to the amount of alluvium deposited every year, these alluvial grounds are always fertile, making corn fruits the characteristic sweet and fragrant flavors of Hoi Hoi.
Corn broken back is peeled, washed to drain, then use a knife to thin the corn seeds, when the blade touches the core, stop. Bring fried corn and cook until the water in the pot boils, add the diameter, let the corn soak the sugar. Now add the flour and stir well to increase the viscosity and flavor of the tea.
Sweet Soup With Pork Juice
The most unique among the tea dishes of the Association is the pork broth tea. You can only enjoy this tea in winter. The sweet sweetness of the sugar blends with the salty and salty fat of the pork in the tough filter dough, creating a very special taste, no matter how much you eat.
The tea with this strange name is actually cooked from waxy taro and semolina. Tea is cooked in the North style, with added brown sugar, ginger, and sticky rice to create a smooth, blended texture. Tea has a natural sweetness, not too harsh, adding a little ice to fit the mouth.
Tea Red Bean
Depending on the season, the red bean tea in Hoi An is cooked in different ways. In the summer, tea is cooked darker and more liquid to eat with rice for a sweet, cool taste. In winter, Hoi An people cook sweet and thick beans to eat hot, helping diners feel the rich taste of the red beans.
Bean Sweet Soup
Bean curd is a type of bean that has a round, white body and is as small as a button. The people of Hoi An do not get crushed beans, combined with clear tea without foam, creating an eye-catching yellow color. You can add kumquat or banana oil to add flavor to the tea bowl.
Green Bean Sweet Soup
Normally, green bean tea in Hoi An will be eaten with soybean tea. The soft, smooth green beans mixed with the green beans are strange to eat. Even when not combined with green bean tea, Hoi Mung bean tea is also very delicious because it is carefully simmered with fragrant coconut milk.
The delicious taste of lotus tea is made up of sweet and fresh tea mixed with lotus seeds, which are ragged and thoroughly removed. In addition to lotus seeds cooked with grapefruit-flavored sugar water, you can enjoy lotus tea mixed with fried rice and black jelly.
Banh Xeo Hoi An
Banh Xeo is a typical folk dish of Vietnam, but depending on each region, Banh Xeo has different flavors, in different ways of processing, to suit the taste of each locality. as well as making use of the typical local resources. And of course, Hoi An, a famous culinary city for bow cakes without exception, Banh Xeo is also one of the quite famous snacks in this land of Hoi.
In Hoi An ancient town and in the cold season, Banh Xeo is the most popular type of cake. On these days, at any hour, customers come to eat in the restaurant. It is also possible to buy rain here, which is the season with the most shrimp, but the main ingredient to make the cake is shrimp. The plump, fresh, and sweet brackish shrimp (land shrimp) are indispensable ingredients to create the sweetness of the pancake. Meat is just an extra part, moreover, making Banh Xeo is very hot, so the rainy season is the best season for making this cake.
The attraction of this dish is thanks to the crispy taste of rice flour, the fatty taste of coconut milk, the aroma of turmeric powder mixed with herbs, besides the protein commonly used in beef, shrimp, and squid. The cake must be eaten hot to be delicious, right in style, it means you can eat it wherever you go and when you eat without using chopsticks or a spoon, just use your hands. The way of enjoying Banh Xeo, in addition to using the sense of smell and taste, forces the eater to use touch and hearing to see all the attractions. And it is especially suitable for all visitors on cold winter days. Normally when we eat pancakes, we are easily fed up with the fat taste of the cake which is fried with oil, fat, and protein in squid shrimp,… So you can enjoy delicious special teas in Hoi An.
Banh Beo Hoi An
Among dishes made from rice, after Quang noodles, Banh Beo is a dish that has captured the favor of many Hoi An residents, especially residents in rural areas.
To make Banh Beo, people choose delicious rice to soak in water to soften the rice and then grind it into finely powdered water. Good or bad cake depends largely on this grinding stage. The powdered water should not be too thick, because the cake will be hard and less sticky. If it is too loose, the cake will be soft, not standing still (the cup is not sunken in the middle). This powdered water, when finished taking the irises (the technique of testing the plasticity and fineness of the powder), was put into a cup and then placed on a bamboo tray and placed in a pot to steam. The ripe cake is picked out to stack upside down to cool. The bowl of cake when ripe is pure white, soft, and in the middle, there is a round whirlpool, which is very funny. The cup for making water fern is a kind of glazed terracotta cup, smaller than the regular cup, but cute and round. Banh Beo (fillings) is mainly made from local products such as shrimp, meat … headless shrimp, minced, minced meat, mixed with marinated shrimp with spices, mixed with a little cashew powder ( red powder made from a fruit tree) for a more attractive sesame color, then bring to the stove to cook, mix with a little rice powder water, pour in, so that the ripe rice has a thick red-pink paste, the sweet taste. Fatty and spicy and aromatic are satisfactory. Cooked bamboo is stored in a small pot, on top of which is a layer of black pepper dotted and a few chopped green onions.
Banh Beo is present all over Hoi An, but more than that is still the areas along Hoi street such as Cam Chau, Cam Nam,… with simple but cool, cozy leaf shops. Guests entering the restaurant, the owner arranges many cups of cake on the tray, scoop it but pour it, add oil, chili sauce, fragrant onion and then place it on the table. Depending on the taste of the person eating, you can add a little fish sauce or a little chili. Looking at the cup of white duckweed cake, the middle of the pink color of shrimp and meat is like the pistil of a blooming flower. Adding a strong and attractive aroma makes the eatery want to eat dozens of cups of water cake at once. The utensils to eat the Banh Beo do not have to use chopsticks, nor use a spoon, but use a bamboo stick to scoop out the blade shape, called “bamboo knife”. This style of eating also evokes curiosity for guests and is also a different way of cuisine between Banh Beo and other rice cakes.
One of the fun and delightful dishes in Hoi An is a snail. There are many types of snails, but the common feature is that they are quite cheap. Snails are happy to eat because they have both the hot spicy chili, the sweetness of the snail and the sauce, the aroma of lemongrass, but especially a lot. Surely it takes a lot of patience to be able to squat a can when there are snails as small as half a fingernail.
Hoi An travel schedule
Usually, people traveling to Hoi An will combine with them in their trip to Da Nang. If you have time, you can explore Cu Lao Cham or Tam Ky.
Tour: Da Nang – Hoi An – Cu Lao Cham
Day 1: Hanoi / Saigon – Da Nang
Fly from Hanoi or Saigon to Da Nang, in about an hour or so, you will be at Da Nang airport. You can fly around 10 am to get to Da Nang around noon, at the right time for hotels to check-in. Check in the hotel, rest, and then start your journey to explore Da Nang.
Going to Son Tra peninsula to visit places: Linh Ung Pagoda, Son Tra Tinh Vien Bamboo Reserve, explore the memory garden (Dong Dinh Museum), go to the Top of the Chess Table. If you like swimming, you can go to Bai But, you can bring food here to eat.
Afternoon departure to Ngu Hanh Son. You can visit the mysterious caves here: Tang Chon Cave, Linh Nham Cave, Van Thong Cave, Hoa Nghiem Cave,… Linh Ung Pagoda was built in 1825, Tam Thai Pagoda built-in 1630.
After exploring the Cham Pa Museum of Sculpture, try to spend some time watching Danang from above with the Sun Wheel – Sun Wheel
Da Nang is known as the City of Bridges, so take a moment to go around the bridges of this beautiful coastal city.
The evening is the time to enjoy the delicious dishes of Danang. If you stay up at night to see the Han River swing bridge, this is one of the few rotating bridges still active to serve tourists.
Day 2: Da Nang – Hoi An
This day you depart for Hoi An from Da Nang, you can book a package ride from Da Nang and take you directly to the hotels in Hoi An. The price is about 200-220k, if you go by taxi, remember the price agreed in advance if calculated according to the taximeter will be quite high.
To Hoi An, check-in the hotel to store things, find a bicycle to walk around the old town, and drink coffee in the morning. There are many delicious cafes right in the old town, just enjoy it slowly. Because Hoi An has many delicious dishes, you can enjoy them from noon to evening. In the afternoon if you like, you can take a taxi to An Bang or Cua Dai beach (the beach in Cua Dai is now invaded by the sea. encroach quite a lot).
At night, watching the lanterns of the old town, if you go on the 14th day of the lunar month every month, the entire old town will turn off the electricity, you will be living in a space full of lanterns.
Day 3: Hoi An – Cu Lao Cham – Da Nang
Get up early in the morning to Cu Lao Cham, if you like to freely explore, you just need to go to Cua Dai pier to buy tickets to visit with train tickets and go to Cu Lao Cham by yourself. Rent a boat from the people on the island to take you to see the island, swim in the sea and watch the coral, enjoy seafood and return to Hoi An in the early afternoon. If not, you can buy a package tour to Cu Lao Cham with many units sold right in the old town.
Afternoon back to Hoi An and from here back to Da Nang, depending on your flight time, you calculate the travel time accordingly.
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