Exploring Hoi An on foot
Exploring Hoi An on foot
corner at Hoi An Ancient Town
walking around Hoi An, exploring the small but beautiful town, tourists - even
those who visit frequently - find a quiet peace in the unique atmosphere
combining elements of Vietnam, China, and Japan. Most remarkable are the views
from the ancient houses, reminding visitors of a far-gone past and providing a
momentary glimpse of a more subdued and simple time.
common knowledge that the ancient houses and pagodas in Hoi An are not to be
missed. Unlike the old homes found in Hanoi, those in Hoi An are reminiscent of
Chinese style-dwellings and feature two main gates. One of the gates is used
for trading while the other, which opens to the Hoai River, is used for
delivering goods from boats.
ancient town of Tan Ky is an ideal place to find such homes, one of which has
witnessed seven generations of a family over a period of more than 200 years.
After passing through two compartments of the house, tourists can see into a
large, strange yard. According to people at that time, the outdoor space was
either used to attract sunlight or create an airy atmosphere in the house.
Within the house, special attention was paid to details over the years, and
artifacts have remained. There is a carefully preserved tea set as well as cau
dai, or �sentence pairs,� a highly specialized form of poetry passed down from
the Chinese and used to convey good wishes for Tet. Within the town can be
found handicraft products made by local artisans, ranging from pottery teacups
and brocade skirts to snails or stones linked together into jewels.
Hoi An is
known among travelers as a perfect place to have clothing made. A high-quality
ao dai (Vietnamese traditional long dress) or a custom-designed shirt can be
completed within a matter of hours at shops along the street. More than 100
shops have their own styles to meet various demands of tourists.
day-long meandering on foot may become quite tiresome, but the town can also be
enjoyed via cyclo (xich lo in Vietnamese; a three-wheeled bicycle taxi). Cyclo
drivers are some of the best impromptu tour guides, and will enthusiastically
take direction to any corner of town while offering a friendly, local
local food specialties, tourists should try Cao Lau. The dish is made from
noodles sliced carefully and served with thinly cut meat, fried pork fat and a
cup of nuoc mam (fish sauce). Fresh vegetables and bean sprouts make the dish
more delicious. Mi Quang, Hoanh thanh, and Vac cakes are other interesting
options of the area.
family-owned shops and carts along the street with many kinds of che (grass
jelly and bean desert) and ice cream can satisfy your thirst.
the rooftops and awnings in town are decorated with paper lanterns. It is so
captivating that one may feel they have traveled into the past. The town is
ablaze with these lanterns on the lunar 15th day of the 8th month (or Mid-Autumn