The UNESCO heritage town of Hoi An dates back to 2200 years ago, with recent ceramic fragments found showing the earliest inhabitants. The coastal town has a mixture of architectural styles from traditional Chinese wooden houses, colonial French buildings, decorative Vietnamese dwellings and a Japanese bridge. There is lots to see from temples to the old wishing wells and of course not forgetting shopping. Here is what you need to know before visiting the ancient Vietnamese town Hoi An.
Exploring UNESCO Heritage Town Hoi An
Ancient Hoi An Entrance Ticket
Upon arrival in Hoi An, you might like to purchase an entrance ticket to some of the historical monuments and buildings. You can purchase them at kiosks surrounding Ancient Hoi An. (You don’t need to purchase one if only walking around and not intending to visit the historical monuments and buildings).
Historical Monuments and Buildings
The ticket costs 120,000 VND ($6 USD) and you can enter up to 5 monuments/museums out of 22 during 24 hrs; with the ticket being valid in the duration of your stay to enter over the old Japanese Bridge. It doesn’t include some of the buildings and museums such as the GAM Gemstone Art Museum and Winebar.
When visiting the city on holiday, check to see if the museums are open. We visited on the 100th year anniversary of architecture and the monuments/museums were free to enter. It was also the Lunar Moon Festival in November, with many Vietnamese and visitors celebrating.
The cost of the ticket is very little and goes a long way towards maintaining the historic buildings; as they are badly affected each year by flood damage and termites.
Japanese Covered Bridge
One of the gateways in and out of the Ancient Hoi An is the 18th century Japanese Covered Bridge – Lai Vien Kieu. It is one of the most visited monuments in Hoi An. The beautiful Japanese bridge was built by the Japanese when living in Hoi An, in order to reach the Chinese quarter.
Merchant Heritage House
One of the historical buildings you can visit with the Ancient Hoi An Entrance Ticket is the Merchant Heritage House – Tan Ky, one of the best examples of merchant house architecture. You can see adornments that have been exchanged from around the world when the shipping industry was at its greatest and Hoi An was a bustling international trading port during the 16th and 17th century. Trading silk, porcelain, pepper, cinnamon, and medicinal plants due to its proximity to the Thu Bon River.
Getting Around Ancient Vietnamese Town Hoi An
It is very easy to get around the ancient Vietnamese town Hoi An, as well as walking you might like to explore by bicycle on a guided tour.
Cycling Tour of Ancient Hoi An ©MDHarding
We had no idea what to expect when visiting Hoi An, but I’m so glad we visited. It was one of the best stops on our visit to Vietnam. The people, food and shopping are amazing! I’m sure you will love it too.
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