Top things to do and see in Hoi An

If it is your first time going on your Hoi An private tours, you will probably want to spend some time at the world-renowned Japanese Covered Bridge, the Sa Huynh Culture Museum, the Museum of Trade Ceramics, and the Museum of History and Culture but don’t miss out on other notable town jewels such as the Tra Que Vegetable Village.

Walk across the Japanese Covered Bridge

 

The Japanese Covered Bridge - an ideal place to visit at any time of day

The Japanese Covered Bridge – an ideal place to visit at any time of day

This beautiful little bridge constructed in the 1600s is seen as a Hoi An’s icon. Construction of the famous landmark started in the year of the dog and final touches were not made until the year of the monkey in the early seventeenth century. And once you yourself get an eyeful of the tiny Japanese Covered Bridge crossing a waterway, you will see a sculpture of dog at one end of the bridge and a sculpture of monkey on the other end.

The architectural details and symbolism of the Japanese Covered Bridge are intricate and become more abundant the closer you get. The entrances to the bridge are guarded by weathered statues, an ancient Chinese script written in Chu Nho (Chinese characters) – the nom script, listing all the Vietnamese and Chinese benefactors who contributed to the restoration of the bridge, and a small shrine of the northern god Tran Vo Bac De – the god of weather in the center of the bridge’s interior part is where locals go to make merit, pray, and leave gifts. A walk across the Japanese Covered Bridge at any time of day (thanks to a roof) is to admire an excellent example of Japanese architecture and to find plenty of paintings for sale by artists living in the vicinity.

Uncover the ancient people of Sa Huynh civilization at various museums

Hoi An is home to 3 museums that tell the stories of the Sa Huynh people that have called the area home for many years and their unique culture, which might have existed more than 5,000 years.

Sa Huynh Culture Museum

 

Numerous artifacts and materials on Sa Huynh Culture inside Sa Huynh Culture Museum

Numerous artifacts and materials on Sa Huynh Culture inside Sa Huynh Culture Museum

Home to numerous artifacts and materials on Sa Huynh Culture, Sa Huynh Culture Museum at No.149 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An Town is a bearer of a legacy that is both rich and rare. A collection of items from Hoi An’s contribution to Vietnam’s communist revolution including Linga – a symbol usually located in the main hall of Cham towers is considered the most unique collection of the Sa Huynh civilization in Vietnam.

Museum of Trade Ceramics

An elegant example of traditional Vietnamese workmanship which has been kept in first-class condition, Museum of Trade Ceramics at No 80 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An is where you can know more about the first owners of the Hoi An trading port, having trading relationships with Chinese, Indian, and Southeast Asian people.

Hoi An Museum of History and Culture

 

Hoi An Museum of History and Culture housed in the Quan Am Pagoda

Hoi An Museum of History and Culture housed in the Quan Am Pagoda

Housed in the Quan Am Pagoda, this stately 20th-century mansion is one of Hoi An’s most beautiful museums. This museum at 10B Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province contains 335 exhibits and documents spanning 2,000 years of Hoi An history – a sampling of pre-Cham, Cham, and Dai Viet era artefacts, with some huge bells, historic photos, old scales, and weights along with an assortment of ceramics and historical photographs and drawings depicting the merchant period. Among a potpourri of relics displayed here, the main draw is bronze drums dating back to 3000 BC, the era of the Dong Son civilization.

Cycle to Tra Que Vegetable Village

 

Tra Que Vegetable Village - the Loveliest Village on Earth

Tra Que Vegetable Village – the Loveliest Village on Earth

Give your legs a workout and cycle to Tra Que Vegetable Village – a small village located 3km north of Hoi An’s Old Town. Named after the sweet scented vegetables that spice up the everyday meals of the Hoi An people, Tra Que is famous as the only freshest and cleanest vegetable supporter for Hoi An local foods. The views sweep in splendor during 15 minutes cycling from Hoi An Old Town to a farming area with nice weather and lovely people. To get more information, you can click: Indochina tours Vietnam

Tra Que Vegetable Village – the Loveliest Village on Earth is also a plum spot for observing Hoi An’s farmers gardening techniques as well as learning what life is like for them. Why not include the quick ride out to Tra Que Vegetable Village in your Hoi An private tours’ itinerary?

Come here to don a straw hat, see firsthand how the farmers grow vegetables in their own ways, test your gardening skills helping out with raking the ground, sowing, watering, or picking vegetables at a local vegetable farm bursting with fresh organic produce, immerse in the natural fragrant smell, and dive into a freshly-prepared delicious farm-to-table lunch featuring typical Central Vietnam fare. If you have more time, don’t miss a cooking class to learn how to cook Vietnamese food by yourself! What an amazing experience!

With so much to see and do in Hoi An, you might find it hard to narrow it down to the top 10 while still having an experience that is a good balance of everything this ancient riverside town has to offer.

 

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