Discover Hoi An Ancient Town - Hoi An
When a nation is able to preserve their history through physical means, they are providing the world a window of what their life used to be like without the sounds or sights of today’s technology. From protecting virgin landscapes, to repairing and renovating venerable structures like temples, a certain sense of nostalgia and pride is instilled thus, all the more reason to visit such attractions. A great example of this can be found in the city of Hoi An, Vietnam.
The ancient town of Hoi An is a must see for travelers who are interested in looking for the past that is hidden in the present. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has successfully maintained its romantic appearance, transporting both first time and returning visitors to the years between the 15th and 19th centuries, when this old town was known to be a South-East Asian trading port. Though that method of commerce is no longer done in its borders, the sites built in its vicinity can still tell the tales of the past. Visitors will be able to imagine the locals, who used to talk to their neighbors in their French-colonial homes, cross the emerald canals on Japanese inspired bridges, and conduct business in their small wooden shops in the most intimate of ways.
One of the most charming aspects of the ancient town is its size. Since it is smaller than most towns, exploring its entirety is quite simple. Travelers can leave their marks by leaving their footprints on the town’s streets, or follow the path with an ever reliable bicycle. However, if visitors prefer to get a picture of the town’s beautiful landscape, then hop along one of the wooden boats and take a serene cruise between the canals. Do not think for one second that Hoi An’s ancient town is quiet because once the sun takes a rest and the moon begins to shine, this quaint town will light up and show off its most gorgeous side. With the many restaurants that serve both local and international fares and the numerous lamps that illuminate the roads, travelers will feel like they are living in the past.
Trip Guru would like to remind future visitors that in order to explore Hoi An’s ancient town, they must first pay the entrance fee. It’s 80,000 VND for Vietnamese locals and 120,000 for foreign visitors. Getting there is quite simple because you can take a taxi from Da Nang airport (which is the closest) and head straight to Hoi An.
What our experts tell about this experience.
For me Ancient Town is very different from our everyday outside modern world buildings and lifestyle. Here the architecture is outstanding. The origin of all of it is a beauty. There’s also a variety of foods you can choose from. All the restaurants and cafés here are great service and providing fresh dishes!
The size of this town is so cute! You can roam around and cover it all in no time! The roads and the little alleys are just all very cute!! I don’t know what other word to describe it. There are lit lanterns in the evening making you feel like you’re in the 60’s fairy tale. It is reserved down to it’s original look.. And that is just the most wonderful thing about this place! How original it still looks!
If you have friends who love history, they'll be thankful when you take them to Hoi An. The ancient town is perfect for those looking for a preserved slice of the past. Definitely worth its title for being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's small and simple, and most magical at night.