about hoi an
hoi an is a small town at the central of vietnam. it's an old and touristy town. it's so old that unesco claimed it as one of world's heritage.
here you can find buildings with chinese and french architecture, but most of them are already changed into shop, restaurant, or tailor!
it's just a great place and worth to visit :)
ADMISSION TO HISTORICAL SIGHTS
Entry to all historical sites in Hoi An is via a coupon system.........
gets you a ticket that can be used to enter 5 attractions
* one museum..
* one assembly hall...
* the handicraft workshop or the traditional theatre..
* Japanese Bridge or the Guangong Temple...
Tickets are sold at various entry points into the old town.
Local Delicasy...snails in a bag...?
I saw people all over town eating little things normally from a plastic bag...some using tweezer like tools to extricate the meaty portions from the shells...
In hindsight I should have taken some close up pictures of the little critters but I didn't and now I wish that I had...
So....if you're wondering what it is that these people might be snacking on...if you see it happening...now you know...
NO....I didn't eat any...Im not too adventurous stepping outside of my culinary boundaries..
Good to know in Hoi An
Bring or buy an extra bag if you plan on having lots of clothes or shoes made Lightweight long pants/capris and shirts that cover shoulders - it's quite hot and shorts and tank tops are not really appropriate (despite the number of tourists I've seen in them). It also gets cool at night, and with the mosquitoes, it's nice to cover up but not the end of the world if you don't. Mosquito repellant and anti-itch cream! This was the only place in SE Asia that mosquitoes were a problem for us this time of year - we'd been expecting it more in Laos but were thankfully free of them until we got to Hoi An. Bring batteries and/or battery charger! In both Hanoi and Hoi An, I realized that after a couple of battery purchases, there are lots of people selling used batteries. I finally found a camera shop that sold Energizers in their original packaging. They tried to sell me a package that had been opened and then retaped, so make sure the original packaging is intact. The batteries that come shrink wrapped and without any other packaging are likely to be used batteries.
Getting there was half the fun. We walked to the local bus station north of town. We enquired and were told that a bus was leaving at 10am (in a half hour's time) No probs! We waited by the bus, but an amercian guy put his pack on the bus & wandered off looking for cheap drinking water (he said they over-charged at the bus depot) Funny thing was, it left in 10 minutes, not at 10am. So we were OK - but this guy's pack was on the bus and not him!!!! We pleaded with the driver to wait, but not possible. What to do??? We didn't want to leave his pack unattended at the bus depot.
Meantime, our friend from USA rocks up at the bus depot and realises that the bus has left without him!!! He grabs a local with a motorbike, races after the bus and finally, all is well!
Moral to the story - don't leave sight of your luggage!!
The story goes that they have plundered the mountain for so much marble, they had to stop, or there would be no more mountain left, so the marble is now imported from China. The village of Ngu Hanh Son, at the base the mountains is lined with marble carving shops, selling everything from tiny charms up to huge monuments.
The "mountains" are actually a series of 5 marble & limestone peaks, which were once islands. They are named after the five elements - fire, water, soil, wood & metal.
The highest mountain, Thuy Son, is climbed by stairs built into the side of the hill. a lovely pagoda that can be climbed overlooks the beach and the views across the surrounding country are stunning, making it well worth the trek.
There are many caves & shrines to explore and these have become Buddhist sanctuaries. They also served as havens for the Viet Cong during the war.
One of the caves, Huyen Khing Cave has a high ceiling pierced by 5 holes. If you get here at around 11am-mid-day, you will see the sunlight filter through, illuminating the central Buddha -very "other-worldly".
Entry 15,000 dong.