Entry to all historical sites in Hoi An is via a coupon system.........
COST IN 2013..... 120,000 dong
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.
An oddity of Hoi An is the bizarre cultural tour ticket system where, in order to see all the museums, old houses, assembly halls and so on you have to buy several tickets. One ticket costs 75,000 VND, and allows access to:
a) All the old streets of the Heritage Town;
b) One of the four museums;
c) One of the four old houses;
d) One of the three assembly halls;
e) The handicraft workshop and traditional music concert; and
f) Either the Japanese Bridge or the Quan Cong Temple.
If you want to see everything, you'll have to buy four tickets and it would take about three days! Tickets are sold at various entry points into the Old Town, including Hai Ba Trung Street, and also at some of the attractions, including the Cantonese Assembly Hall.
Kims haircut shop. Smack-bang in the middle of the markets!
As well as haircuts, they do facials, manicure, pedicure, hair removal etc. But the worrying thing on their business card:
"Cut skin foot your"
Nevermind. For US$1 I had a lovely manicure & nail polish done!
Tell Kim Betty send you!
Favorite thing: If you stay at the Pho Hoi Riverside resort, take your laundry across the road. The couple are very pleasant, and only too happy to show you their washing machine, and clean washing, at 20000dong per kg, its a bargain. Very happy with the service.
Hoi An is an ancient city in central Vietnam on the coast of the South China Sea now in the Unesco List of World Heritage Sites... which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because many of the old wooden buildings have been restored, and because the city council had to get rid of drugs and prostitution, a curse because it is now full of tourists and tourist-related shops, in particular taylors... you can have a dress made in one day or in one hour, but in any case the quality is very poor, this at least according to some ex-pats we met.
Fondest memory: Hoi An's importance comes from the fact that it used to the largest harbour in South East Asia, as far back as when the town was called Lâm Ấp Phố (Champa City) in the first century. Plenty of people came to Hoi An, mostly Chinese, but there were Japanese, Dutch and Indians too. For this reason it's full of magnificent buildings to visit... it's a pleasant place to stroll about, traffic-free as some of the streets are closed to traffic. At night, along the river, it's very suggestive and romantic.
For those of you who have visited Melaka (Malaysia), you may be mistaken that houses at Hoi An to be of Melaka. In fact the only similarities are they are old & gone through the war torn period.
If you're into architecture, some of the older structures will sure make you spending hour observing structural details of these building. Remember, this is a UNESCO Heritage site, there sure have reason why they are listed in the list.
someone told me that vietnam was under china for thousand years, so it's logic to find chinese style buildings there.
but also vietnam was french colony for 100 years, in hoi an which i thought only for chinese style building has some french style of building too. they're old and some of them are not reserved. but they're beautiful :)
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 :)
Hoi An is a very atmospheric town and there's lots to observe when you walk the streets of the Heritage town. There's people in conical hats transporting goods to and fro in baskets fixed to opposite ends of a bamboo pole slung over their shoulders, schoolgirls in traditional white ao dai's riding bicycles, and lots of colorful French colonial architecture.
Although not a big city (population of roughly 75,000), Hoi An is a prime example of how many Vietnamese towns hustle and bustle with a metropolitan feel. There's plenty of moving and shaking among those residents not directly involved in the tourist trade and the streets of Hoi An are always teeming with industrious Vietnamese.
Fondest memory: Hoi An is a very lively town and its energy is infectious. It's a fun town to bound around, ducking into shops, touring its historical sites, and relaxing in small cafes with fried spring rolls and beer.
The standard way of seeing Hoi An's sights involves buying a 4-sight tour ticket ($5).
This ticket allows you to enter four places, picking one place from each of: 3 museums, 3 assembly halls, 4 traditional houses and the Japanese Bridge.
The Japanese Bridge is a public road and no ticket is necessary, but it's on the list anyway. It is possible to see a traditional house without the ticket by paying about 10,000D to the house owner, though some will charge more. To enter more than one place from each group, show the used ticket and pay an extra 10,000D
Fondest memory: The assembly halls are beautifully decorated and worth a visit.
Favorite thing: Entry to all historical sights in Hoi An is via a coupon system, where US$5 gets you a ticket that can be used to enter five attractions: one museum, one family house, one Chinese meeting hall, the art performance theater and either the Japanese Covered Bridge or the Quan Kong Temple. Tickets are sold at various entry points into the Old Town, including Hai Ba Trung St.
Favorite thing: In Hoi An, as in much of Vietnam, tourism has not (in 2005 anyway) imposed brutally on the local way of life. Local people go about their local lives pretty much undisturbed by tourism and tourists, therefore, gain an even richer experience from visiting Vietnamese towns and cities. Hoi An is probably the most "touristy" town in Vietnam, but you can still experience that warm and natural Vietnamese social interaction that is a special trademark of this country.
Favorite thing: Hoi An's riverfront position, on the north bank of the Thu Bon River, and the fact that the town's existence is tied closely to this river, mean that the waterway is (as it has always been) a thoroughfare of activity. You can easily imagine the scenes that would have been played out here in the 19th century when the riverfront merchants' houses would have been bustling. Now, tourism activities dominate, but take time to have a long look at this part of town.
Fondest memory: We were surprised at how friendly our little crew was, asking lots of questions about our travels along with what latter turned out ingenious ones about things we were wearing that we had bought in other places. They consisted of a mother with her little son and the grandmother doing most of the oar work. They even took a great shot of us with the boy who was certainly a little charmer. We enjoyed the trip more than we had figured on but soon worried about the time as we had bargained only for an hour trip. They did not seem to care about the time so much. (continued below in Fondest Memory)
Fondest memory: Once off the boat, I noticed our shoulders were a bit red from the sun. We had not had much sun since getting to Vietnam but it seemed now it would be a constant companion. We could get used to that, even our skin after some days with sun block. What we hoped to also get used to were more locals like these. We could deal with people trying to make a buck, that was human nature and more than understandable in a country wrought with poverty like Vietnam. But that they could be nice about it in spite of our not buying from them was a good thing all around. Good for us as it meant less stress. Good for them because we would tell our friends that it was not such a hassle here as we initially found it. And just maybe with this better treatment, we might buy something from them after all.