The Cantonese Assembly Hall in Hoi An

dragon-statued-fountain-helloVietnam

One of the long-history assembly halls, which has a great contribution to the bold architecture of Hoi An Ancient Town is definitely the Cantonese Assembly Hall. With the unique architectural style of the Chinese, as well as being located in the heart of the ancient town, it is not surprising that the assembly hall attracts a large number of domestic and international tourists during their Hoi An tours to visit and learn about this interesting destination.

the-Cantonese-Assembly-Hall-helloVietnam

The Cantonese Assembly Hall

Located at no. 176 Tran Phu Street, which is close to the Bridge Pagoda, there is no difficulty for visitors to stop over in this unique architecture. In terms of the history of the Cantonese Assembly Hall, it was built around the end of the 18th century. From the 15th to the 19th century, Hoi An is one of the main ports of the country, thus, attracts a lot of Chinese coming here to settle down and start their own business. And a merchant association in Guangdong, China, once having come here, had decided to build an assembly hall in 1885 to make it a place of belief and a gathering of community activities where people can meet regularly to help each other in business as well as other life needs.

the-main-hall-helloVietnam

The main hall

The Cantonese Assembly Hall in Hoi An is also known as the Quang Trieu Assembly Hall or Ong Pagoda because inside the assembly hall, people worship Quan Cong – a Chinese general who symbolizes the six words “trung, nghia, tin, tri, nhan, dung”. Those six words are the necessary ethics for the merchant to do a successful business. Being built in the unique architecture in the shape of the word – “quoc” from wood and stone materials, the Assembly Hall is a closed project with the gate, a large garden decorated with many plants, the East and West buildings, the main hall and a backyard, etc., which is quite similar to other assembly halls in Hoi An.

space-to-worship-Quan-Cong-helloVietnam

Space to worship Quan Cong

If you go on a Hoi An tour, you will have a tour guide explain in details the Cantonese Assembly from the whole architecture to the historical points. The first one is the Tam Quan Gate on Tran Phu Street, which is made of stone and is carved very delicately with mascots such as dragons, phoenix, unicorn, etc.  and also other graphics on the pillars. Stepping into the courtyard, you will see a fountain curved in a majestic dragon statue. In addition, you can visit two East and West buildings in the quite simple architecture connecting the main hall and the front hall. The garden decorated with many ornamental trees, bonsai trees, and the fountain looks extremely cool and harmonious.

dragon-statued-fountain-helloVietnam

Dragon statue fountain

In the middle of the Cantonese Assembly Hall of Hoi An, there is the main hall divided into three main areas: the middle to worship Quan Cong, two are on both sides to worship Phuoc Duc Chanh Than and Tai Bach Tinh Quan. Beside those, many history books have recorded that previously, in the year of 1885, people worshiped Thien Hau and Confucius but since 1911, they moved to worship Quan Cong and “tien hien”. The airy space, decorated in harmony with the system of large rafters is undoubtedly the highlight of this must-see destinations in Hoi An. In particular, in Cantonese Assembly Hall, there are many valuable artifacts made of ceramic such as four precious large paintings, a bronze urn in 1.6m high and 0.6m wide, simulated statues and images of plays, records of the life of the Cantonese community here.

precious-artifacts-preserved-in-the-Cantonese-Assembly-Hall-helloVietnam

Precious artifacts preserved in the Cantonese Assembly Hall

Every year, on the 15th of the first lunar month of the lunar calendar, the Cantonese Assembly Hall in Hoi An holds the Nguyen Tieu festival, with traditional ritual sacrifices to wish for a successful New Year. On the 24th of lunar June, the Quan Cong festival will take place to pay tribute to the talented general. Most of the festivals are to commemorate the contributors to the community as well as to preserve Hoi An culture. Therefore, during their Hoi An group tour, many visitors have come to learn about those beliefs here.

If you have a chance to travel to the ancient town, in addition to other famous places, remember to visit the Cantonese Assembly Hall with more than 100 years of existence to be able to explore the Chinese traditions, pray peace for yourself and your family at the main hall and admire the unique architecture of this assembly hall.

Top unmissable tourist attractions in Hoi An (part 3)

trieu-chau-assembly-hall-helloVietnam

Think of Hoi An in Central Vietnam and it is likely that visions of ancient temples, small alleyways full of dimly lit historic buildings, hidden cafes, good restaurants, lovely street stalls, and cheap eateries will come to mind, set against an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port. That is exactly what the peaceful town provides — and more! These top unmissable tourist attractions in Hoi An showcase the town’s diverse beauty.

Hoi An’s Old Town

 hoi-an-ancient-town-helloVietnam

Hoi An Ancient Town

The poetic Thu Bon River, yellow ancient houses with moss-covered roofs, Chinese style tile-roofed wooden houses, a harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese influences, colorful lanterns adorning the streets and hang in between the buildings, are not all part of Hoi An Ancient Town’s vast and diverse charm.

The perfectly secluded preserved Ancient Town and its mystique is sure to whisk you away to a time long before, make it easier to imagine the trading town’s former prosperity and glory, and transport those with a little imagination back in time, to the old countryside society of Vietnam.

Explore Hoi An’s Old Town on foot to feel like stepping into the pages of a storybook– there is no need to worried about getting lost and the photography opportunities are endless! Colorful guildhalls founded by ethnic Chinese from Guangdong and Fujian provinces, pristinely old plain houses standing quietly, old canals, these small houses decorated with lacquered boards, panels engraved with Chinese characters, wooden doors and two round “wooden house’s eyes” above – a testament to the town’s trading roots are what to capture your attention.

Hoi An Ancient Town strikingly brings to life the ancient past while at the same time showcases Central Vietnam’s sophisticated culinary art. You love Vietnamese food and food culture? Don’t miss the street food festival with diverse traditional dishes such as bánh mì, mì Quảng (Quang noodles), and cao lau noodles as well as Vietnamese cooking courses.

With something for everyone, Hoi An Old Town is unavoidable if you are going on your Hoi An group tour for the very first time.

Chaozhou Hall (Trieu Chau Assembly Hall)

 trieu-chau-assembly-hall-helloVietnam

Trieu Chau Assembly Hall

Primarily a congregational hall dedicated to the God of Wind and Big Waves who the power to calm the oceans and protect sailors from the rough South China Sea and now turning into a heaven for any travelers, especially Vietnamese history and culture lovers on their Hoi An tour, the Trieu Chau Assembly Hall is more inviting than the other halls in Hoi An for distinct reasons.

Believed to be built by Chaozhou people (Chinese) living in Hoi An in 1845, Chaozhou Hall, or commonly known as Ong Bon Pagoda, is an excellent sophisticated example of Vietnamese architecture. The Hall’s highlights are a sophisticated carved wooden frame; folk-legend-inspiring motifs; the works embossed with beautiful crockery; wooden patterns and embossed patterns made of porcelain pieces reflecting the ingenious talent of the ancient artists.

Trieu Chau Assembly Hall is best visited on the occasion of Tet Nguyen Tieu (full moon of the first lunar month) when the bless and ancestor worship is celebrated.

  • Location: No 157 Nguyen Duy Hieu Street, Hoi An.

Hoi An Museum of Folklore

 museum-of-folklore-in-hoi-an-helloVietnam

Museum of Folklore

One of the museums with special theme belonging to the Relic Preservation Center of Hoi An, the Museum of Folklore is on everyone’s list amongst the best places to visit on any Hoi An day tour.

The Museum of Folklore built in a typical 150-year-old Chinese trading house showcases the unique artifacts displaying the traditional cultural values as well as a long history of creation and contributions of the people in Hoi An to international friends. For many people, the collection of more than 600 objects with 4 prominent themes, namely folk oratorio art, folk shaping art, traditional folk activities, and traditional villages is a reason to go on a Hoi An group tour.

  • Location: No 33 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam Province.

The peaceful town in Central Vietnam, with its timeless beauty, buildings and its street plan reflecting the distinct French and local Vietnamese influences, ancient temples has no dearth of some of the best places to visit on any Hoi An group tour.

Top unmissable tourist attractions in Hoi An (part 2)

Phuc-Kien-Assembly-Hall-helloVietnam

Hoi An in Central Vietnam is a pure delight to Vietnamese history and culture lovers. There are a lot of picturesque, popular sites nestled in and around the UNESCO World Heritage charm of the Old Town that make for unforgettable holiday destinations. And they are all so spellbinding that it gets hard to compile a list of unmissable places to visit on your Hoi An tour.

An Bang Beach

an-bang-beach-hoi-an-helloVietnam 

An Bang Beach

Wild, untouched, and utterly captivating, this spectacular beach located just 4 kilometers from Hoi An’s UNESCO World Heritage center and 30 kilometers from Da Nang International Airport has a 4-km wonderful stretch of fine sand so white you will even need sunglasses for the glare.

This once-underrated beach now holds the crown as Hoi An’s go-to beach and has since become a top destination for swimmer, paddle-boarders, and surfers thanks to its great shore breaks. Even though it has grown in popularity in the last few years and new resorts have cropped up, it still retains its relatively unspoiled charm and laid-back vibes at a slew of hippy Western-managed bars.

Given this stunning backdrop of an enormous horizon with less of the serious erosion evident at Cua Dai, it is not surprising that An Bang was included in CNN’s list of the Top 100 Best Beaches in the world in 2016. Whether you are endlessly searching for a spot not occupied by tourists or want to hide under a sun umbrella, hang out at one the casual bars, or experience a few watersports like parasailing and jet-skiing, make sure to reserve at least a day on your Hoi An day tour’s itinerary for some beautiful time at An Bang Beach.

Tra Que Village

 tra-que-village-helloVietnam

Tra Que Village

There are few better ways to enjoy your Central Vietnam group tour in Hoi An than from the busy tourist sites, and that is the perspective you get after reaching the Tra Que Vegetable Farm where a wide variety of veggies and herbs is grown in the rich soil at the top of the rice field.

Hoi An is home to numerous traditional craft villages, but this hidden spot located 3km north of Hoi An’s Old Town takes the crown for its outrageous beauty, nice weather, incredible atmosphere, and lovely farmers. Accessible only by road, by motorbike, bicycle or simply a light walk, the small village in Cam Ha Commune, Hoi An City is flanked by a few dozen hectares of cultivated land and the beautifully laid out gardens with mixed beds of vegetables and tiny flowers.

“The loveliest village on earth” – the only freshest and cleanest vegetable supporter for Hoi An local foods meets pretty much every requirement for Hoi An group tour perfection. Away from the buzz of other crowded spots, families and couples alike can spend the day seeing local farmers in their daily life to discover the art of cultivating and water plants, having lunch at a local friendly host with mouthwatering taste of Hoi An such as cao lau, Quang noodles, banh xeo, etc., bicycling around the village, and taking some cooking lessons provided by tourism companies.

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall

 Phuc-Kien-Assembly-Hall-helloVietnam

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall

In spite of the various popular assembly halls in Hoi An, for show-off gorgeousness, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall has no rival. Taking part in the embellishment of Hoi An’s architecture, the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall (also known as Fujian Assembly Hall) —makes itself outstanding for its sacredness as well as its jaw-dropping beauty and majesty in a large space with unique architecture of Chinese architectural style and the Chinese philosophy of happiness.

Phuc Kien Hall was built in the 1690s to worship Mazu and Thien Hau – the goddess of the sea and protector of the sailors, the goddess Thuan Phong Nhi, and the goddess Thien Ly Nhan and is now a place to visit on any Hoi An group tour. Inside the heritage of historical significance – once the meeting place of the Fujian living in Hoi An, you can find a plethora of statues, copper drum, copper bells, mosaic fountain bearing a fish sculpture, horizontal lacquered board engraved with Chinese characters, big incense burners, 14 paintings, and many other valuable artifacts.

  • Location: No 46 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An.

Here is an elaborate compilation of unmissable tourist attractions to visit on your Hoi An day tour.

Top unmissable tourist attractions in Hoi An (part 1)

Thanh-Ha-Pottery-Village-helloVietnam

Have no idea on where to go on your Hoi An group tour? There is no better way to both relax and be inspired than jetting off top unmissable tourist attractions in Hoi An.

Tan Ky Ancient House

tan-ky-old-house-hoi-an-helloVietnam

Tan Ky Old House

A marvel of an ethnically Vietnamese family, Tan Ky Ancient House goes on to have a life of its own, becoming a central and functional part of countless people’s spiritual lives and an unmissable site on any Hoi An day tour for two hundreds of years after it was built.

An almost perfect example of a 18th merchant’s residence in this major commercial port town, the Tan Ky Ancient House is one such wonder, marking a crucial ingenious combination of 3 architectural styles, namely Vietnam, Japan, and China, from a time when the three communities lived together in Hoi An during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Tan Ky Ancient House has been in existence for at least 200 years but much of its original structure has been lovingly preserved through seven generations and still stands the test of time despite the decline in business of the town and the huge devastation of annual floods.

The highlight of the most impressive construction in Hoi An is the first pavilion and its 3 small apartments in accordance with traditional Vietnamese architecture with the yin-yang tile-covered roof, but there is plenty of other stuff to see, including Chinese poems written in inlaid mother-of-pearl hang from some of the columns that hold up the roof, the triple-beam structure (stands for heaven, earth and humans), the carved wooden balcony supporting around the courtyard, two vertical panels next to the Tan Ky House’s central courtyard, etc.

  • Location: 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An.
  • Opening hours: 8am-noon & 2-4.30pm

Hoi An Central Market

 Hoi-An-Central-Market-helloVietnam

Hoi An Central Market

A vast hectic hive of activity held daily, Hoi An Central Market teems with what is very likely Central Vietnam’s best selection of things: produce stall upon produce stall of everything from fresh vegetables, colorful flowers, and fresh fruits like pomelo, custard apple, etc. to chickens (still alive) being bunched onto the handlebars of motorbikes to the hair accessories and woven baskets.

This is everything Hoi An’s daily life is. Edible-food sellers proudly demonstrate the freshness of their products, tourists polish up their bargaining skills and head out shopping, and locals flock to the market to sample some of Hoi An’s food specialties – it is full of overwhelming sights, sounds, colors, and smells.

Hoi An Central Market now houses a massive food hall, where you can find so many eating spots to choose from without complaints about value for money. Expect to pay VND 15,000-20,000 per dish. Some local delicacies to try include cao lầu, mì Quảng (Quang noodles), bún bò Huế spicy soup, bánh mì, bánh bao bánh vạc (“white rose” dumplings), and bánh xèo (Vietnamese pancake). Get ready to be absolutely spoiled for choice at the decent spot for breakfast! If you don’t fancy having a proper sit down, don’t hesitate to order food at one of the street side stalls to get warmed up for some food shopping. It’s time to brave Hoi An Central Market on your Hoi An group tour!

  • Location: Hoi An Central Market is on Nguyen Hue and Tran Phu Streets stretching from the water’s edge into the town.
  • Opening hours: Early in the morning.

Thanh Ha Pottery Village

Thanh-Ha-Pottery-Village-helloVietnam 

Thanh Ha Pottery Village

3 Km to the West of the ancient quarter, Thanh Ha Pottery Village is famous for its traditional pottery production which has been practiced over the past five centuries. The Terracotta Village – a park and center devoted to all things pottery is absolutely a highlight but there is so much more to see on your Central Vietnam group tour here. The traditional and unique method of making pottery bowls, jars, pots, animal shapes, etc. – handmade and wheel thrown has had a profound impact on the UNESCO World Heritage town’s local culture.

  • Location: Cam Ha ward in the Quang Nam Province

For so many people, Hoi An is both a dream place and a once-in-a-lifetime destination to visit in Central Vietnam. If you’re planning your first Hoi An tour, you should not miss the top of the must-see list in the UNESCO World Heritage town.

Central Vietnam group tours to Tam Hai island – give it a try

Coconut-tree-in-Tam-Hai-beach-hellovietnam

Do you want to have a wonderful Central Vietnam group tours? You do not know where should you go? Then Tam Hai island is definitely a great destination for you to discover. Why? Let’s find out in this writing.

About 40 km south of Tam Ky city, Nui Thanh district, Quang Nam province, Tam Hai island is surrounded by sea around the year so people always enjoy a peaceful life. This is definitely an answer to your question of where to go in Central Vietnam.

Tam-Hai-beach-hellovietnam

Tam Hai beach

Tam Hai Island is separated from the outside world by the romantic Truong Giang river. To get here, you can go by motorboat from Tam Tien Commune to the north or go along the National Highway 1 and turn to the seaside for about 10 km, then get on a ferry at the mouth of the Ky Ha River. Because the road is not favorable, it is very difficult for this island to develop in terms of tourism potential. It is really a central Vietnam hidden gem, right?

Coconut-tree-in-Tam-Hai-beach-hellovietnam

Coconut tree in Tam Hai beach

The cultural life here has been remained through generations. Therefore, you can still find somewhere the unique traditional in the daily life of the local people. The hospitality, friendliness, and enthusiasm have made many visitors who come here fall in love with this place.

Tam Hai island as a hidden gem in the shell that has not been honed. But perhaps its wild beauty appeals to those who love to explore the world and who like new sensations. Together with a peaceful life here, the landscape covered with a wonderful sense of the coconut palms under the sun and white sand beaches. You might now understand why this is the top islands in central Vietnam.

Tam Hai island is more special because of its seafront and three sides of this island face the river. And that is the reason why people here have the unique culture of the sea regions. On the beach, besides large and small boats, you can find the unique rowboats of this region that anchored on the blue ocean.

For those who like to discover the new things in the world, Ban Than rapids is a must go destination. This place is more than 1km in length and surrounds a small mountain that is made up of sparkling black stone. Due to the change during the time and the invasion of the sea waves, Ban Than rapids owns much unique stone sculpture of nature, which will surely bring excitement to visitors. From the stone strip, you can visit many small islands, which are the ideal tourist destinations for seeing coral reefs in special shapes in the island such as Hon Mang, Hon Dua, Hon Da Chim.

The next destination is Cua Lo, which is one of the relics left after the training of the King Hong Duc. Standing on the mudflats here and looking straight ahead, you can see the magnificent view of the landscape. It might feel like standing on the back of a large fish in the middle of the ocean.

Your day in Tam Hai Island can begin with watching the dawn in the early morning. Then you can prepare the gear bringing on fishermen boat and going fishing on the ocean. The boat will take you offshore for a few miles and then anchored between the immense waves. You can enjoy the moment when the sky stretches like endless.

Picture-in-the-village-hellovietnam

The picture in the village

Perhaps, the sentiment of the island people here is the most attractive thing here when visitors have Central Vietnam group tours in here. They rely on others and willing to help other like family members. Here the evils or thefts do not seem to happen. Local people will warmly welcome you by inviting you to enjoy the specialties of coconut water. Fresh coconut juice is cool and slightly fizzy enough for you to remember it for the rest of your life.

If Cu Lao Cham has long been a tourist destination chosen by many tourists, Tam Hai is a place where will bring you the most peaceful moment. Nature has given the island its smooth sand, glistening in the sun, which is overwhelmed with those who first visit this region.

After the moments buried at work, you probably find Tam Hai island as an attractive destination to have moments of relaxation in your group tour in Quang Nam. You can feel harmony in nature and heaven and forget about the worries of life.

Central Vietnam group tour to Cu Lao Cham

Under-sea-diving -hellovietnam

A Central Vietnam group tour is always a great option for anyone who wants to discover the new place and has a natural adventure for their life. Cu Lao Cham is one of the best destinations that you should visit at least once on your tour.

Cu-Lao-Cham-island-hellovietnam

Cu Lao Cham island

Cu Lao Cham is a group of islands in Tan Hiep commune, Hoi An city, Quang Nam province, 15 km from Cua Dai beach. This is the beach recognized by the UNESCO as the World Biosphere Reserve in 2009. Cu Lao Cham has attracted many visitors over the past few years due to the pristine beauty of the beaches, stable schedule. If you have the opportunity to have a Central Vietnam tour, don’t forget to arrange a day to Cu Lao Cham Island.

Chong-Beach-hellovietnam

Chong Beach

To the historical side, Cu Lao Cham is a historical relic associated with the formation and development of the commercial port of Hoi An with many relics bearing the culture of Sa Huynh, Cham Pa, and Dai Viet. Historically, the region has been playing an important role in the international maritime map of the East Coast, which has been a popular stopover destination for many merchant ships in the Orient as well as for the West on cruise lines along the aromatic, silk, ceramics maritime lines. Are you interested in Central Vietnam group tour?

Geographically, Cu Lao Cham is an area with great ecological diversity. The rare species of sea animals, colorful coral reefs are preserved in the best environment making Cu Lao Cham as an ideal destination for wildlife lovers. Besides, beaches with long, fine white sand, blue water that it is possible to look down to the bottom is a specialty of this place. The whole island has seven beaches stretching from the Northwest to the Southeast including:

Under-sea-diving -hellovietnam

Under-sea diving

  • South Beach: with many natural caves, few people come.
  • Ong Beach: Near Lang beach, next to the pier, there are many restaurants busy at noon, this is the most crowded beach, the tour usually offers guests lunch.
  • Lang Beach: is a fishing wharf, from here to the residential area of ​​Cam hamlet.
  • Xep Beach: not yet exploited tourists, which makes this place very quiet and suitable for you to have private space for your group tour in Central Vietnam.
  • Chong Beach: beautiful beach with coconut trees, two bungalows were once a restaurant.
  • Bim Beach: free bath, clear blue water beach with rock formations for you to take pictures.
  • Huong beach: hard to bathe because many boats anchored. This place is suitable for you to eat fresh seafood.

All of these beaches are about 20 meters wide, with a length of 100meters to 300 meters, each beach has the unique feature that makes it easy for guests to choose a place to have fun and bathing when visiting Cu Lao Cham.

From here are many ways you can go to Cu Lao Cham such as going by yourself or buying a package tour during the day. If you like being free to explore whatever you want to go, it will be better for you to go by yourself. However, if you are those who want to be safe and enjoy your holiday comfortably, you should book a tour for your Vietnam tours.

The best time to visit Cu Lao Cham is from March to August every year because of the warm weather, calm sea. Other months in the year, there are many storms and almost no islands become isolated.

If you want to combine your trip with the sightseeing lantern Hoi An ancient town, you should go on the full moon day (1st or 15th of each month in lunar calendar). Or if you want to participate in the cultural festival of local people, you can choose to go on the festival such as the Festival of Fish (3rd to 4th April in lunar calendar) or the Nest Ceremony (9th to 10th March lunar calendar).

In addition, you also have another option is camping if you go with the big group. There are many support services for your camping in the area of Bai Ong, Bai Huong. But if you like a completely opened space then you can choose Bai Bai and Bai Lay.

And the most interesting part to have the best tours in Vietnam, you have to try under-sea diving activities. You can buy tickets yourself at the pier or ask the guest house to buy. Ticket price is 150k/person with full equipment such as life jackets, ships taking you to the diving area and also guide to accompany. Recently, however, with the increase of tourists coming to Cu Lao Cham, the pressure on the coral reefs is so great that the slow recovery of coral reefs has had a severe impact on Cu Lao Cham’s habit. So if you see the coral reef, absolutely do not break the coral or bring coral to the land.

Hoi An – a worth-visiting destination in Central Vietnam

Cantonese-Assembly-Hall1507949385

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An Ancient Town is among the top tourist attractions in Vietnam. Anywhere in Hoi An is worth visiting; however, you cannot explore every single part of that town just in few days. The following article from hoianreviews.com will list out some Hoi An Tourist Attractions that you should not miss when visiting Hoi An.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An Ancient Town is among the top tourist attractions in Vietnam. Anywhere in Hoi An is worth visiting; however, you cannot explore every single part of that town just in few days. The following article will list out some Hoi An Tourist Attractions that you should not miss when visiting Hoi An.

1. Old House of Tan Ky

Located at 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street in the Old Quarter, Tan Ky Old House is an almost perfect instance of residence of the 18th century in Hoi An. Although it is not the oldest house in town, Tan Ky is the most well-preserved one. The details of this house such as the storage area, the outside structure which was made of bricks and tiles and the floor that is covered with Bat Trang bricks still remain unchanged after centuries. 

Tan Ky Old House

Tan Ky Old House, Hoi An (Source: Internet)

Tan Ky Old House represents the cluster of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese culture. Oriental philosophy features are clearly displayed in the house, such as the triple-beam structure, the five-round blocks, and many decorative carvings on the furniture. It is absolutely an ideal place for exploring the cultures of Eastern countries.

2. Chinese Assembly Halls

Another interesting thing to do in Hoi An Vietnam is to visit the Assembly Halls of Chinese people. When they immigrated to Hoi An, they decided to build some Assembly Halls to socialize as well as to preserve their traditions. 

There are totally 5 Chinese Assembly Halls (Fujian, Chaozhou, Hainan, Cantonese, and Chinese). Though not all of them remain the original look, these halls have become popular Hoi An Tourist Attractions.

Fujian Assembly Hall

Fujian Assembly Hall (Source: Internet)

All the Halls follow the same formula: a grand gate, a beautiful garden with ornamental plants, a main hall, and a large altar room. These are decorated with lots of statues, murals, and lacquered boards. However, each Hall worships different gods and each Chinese Community has different beliefs.

3. Japanese Bridge (Chua Cau)

Japanese Bridges are well-known for their spectacular design, and the one in Hoi An is not an exception. It well represents the impact of Japanese culture on Vietnam.

Legend has it that the bridge was constructed to deter the monster called Mamazu, whose head was in India, tail in Thailand and back in Vietnam, from causing earthquakes and natural disasters. In fact, the Japanese commercial community built it in the 16th century to connect with Chinese people on the other side of the river. 

Japanese Bridge, Hoi An by night

Japanese Bridge, Hoi An by night (Source: Internet)

The Japanese Bridge is famous for its unique decoration. Additionally, there is a small temple on the north side of the bridge. Night on the bridge is even more poetic.

With its historical background and beautiful architecture, this is considered a must-visit place for any Hoi An tour.

4. The Tran Family Chapel

Among the top Hoi An attractions stands the Tran Family Chapel – one of the oldest houses in the ancient town.

It was built in the 19th century by Tran Tu Nhac – a highly-respected mandarin under Nguyen Dynasty before he was sent to China as the King’s envoy. The house was originally used as a worshipping place for his family’s ancestors. It is also a reminder about the tradition of his family to the next generations. 

Altar at Tran Family Chapel

Altar at Tran Family Chapel, Hoi An (Source: Internet)

As a typical example of Eastern architecture, the house has a main gate, a big garden surrounded by high walls. There are different parts which serve different purposes in the house: one for worshipping, one for housing the family leader and his guests, and one drawing room.

Members of Tran Family still gather in the house every year to worship their ancestors. It is also a chance to educate the future generations about the traditions of their family.

For those wanting to experience the historical atmosphere of Hoi An, the Tran Family Chapel is absolutely a perfect choice.

5. Thu Bon River

It is a river flowing alongside Hoi An Ancient Town. Travelers can take a boat tour along the river to watch the beautiful scenery and visit some craft villages. 

Thu Bon River at dawn

Thu Bon River at dawn (Source: Internet)

Thu Bon River is incredibly beautiful at dawn and by night. It is a lot of fun to spend your time watching the romantic scenery of the river filled with lanterns by night.

Not only do travelers visit Hoi An to explore the stunning scenery but also to sample Hoi An cuisine, which is renowned for delicious dishes. While traveling around the town, you can drop by some street vendors to try Hoi An specialties such as “Cao Lau”, “Mi Quang”, and “Banh Mi Hoi An”. All these tasty dishes will make your trip even more wonderful.

With its tranquil scenery and historical value, Hoi An Ancient Town would be a great choice for anyone who has strong desires to explore the culture and nature of Eastern nations in general and Vietnam in particular. 

Hoian’s top famous sites

Cu-Lao-Cham-helloVietnam1511773244

The seemingly tiny land – Hoian has never failed to amaze us with its fascinating and special hot spots. In this article, we will learn two more plots attracting thousands of tourists all over the world already.

Still, wonder where to go during your Hoian day tours? The following lines from hoianreviews will give you the spot-on answer!

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An ancient town (Source: Internet)

Chua Cau

Chua Cau

Chua Cau (Pagoda Bridge) (Source: Internet)

The relic is Chua Cau (Pagoda Bridge) – an icon of Hoian, it even made its way to one side of the 20 thousand VNĐ bill.

Chua Cau – as the name suggests – is a pagoda located on a bridge across a small creek in the ancient town of Hoian. Built in the early 17th century by Japanese merchants, this is the only building that has originated from the land of rising sun. Japanese bridge is another name for the bridge. It has been known as one of the must-see destinations in Vietnam from the time unknown.

But why did the Japanese build it here? Legend has it that this temple was associated with the monster legend Namazu – a mythical monster in Japan. This beast’s head is located in India but its body is in Vietnam, the giant tail is in …Japan. It is believed that whenever the fanciful animal makes a move, catastrophes like floods or earthquakes … will happen.

From a distance, the bridge crossing Hoai River (a branch of well-known Thu Bon River) has a smooth bend. There are two wooden animal statues guarding at both ends (dogs at one side and monkey simulacra at the opposite.) There have been so many hypotheses about these choices. Maybe they are Japanese sacred animals? Or it took 3 years to build this bridge (Monkey, Rooster, and Dog zodiac years). It has been a controversial topic among historical researchers.

In 1719, Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu visited Hoi An and saw the special shaped Bridge and named it “Lai Vien” which means “visitants”. Today, we can still see three kanji: “Lai Vien Kieu” embossed on a large signboard in front of the pagoda.

Cu Lao Cham

Cu Lao Cham

Cu Lao Cham (Source: Internet)

Right at the moment when you step down on Cu Lao Port in Bai Lang, you will immerse in absolutely fresh space of the turquoise sea, blue sky, and greenish lush mountains. At the end of July (according to Vietnam’s lunar calendar), under the scorching heat, you will have an opportunity to admire the bright red flowers of Chinese parasol trees.  These beautiful yet miraculous florets are so enticing and have become an indispensable emblem of this isle. This environment-friendly island becomes an ideal spot for sightseeing in Vietnam.

Cu Lao Cham is a diverse ecological zone combined of mountains, forests, and sea with myriad flora and fauna and dubbed the “the Green Paradise” with no existence of plastic rubbish as well as giant landfills. You will have a whale of the time in the Hoi an day tour wading in the clear water or building sand castles with your beloved on Bai Lang, Bai Lay …

Cu Lao Cham also earns its stripes for the diversity of colorful coral reefs with spectacular schools of fish guarding the clean aqua. Your summer vacation would be more awesome with water sports or activities such as bathing, watching coral reefs and hundreds of fish species of the tropical area. In addition, you can also participate in other games such as windsurfing, parasailing, etc. Each activity will certainly give you the impression which will make you grin from ear-to-ear thinking of it years to come. 

The beauty of Cu Lao Cham culture

Cu Lao Cham beach

Cu Lao Cham beach (Source: Internet)

In terms of culture, local folks have been living here over 3,000 years ago, making cultural diversity in the presence of cultural elements in mountainous areas, coastal areas, and rivers. It is a mingling of native cultures and Chinese, Japanese and Western distinctive points. Words fail to express all the special and scintillating features of this land. Come and see guys! Coming to Cu Lao Cham, you can participate in amazing festivals such as Festival of Fishing (3rd – 4th April Lunar New Year) or Nest Ceremony (9th -10th March Lunar Calendar).

Cu Lao Cham is not only beautiful from its natural beauty and cultural values that have been passed down from generation to generation on the island, Cu Lao Cham is pretty thanks to the kindness, friendliness, and benevolence of locals here. Residents’ optimism and generosity are expressed in the way you think as well as how they treat out-of-towners on a daily basis. The charming winsomeness of dwellers here will please you during your Hoian tour for sure!

Hoi An – the wonderful city

a-bus-in-hoi-an-helloVietnam1517381545

Hoi An is famous for its very own unique character. Taking Hoi An is a good recommendation from Vietnam local tour operators. For visitors who visit this city for the first time, hoianreviews suggests you some Vietnam local guides and best tips when traveling in Hoi An.

When should we travel Hoi An?

The climate in Hoi An is divided into two distinct rainy and dry seasons. Each season has its own characteristics. However, according to the experience of Hoi An tourism self-sufficiency that we synthesize, you should go to Hoi An at the following time:

The14th day of the lunar month – the best time to travel Hoi An:

The best time to travel Hoi An

The best time to travel Hoi An

It will be extremely astonishing, very majestic if you approach Hoi An at this time. By the day of this full moon, all the families in the ancient town of Hoi An will turn off the lights and light lanterns. Therefore, you will be admired a most mysterious beautiful scene. Not only that, the festival, the extraordinary performances will not make you regret coming to Hoi An around this time.

The appropriate time to travel to Hoi An

  • February to April:

Around this time, the weather in Hoi An is especially cool and pleasant. It is suitable for those who want to come here to relax.

  • May to July:

May to July is near the end of the dry season in Hoi An. The weather is transcendent for you to go to Cu Lao Cham. This period of time is also the ideal time to travel to Hoi An. You can participate many excursion activities at this time.

  • October to December:

If you want to experience a boat rowing in An Hoi ancient town, come here at this time. Because this is the beginning of the rainy season in Hoi An, the old town is submerged in water. People have to travel by boat. However, your travel plans will be blocked by the rain. Therefore, before traveling Hoi An in the rainy season. you should think proper.

Transportation to travel to Hoian:

A bus in Hoi An

A bus in Hoi An

You can travel to Hoi An by plane and car. However, Hoi An has no airport or train station. Therefore, tourists have to arrive at Da Nang airport. The tourists can travel to Da Nang by plane, train, car or motorcycle. If traveling by plane to Da Nang International Airport, you can take a taxi to Hoi An. Da Nang is about 30km away from Hoi An so it takes about 20 – 30 minutes to go there.

If traveling by train to Danang Railway Station, visitors can take the bus to Hoi An, about 20 minutes with a trip. If traveling by car, visitors can stop at some bus stations in Hoi An city or directly to the attractions.

After arriving in Hoi An, travelers can choose which transportation to travel in the inner city depending on their preferences and needs. If you want to visit the Old Quarter you can walk or rent a bicycle. Travelers who like to experience something new can rent cyclo tour around Hoi An.

With tourist spots away from the city, visitors should rent a motorbike or car to get around. If you have a chance, try to take a boat trip on the Hoai River in the evening, buy some lantern and float it on the water.

The prominent tourist spots in Hoi An

Where should you go when traveling to Hoi An? You have a wide variety of places to choose from, both in and out of Hoi An. Vietnam local tour operator also suggests you some famous places in Hoi An that you should not miss.

Hoi An famous for its own unique beauty

Let's start the trip to Hoi An with interesting destinations in the city. If you think Hoi An ancient town is the only place to visit in Hoi An, you should think again. Because the city center also has dozens of points to visit. Typical examples include:

  • Fujian Temple (Kim An Pagoda)
  • Bridge Pagoda (Japanese Bridge, Lai Vien Kieu): Hoi An ancient town center.
  • Museum clusters: Museum of folklore, Museum of Hoi An cultural history, Hoi An trade museum, Sa Huynh culture museum.
  • Ancient house clusters: Quan Thang ancient house, Tan Ky ancient house, Phung Hung ancient house.
  • Traditional arts and crafts showroom, the legendary wall at Hoang Van Thu street, the ancient wells in Hoi An

Attractions around Hoi An:

  • Cu Lao Cham island
  • An Bang beach
  • Cua Dai beach
  • Vietnam trade villages cluster: Kim Bong Carpentry Village, Thanh Ha Pottery Village, Tra Que Herb Village, etc.

Where should we go in Autumn?

Hoi-An-in-the-autumn-helloVietnam1518065066

Autumn (August to October) is a romantic moment and also the ideal season to have a long journey to admire the yellow sceneries. Autumn brings the deep memories and the moment of season change that is really suitable for sightseeing the scene of Central Vietnam.

Do not miss must-see destinations below:

Hoi An ancient town

Perhaps with ancient space and the characteristic yellow color of the old town, we can feel the autumn in Hoi An most obviously. The change of heaven brings with it the breath of the season overflowing on Hoi An town so that the ancient scene becomes more tranquil.

Hoi An in the autumn

Hoi An in the autumn

The yellow color of hundreds of years-houses combines the characteristic yellow of trees to create a unique charm for Hoi An autumn. The early morning rays of autumn will warm the air. The sun in the autumn is not as sultry as in the summer but become very sweet and seductive.

Hoi An is not only sunny but also has long lasting rains in the autumn. The image of roof houses drowned has become so familiar. However, flood tourism is also an interesting experience.

Strolling by boat

Strolling by boat

You can rent a boat strolling around in the old town, take pictures, discover the life of Hoi An people in the flood season, take a panoramic view of Hoi An ancient roof when flood surge, visit the streets of Hoi An by boat … or visit the coffee shop on the second floor of some ancient house

Hoi An autumn is sunny, rainy even stormy. Therefore the people here maybe are not so gentle but very honest and plain.

Hue city

Autumn time from September to the end of November, is considered the ideal time to travel Hue. At this time, the weather is not too hot and not cold (25- 28ºC) that convenient for visiting Hue.

Hue in Autumn

Hue in Autumn

Hue city is one of the prominent stops in the way of the Central Vietnam Heritage with the system of palaces, mausoleums, and ancient pagodas. Hue is the land recording the golden mark of the Nguyen Dynasty.

The relics of Hue ancient capital have a great cultural value for the nation. Many places are recognized by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage. In addition, Hue is beautiful beside to poetic Huong River and Ngu mountains.

Hue cuisine

Hue cuisine

Hue's delicious dishes with the exquisite presentation is also a factor attracting tourists in the Central Vietnam tour.

Da Lat city

Da Lat tourism city in each season has a unique beauty, but it seems that only when the autumn comes, has this land become more attractive and romantic than ever. Throughout the hills, the mountains are always covered with a soft silk of flowers and leaves. This is the best time for visitors to visit Da Lat.

The yellow trees in Da Lat

The yellow trees in Da Lat

Travel to Da Lat at this time, you will admire the brilliant colors of wild sunflowers all streets. Along with the hills is the pink of cherry blossoms or the yellow of mimosa flower. Nowadays, travelers to Da Lat not only watch the scenery but also enjoy the fresh air and feel the cold air that's characteristic of Dalat in the late autumn.

Love valley in the autumn

Love valley in the autumn

In addition, you should visit the other attractive destinations such as Love Valley, Bao Dai Palace, Truc Lam Zen Monastery … and do not forget to enjoy Dalat specialties and come to night markets to buy gifts for your relatives and friends.

Rice field in Da Lat

Rice field in Da Lat

Perhaps few people know that in Da Lat there is also a golden season by the rice fields where the villagers come to the field eagerly in the harvest, the laughter loudly everywhere.

Nha Trang city

Nha Trang beach – The pearl of the East Sea is always an ideal tourist destination with visitors all times of the year, not just autumn. 

Tam island in Nha Trang

Tam island in Nha Trang

Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the landscapes in the city center, discover and learn the unique features of the architectural monuments Long Son Pagoda, Po Nagar Cham Towers, Bao Dai's palace as well as bathing in beautiful beaches, admire the natural landscapes in Tam Island, Tre Island, Monkey Island. Certainly, tourists will be attracted by this beautiful seaside town in the autumn. 

Phu Quoc island in nice sunshine season

From late September, early October to the end of March next year is the tourist season in Phu Quoc. This is the most beautiful time here because it is not rainy season, Phu Quoc began to welcome the beautiful sunshine.In October, the sky is clear, the sun "strands" the yellow silks on the soft sand background. Phu Quoc in October is also gentle…

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc has famous tourist attractions, if you don't visit them during the Autumn trip, it is a shameful lack of you. Phu Quoc has pristine beaches and most beautiful in the world. One of those beaches is Sao beach.

In addition, do not forget the exciting activities such as scuba diving to see colorful coral, fishing squid at night, and enjoy fresh seafood.

Diving to admire colorful coral

Diving to admire colorful coral

There is a beautiful place in Phu Quoc, Ham Ninh fishing village. Ham Ninh fishing village in October impress visitors with beautiful scenery thanks to a bright morning full of vitality or the romantic sunset as the pictures and people here are also extremely homely.

Autumn picture in Ham Ninh fishing village

Autumn picture in Ham Ninh fishing village

Forest of Phu Quoc in October is also as beautiful as the sea. Going to Phu Quoc forest, you will discover the unique forest ecology, conquer beautiful streams, and Tranh stream is one of the most beautiful streams in Phu Quoc.This stream falls smoothly and calmly. There are some sections flowing through the rapids create the wonderful white waterfall.

Since autumn is the peak tourist season in Phu Quoc, it is advisable to book your hotel room in advance so that the trip is more perfect.