Hoian – more than just an ancient town

Hoian is a reputable destination on the central coast of Vietnam that welcomes numerous flocks of travelers from all over the world. Talking about this place, almost every person knows it is an ancient town with the history dating back to several centuries ago.

However, there are still many other interesting things that they do not acknowledge. Take a look at the following hotspots that travelers should not miss when taking Hoian group tours.

1. Mangrove palm forest

Nestled just about 3 kilometers from the ancient town, the mangrove palm forest in Cam Thanh Commune is an exceptionally fascinating attraction in Hoian. The palm forest is located at the convergence of Thu Bon and Truong Giang Rivers, making up a wonderful scenery that would steal visitors’ hearts at the very first sight.

Small canal in the forest

Small canal in the forest

The mangrove palm forest in Hoian cannot be a better option for Vietnam off the beaten track tours. Travelers can rent bikes to ride along the shaded paths through the forest to enjoy the fresh atmosphere as well as to see the beautiful handicraft items made from the palm leaves that are picked by the locals. It is also interesting to bring fishing rods and go fishing in a tranquil and peaceful place while watching the glamour sunset on the river.

Basket boat dancing

Basket boat dancing

Another must-try activity that Hoian group tours should not ignore is trying the basket boat dancing. Basket boat is a unique kind of boat of the locals. You will go aboard the small rounded boat and glide along the canals to see the picturesque scenery of the palm forests. Especially, the basket boat dancing is exceptionally fascinating to try.

2. Thanh Ha Pottery Village

With the history dating back to the 16th century, Thanh ha Pottery Village, which is about 3 kilometer to the west of Hoian, is one of the most famous pottery villages in Vietnam. It acclaims reputation for high-qualified pottery products that have been sold all along the Central Coast in particular and Vietnam in general. Nowadays, the products made from the skillful hands of the local craftsmen are also exported to different markets in the world. The products vary in types and sizes, from small cups to large vases and jars. The bricks and tiles are the most outstanding items of Thanh Ha Pottery trademark.

Thanh Ha is a famous traditional pottery village

Thanh Ha is a famous traditional pottery village

Visiting Thanh Ha Pottery Village, travelers will get a closer look to the traditional occupation of the locals. It is great to make pottery souvenirs by yourself to bring home.

3. Thu Bon River

It would be a big regret if you take Hoian group tours but ignore the poetic Thu Bon River, which flows through this little town. While the part flowing through the old quarter has been long well-known for its majestic beauty with the colorful lanterns at night, the other parts are also magnificent, yet not many people acknowledge about.

Sunset on Thu Bon River

Sunset on Thu Bon River

A trip along the riverside of Thu Bon River will enable travelers to get rid of the stress and fatigue of the daily life and ease their minds with the tranquilly beautiful scenery of the less-traveled destinations in Hoian. It would be amazing to ride through the small paths around the hamlets, across the green rice fields to get a deeper approach to the life in the countryside. You can also sample the simple yet tasty delicacies of this land. Taking on a boat gliding along the river to watch the glorious sunset is also worth giving a try.

4. An Bang Beach

An Bang Beach

An Bang Beach

Traveling to Hoian, people tend to choose Cua Dai as their beach destination but forget another stunning one – An Bang Beach. Voted as one of 25 best beaches in Asia, An Bang Beach holds a strong appeal that travelers cannot stand themselves from falling in love. The Colgate-white beach with stretching sandbank and aqua-green sea water is particularly suitable for strolling and sun-bathing. An Bang Beach is much less crowded than Cua Dai Beach, and there are not that many restaurants or resorts here. The beach hence well remains its tranquility, offering people with a quiet and peaceful place to run away from the bustling life.

Apart from the antiquity of the old quarter, Hoian has many other things to offer. If you are still wondering where to go in Hoian, consider the destinations above. A tour to Hoian will bring you the wonderful moments that would last a lifetime.