Rustic, peaceful, and poetic are what most people feel when traveling to Hoi An ancient town. But not only that, but Hoi An also contains a lot of long-standing cultural values – the beauty that makes people live forever…
1. What’s special about Hoi An? – The beauty of an ancient city is intact
Going back in time to the 16th century, Hoi An is one of the busiest international trading ports in the region. Located at the mouth of the Thu Bon River, Hoi An town welcomes hundreds of ships carrying goods from traders from China, Japan, the Netherlands, India, and Spain. Since then, this place has become a gathering place. and the intersection of East and West cultures.
Today, traveling to Hoi An ancient town, you will see that the architecture of Hoi An is still intact with traces of the busy commercial port of the year. The ups and downs of time cover Hoi An with peaceful and ancient beauty. Close to both sides of the Hoai River, the roofs are closely lined with bridges dividing Hoi Street into 3 separate spaces: including trading, living, and worshiping streets.
Strolling along the cobblestone streets by the river, we will encounter the bustling shops of the shopping street. Hoi An houses have a very special mark of their own: from the yellow paint with the hope of bringing fortune and luck to the flowers covered on the curved roof as if frozen before the flow of time.
Each house in Hoi An brings harmony between living space and nature, like the long-term lifestyle of people here. The old houses always have a shady sky with water tanks, rockeries, and ornamental plants that make the living space airy and full of light.
2. Sophisticated idyllic culinary culture – the taste leaves behind the king after a trip to Hoi An ancient town
It is no coincidence that food has become a cultural beauty. Cuisine tells the story of each region. With the ancient town of Hoi An, the cuisine of this land bears the imprint of many different cultures. Traders from all over the world come to Hoi An, bringing the cuisine of many regions to this city.
The culinary quintessence from many regions through the skillful hands of the Hoi An people become local dishes associated with the old town. Once traveling to Hoi An ancient town, you will always remember a simple but rich taste.
No need for haughty restaurants, the taste of a bowl of Quang noodles, or wonton sold in small street vendors makes me remember forever. And if you walk on the old houses in the heart of Hoi An, see any place crowded with people queuing up, and the attractive aroma filling the whole street, that’s where you will find the specialty here.
I once enjoyed with a group of friends a famous Phuong bread full of fillings with a crispy crust that melts in the mouth, to admire that nowhere else can the food be as delicious as our Vietnamese cuisine. Or wait a long time to enjoy a plate of Chicken Rice, which has an attractive fried chicken – crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Hoi An cuisine is like that, simple but delicate, harmonious and balanced, just like the people and lifestyle here.
3. VinWonders South Hoi An – A place to preserve and honor Vietnamese heritage
Hoi An preserves heritage values in its own ways. The previous generations kept the culture and traditions for generations in the old buildings that were kept and preserved intact in the heart of the old town. The next generation transmits these values in modern works at VinWonders Nam Hoi An Park, from cultural traditions to unique shows with many profound values.
In Hoi An, it seems that every street holds heritage values. Walking on the streets close to the banks of the Hoai River, you will encounter ancient temples and assembly halls bearing the imprint of time. The most widely known is probably the Covered Bridge – the iconic temple of Hoi An ancient town tourism that we visited as soon as we arrived here, to see and take souvenir photos.
4. A different Hoi An ancient town tour at Giao Thoa Wharf & Folklore Island
Coming to VinWonders Nam Hoi An, you will experience a different journey to Hoi An ancient town. Right from the entrance, VinWonders Nam Hoi An welcomes you back to the bustling trading port of the 16th and 17th centuries in the space of the Intersection Harbor. It was as if we were returning to the golden age of Hoi An, when ships from all over the world kept coming and going, bringing unique intersections to this ancient town.
Step into Folklore Island – where you can discover the quintessence of art and culture all over Vietnam in just one day.
It seems impossible, but when you come to VinWonders Nam Hoi An, you will visit the houses of ethnic groups along the S-shaped land, listen to stories from artisans in the village, and discover the beautiful villages. intangible culture in all regions of the country. Being able to return to our cultural roots, listening to stories, and watching real-life shows, make us love and proud of our country’s cultural values even more!
5. Lantern – a symbol of longevity in Hoi An ancient town
Referring to Hoi An ancient town travel, I immediately think of the lanterns swaying everywhere on each high eave, among the flower trellis, brilliantly a street of lights at night. Lanterns have long been a symbol here. With the ingenuity and talent of skilled artisans, from bamboo slats that seem to be no different, dozens of shapes are created for each Hoi An lantern.
After creating the frame, the lamp-maker begins to create the silk fabric cover with distinct colors and patterns. It is that ingenuity and persistence that has created the reputation of Hoi An lanterns – becoming a famous product brand in the world in 2013 and being exported to countries around the world.
An interesting experience to try when traveling to Hoi An ancient town is releasing lanterns. From Bach Dang wharf, you go downstream on small boats gently drifting along the romantic Hoai River, watching Hoi Street shimmering in the afternoon and manually releasing fanciful lanterns. According to stories that have been passed down for generations, releasing lanterns is like releasing anxiety and bringing a feeling of peace and happiness.
6. Craft villages with a time value in the old town and recreated at VinWonders Nam Hoi An
Hoi An is also known for its long-standing traditional craft villages, dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Talking to the elders, I heard that Hoi An has 12 craft villages, which are handed down by artisans. The most prominent ones are Kim Bong carpentry village, Thanh Ha pottery village, Phuoc Kieu bronze casting village, etc.
Visit Thanh Ha Pottery Village. Here, artisans will guide you to make your first bowl with the dexterity and flexibility of your hands and tell us the age-old stories of this 15th-century craft village.
Referring to Hoi An, we immediately think of traditional craft villages, but few people know that, in the heart of VinWonders Nam Hoi An, there is also a Folklore Island gathering craft villages across Vietnam.
Here, artisans from the three regions wholeheartedly preserve and spread the age-old know-how of various professions, from making dó paper, raising silkworms, and weaving fabrics to knitting, embroidery, etc. with its long roots in a modern and novel space is definitely an interesting but also rewarding experience.