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    Ancient Town of Hoi An is one of the top things to do in Vietnam. Hoi an old town attractions include several walks around the town, Japanese bridge and old houses.

    History | Hoi an Ancient Town

    For long Vietnam had been under the influence of other nations, either by force or by mutual interest (e.g. trade). French occupation of Vietnam and American invasion are well known, but do you Vietnam also had been influenced by China and India? Ancient Town of Hoi An is clearly an example of a town under heavy Chinese influence.

    Traces of Hinduism, which came to Vietnam through India, can also be witnessed scattered through places in and around Hoi An Ancient Town. This is due to the fact that in ancient times, Hoi An used to be a popular port city, with a thriving trade with many other neighboring nations.

    This Hoi an Ancient Town Guide include several suggestions on the places you should see. I will say whether you are backpacking in Vietnam or traveling with a friend, Hoi An is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Vietnam. 

    Entrance Fee | Hoi an Ancient Town

    First things first, there is no entrance fee to visit the Ancient Town but if you intend to see one of those old buildings from inside, you need to purchase a ticket. The Hoi An town ticket includes five vouchers that you can use to get into five attractions in Hoi An.

    Do note that there are at least a dozen attractions in Hoi An where the ticket is valid but you can get entry only to the five places. So, you need to make a choice where to go in Hoi An Ancient Town. But wait, that’s not it, you also have to choose among the options of museums, temples and like.

    The entrance ticket is sold at the Hoi An Ancient Town entry points and costs 120,000 Dongs. Officially, the entrance ticket to Hoi An is valid only for 24 hours, but it is still accepted if you use it over the course of few days.

    Places to visit | Hoi An Ancient Town

    Wondering what to see in hoi an ancient town? Here’s a brief list of things to see in Hoi an ancient town: Museums, Old houses, assembly halls, the handicraft workshop (and the traditional music show) or the traditional theater, and either the Japanese Covered Bridge or the Quan Cong Temple.

    Some of the top places to visit in Hoi An Ancient Town include:

    • Old houses: Tan Ky, Phung Hung, Quan Thang
    • Assembly halls: Phuc Kien, Cantonese, Zhao Zhao
    • Bridge: Japanese Covered Bridge.
    • Museums: Museum of Trade Ceramics, Sa Huynh Cultural Museum; Museum of Folk Culture; Museum of Hoi An.
    • Traditional arts: Handicraft workshop – includes traditional music performance.
    • Communal houses: Cam Pho, Quan Cong, Minh Huong

    Itinerary | Hoi An Ancient Town

    Depending on your own preference I will suggest to create your own Hoi An Ancient Town itinerary by combining places to see from different category.

    Pick and choose an old house such as Tan Ky House, one assembly halls, visit a museum, check the handicraft shop, pass through the Japanese Bridge (no ticket required), and end your Hoi An Ancient Town trip by watching a music performance.

    Conclusion | Hoi An Ancient Town

    I hope this Hoi An Ancient Town Guide was useful to you to plan you trip. The old town of hoi an has lot to offer to its visitor and some of which I tried to capture in this Travel Blog. If you have suggestions and questions, let me know them in the comments.

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