THE ANCIENT TOWN
Pagoda at Marble Mountain near China Beach
HOI AN – WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Most tourists arrive by plane at Da Nang Airport and arrange for a taxi ride to their hotel (About $10.00 US – Nov ’08). Others are dropped at their hotel by open tour bus. A few also arrive by train (About $10.00 US – Nov ’08) from the north or the south at the station in Da Nang and take a taxi to their destination. Single travelers may opt for a ride on a motorbike – to save a little money and enjoy the experience.
Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Its history is influenced by Chinese, Japanese as well as native Vietnamese.
Its narrow streets and tile roofed buildings are occupied by small tailor shops and restaurants catering to the tourist trade. Hoi An tailors offer quality tailored clothing at great prices. Explore the ancient Japanese Bridge and learn about making silk fabric – from the silk worm to the loom.
There are cooking and handicraft classes available.
Hoian is a base for visiting My Son, Marble Mountain and China Beach as well as river and beach tours. My Son is the site of the ruins of the 4th Century Champa Kingdom. It is now open at night; the ruins are a great site at night. Tours are available by tour bus round trip or tour bus to the ruins and return by river boat.The river boat may stop at the pottery and woodcrafters’ villages.
A visit to Marble Mountain, 15 kilometers away, includes a strenuous hike up the mountain to Buddhist shrines located in the caves and nice view of China Beach to the east. As you leave, visit the stone carver shops as the base of the mountain. Here you can purchase the smallest of marble souvenirs to fit in your purse or a set of two-ton lions to guard your front door at home.
Motorbikes, bicycles, cyclos and small tour boats are available to explore Hoi An and its nearby surroundings. If you would like a leisurely river boat ride by sure to ask for my good friend, “Captain Dan” at 68 Bach Dang Street on the river front. CAPTAIN DAN’S TOUR BOAT. He once took several companions and me up river to an isolated village where the local natives had never seen white people. Two of my fellow travelers were blonds – they caused quite a stir.
Be sure you don’t miss Hoi An. Leave a little extra space in your bag for a bit of custom tailored clothing or maybe duffel bag for a whole new wardrobe. I’ve seen people wrestling huge suitcases as they leave town or headed for the post office to ship their ‘goodies’ home.
There are other souvenirs aside from clothes – silk lanterns and scarves, wood carvings and furniture, or the memory of outstanding local cuisine.
A local Hoi An Map will get you around town. SAVE THIS ONE & PRINT IT OUT
HERE’S ANOTHER HOI AN MAP.
THANKS TO GOOGLE MAPS.
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