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Discovering Hoi An in 3 days

3 days itinerary in Hoi An

"The city of my thousand colors​"

Located on the banks of the Thun Bon River, Hoi An is one of the most beautiful and charming cities in Vietnam. Made up of Chinese, Japanese, French, Dutch and Indians who created the ancient city of Hoi An, turning its old town into one of the most influential commercial areas in all of Asia. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is a place anchored in time that has managed to preserve the same appearance it had centuries ago, back when it was an important commercial port

DAY 1

Discovering Hoi An

10:00h - 11:00h

Leave your accommodation in Da Nang to head to Hoi An, which is an hour away by car. Check in at your hotel in Hoi An and take a bike to go around the town.

We stayed at the “Golden Holiday Hotel & Spa” hotel, we paid about €33/night for a deluxe double room with a balcony. The hotel is new, the rooms are large and comfortable and it is a 15′ walk from the center. They offer you free bikes during your stay (also with baby seat).

13:00h - 15:00h

Have lunch at Restaurant Secret Garden and enjoy the best local food.

16:00h - 17:30h

Make your Clothes to measure.

Hoi An is known for its many tailor shops. You can design your own clothes here for great prices or use an existing example. These garments are custom made for you. You can design, for example, a suit, a dress or even a bag or shoes. We recommend the Bebe Taylor store, they have all kinds of quality fabrics and are very professional.

19:30h - 22:30h

Visit the beautiful Night market, where you can find all kinds of local food, as well as souvenirs, clothes etc. Do not forget to try the Vietnamese pizza.

DAY 2

Discovering Hoi An

10:00h - 14:00h

Visit the most important cultural places buying the "Old Town Ticket", a Hoi An tourist voucher. The tourist ticket allows us to visit 5 tourist places from a list in which we find old houses, museums, temples, etc. We recommend to visit the followings:

120.000 Dongs (5€ aprox.)

1. JAPANESE BRIDGE.

The chùa cầu (Japanese bridge) is a covered stone bridge-pagoda in the city of Hội An, in central Vietnam, today a historical monument. It divides two traditional neighborhoods, the Chinese and the Japanese. Its construction lasted from 1593 to 1595. It is 18 meters long and its roof is made of wood. According to legend, the people of Hội An built the bridge to hunt a monster believed to be responsible for several earthquakes in the region. They believed that the stone pillars of the bridge were going to pierce the heart of the monster.

2. QUANG TRIEU CANTONESE ASSEMBLY.

A few meters from the Japanese Covered Bridge, on Tran Phu Street, is the Quang Trieu Cantonese Assembly. The Chau Tribe Assembly Hall was built in 1845. General Ba Phuc, who was said to be able to catch the calm and quiet air, was worshiped there. The Hall possesses special value in the architecture of skillfully carved wood and decorated wooden frame and many works made of glazed terracotta.

3. FUJIAN ASSEMBLY

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall is said to have once been a small temple dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau (a goddess who protects merchants who sail the sea). Due to the restorations and the support of the people of Phuc Kien, the Assembly Hall became a spacious and resplendent hall that has Hoi An architecture participation in the embellishment. The arrangement of the cult statues in the hall signifies "human happiness" and deeply expresses oriental philosophy.

4. VAN DUC PAGODA.

The Van Duc Pagoda is one of the largest to see in Hoi An. What attracts the most about this pagoda is the main palace, which is divided into five different parts: three prayer spaces and two corridors. In addition, it is a place where you can see Buddhist monks.

5. CHUC THANH PAGODA

At the end of the 17th century, the priest Minh Hai founded Chuc Thanh Pagoda, in his time it was known as the site where Thien Chuc Thanh capitulated from the Thien Lam Te religion and the place where he lived. The pagoda was built in a combination of Chinese and Vietnamese architectural styles. Pilgrims come to Chuc Thanh Pagoda to worship Tam Phat, Di Lac, and La Han. In the pagoda, there is a statue of Quan Am “Bo Tat”, goddess of mercy, and it contains the tombs of Minh priests. Hai, from Thiet Tho, from Bich An, and from Thien Qua.

14:00h - 15:30h

Have lunch at Restaurant Café Tuan and enjoy the best local food. Do not forget to try their Cau Lau, white Rosey & Won Ton.

16:00h - 17:00h

Walk through its old town and take the opportunity to do some shopping, Hoi An is a place with a lot of local crafts, you will find many special things to take home a memory of this beautiful town. You can also buy clothing sets for the whole family with super fun prints, we chose this one!

17:00h - 18:00h

Stop at a very special tea house called “Reaching Out Tea House”

20:30h - 22:00h

Dinner at the Vietnamese Firefly restaurant .

DAY 3

Discovering Hoi An

09:30h - 14:00h

Excursion to know the sanctuary of My son, a set of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples, built between the 4th and 14th century by the Champa kings (Chiêm Thành in Vietnamese).

150.000 Dongs (6€ aprox.)

Book your private transfer at the best price with "Vina travel" at + 84 90 529 68 69 (Whatsapp)

* 1h duration from Hoi An, 9 seat private van (42 USD).

14:30h - 16:00h.

Lunch at Nhan’s kitchen local food. The know about gluten free!

16:00h - 20:00h

Relaxing afternoon and swimming pool at the hotel or bike ride through the center. Our hotel Golden Holiday Hotel & Spa, offers free bicycles in its establishment (including baby chair).

20:00h - 21:30h

Dinner at Com Linh ( the know gluten). We recommend you to try the duck!

21:30h - 23:00h

Enjoy drinks on Market Bar.  This cozy terrace has beautiful views to the local market square.

VISA

If we are going to make a trip to Vietnam, the first thing we should take into account is that if our stay is going to be longer than 15 days, we will need a visa to enter Vietnam, and among the types of visas that can be processed, the e Visa Vietnam is the fastest and easiest way to obtain it.

The electronic Visa for Vietnam, or eVisa, is a type of visa aimed at those people who are going to be visiting the country for up to 30 days, and plan to enter the country through the entry points that are enabled for it.

The visa is valid only for a single entry into the country. So if we leave the country before 30 days, we will have to process a new visa.

You can check the updated list of countries that can process the visa online from here.

To obtain any of the visas or visa exemptions for Vietnam it is mandatory to comply with the following General Regulations:

 

  1. Passport with 6 Months of Validity.
  2. Passport with 2 Blank Pages (without stamps or visa from other countries on at least two pages),
  3. Vietnam Exit Ticket, sometimes the authorities check that you have a Vietnam exit ticket with date prior to the expiration of the visa or visa waiver.
  • If you are Spanish, you have the right to a Simple Entry to Vietnam for a period of time not exceeding 15 consecutive days without the need for a visa.

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