SIGHTS
HOI AN, VIETNAM

Area Code 0510, $1=16,415D, July 15. 2007

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Many Thanks to Tom McClive
for up-dating and re-writing this section for us.
The standard way of seeing Hoi An's sights involves buying a 4-sight tour ticket 50,000D.
This ticket allows you to enter four places, picking one place from each of the four groups:
A: 1 from 3 museums
B: 1 from 3 assembly halls
C: 1 from 4 traditional houses
D: The Japanese Bridge or Quan Cong's temple
Even if you don't want to see one sight from each of the groups, it is basically compulsory to buy the ticket. The Japanese Bridge in group D is a public road and no ticket is necessary, but it's on the list anyway. It is possible to see a traditional house without the ticket by paying about 10,000D to the house owner, though some will charge more.
You have to buy the ticket to enter a sight from Group A & B. To enter more than one place from each group, show the used ticket and pay an extra 10,000D

Group A: Museums
S7 Hoi An Historical & Cultural Museum: #7 Nguyen Hue St, 7-18:00, Adjoining the Quan Cong Pagoda on, just north of the market. Panels and artifacts explain the history of Hoi An. English captions. You may be able to enter from Quan Cong Pagoda without loosing the ticket.
S80 Museum of Trade Ceramics: #80 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. 7-17:00, The house of Diep Dong Nguyen. Built by a Chinese medicine merchant in 19C. It holds a large collection of antiques. There is a ceramics display and an Emperor's chair. This house is very interesting. Rec
S149 Museum of Sa Huynh Culture: #149 Tran Phu, displays articles from the time before the kingdom of Champa. Small collection

Group B: Assembly Halls
10,000D extra if you've already used your ticket.
S46 Phuc Kien Assembly hall (Fukien Chinese): #46 Tran Phu opp from 35 Tran Phu Street. A hall for meetings and for worshiping Thien Hau, goddess of the sea and protector of fishermen. Huge mural of her near the main hall. Replica of a Chinese boat. Many rooms and statues. If you have used the group B ticket, you may pay 10,000D
S157 Trieu Chau Assembly hall: #157 Nguyen Duy Hieu
S176 Cantonese Assembly hall: 176 Tran Phu Street. A many-columned hall with some interesting carvings.

Group C: Traditional Houses
Entry charge without ticket 10,000D
S77 Old House of Quanthang: #77 Tran Phu Street. (Chang-Fu House) 300 year-old Chinese traditional house. The entrance is very long & narrow. Explore the courtyard. Beautiful carvings done in the wooden walls. Outside there is some very fine decoration, some in Japanese style.
S21 Tran Family Chapter: #21 Le Loi 200 years old house with mixed styles of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese.
S4 Old House of Phung Hung: #4 Nguyen Thi Mink Khai Street. Friendly manager will guide you. Built in 1780's, mixed styles of Chinese & Japanese. Held up by 80 columns. Good example of the Hoi An-style Yin and Yang roof tiles. Traditional Dance & music(excelent) is performed M-Sa 10:15 & 15:15. Rec
S101 Old House of Tan Ky: #101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street (just across the Japanese bridge). 200 year old house built from jack fruit trees. Chinese and Japanese-influenced. Built around an open courtyard; check out the Chinese poetry written on the columns. Very well-preserved.

Group D: Others
S* Cau Nhat Ban (Japanese Covered Bridge) and small temple on the bridge Cau Lai Vien: Free
One of the symbols of Hoi An, built over a small side stream. Formerly, the stream divided the town between the Japanese and Chinese communities. The Japanese first built a bridge here in 1593, and it still retains their style of ornamentation.  Nice, but not much to see. A small temple, Cau Lai Vien is built into its north side.
S24 Quan Cong Mieu: #24 Tran Phu. Chinese style temple built in 1653. It used to be the center of religion of Hoi An. The museum S7 is adjacent. You may be able to visit this house without loosing a ticket.

Other Sights
S Chuc Thanh Temple: Nguyen Truong To St., 1km N from town, The oldest temple in Hoi An, built in 1454.
S Kim Bong Traditional Carpentry: 108 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. Opposite from Tan Ky's house. Workshop of traditional carpentry.


Music/Dance
S Perfume House: #75 Nguyen Thai Doc Daily performance for traditional dance and music. M-Sa 21:00, 40,000D Rec

Boat Trip
 
Along the river Thu Bon, stopping at guild villages, villages of wood-carving, ceramics etc., along the way. The craftsmen work purely for the tourists. Make lots of inquiries, as there are many different boats.Bargain hard. $4-5 for part of the day, or just ride up and down for an hour for $1-2. It's also possible to go out to Cham Island, 20km off the coast, to hang out in the fishing villages.  The ferry leaves sometime in the morning (between 7:00 and 8:00), and comes back in the afternoon.



Sights around HOI AN
 
My Son: The biggest Cham ruins in Vietnam, My Son is an old religious and intellectual site located in a valley surrounded by mountains. Developed in the late 4th century and in use until the 13th, during the Champa Kingdom which prospered in mid and south Vietnam from 2-15th centuries.  My Son was bombed and mined by the Americans during the war. About 20 of the original 68 structures remain. Don't wander off the beaten path here; there are still land mines. Do some reading on this site or you'll have no idea what you are looking at.
Entry fee:
50,000D (including transport by jeep from the entrance). There is a fair amount of walking.
Several shops in and near the complex sell drinks.
Transport
From Hoi An (about 40km):
Many tours are available from travel agents.
By bus
$2-3, By bus & boat with lunch $4-5
Round trip by motorbike taxi: $7-10, by minibus: $6
Doing the trip on your own is not recommended. The confusing road is one of the worst in the country, there's little security for your motorbike, and anyway, the minibus cost can't be beat.
From Da Nang (about 70km):
Round trip by motorbike taxi:
$10-12,by charter car: $20-30
The most popular way to go is to join the day tour from travel agents such as Sinh Cafe $3(the entrance fee not including) 8:00-14:00
Cua Dai Beach: 5km east of Hoi An. Ride a bike there. Catch the morning sunrise, when all the fisherman come back in, or cool off before dinner as many locals do. Eager-beaver children will want to sell you things.
Chien Dan tower: 55km W from Hoian. Champa Hindu temple dated 11C.
Suoi Tien Springs: World Heritage site. 4 th C Champa religious center. Many tourist buses from Hanoi with $2

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