Hoi An is becoming a major tourist destination in Vietnam.
In fact it is one of the few destinations in Vietnam, perhaps the only, where there is a tourism “resident” that is a sight to people who choose to go here more days, in some cases many days, up to a few weeks, to try enjoy the unusual charm of this location that combines a significant historical past to a pleasant climate and the presence of the sea.
Hoi An offers the opportunity to enrich their stay with the Vietnamese cooking classes and language classes.
In the low sorrounding area develop tens of kilometers of roads and paths possible destinations for pleasant bike rides, among the rice paddies, admiring the passing of the seasons marked by two annual harvests of rice, visiting temples and pagodas.
Near Hoi An arise some villages each one with its “unique” characteristic:
– Tra Que, where the community grows most of the vegetables eaten in Hoi An and in the hundreds of local hotels and restaurants.
– Thanh Ha, where, in the sixteenth century, it developed the craft of ceramics, which is still the main economic village activity.
– Kim Bong, village of wood artisans, including sculptors, rising on Cam Kim riover island, reached by a boat that carries bikes and scooters.
– Can Tham, rural town which is situated on an island in the river that runs through Hoi An, Thu Bon river, and which is rich in suggestive views on the ubiquitous rice fields and intricate inland waterways, passable with traditional boats circular.
– The Van Duc Pagoda, founded in the seventeenth century, one of the most venerated pagodas among the many that arise in Hoi An, located in a rural area on the banks of river Co Co, which in the ancient times was part of the waterways which linked Hoi An to Da Nang.
Not far are interesting locations:
– My Son, the main archaeological site in Vietnam, dating from the period when the hinduist Champa empire dominated the region (from the fourth to the fourteenth century A.D.).
My Son was the most important religious and ceremonial center of the region
– The Marble Mountains, or Mountains of the Five Elements, 5 marble and sandstone hills that rise on the plain between Hoi An and Da Nang. They are rich in caves and there are temples and pagodas to visit.
– Bho Hoong, near a village of the Co Tu minority (one of more than 50 minorities recognized by the Vietnamese government, the majority of which are located in the north of the country).
Possibility of motorcycle, jeep or minivan tours, spending 1 or more nights in comfortable bungalows and trekking in the area, along the “Ho Chi Minh trail” and in the forest surrounding the village.
– Hue and the DMZ, multi-day tours in the ancient capital of the Annamite Empire and the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) located on the border established by the armistice, and that divided North and South Vietnam at the height of the seventeenth parallel.
– My Lai, massacre site of the same name, one of the most tragic and, probably, the most shameful episode of the Vietnam War.
– The Cham Islands, off the coast of Hoi An where boat trips are possible, to relax on uncrowded beaches, to scuba dive and to snorkel using the services of several diving centers.
– Da Nang, the third largest city in size and population of Vietnam is home to interesting attractions:
The museum dedicated to the Hindu Cham civilization that ruled in Central and South Vietnam between the seventh and fifteenth centuries, dealing with the Khmer Empire in the current Cambodia and the Dai Viet Cô who ruled North Vietnam.
The museum houses sculptures in bronze and stone findings in My Son and in other locations in the region.
In Da Nang it is also China Beach, the beach so renamed by American GI, being Da Nang the main US base during the war, used to spend their free time practicing surf.
It is also the Asia Park, theme park very popular with the Vietnamese families.
From town jutting into the sea, rocky and covered with a dense forest, the Son Peninsula among the better known under the name of the Monkey Mountain for a rare red Langur colony that live in the forest.
The coastal road offers beautiful views, the beaches are small and uncrowded, there are restaurants by the sea that cook fish and offer the opportunity to bathe.
There is an important temple where it is venerated a statue, called by the locals “Lady Buddha” but dedicated to Avalokiteśvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.
The white marble statue is colossal: more than 60 meters high.
– Ba Na Hills, about 50 km from Da Nang, in a landscape of mountains which form part of the Truong Son Mountains, lies the town, founded by the French in 1911 as a place for their holidays, characterized by a cooler climate than the coast .
Just like Da Lat in the South.
From 2013 Ba Na is connected by a cable car and is home to a theme park, but it’s still a pleasant town for walking in an unusual environment in Vietnam.
Between Hoi An and Da Nang arise, for fans, two of the best golf courses in Da Nang: Montgomerie Links (www.montgomerielinks.com/) and Da Nang Golf Club (www.dananggolfclub.com/)
To grasp (all) these possibilities of excursions you can organize independently or to entrust to the many operators who have developed different programs:
Vespa tours (one of the “status symbol” in Vietnam), motorcycle tours in Central Vietnam, Cycling, gastronomic tours to discover culinary specialties that are unfortunately disappearing, boat trips along the Thu Bon River.
In addition to the fun activities Hoi An offers a calendar of cultural activities.
Every month, to coincide with the full moon, we celebrate the Full Moon Night with Legendary in the old city illuminations.
In addition, each month are organized various activities and theme parties.
More information can be found in a publication distributed free in Hoi An Local: “Live Hoi An – Free Local Maps” consulted online url www.livehoian.com/
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