When you visit Vietnam, Hoian is a great place to kick back and relax. Take a walk through the village, stop and shop; and enjoy a great meal at one of the many fine restaurants on the narrow streets. Hoian is considered the best preserved ancient town in Vietnam with unique architecture of combined Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese styles. It was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Center in 1999. The citizens of Hoian take pride in preserving their traditional heritage and culture.
Visit Hoian’s village market, located on the bank of the Thu Bon River and one of the most picturesque places in the Vietnam. Hoian is full of stores trading in artwork – from realistic family portraits to handmade wood furniture. Adjacent to the art shops are places selling hand carved statues, ceramic plates, and antiques. Hoian has a distinct atmosphere with low, tile-roofed houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets still remains almost intact. Many of the houses are made of rare wood, embellished with lacquered panels engraved with Chinese characters.
Hoian is also celebrated for its many restaurants offering both local and Vietnamese specialties. Hoian is famous throughout Vietnam and the world – for its unique cuisine. Many visitors come to Hoian to experience its world famous cuisine. Give serious consideration to taking a cooking class at one of the several restaurants offering these classes. The quality is great and the prices unmatched.
The hotels in the village are a unique experience of traditional architecture and, for the most part, are family owned and offer excellent value and service. The more expensive hotels on nearby beaches cater to the more affluent traveler, but don’t really give you the flavor of traditional Vietnam.
The Ancient Town of Hoian offers great food, bargain shopping and welcoming family run hotels. Don’t miss any of them.