Unpredictably interesting experiences when visiting Hoi An

21-Nov-2019

Exploring the canals of Bay Mau coconut forest boat, living the life of a farmer at Tra Que village, visiting the Kim Bong carpentry village, sipping some coffee in the early morning, etc. all are within the interesting experiences that you will not expect to gain while visiting Hoi An.

Trying pottery at Thanh Ha pottery village

Thanh Ha pottery village is situated next to Thu Bon river in Thanh Ha commune, Hoi An, and is 2 km far to the West of Hoi An ancient quarter.

During the 16th and 17th century, Thanh Ha is a prosperous village which is well known for pottery products being exchanged and sold in many places of the central area of Vietnam. Pottery here has originated in Thanh Hoa; after villagers gained some skills and technique, Thanh Ha has become a pottery village like today.

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Thanh Ha main products are households such as cups, bowls, jars, vases, pots, animal patterns, etc. which are in various sizes and shapes with diverse colors and, more special, products here weigh much less than that in other places.

Coming here, besides being able to view the artistry in pottery of local artists, tourists are also guided to try to make these handmade products themselves.

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Exploring the canal of Bay Mau coconut forest

Bay Mau coconut forest is situated at Cam Thanh commune, which is only 5 km far from Hoi An, and is considered as the second Vietnam Southwest area of Hoi An ancient quarter. There seems to be no explanation for the origin of the name “Bay Mau”; however, the green coconut forest spreading a few hundred hectares is a heritage that has become a part of the beauty of Hoi An.

With a special geological situation of the huge coconut forest, hidden in the large foliage is an elaborate canal system, which makes this area a special terrain of Quang Nam in the wartime. Consequently, in addition to its ecological value, Bay Mau coconut forest is also a special heritage that has an important historical meaning for Hoi An and Quang Nam people.

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Visiting Bay Mau coconut forest, tourists will not only be able to feel the fresh air and spectacular scenery of the greenery but also have a chance to experience the simple and peaceful lifestyle of the local people of Bay Mau coconut village. Moreover, tourists can travel in canals by boat to go fishing and then come back to the village to enjoy a local meal which has a special Hoi An taste.

Visiting Kim Bong carpentry village.

Situated at Cam Kim commune, Kim Bong carpentry village has a history of about 600 years. In the Nguyen dynasty, Kim Bong is a famous name with the delicate carpentry products in each ship and house. Furthermore, houses and pagoda architecture in Hoi An ancient quarter are also designed by Kim Bong carpenters.

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To get here, tourists only have to walk from their accommodation in the ancient quarter for about 10 minutes. Immediately when you reach this area, you can hear the loud chisel and drilling sound of the interesting job. Carpentry products here are considered lovely, simple but also very delicate. Tourists can find the pictures, wooden statues, chairs and even small toys that have a polish cover to keep the natural color.

Today, Kim Bong carpentry village no longer build ships and houses like before, but instead, they produce handicrafts. However, the artistry and wholeheartedness are still within each of their products.

A day trying to be a farmer at Tra Que vegetable village

Tra Que vegetable village is 2 km to the Northeast of Hoi An. Entering here, you will be able to see the whole process of vegetable planting according to the “green-clean-beatuful” standard. Local farmers will guide tourists on how to plant, take care and gather vegetables so we will be able to make clean vegetables ourselves. Moreover, you can also try some dishes made from local vegetables of Tra Que such as Quang noodles, cao lau, etc. and ride a buffalo to have a tour around the village.

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Enjoying traditional arts

Traditional arts have become a distinctive culture attracting many tourists in Hoi An. In the journey to experience the interesting features of Hoi An culture, you should stop by once to enjoy the art shows and demonstrations by the local artists. The lovely Quang folk music and traditional instrumental shows or exciting water puppet shows will definitely bring some special feelings for everyone.

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Address: Hoi An Traditional Arts Theater (number 66, Bach Dang), handicraft shop (number 9, Nguyen Thai Hoc)

Visiting Cu Lao Cham island to go diving to view the corals and enjoy seafood

Mentioning Cu Lao Cham, you might immediately consider going diving to view the corals and trying seafood. This is right but there are actually more; just rent a bike at Bai Lang station and have a trip around the island and climb the highest mountain to enjoy the picturesque scenery of Cu Lao Cham, which is an unexpected experience. Besides, a diving trip or a hike in the forest and a night with a campfire by the beach will give you an interesting beach party.

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Sipping some coffee in the early morning

Another exciting experience in Hoi An is to walk on the streets before the sun rises. Wandering on the roads without other people is to feel the plainness, quietness and peacefulness of Hoi An. After that, just visit a small café near the port to Cam Kim or in the corner of Cau pagoda, you will be able to view Hoi An turning bustle after the sun rises. That is the most casual Hoi An that few people stop once to enjoy.

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