7 things to avoid when exploring the Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town is recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. This is one of the most attractive destinations in central Vietnam. Here are the things that tourists should avoid while exploring this special old town.

Evade tickets

Ticket selling to Hoi An ancient town is not as strict as many famous monuments in the world. Many visitors can easily get in and out of the old town without having to check their tickets.

However, you should buy an entrance ticket as this is one of the sources of income for preserving and restoring the old town. In return, visitors who buy tickets will be able to choose from 4 out of 21 destinations such as museums, cultural works, old houses, assembly halls … In addition, visitors will also receive detailed instructions on maps, destinations. characteristics of Hoi An.

If you go in groups of 8 or more, the group will also be arranged with an additional guide. The ticket price to visit Hoi An ancient town is currently 80,000 VND for domestic tourists and 120,000 VND for international visitors, children are free.

Going into the rainy season

The best time to go to Hoi An is from January to July. Visitors should avoid going to Hoi An during the stormy season around the end of the year.

The old town is located on the Hoai River, so it is easy to be flooded during heavy rains. In Hoi An, the rainy days are usually empty and quite bleak; traveling, eating, and drinking in small alleys also becomes inconvenient.

Bargain when buying in the early morning

Homestay owners or acquaintances in Hoi An often remind tourists about buying in the morning. Residents pay special attention to the first shoppers of the day.

If you go to a certain store early in the morning, avoid bargaining and bidding. If possible buy a small item and have fun chatting with the shipper so they can be lucky for the day.

Ride a motorbike into the old town

Many streets of Hoi An prohibit motorized vehicles from traveling by hour. Specifically, Tran Phu, Nguyen Hue, Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa and the entire road in front of the Square (along Hoai River) are restricted to motorbikes at 9am – 11am and 15h – 21h30 every day of the week.

One of the delights of a visit to Hoi An is that it's possible to do most things on foot or by bicycle (Hoi An Ancient Town)
One of the delights of a visit to Hoi An is that it’s possible to do most things on foot or by bicycle.

Hoi An Ancient Town is not too big, you can walk, cycle or sit cyclo to slowly explore every corner here.

Wear offensive clothing

Hoi An has many spiritual relics such as Phuoc Lam, Chuc Thanh, Long Tuyen … so visitors should wear polite clothes when visiting places of worship. There have been cases where visitors are refused to visit just because they wear too short pants and skirts.

Noisy, indiscriminate

The peak tourist season, Hoi An is very crowded. Some famous attractions or eateries are often overwhelmed. If you come to the old town at this time, you should patiently stand in line and wait for your turn, do not jostle, push. When walking around the old town, visitors also should not to bring high-powered speakers to avoid noise in public places.

Live quickly in Hoi An

Old town is not suitable for people who like active, noisy life. Morning here usually starts quite late while evening ends early. Hoi An is not too big but you should stay here for 2-3 days to have time to roam and feel the rhythm of life here.

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