TAG : Hoi An

  • Authentic Hoi An

    Authentic Hoi An

    Located in the heart of Hoi An’s old quarter, Home Hoi An Vietnamese Restaurant reflects the spectacular cuisine of the charming ancient town in a setting reminiscent of a French townhouse with a warm and elegant setting.


  • Co Tu culture night debuts in Hoi An

    Co Tu culture night debuts in Hoi An

    A monthly night-time event honouring Co Tu culture will be held on the 15th day of every lunar month in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An ancient town in central Quang Nam province. The next two events are slated for July 8 and August 6 at the Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum, 26 Phan Boi Chau Street, and the An Hoi Sculpture Garden. The monthly event aims to promote Co Tu culture and introduce the tourism potential of the mountainous districts in western Quang Nam to domestic and foreign tourists.

    The Co Tu is one of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups. Co Tu dance groups in the mountainous districts of Nam Giang, Dong Giang and Tay Giang will alternately perform their typical ‘tung tung ya ya’ dance at the event and also showcase their brocatelle traditional weaving technique, handicraft products, mountainous specialties, and souvenirs.

  • Hoi An to crackdown on street vendors

    Hoi An to crackdown on street vendors

    Authorities in Hoi An are planning to curb the number of street vendors in the ancient town. Street vendors selling snacks and souvenirs are part of the old image of Hoi An ancient town, but their number has disturbed the quiet lifestyle of the town’s original traders. Some illegal vendors have been harassing tourists and charging high prices, creating chaos in the process. The move is expected to build a good image of the town in the eyes of tourists.

  • Precious Heritage Collection by Rehahn

    Precious Heritage Collection by Rehahn

    Photographer Réhahn will hold an outdoor exhibition featuring 40 of his photographs, to present rich and diverse ethnic culture in Vietnam. His famous portraits of kids and old women from around the country represent groups numbering in the hundreds of thousands to as few as the hundreds, like the O Du, while the unique portrait of a Ro Mam required he wait three years for permission to visit them in their remote village. All of the people in his photos are wearing their traditional costumes. According to Rehahn, they all symbolise ancestral customs, ancient knowledges passed on from one generation to another, the challenge to protect it and the hope of keeping it alive. ‘The most efficient way to preserve the culture of the ethnic groups is to promote them outside their community, to create a sense of pride for their heritage and ancient customs,’ he said. ‘Sometimes, you need someone else’s vision to make you realise what you have.’

  • La Siesta Resort and Spa Hoi An

    La Siesta Resort and Spa Hoi An

    A major expansion, refurbishment, and rebranding has propelled La Siesta Resort and Spa Hoi An into the elite category of hotels in Hoi An. Formerly the Essence Hoi An Hotel and Spa, the resort has changed its change and also opened a brand new East Wing, a luxurious 37-room annexe. The new wing features an array of luxurious room types. Poolside suites come with deep wooden bathtubs and private Swedish saunas. Duplex suites benefit from clawfoot bathtubs and expansive balconies overlooking the pool. Premium Terrace Suites, meanwhile, span a generous 76 sq m and are kitted out with private Jacuzzis. Other highlights include a spa lounge and a restaurant. Visit www.lasiestaresorts.com.

  • Heritage Art Museum

    Heritage Art Museum

    French photographer Rehahn has recently opened his private museum on an area of 250 square metres in Hoi An ancient town to display photos of traditional costumes of ethnic minorities around Vietnam that he has taken over the last five years. Guests have the chance to experience and discover the different regions of Vietnam with Rehahn. He sees it as is his mission to bring the photos of ethnic people closer to Vietnamese people. His museum displays more than 200 photos of 40 of the 54 ethnic minorities in Vietnam, 30 traditional costumes from ethnic minorities, and precious objects, with his stories explaining his difficult journeys to approach remote villages of ethnic minorities translated in French, English and Vietnamese. One of his most exciting stories is that he had to wait for three years to be allowed into the village of one ethnic minority where tourists never visit. The museum is open daily, from 8.30am to 8.30pm. Free entry.

  • Nipa Palm afforestation tours available in Hoi An

    Nipa Palm afforestation tours available in Hoi An

    Tours of nipa palm forests will soon be offered by local tour operator Vo Tan Tan that allow tourists to participate in afforestation efforts in Cam Thanh commune, Hoi An. The tour will allow visitors to explore and learn about the wetland’s ecological system and plant trees in the 300-year-old forest, while contributing to protecting the environment.

    Cam Thanh villagers have been planting nipa palm trees for the last 100 years to protect the commune from the Thu Bon River. The forest is part of the internationally-recognised Cham Island-Hoi An bio-reserve, a popular eco-tour destination.

    Tan, a local craftsman who was the first local person to make bicycles 50% made from bamboo, has also launched a bamboo craft tour to Cam Thanh, where visitors can learn how to make bamboo souvenirs or take part in waterway clean-up tours by kayak along the Thu Bon River, the nipa palm forests in the commune, and the Hoai River, a tributary of the Thu Bon River.

  • Kayak tours to clean up Hoi An waterways

    Kayak tours to clean up Hoi An waterways

    A kayak tour operator has launched trips that will give both local people and foreigners the chance to clean up waterways around Hoi An ancient town in central Quang Nam province. The tours will set out every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning, and cost $10 per person. Kayakers will depart from the Thuan Tinh sandbank near Cua Dai Bridge and head down to the Thu Bon River and the small canals in the nipa palm forest in Cam Thanh commune before reaching Hoi An. While enjoying the beauty of the ancient town and the nipa palm forest, kayakers will also collect rubbish, including plastic bags and bottles, to raise awareness among local people and tourists about keeping Hoi An and its rivers clean and green.

  • Hoi An goes ‘green’ with new power system

    Hoi An goes ‘green’ with new power system

    The ancient town of Hoi An and its sister town, Wernigerode in Germany, will start construction of a solar power system project with total funds of EUR135,000 (nearly $150,000) for the town’s old quarter. The solar power source will provide 55 kWh for public lighting, lanterns, decorations, street and folk performances, the Japanese Covered Bridge, and a public address system. The installation of the renewable energy source will promote the use of environmentally-friendly power from wind, solar and water.

    Hoi An became the first locality in the country to host a Car Free Day. It has been lauded for its efforts to end plastic bag use and for its 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) program. The city plans to use 100,000 bicycles, with the aim of becoming the first eco-city in Vietnam. Since 2002 it has earmarked several streets as pedestrian malls to reduce noise and ensure safety in the old quarter, which is where most foreign tourists use bicycles to tour the city, beaches and villages during their visit.

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