HOI AND ANCIENT TOWN & SHOPPING
City Tour, Cultural, Shopping, Meal included
You will leave the port aboard a coach for the one-hour drive along Provincial Route 603 to Hoi An. On your way you will be able to admire the typical countryside of central Vietnam. Following arrival in Hoi An you will visit the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture. The museum was built on the former site of a Quan Cong temple and houses many exhibits documenting the foundation, development and decline of the ancient town of Hoi An. You will also be able to admire the Quan Cong shrine inside the museum. Your next stop will be the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation, founded in 1697 by the Fujian Chinese merchants of Hoi An as a venue for community meetings. This temple is architecturally unique and boasts artistic decorations and beautiful statues. Your tour will continue with a visit to the Japanese Covered Bridge, built in 1593 by the Japanese Community of Hoi An to link their neighborhood to the Chinese quarter across the river. The bridge was roofed so that it would shelter pedestrians from both rain and sun. Over the centuries the ornamentation of the bridge has remained faithful to the original Japanese design. Your next stop will be one of the old houses in Hoi An, Nguyen Tran Ancient House or Ky House. This particular house was built almost two centuries ago as the home of a Vietnamese merchant and its design illustrates how the local architecture was influenced by Chinese and Japanese styles. You will then head to a Hoi An craft workshop, where you will have the opportunity to see various traditional local handicrafts, such as carpentry, ceramics, mat weaving, embroidery, paper lanterns, conical palm hats, etc. Your last stop will be Hoi An Market. Situated on the bank of the Thu Bon River, the market is considered one of the most complex sites of Hoi An. Unlike other markets worldwide, that of Hoi An features a mixture of goods, such as fish, vegetables, meat, fruits, handicrafts, cloths, jewellery, etc. The market will give you an insight into typical Vietnamese society and the country's hospitable atmosphere. Then you will have lunch in a typical Vietnamese restaurant. Free shopping time around the Ancient Town before leaving to the port
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Please Note: The order of the itinerary may vary. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing. When visiting the temple shoes should be removed and socks should be worn.