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Things to do in Hoi An in 24 hours



If you can only visit the ancient city of Hoi An (Quang Nam) for a day, you should not miss the exciting activities below.

Morning in Hoi An

Hoi An is a place where you should not take time to sleep. Instead, you should get up at 5am, walk around the old town, catch the dawn on An Hoi bridge, go to the market early to feel the peaceful rhythm of the local residents.

After that, you can enjoy dishes such as bread, sticky rice from a vendor on the sidewalk … then take a bike around the old town, or drop at the cafes that appeal to young people for their sweeping angle of the old town.

The famous check-in points of Hoi An are Cau Pagoda which appears on the VND20,000 banknote, the alley with a yellow wall, a boat trip on the Thu Bon River, Ba Mu Pagoda, and the Assembly Hall of Cantonese.

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Photo: Thrivehoian.

What should you do at noon?

After a morning of sightseeing, noon is a time for you to rest, relax and regain strength for the next activities.

At this time, the sun is high, the temperature is at the highest, choosing a cool restaurant or bar to enjoy the cuisine is a reasonable suggestion. The famous specialties in Hoi An are cao lau, Quang noodles, chicken rice …

After lunch, you can choose a cafe to rest until the afternoon.

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Photo: Nana.phuonglinh, bb_foodie09.

Afternoon activities

You can start your journey to explore Hoi An from 3pm when the weather starts to cool down. This is the time to enjoy the famous snack paradise of the old town such as sweet porridges of various kinds, teas, and many kinds of cakes…

After one hour of walking, tasting many dishes, you can get in a car to move to other attractions such as the Bay Mau coconut forest, Hoi An Impression Park …

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Photo: Bysofiaziani_, trung_acoustic97.

Evening in Hoi An

After walking in the park until the evening, you should not miss the opportunity to see the unique art show of Hoi An.

You can also go to the old town center to experience a boat ride, drop lanterns, admire the Hoi An lantern street, go to the night market …

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Thua Thien-Hue’s cruise tourism picking up



The number of international cruise ships bringing thousands of tourists to Chan May port in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue began to pick up again after a long period being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Thua Thien-Hue – The number of international cruise ships bringing thousands of tourists to Chan May port in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue began to pick up again after a long period being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a survey by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), cruise tourism is a high-revenue form of tourism, with its revenue over 40% higher than other forms such as air or road travel. The UNWTO forecast that in 2023, cruise tourism will experience a strong recovery, and Thua Thien – Hue has many advantages to tap this type of tourism.

Thua Thien-Hue’s Chan May port has the capacity to accommodate ships with a tonnage of up to 70,000 DWT and tourist ships up to 225,000 GRT. This deep-water port has been selected by the Asia Cruise Association as one of the 46 stopovers in Southeast Asia for cruise ships and large tourist vessels.

Deputy General Director of Chan May Port JSC Nguyen Van Chuong said the port enjoys a special natural advantage with a 7 km-wide bay, a vast water surface area of up to 20, and mostly natural depths ranging from 9-14m, with minimal sedimentation. The port previously welcomed large cruise ships with considerable length and tonnage, capable of carrying over 6,200 passengers and crewmembers. A number of domestic and foreign partners have expressed interest in joint efforts to develop the Chan May port into a destination for big luxury liners in the central region.

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Since 2018, the port has welcomed numerous luxury cruisers, including Royal Caribbean, Costa Cruises, Small Cruise, Princess Cruises, Ovation of the Seas, and Mary Queen 2, affirming its brand value on the global and regional tourism maps.

Permanent Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Binh revealed that the Aeon Mall Hue commercial centre project has a total capital of over 169 million USD, the largest-scale one in the central region. Operational in 2025, the project will contribute to diversifying shopping centres and services for both residents and tourists. Additionally, the province is preparing to attract investment in a large-scale shopping mall near Phu Bai International Airport./.


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Da Nang among 11 best places to go in Asia in 2024



The world-renowned travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller has announced the best destinations to visit around the world in 2024. In the list of Asian destinations, Da Nang was the only representative of Vietnam to make it to the top, alongside famous destinations such as Chinatown in Bangkok (Thailand), the Kathmandu Valley (Nepal), the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, Singapore, Mongolia, and Sri Lanka.


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Efforts made to preserve ancient houses in Trang An heritage area



Houses with traditional architecture play a particularly important role in the Trang An heritage area in Ninh Binh province. In addition to identifying and preserving the value of traditional housing architecture in the core heritage area, Ninh Binh authorities have also focused on promoting the value of the traditional village structure combined with tourism development.

Nguyen Huy Tuan’s house is one of a few ancient houses in Truong Son village in Truong Yen commune, Hoa Lu district, that retains the typical architecture of wooden houses found in the Red River Delta.

In the hundred-year-old house, many generations of Tuan’s family have lived together and preserved the cultural traditions of the land and the people of Vietnam’s ancient capital.

Truong Yen commune is home to 55 traditional houses with the typical architecture of three-room and five-room wooden houses. Most are made of elaborately and intricately carved ironwood. The traditional houses in Truong Yen are not simply a living space for a family, but also a place that fully reflect the values of sculpture, organised living spaces, and the art of dealing with nature. However, over time, these houses have deteriorated and are in need of preservation to promote their value and serve sustainable tourism development.

Figures from the Ninh Binh Department of Tourism show that in the core area of the Trang An heritage area are over 100 houses with typical traditional architecture built before 1945, mainly in Truong Yen and Ninh Xuan communes.

In mid-2023, Ninh Binh province issued a resolution to support the renovation and repair of houses with traditional architectural styles that are 50 years old or more in the core heritage area, and to support the construction of new houses in the area.

The province will introduce policies and mobilise resources to preserve and promote rural historical, architectural, and cultural values, thus supporting the renovation of and tourism development in the heritage area./.


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