Self-guided tour of Hoi An’s old town

An entrance ticket for the sights within the UNESCO World Heritage old town is required. Here’s how we’d suggest approaching the various things to see.

Inscribed by UNESCO in 1999, Hoi An “is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century… The town reflects a fusion of indigenous and foreign cultures (principally Chinese and Japanese with later European influences) that combined to produce this unique survival.” What you see today is a townscape built during the 17th and 18th centuries, which still includes 1,107 timber-frame buildings and a street plan that once allowed customer access from the front of them, and convenient off-loading of goods from boats on the river.

The entrance ticket is technically required to enter the old town, but really it is only checked when you go inside one of the 22 buildings or points of interest on the list. The ticket is 120,000 dong, with tear-off coupons allowing entrance to five places. It’s valid for 24 hours, though the time period seems to be somewhat flexible. The ticket seller assured us we could use it for our entire stay, be it days or weeks. We never encountered a problem as we used it over the course of … please log in to read the rest of this story.

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