A trip to Hoi An is defintley not complete without a visit to its Old Town. This UNESCO World Heritage site was once a busy spice trading centre, and has now become a popular tourist spot that has managed to preserve its old town charm. The historic quarter is lined with traditional Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese houses, galleries, restaurants and cafés, boutiques and antique stores, some of which were houses of merchants. Hoi An is also famous for its beautiful and colorful hand-made lanterns which decorate the streets in the Old Town. Tourists must therefore make it a point to wander the narrow streets and brick alleys and visit its numerous historical sites such as the Japanese Cover Bridge, Chinese temples like the Quan Cong Temple, as well as the old canals. Since the Old Town is quite small, exploring it on foot is a great idea. Photo by Peter Borter on Unsplash
Around 2 hours or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The wooden shops and houses, the bridge and the stunning lanterns
The city of Hoi An does not have any mosques, and therefore Muslim tourists will not be able to find any prayer facilities in its Old Town. Muslims visiting the area will either have to find a secluded place outdoors to offer their prayers, or they will have to pray in their hotel rooms.
Hoi An’s Old Town has a plethora of fantastic restaurants and cafés. Muslim tourists will however have to dine on seafood and vegetarian dishes while here, since there are no known Halal restaurants in Hoi An. They will have to make sure the dishes they order do not consist of any non-Halal items, as these items are commonly used in local dishes.