Charming Hoi An – Ihastuttava Hoi An

HUOM! Tekstitys suomeksi vain osissa kohtaa!

A week ago I went for a ‘girls only’ trip to Hoi An, Vietnam with my dear friends. Since this fall is extremely busy for me it was nice to take some time off from everything else and just hang out with my friends. This was my third visit in Hoi An, but first time to spend there more than a couple of hours. 

Viikko sitten kävin kolmen Singaporessa asuvan suomalaisen ystäväni kanssa tyttöjen reissulla Vietnamissa, Hoi Anin pienessä kaupungissa.  Viikonloppu sujui hyvin leppoisasti näiden daamien kanssa. Hoi An oli minulle ennestään tuttu, mutta oli kiva käydä siellä nyt ystävien kanssa ja keskittyä enemmän kaupungissa kiertelyyn. 

Hoi An is the city on the central Vietnam coast. It is a well-preserved example of the important Southeast Asian trading port it was from the 15th-19th centuries. Already a common stop for backpackers, it is becoming better known to tourists. Hoi An is located on the banks of the poetic Thu Bon River, in central Quang Nam province, 30 kilometers south of Da Nang. On December 4th, 1999, Hoi An was inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Hoi An on kaupunki Keski-Vietnamissa. Hoi Anin vanha kaupunki lukuisine suojeltuine rakennuksineen on julistettu Unescon maailmanperintökohteeksi. Kaupunki oli merkittävä kauppasatama 1400-1800-luvuilla koko Kaakkois-Aasiassa, ja siellä oli useiden kiinalaisten ja japanilaisten kauppiaiden tukikohtia.

At the hotel. Hotellilla.

Cheers to us – Kippis meidän lomalle.

On our first day it was a bit rainy for a couple of hours and then it was a clear blue skies until end of our trip.

Ensimmäinen matkapäivä valkeni harmaana ja sateisena, mutta muutaman tunnin kuluttua taivas oli jo sininen ja aurinko paistoi.

Hoi An is a beautiful, lantern-filled old town city. The city is easy to walk around during the day, though it can get very hot. It can get also very crowded but we were lucky as it was not crowded at all. The city is full of heritage, color, and places to eat. The food is really delicious. 

Hoi Anin vanha kaupunki on kaunis, värikäs ja täynnä historiaa. Lyhtyjä roikkuu puiden oksilla ja kauppakojuja on joka puolella. Pahimpina sesonkiaikana kadut ovat hyvinkin ruuhkaisia, mutta meidän vierailun aikaan kaduilla oli väljää ja rauhassa saimme kierrellä ja valokuvata. Tai siis minä ainakin. Hoi An on valokuvaajan paratiisi!

With just one ticket, you can visit 5 of 22 sightseeing places and streets in the Old Town of Hoi An. – Pääsylippu vanhaan kaupunkiin, lipulla pääsee myös viiteen nähtävyyspaikkaan.

This city is great for shopping and has a lot to offer. The people are warm and friendly and even though they can’t converse fluently in English they will make an effort to make you feel comfortable. Locals may sometimes be to pushy and that’s a bit annoying so avoid the eye contact is the best what you can do.

Hoi An on shoppailijan paratiisi. Täältä löytää niin krääsää kuin laadukastakin tavaraa. Tinkiä pitää ostoksista, jotka eivät muutenkaan maksa juuri mitään. Kaikkialla puhutaan englantia, tosin ei kovin ymmärrettävää tai hyvää englantia. Ihmiset ovat kuitenkin erittäin ystävällisiä ja avuliaita. Jotkut kaupustelijat ovat hyvin tunkeilevia ja eivät luovuta helpolla, vaikka kuinka yrittäisi päästä niistä eroon, eli siihen on syytä varautua. Toinen ovat rummuttavat lapsijoukot, jotka kerjäämisen sijaan esittävät tanssiesityksiä ja rummuttavat todella todella kovaa ja joka puolella.

The latest fashion trend maybe…? Colourful fruit shirts, shorts, hats and skirts were sold everywhere.

Hoi Anissa oli kaikkialla myynnissä tällaisia värikkäitä hedelmäpaitoja. Lisäksi oli saatavilla myös shortseja, hattuja ja mekkoja. 

Well, not really my style but some couples seems to like wear matching clothes…

Joidenkin pariskuntien mielestä samanlaiset asusteet oli hyvä idea…

Fancy a ride with a Cyclo? Hoi An’s army of blue-shirted cycle drivers offer visitors (and residents) a unique glimpse of the city streets and surrounding countryside.

Thu Bon River

The Thu Bon River in Hoi An is the largest of its kind in the Khannam Danang Province of Vietnam. The river is responsible in a big way for the traditional and historical heritage of the town of Hoi An. The now fishing town of Hoi An was a popular international trade destination and also a convenient stopover for many merchant ships bound to and for China and other countries. In fact, most of the current populations of the town are descendents of traders and merchants who chose to settle down in the town. 

Phung Hung House

Preserved historic home with the original furnishings. The Old House of Phung Hung is one of the most famous architectural buildings in Hoi An, considered cultural heritage of the town. 

Japanese covered bridge

One of Vietnam’s most iconic attractions, Hoi An’s Japanese covered bridge dates back to the 18th century and is a beautiful historical piece of Japanese architecture. It is claimed that it was created by the Japanese then living in Hoi An as a way to reach the Chinese quarter across the water. The bridge was opened by Nguyen Phuc Chu Lord in 1719 who carved three Chinese symbols above the door in commemoration. The bridge also features the sculptures of two dogs and two monkeys representing the Chinese years in which many Japanese Emperors were born along with the fact that the building of the bridge began in the year of the dog and was completed in the year of the monkey.

Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien)

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall was founded in 1690 and served the largest Chinese ethnic group in Hoi An (the Fujian). It contains the Jinshang golden mountain temple and is dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of the sea and protector of the sailors.

Quang Trieu (Cantonese) Assembly Hall

The Quang Trieu Assembly Hall is one of the most famous historical buildings in Hoi An. It was built in 1885 by Chinese overseas who came from Guangdong/ Cantonese (China). This hall is quite ornate and colorful. All of the building materials were completed in China, brought to Vietnam, and then reassembled. It was a place for Chinese fishermen and traders to rest temporarily and to exchange goods.

Cam Pho Communal House 

Cam Pho is one of the oldest villages in Hoi An it is also the first agro-produce trading center. Most traders of Hoi An were inhabitants of Cam Pho. They used the Communal House as a place to meet and hold festivities attracting people from other villages. The relics of Cam Pho Communal House tell the history of the city’s trading business and cultural exchange.

In the evening the city looks completely different yet very pretty when the lanterns are lit up and candles are floating on the river.

Iltaisin kaupunkikuva muuttui merkittävästi lyhtyjen valaistessa katuja ja taloja.

Hoi An is incredibly magical experience! If you visit Da Nang Hoi An simply must feature on your trip. And for me this was a trip I’ll never forget. We had such a wonderful time!

Hoi An on uskomattoman kaunis kaupunki. Isot suositukset tälle paikalle. Jos tiesi vie Vietnamiin, kannattaa poiketa myös Hoi Anissa. Minulle tämä reissu oli aivan mahtava ja ikimuistoinen jo siitäkin syystä, että mukana olivat nämä ihanat ystäväni. Kiitos tytöt!

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