Hoi An Entrance Ticket Guide
Since Hoi An ancient town was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has become one of most visited tourism spots in Vietnam. Since 1995, tourists had paid for visiting separate attractions within the town, not just to walk around it. However, in April 2014, the authorities of the city decided to impose an entry fee that raises controversy among locals and tourists because some tourists just want to enter the old town for wandering around, going shopping or dining. If you wish to visit a relic, a sightseeing spot, or other specific places, the prices are still the same. Tourists would pay for their tickets for entering the town once, and keep the stubs of their tickets during their stay in Hoi An to show them for ticket controllers if you are asked.
You should visit the town in the 14th and 15th day of every lunar month when the town is illuminated with many lanterns. You can take a boat trip and release candlelit paper lanterns on Hoai River and take part in bài chòi, a traditional Vietnamese game combining folklore singing and picks from a deck of card.
According to the authorities of the city, the ticket revenues make a great contribution to the preservation and restoration of the town. 85 percent of them is said to be used to preserve Hoi An. At the moment, there are a lot of sites suffering serious degradation, and the city support about 40-75 percent for their restoration.
Before visiting tourism places in the town, tourists should purchase tickets at one of ticket booths in the following locations:
- An Hoi Bridge
- The corner of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street and Phan Chau Trinh Street
- Hoai River Square (on Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa Street)
- A point near Japanese Bridge
- No 677, Hai Ba Trung Street
- No 78, Le Loi Street
- Hoi An Market
- No 10, Nguyen Hue Street
Locals: VND80,000/ pax (entrance to the old town and visits at 3 of 22 places)
Foreigners: VND120,000/ pax (entrance to the old town and visits 5 of 22 places)
- Tickets for locals and foreigners include street performances (traditional games, folk singing, and dancing) and visit Hoi An night market.
- Entrance tickets are free for local and foreign children under 16.
- Each ticket is valid for 24 hours.
- Please contact the ticket sellers for tour guide service. Free tour guides are provided for groups of over 8 people.
- Cultural sites: Japanese Bridge, Cam Pho communal house, Minh Huong Communal House, and Quan Cong Temple
- Museums: Hoi An Museum of Culture and History, Museum of Trade Ceramics, Sa Huynh Culture Museum, and Museum of Folk Culture
- Ancient Houses: Quan Thang Ancient House, Duc An Ancient House, Phung Hung Ancient House, Tran Family Home and Chapel, Old House of Tan Ky, and Nguyen Tuong Clan Ancestral Hall
- Assembly Halls: Trieu Chau (Chaozhou) Assembly Hall, Quang Dong (Cantonese) Assembly Hall and Phuc Kien (Fujian) Assembly Hall
- Craft workshops and traditional art performances (daily at 10.15 a.m. and 3.15 p.m.), and XQ Hand Embroidery
- Tombs of Japanese traders: Gu Sokukun, Tani Yajirobei, and Banjiro
If tourists want to visit Thanh Ha Pottery Village, they can purchase tickets at the ticket booths in the town centre. The village is about 2 kilometers to the west of the old town. Its major products are utensils for the daily life activities such as cups, bowls, jars, vases, and bowls. It is worth a day there to enjoy the fresh air and peaceful scenery as well as learn to make high-quality pottery products under the instruction of experienced artisans.
Ticket Price: VND25,000/ pax
- Watch artisans make ceramic products
- Visiting Xuan My Communal House, Nam Dieu Temple (where King Minh Mang in the Nguyen dynasty visited in 1825) and Thanh Ha Terra Cotta Park
- Try to rotate potters’ wheels and shape products
- Each ticket is valid for 24 hours.
- Free tour guides are provided for groups of over 8 people.
- Visitors are given a small gift.
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