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Free entry to Hoi An on December 4

Released at: 08:14, 01/12/2018

Free entry to Hoi An on December 4

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Visitors to ancient town and Thanh Ha pottery village to enjoy free entry.

by Le Diem

The Hoi An Center for Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced that the ancient town and Thanh Ha pottery village will be free to enter on December 4.

This is part of a program to mark the upcoming 19th anniversary of UNESCO’s recognition of Hoi An as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

Tickets to Hoi An ancient town are priced at VND80,000 ($3.43) for domestic visitors and VND120,000 ($5.15) for foreign tourists.

Entry to Thanh Ha pottery village is normally VND15,000 ($0.64) for local visitors and VND25,000 ($1.7) for foreigners.

Hoi An has recently introduced an audio guide at major tourist destinations in the town in six languages: Vietnamese, English, French, Japanese, Korean and Chinese, to better serve visitors.

Located in the central province of Quang Nam, Hoi An was a leading trading port in Southeast Asia in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its architecture is a combination of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese, with a little Western as well. It became a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1999. The ancient town is also admired for its night beauty, thanks to hundreds of lanterns lighting up old houses and the river running through its center.

Earlier this year, Hoi An was selected as one of the best places in Vietnam for expats by The Travel, a Canada-based travel site.

Recently, “Banh mi Hoi An” (Hoi An-style bread rolls) was listed among the 21 world’s best dishes in 2018 by Australian travel website Traveller. Last year, the site also honored it among the world’s Top 10 sandwiches, together with well-known American cheeseburgers, English bacon butties, and Japanese Katsu Sando.

Thanh Ha pottery village is located on the banks of the Thu Bon River, just 3 km west of Hoi An. For five centuries it has retained the traditional method of crafting handmade pottery. One of its attractions is replicas of famous tourist destinations from around the world, such as the Colosseum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sydney Opera House, Angkor Wat, the Statue of Liberty, and London’s Tower Bridge, all made by local people.

Hoi An welcomed 2.7 million visitors, including 2 million international arrivals, in the first half of this year, up 70 per cent and 230 per cent against the same period last year. The figure in 2017 was 3.2 million, including 1.8 million international arrivals, up 27 per cent and 31 per cent against 2016.

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