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5 Hidden Attractions in Hoi An – Uncommon places to visit

This is the most popular tourist spot in Vietnam and there's good reason for this. There are a number of things to see and experience in Hoi An. While there are the more famous landmarks in Hoi An like the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Ancient Town, there are the lesser-known places too that shouldn't be left unexplored. Here are a few of them to squeeze into your already full itinerary.

1

Handicraft Workshop

This workshop is within a building that is 200 years old. Inside you will find that the locals are going about their work weaving, lacquering, and indulging in pottery as well to create unique items. This is the ideal place to drop by if you need to purchase some souvenirs. While inside the building you'll be able to even ask the locals a few stories about the building which once belonged to Feiyan, a wholesale firm which sold local products and was owned by a Chinese man. You'll even be allowed to get a little insight into the production process of these handmade specials.

2

Thanh Ha Pottery Village

Thanh Ha Pottery village is initiated in the 15th century and was working out well ever since along with the port in the very next year. The products manufactured here are made of clay while they are crafted into shape with the hands of talented locals. You'll find mostly everyday items for the home such as jars, vases, cups and bowls in all sorts of shapes, colours and sizes. They are also very light compared to pottery items made in other places in Vietnam. Thanh Ha Pottery village is considered a living museum for archaeologists to study the techniques of ancient pottery of the country.

3

Tra Que Vegetable Village

Situated between the Tra Que Swamp and De Vong River, this village is 2 kilometres in the northeast of the centre of the city. If you've got a green thumb or an interest in growing plants, this is a lovely place to visit during your holiday. When on a tour here, you will learn how the lands are fertilised, seeded and how plants are grown around here. You can also discover the various fresh dishes cooked up using these fresh ingredients. You ought to try some Quang Nam such as Quang noodle and Cao Lau. There are various salads as well to refresh your palate.

4

Cua Dai Beach

Arrive at this 3-kilometre-long beach early morning get a chance to see the fishing boats at work. The beautiful beige, powdery sands, the azure waters and the patches of shade created by the serene palm trees set the perfect atmosphere for some relaxing in the sun. Relish the heat of the day with some water sports and head on back for some lunch at top restaurants in Hoi An situated close by, the likes of Art Space Hoi An.

5

An Bang Beach

Yet another stunning beach, An Bang Beach is located close to the ancient town. Locals say that more than half of the visitors that are seen at the beach are tourists. Seems to be a crowd puller! Check out what the beach is like for yourself.