If you are the looking for an ultimate Vietnamese experience that will enlighten you to Vietnam's rich culture and heritage, Hoi An is the perfect place to see. This wonderful city in the south of Da Nang is home to the ancient Vietnamese stories that trace the country's history from over 2,000 years ago. And if you are traveling to the beautiful Hoi An, here are some of the things that you must know.
The Old Town of Hoi An was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1999. The town is home to architectures that have been preserved through time. From the moment this Old Town was considered to be a UNESCO Heritage Site, the tourism in the city of Hoi An as rapidly increased. According to Contented Traveller, Hoi An represents the combination of different Asian influences such as from the Chinese and the Japanese.
Most of the establishments, as well as modes of transportation in Hoi An, do not accept US dollars because the most common currency used in Hoi An is the Vietnamese Dong. Occasionally, other stores accept US dollars but use conversion rates that are practically in favor with them. So, before going to Hoi An, make sure to change your dollars to Vietnamese Dong for your own convenience.
The nightlife in Hoi An is not as loud as other popular tourist destinations in Asia. Some of the bars and restaurants in this city cease operations by midnight. However, if you want to drink and party all night, you can find the Why Not Bar which allows guests to stay for long, The Blond Travel says.
When it comes to language, you might find it quite difficult to communicate with the Vietnamese people in Hoi An because most of them do not actually speak the English language. However, hotel and restaurant staffs, especially from those establishments that are touristy, have some decent English communication skills.
Despite the overwhelming number of tourists visiting Hoi An, Vietnamese nationals are not as pleasant and hospitable compared to the locals from other Asian countries. Not all of them will greet you with a smile and will ask you if you need some help especially if you are in the tourist areas which are commonly packed with busy shops and restaurants.
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