Hoi An ancient town is not only famous for its nostalgic beauty but also for the traditional craft villages.
Arriving at Thanh Ha Pottery Village in the afternoon after a trip to My Son Sanctuary, I was impressed by the wriggled alleys into the village and fascination pottery display area.
Below is my review on Thanh Ha village, including information and tips to plan a great trip there.
Formed from the sixteenth century, Thanh Ha Pottery Village is one of the oldest pottery villages in Vietnam.
This village is located right on the banks of Thu Bon River, about 3km from Hoi An ancient town.
Over five centuries, Thanh Ha pottery village still preserves its traditional pottery-making process, which is to manually shape pottery by hand and foot pedal without using molds.
This method creates a unique feature in this village’s ceramic products.
Nowadays, Thanh Ha ceramic products are mainly used for decoration and display purposes.
The whole village has 23 households producing pottery with over 100 employees. Every year, they produce about 400,000 products.
The primary material that is used Thanh Ha pottery products is brown clay taken from Thu Bon river.
Visiting Thanh Ha village, you will have an excellent opportunity to witness the process of creating beautiful ceramic products from talented and skillful craftsmen.
The product shaping process must have two people. One person stands on the ground with one leg while the other foot kicks the turntable and two hands kneading the clay.
After the potters form the shape of the ceramic products, they will take these products out to the sun.
The products are then baked in traditional wood stoves which are initially set fire about 7-8 hours.
Thanh Ha pottery village is located at the edge of the city, but it’s really easy to get there from Hoi An.
From Hoi An old town, you can follow Tran Hung Dao street, then continue on Hung Vuong street until seeing Thanh Ha market at the intersection.
Continue about 3 minutes on Duy Tan street until you get to the ticket booth.
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I recommend downloading Maps.me app for an offline map, or you can buy a SIM Card and use 4G on your trip for better orientation.
There are 2 areas in Thanh Ha pottery village: the pottery village of the villagers and the private terracotta park located in the village.
You can buy tickets to visit a whole village or just one area you like. Entrance tickets cost between 15,000 and 30,000 VND, including:
Thanh Ha pottery village still retains its ancient features in the architecture. The houses have a low fence of trees and using pottery as the decoration.
Don’t miss this amazing park!
Thanh Ha Terracotta Park is the highlight of this pottery village. The park displays several beautiful ceramic miniatures of global landmark buildings.
The entrance ticket to Thanh Ha Terracotta Park is separated from the entrance to the village itself.
Ticket price: 30,000 VND/ person. Please note that the price may be increased on your time of visit.
A-DIY-Pottery-Wheel is my favorite part of the visit to Thanh Ha Pottery Village. As I hadn’t experienced this before, I had a blast trying to create my pottery.
The potter family was kind and instructed me on the technique and showed me how it was done.
I then had a chance to try to do it on my own. And it was super fun!
This activity was already included in the entrance ticket to Thanh Ha Pottery village.
There are plenty of local houses that have the sign “making your pottery” so you can enter and ask them.
Discovering Thanh Ha village, you are not only able to immerse in a rustic and peaceful town but also be spoiled with choosing souvenirs for your friends and family.
One of the unique ceramic products here is To He or called as the whistling or the blowing animal.
It takes the shape of an animal such as buffalo, cow, cat, or pig, with the belly has a small hole, so it will make a sound when you blow.
The price of these products is affordable, and there’s a variety of choices.
As Thanh Ha village is located nicely along Thu Bon river, don’t forget to walk along the small alley and enjoy a beautiful sunset (or just a peaceful evening walk).
You will see the twelve Zodiac statues here too!
I saw this temple while walking along Thu Bon bank.
It was interesting that the place still reserves the images of Vietnam in the old-time: the banyan tree, water wharves, temple, and religious beliefs.
After walking around and doing fun activities, it’s time to relax. You can spot some local places for food and drink in this village.
Before leaving the village, don’t forget to stop at the shop for your little ceramic souvenir!
Note: You will need to show your entrance ticket, so keep it tight!
Terracotta Homestay is an interesting choice if you decide to stay in this traditional village for a night or two.
Otherwise, there are plenty of places in Hoi An that you can stay.
Pho Hoi Riverside Resort is a great stay if you’re looking for a relaxing time in the ancient town.
If you’re a solo traveler, I strongly recommend the Tribee hostels in Hoi An: Tribee Kinh, Tribee Cotu, Tribee Ede and Tribee Cham.
These hostels are of the best in Hoi An, and they offer fun free activities for travelers (street food tour, bike tour, spring roll class). However, the rooms are sold out really fast, so don’t forget to book yours early.
I didn’t take the tour on my trip to Thanh Ha village Hoi An, but I saw most of the visitors were on tour at that time.
The tour seemed to be crowded, and the visitors couldn’t stop much to enjoy the activity. I’d suggest exploring this lovely village on your own pace if you’re not in a rush.
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