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 of Thanh Ha village, including information and tips to plan a great trip there.
Before visiting Thanh Ha Pottery Village
Where to stay: Thanh Ha village is close to Hoi An, so you can stay in Hoi An and get to Thanh Ha by bike or boat. I recommend booking hotels in Hoi An in advance.
Itinerary: If you don’t have much time in Hoi An, taking a tour to My Son sanctuary before visiting Thanh Ha village is a great idea.
Travel insurance: I recommend purchasing travel insurance when traveling. You can read more information here.
About Thanh Ha Pottery Village
Formed in 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.
How to make the pottery
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 in Thanh Ha pottery products is brown clay taken from the 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 artisans.
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 on fire for about 7 – 8 hours.
How to get to Thanh Ha Pottery Village from Hoi An
Thanh Ha pottery village is located at the edge of the city, but it’s easy to get there from Hoi An.
From Hoi An old town, you can follow Tran Hung Dao streetand then continue on Hung Vuong street until seeing the Thanh Ha market at the intersection.
Continue about 3 minutes on Duy Tan street until you get to the ticket booth.
It takes the shape of an animal such as a 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.
Watching the sunset on Thu Bon river
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!
Visit Xuan My temple
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.
Relax at a cafe
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.
Receiving your gift
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!
Where to stay in Thanh Ha Village
Terracotta Homestay is an interesting choice if you decide to stay in this traditional village for a night or two.
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 fast, so don’t forget to book yours early.