Authorities in Hoi An ancient town have installed more ticket booths and doubled the number of its personnel as it started collecting entry fees from groups of tourists from May 15 2023
Dozens of tourist groups arrive in the ancient town on Monday afternoon.
On Ly Thuong Kiet Street, around 1 km from the center of the old town, 45-seat buses drop guests off. Then their tour guide comes to booths to buy entry tickets for them.
One of the two new ticket counters set up at the parking lot area. On Ly Thuong Kiet Street, the counter is staffed by the Center for Culture, Sports and Television of Hoi An.
Ticket prices will be VND120,000 ($5.10) for international visitors and VND80,000 for Vietnamese.
Visitors then board an electric bus to move to Song Hoai Square, paying VND10,000 per person. Each bus carries at least five people.
Staff standing at the beginning of Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa pedestrian street checks tickets from groups of tourists to let them enter the old town.
Tourists wait for their tour guides to buy entry tickets.
The number of guides and those in charge of controlling and managing tickets has nearly doubled in recent times.
Two foreign tourists buy tickets at a counter.
A group of tourists visit Phung Hung ancient house on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street.
Domestic tourists with a VND80,000 ticket can choose to visit four destinations while foreign tourists with a VND120,000 ticket can explore six places among the Pagoda Bridge, Cam Pho communal house, Quan Cong (Guan Yu) temple, Hoi An museum, Phuc Kien, Quang Dong and Trieu Chau Assembly Halls, and several other ancient houses.
A representative of the Center for Culture, Sports and Television of Hoi An said that during the first day of carrying out the fee collection, Hoi An sold 4,500 tickets.
On Monday, Hoi An authorities also opened the one-kilometer-long Phan Chau Trinh pedestrian street. It is reserved for pedestrians from 5:30-9:30 p.m. every day.