Hoi An ancient town
Hoi An Ancient Town is located at the downstream junction of Thu Bon River, belongs to the coastal plain of Quang Nam Province.
Hoi An was known in the international trade with many different names: Lam Ap, Faifo, Hoai Pho and Hoi An. For many centuries, Hoi An was used to be the meeting and exchanging place of many cultures in the world.
As the only Southeast Asia traditional port in Viet Nam and rare one in the world, Hoi An has kept almost intactly more than a thousand of architectural monuments such as streets, houses, assembly halls, temples, pagodas, shrines, ancient wells, ancient tombs… Most architectural works in Hoi An Ancient Town was built with traditional materials such as brick, wood… and no more than two floors. These architectures are characterised by a harmonious blend of Vietnamese, East and West influences. After many centuries, Hoi An is still respectful of its traditions, folk festivals, beliefs and sophisticated culinary art. Set in a quiet environment, Hoi An is surrounded by peaceful villages that have crafts such as carpentry, bronze making, ceramic…
Since December 1999, Hoi An Ancient Town has been recognized as World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Hoi An has ancient street rows that are preserved nearly to their original state. Ancient houses in Hoi An are characterized by wood and tubular male and female tiles throughout all streets, combining living space with the shops.
Main sightseeing points
Cau Pagoda, Quang Dong Club-house (Ong Pagoda), Phuc Kien Clubhouse, Trieu Chau Club-house, Hoi An Historic Museum, Hoi An Ceramic Museum, family churches, ancient houses including: Tan Ky, Diep Dong Nguyen, Phung Hung ancient house. Inside the ancient houses, there remain such items as altar, horizontal lacquered boards, pairs of wood panels and columns with sophisticatedly carved patterns. Hoi An is a living museum, an ancient city that was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO and the place which preserves the lifestyle of the ancient capital in Vietnam.
Hoi An is surrounded by some craft villages such as Tra Que vegetable village, Kim Bong carpentry village and Thanh Ha ceramic village.
Cua Dai seaside resort is 5km from Hoi An. It’s beach extends with smooth white sand, clean blue water and small waves. There are many famous health resorts here.
Coming to Hoi An, tourists may have quality clothes quickly tailored, buy decorative multi-colored lanterns and handmade souvenirs.
Two hours offshore to the east of Hoi An is Cu Lao Cham, a World Biosphere Reserve.