Hoi An

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About 30 km from Danang in the South-West, is one of the oldest cities in South-East Asia. During 17th and 18th centuries, Hoi An was a busy commercial port for the exchange of commodities between the West and the East. Merchants from Japan, China, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, and other trading vessels came here to deal in valuable products like silk, fabrics, elephant tusks, jewelry gold, pepper and cinnamon... Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture. After the Thu Bon River linking Hoi An to the sea silted up ocean going ships were no longer able to sail into town and trade therefore moved 30km up the coast to Tourane, known nowadays as Danang.

 

Recognized bu UNESCO as Cultural Heritage Site, Hoi an is a living museum offering ancient Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture and traditional Vietnamese hospitality. Centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was 200 years ago. Time has stood still. A walking tour is the best way to see the wooden-fronted former homes of merchants, the Japanese-covered Bridge and the wonderfully authentic market. You`ll pass galleries, tailor shops and pagodas with clay-tiled roofs. Hoi An is also one of the best places in Vietnam to shop for souvenirs at bargain prices including silk, handicrafts, antiques and paintings. Peer into the windows of an old shop-house and the scene is straight out of the 19th century: round Chinese cloth lanterns, dark wooden beams, intricately carved teak furniture, lacquer screens, an ornate, gilded altar.

Some of the must see sites include the Phuc Kien Pagoda, Quan Cong temple, Hoi An Museum, Chua Cau pagoda, Japanese Bridge, Candy factory, Cantonese Pagoda, Phung Hung old House, Tan Ky old House...
A relaxing activities in Hoi An are to hire a boat from the waterside by the market place for a cruise on Thu Bon river or a cycle a bicycle between the nearby paddy fields...

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