Hoi An

Hoi An

Things to do - general

Over the last few years, Hoi An has become a very popular tourist destination in Vietnam. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO under the criteria C (II) and criteria C (V):

  • Criterion (II): Hoi An is an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time in an international commercial port.
  • Criterion (V): Hoi An is an exceptionally well preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port.

Occupied by early western traders, Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled down.

Sports & nature

Tourists can visit the relics of the Sa Huynh and Cham cultures. They can also enjoy the beautiful scenery of the romantic Hoi An River, Cua Dai Beach, and Cham Island.Sports and nature image

Culture and history info

No fluorescent lights, no motorcycles, no television, on the 15th day of each lunar month, the riverside town of Hoi An gives modern life the night off.

In a wood-fronted shop a woman in traditional dress sits at a desk, bathed in the light of a lantern made from a simple bamboo fish-trap. Outside, two old men are absorbed in a candlelit game of Chinese checkers. Hoi An, a sleepy riverside town in the central province of Quang Nam. In the air of legendary, just experience the existence by tasting and feeling.

Hoi An has long been a cultural crossroad. More than five centuries ago the Vietnamese nation of Dai Viet expanded its territory southwards, encroaching on the Indianized Kingdom of Champa, which covered much of what is now central Vietnam. Hoi An, located on the Hoai River, emerged when Japanese and Chinese traders built a commercial district there in the 16th century.

These diverse cultural influences remain visible today. Visitors will find Hoi An's Old Quarter lined with two-storey Chinese shops, their elaborately carved wooden facades and moss-covered tile roofs having withstood the ravages of more than 300 years of weather and warfare. These proud old buildings, which back onto the river, remind visitors of another era, when Hoi An's market was filled with wares from as far afield as India and Europe. Colourful guildhalls, founded by ethnic Chinese from Guangdong and Fujian provinces, stand quietly, a testament to the town's trading roots.

While Hoi An's old-fashioned charm is always visible, on the 15th of every lunar month modernity takes another step back. On these evenings the town turns off its street lamps and fluorescent lights, leaving the Old Quarter bathed in the warm glow of coloured silk, glass and paper lanterns. In ancient times, Vietnamese people made lamps out of shallow bowls filled with oil. Later, foreign traders introduced lanterns, ranging from round and hexagonal designs from China to diamond and star shaped ones from Japan.

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Hoi an motorcycle tour to My Son :35$/pax

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My Son tour by bus and boat: Price: 11$/pax

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Hoi An - Hue or Hue - Hoi An: ( 1 day - 175km)

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This tour can also start from Hue We will follow the small road through the rice fields to visit the More info
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My son sanctuary half day deluxe group tour

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Hoi An Deluxe Group Tours are series of daily and weekly departure tours for bringing clients more c More info
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Hoi An Deluxe Group Tour: price 38$/pax

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Hoi An Deluxe Group Tours are series of daily and weekly departure tours for bringing clients more c More info
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Hoi An Bicycle Tour - Price: 37$/pax

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Visit Hoian you will see how craftsmans make a lantern and have a chance to enjoy making the lantern More info
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Impression of Cham Island - Prices : 32$/pax

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Highlights: Cham island, Hai Tang pagoda, the boat shelter, local market, Chong village and snorkeli More info
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