Hoi An

Known as Faifo, Hoi An was once a major trading port of Asia in the 16 and 17th centuries. Despite the ravages of times and war, the ancient town remains much the same as it was in its heyday. The small town boasts an outstanding example of the cultural fusion between Vietnam and the outside world. This is a place for every kind of traveler: a UNESCO World Heritage Site with exceptional well-preserved architectures, slow-paced way of life, sandy beaches, custom-made suits and tasty dishes. A walking tour is the best way to see its entire ancient town.

Hoi An
The Japanese Covered Bridge is the symbol of the town. It was built in the 16th century by the Japanese with a Buddhist temple built into the bridge’s northern side.  The bridge is free for crossing except a small fee is required if you call on the temple.

There are many old houses and Tan Ky House is not the oldest yet one of the best preserved one through seven generations. The dark timber facade, quaint doorway and inner courtyard are typical of Chinese-Fukien design. Inside, decorations include Chinese characters inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

In a town full of historical and architectural landmarks, Fujian Assembly Hall is not to be missed. Once a gathering place for Chinese merchants, today it serves as one of the city’s largest and most ornate temples.

Hoi An has some museums highlighting the region’s history, including Museum of Sa Huynh culture with a collection of artifacts from the Sa Huynh culture dating to over 2,000 years ago. Next, the Museum of trade ceramics was established in 1995 in a wooden house.

If you want to discover the rural life, travel out the old town to traditional villages, in which Kim Bong woodworking village for its carpentry and traditional woodcarving products. The village craftsmen contributed their skills to many different architectural structures, including Hue Imperial capital. Just a couple of kilometers Northeastern Hoi An, Tra Que herb village is renowned for growing many kinds of vegetables and herbs.  A tour to Tra Que often involves in watching and joining some farming activities, learning to cook some simple dishes.

Five kilometers from the town, Cua Dai Beach is popular with both locals and travelers alike for its sandy beach, warm water and fresh seafood. A cluster of 8 small islands that can be approachable from Cua Dai Beach is called Cham Islands.  The islands are set in aquamarine sea, making it an ideal excursion for diving and snorkeling the corals and marine life.

A half-day trip from Hoi An is My Son Sanctuary, where the capital of the once great Champa Kingdom situated.

The ancient town is known throughout Vietnam for its own unique dishes such as Cao Lau (a delicious combination of noodles, pork, bean sprouts, mint and croutons). It is also one of the best places in Vietnam for fast yet excellent quality custom-made clothing, silk, handicrafts, antiques and paintings.

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