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VIETNAM FACTS > HOI AN

 

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O
nce known as Faifo, Hoi An- Vietnam was one of the orient’s major trading ports in the 16th and 17th centuries. 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 moved 30km up the coast to Tourane, known nowadays as Da Nang

Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday. A walking tour is the best way to see the wooden-fronted houses that once belonged to the town’s prosperous merchants, the Japanese-covered Bridge and the wonderful market. Hoi An is one of the best places in Vietnam to shop for souvenirs at bargain prices including silk, handicrafts, antiques and paintings.

Five kilometers from the centre of town is Cua Dai Beach, popular with both locals and visitors alike, for its sandy beach, warm sea and seafood stalls. Hoi An is known throughout Vietnam for its excellent seafood and it also boasts its own unique dishes such as Cao Lau, a delicious combination of noodles, pork, bean sprouts, mint and croutons.

Inland and a half-day trip from Hoi An is My Son, where the capital of the once great Champa Kingdom stood. The Chams, Hindus originally from India, were the rulers of large areas of central Vietnam between the  2nd and 15th centuries. The Cham Museum, housed in a classical French colonial building in Da Nang, has the finest collection of Cham sculpture in the world, much of it originating from the My Son site.

Right on Da Nang’s doorstep is Non Nuoc Beach with its miles of golden sand beaches and home to a luxurious beach resort complex. Another popular site in the Da Nang area is the Marble Mountains, five sacred marble and limestone hills. Many shrines and temples have been constructed over the centuries both on the hillsides and in the spectacular natural caves concealed within the hills.

Hoi An- Vietnam Highlights

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The 200 year-old merchants’ houses, Japanese-covered Bridge and Chinese assembly halls to discover Hoi An’s historical past

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Visit the market in the centre of town to experience the sights and sounds of an authentic traditional market

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Hoi An’s Tran Phu Street for its silk shops, ceramics and art galleries

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My Son for the ruins of the capital of the ancient Champa Kingdom

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Non Nuoc for sandy beaches and warm blue seas

   
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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