About Hoi An in Central Vietnam

Hoi An Ancient Town, UNESCO World Heritage Site in Central Vietnam

Hoi An is a tourists paradise, there is so much to do in the Hoi An and Central Vietnam that we are very happy to showcase all these interesting sights and adventures. Hoi An and Da Nang both offer interesting adventures for both the young and the old.  From Bike tours to boat tours, from Tailors and Temples – this area of Vietnam is not only beautiful but excitingly fun. Here we aim to make learning about these areas easy, and getting around Hoi An as simple as if you were a local.

Hoi An's famous riverside

Hoi An’s famous riverside

Hoi An and Da Nang

When traveling through central Vietnam, without doubt you will be spending the majority of your time in at least one of these fascinating and very different cities. Hoi An, with its picturesque narrow alley ways, historic yellow houses and water buffalo filled fields gives you a charming glance back in time. Adding to the allure of this area is how well Hoi An has fused “the old” and “the new” Age old souvenir stores sit side by side with more Western orientated restaurants and fashion outlets. This area has succeeded in maintaining the same historical visual magic that attracted traders from all over the world so very long ago.

Today many tours and excursions are available.  Explore the town in your own time by bicycle, take a traditional boat over to Cam Kim island or hire a guide to experience the ancient My Son ruins.  Whatever your age or taste, Hoi An has something that you will remember forever. This website is here to help you find out what that “something” might be.

The in Hoi An website is here to help you navigate through Central Vietnam and design your own, unique holiday in this very special part of the world.  For more information on the rich history of Hoi An read on below.

History of Hoi An

Lying 30 km south of Da Nang City, this site was once the largest harbour in South East Asia and was known as Lam Ap Pho (Champa City). Today, it is a relaxing tourist town that has restricted vehicles from its streets and offers a multitude of experiences, sights and sounds.  This UNESCO World heritage site is said to be one of Asia’s finest preserved pieces of history.

Hoi An Map

The early history of Hoi An belongs to the Cham people who lived in the area up until the 18th century.  The name “Hoi An” translated as “peaceful meeting place” and was home to some of the most sophisticated craftsmen the world has known.  It is an extremely well preserved South East Asian port and is one of the oldest and most significant ports in all of Asia.

Between the 7th and 10th centuries the Cham people controlled the spice trade between India, the West and the rest of Asia.  However shortly thereafter, Hoi An lost its large port status when the river mouth became silted up and un-navigable.

Da Nang City became the new major trading port as an influx of Chinese, Japanese, Dutch and French merchants made their way to Central Vietnam.  The shift in trading power left  Hoi An virtually unchanged for  200 years, immune  to the rapid changes happening around the rest of the county.

 

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