Holidays in Hoi an
Heritage, beauty and a wonderful atmosphere are all on offer in this ancient, thriving port town.
Hoi An in a nutshell:
The grand splendour of an ancient, bustling trading hub is still in ample evidence in the historic Vietnamese town of Hoi An. The magnificent old architecture, boasting many international influences, is aptly reflected in the town's new-found identity as a welcoming, cosmopolitan tourist destination.
Hoi An holidays
Hoi An manages to be grand and historic, whilst maintaining a calm and laid-back atmosphere. Everywhere you look you will find evidence of the town's incredible journey, from the bustling main port of the ancient Cham Kingdom, surviving a century of decline, to today's thriving, cosmopolitan Hoi An - a firm destination on Vietnam's tourist trail. The surviving heritage of the Old Town embodies the global importance that this port had in its heyday - reflected in the Chinese temples, old tea warehouses and rambling Japanese merchant houses. This area is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Whilst ancient culture, history and heritage are still vital to the identity of Hoi An, there's plenty more here for the modern tourist - from restaurants and art galleries to a plethora of tailoring and craft shops.
The international influences in Hoi An are also reflected in its wonderful Japanese Covered Bridge. The bridge dates right back to the early 1600s, when the town still had a thriving Japanese community, but thanks to a 1980s renovation, both the bridge and its delightful pagoda can once again be enjoyed in all their glory.
Back in the Old Town you will find a wonderful collection of museums - including the Museum of Folk Culture, documenting the customs and dress of rural Vietnam, along with the Museum of Trade Ceramics and Museum of Sa Huynh Culture. There are plenty of houses open to visitors, displaying the traditional style, structure and layout of Hoi An homes. You can also explore the Chinese congregation halls, offering calm and ornate oases constructed by expatriates from China.
Hoi An is much more than just a town - it's an experience. That's why one of the most popular tourist activities is simply to take a gentle evening stroll around the Old Town, enjoying the display of lanterns, browsing the wares for sale, and simply soaking up the beautiful atmosphere of this magical place. This is also, of course, the perfect time to sample some of Hoi An's delicious cuisine, whether you grab a tasty bite to eat from the numerous street vendors, or enjoy the full restaurant experience.
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