Ancient and peaceful, Hoi An is recognized one of the most attractive travel city in Asia by Smart Travel Asia magazine that caters to travelers of all tastes and across the continents.
The Hoi An ancient town takes great pride in its remaining of very-old traditional culture that was the harmonious mix of Vietnam, France, China and Japan. This little town is an extremely perfect candidate of what Vietnam tourism ministry is aiming to show to the world. Hoi An has its really unique beauty that attracts a large number of visitors from many different countries all over the world such as China, Japan, Singaporean and other Western countries. Visitors who come to Hoi An are not only impressive by the undisturbed and warm surrounding but also by the welcoming and hospitable local peoples. It is very easy for you to surprise a closely eyes or lovely smile. They sincerely welcome visitors by the most enthusiasm and elegant. LOCATION Hoi An is a beautiful city in Vietnam, just about 30km to the south of Da Nang. The Ancient Town of Hoi An is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perfectly situated between Hue Capital and My Son Holy Land, Hoi An is also commonly used as the base for half-day trips to a cluster of abandoned and partially ruins of My Son Holy Land, another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the west of the Central Highlands. HISTORY Hoi An has been through a few centuries of history, but still remains as in the very first days of its being born. Taking a look back to its history, the centuries-old international seaport has experienced many ups and downs. Its two main historical landmarks are the occupying of the Janpanese & Chinese, and the Western (Dutch and Spanish) during the 16th and 17th centuries. During the period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Sea Town) in Vietnamese. Originally Hai Pho was a divided town, because across the "Japanese Bridge", it used to be the Japanese settlement (16th-17th century). Then it was known to the French and Spanish as Faifo, a major international port city. Mixing together with Vietnamese design, Chinese & Japanese and the Western accents melt and create a picture-perfect Hoi An of the late 19th century, which it has somehow remained mostly intact since. The end product is an oddly strange-yet-familiar sight that exists nowhere else in the world. NATURAL CONDITION Whoever coming to Hoi An could not deny that it is favored by nature. The weather here is typically tropical. Hoi An is comparatively warm especially during the entire year, and can be classified into two main categories namely wet and dry seasons. The daily temperature rises beyond 70o F reaching mid 60o F especially during the nighttime. Travellers should really take a journey here and enjoy Hoi An weather! CULTURE Architecture A series of old-architectured lanes and houses with nearly 100% cristinely left from the initial buildings will be shown off to the tourist. Hoi An is providential to be a cultural crossroads of the Cham culture in the very first southward expansion of Dai Viet ( the Vietnamese nation more than 5 centuries ago encroaching on the Indianized Kingdom of Champa, which covered much of what is now central Vietnam), the Asian (Janpanese, Chinese, Indian), and the Western ones during their trading here in the 16th century. Festivals Festivals in Hoi An is one of the most significant thing tourists coming to Hoi An should not miss. Full Moon Festival is held on the 14th and the Lantern Festival is held on the 15th of every lunar month, when the Old Town becomes even more festive than usual, active and marvelously decorated with colorful lights and lamps along every lane. While all electrical equipment is off, leaving the Old Quarter bathed in the warm glow of colored silk, glass and paper lanterns.. A sparkling, romantic and mysterious view is opened, stimulating anybody’s curiosity and eye feed! Last but not least, Tet Trung Thu, as it is known in Vietnam, or the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, is a wonderful ancient festival that revolves around children. The festival, held annually on the 15th of Lunar August in Hoi An, helps create the most charming and picturesque night of the year. It involves the customs of moon contemplation, procession of stars & moon using shaped lanterns, lion dance, as well as parties with moon cakes and fruits. Religion The 14th day of the lunar month is a Buddhist day of worship. Hoi An residents place offerings of food and incense on their ancestral altars and visit one of Hoi An's many pagodas. The scent of incense and the sounds of people singing add to the town's enchanted atmosphere. Visitors will get a rare glimpse into another era – the very far away period of our ancestors, and discovering it themselves.
Place to visit
Hoi An is most famous for the Ancient Town, its places of interest are of full historically classical meaning and image. Walking around the Old town of Hoi An, tourist are sure to be fascinated by endless reminiscences of a past time when the old town was a major commercial port, a center of cultural interminglement among Vietnamese, Chinese and Japan. For those who want to picture these streams of history the most, there are some destinations is definitely must-come: Hoi An traditional art performance Theatre Cau Pagoda Old House of Tan Ky Cua Dai Beach My Son Holy Land Cham Island