Widely regarded as one of Vietnam’s most pleasant tourist destinations, the riverside town of Hoi An has seen its fortunes rise and fall throughout the centuries. Nowadays, Hoi An offers a delightful blend of ancient culture and modern tourist comforts, with crumbling merchant houses and temples standing door to door with chic bars and boutique hotels.
A major trading port since the 15th century, Hoi An sank into gradual oblivion in the 19th century when the Thu Bon River silted up, meaning that ships could no longer enter its docks, and was superseded by Da Nang as the region’s main port shortly thereafter. It shot back to prominence in the 1990s with the meteoric rise of tourism in Southeast Asia, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Hoi An enjoys a reputation for being affordable and easy to get around both on foot and by bicycle, and it is also a short ride away from the quiet, sandy beaches of An Bang. Try some of the world’s best food, take a lantern-lit boat ride and see for yourself why Hoi An routinely ranks among top cities to visit in Asia.
At just 3km away from Hoi An, An Bang is for those who would like to escape the hustle and bustle of Hoi An.
Come and haggle at the market with the locals for a plethora of goods and services ranging from traditional clothes and handicrafts to local noodles dishes.
Phung Hung Old House, meaning the house of prosperity, provides an opportunity to see how wealthy Vietnamese merchants lived in the 17th and 18th century.
This is a temple dedicated to the heroic Chinese General, Mieu Quang Cong, and a place to immerse yourself in time-honoured Chinese calligraphy, murals and sculptures.
Come and see the 17th century hall developed by six wealthy migrant families from the Fujian Province of China and pay respects to the sea deity Mazu.
The conserved old house of Tan Ky is a place to see how wealthy merchants lived in the 18th century and a chance to see their antiques collection.
This antique Japanese bridge with articulate design and embellished traditional Asian carvings is your gateway to the ancient town.
A place of remembrance where people come to pay homage to the four travelling merchants who were tragically killed without mercy.
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