Hear about Hoi An and people often think about its colorful lantern shops crossing the quiet street along the poetic Thu Bon River, Quang Nam Province. In the past, Hoi An used to be a bustling international trading port during the 15th to 19th century, a meeting point of Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Western traders. Nowadays, tourists come here to enjoy Hoi An’s well-preserved historic, cultural beauty and traditional architecture. Explore the little Hoian by sightseeing Chinese and Japanese influent historic monuments and enjoy local tasty specialties.
Being one of the five World Heritages of Vietnam as designated by UNESCO, Hoian ancient town still maintains lots of characters of a former central seaport, before Danang took this role. First, stroll around the tile-roofed Japanese Bridge, the symbol of Hoi An. This 18 meters bridge was built by the donation of Japanese businessman, so it has that name in spite of strong influenced Vietnamese structure. Visit taciturn Chinese Assembly Halls, ancient houses and trading houses of Hoian to understand how the Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese architectural styles have mixed up here after the presence of traders from all these countries. Enjoy lunch with Hoian “Cao Lau” and other Hoian specialties. In the afternoon, visit Non Nuoc Beach – where the American named and used to have their Rest and Relaxation. Then come to the Marble Mountain, also called Ngu Hanh Son, consist of the five elements in the Universe (the highest Thuy Son – water, Moc Son – wood, Kim Son – metal, Hoa Son – fire and Tho Son – soil). This is also a great place to learn about Vietnamese nature and Asian Fengshui.