Hoi An used to be an international trade center by sea on the east area in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was the busiest trading port in Dang Trong region of Vietnam during the reign of Nguyen as merchants from Japan, China, Portugal, Spain, Holland…often stopped over to exchange and purchase commodities. Hoi An Ancient Town is located 30km south of Danang City, and 60km northeast of Tam Ky.
Hoi An was an important meeting place of many cultures, such as Champa, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese, and has been greatly impacted upon by Vietnamese and Chinese civilization. In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.
Today, the town is a tourist attraction because of its history, traditional architecture and crafts such as textiles and ceramics. Many bars, hotels, and resorts have been constructed both in Hội An and the surrounding area. The port mouth and boats are still used for both fishing and tourism.
When to go?
The best time to visit Hoi An is between February and April, October to December when rainfall is low and temperatures are comfortable. From May to July is also good but very hot due to hard summer.
How to get there?
– By Air: The closest airport is in Danang City; from there you take a car drive 45 minutes to Hoian town.
– By Bus: You’ll find every regular bus connection to and from Hue (4 hours drive), Da Nang (1 hour drive) and Nha Trang (12 hours drive).
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