Located on the central coast of Vietnam, Hoi An is a town of unique charm that amazes many travellers from all over the world who come to admire its beauty. Hoi An has a population of nearly 130,000 people, who mainly earn a living through tourism. This port city is full of treasures and is also considered to be the pearl of central Vietnam. You will appreciate its charming and restful old town, which is crossed by many canals. The town has kept its authenticity over the years, and it is one of the few in Vietnam that has been spared from wars against the French and American armies.
The best season to visit Hoi An is between March and September, as you will be able to enjoy the dry season with warmer temperatures.
Originally, Hoi An was a thriving town, owing to the silk trade, its port, and its ideal location on the sea routes. During the French colonization period of Vietnam history, its official name was Faifo.
The old town of Hoi An in Vietnam has unique architecture and culture due to its Chinese, Japanese, French, and of course Vietnamese influences. This blend of European and Asian cultures can be found in houses, temples, and bridges, but is also reflected in the way people live, as well as in the kitchen.
The old town of Hoi An has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the late 1990s. Just over 800 buildings are known for their historical and architectural interest. The houses of Hoi An are easily recognizable by various characteristics such as yellow-coloured facades and brightly-coloured shutters. This rainbow of colours is reflected in the Thu Bon River that surrounds the town. On the doors of the houses, you can see the sign of the “yin and yang” which is a symbol of protection for the inhabitants. It is a real pleasure to stroll through the streets of Hoi An, a town of countless colours, flavours, and smells that will leave you speechless. Among the town’s most remarkable monuments, the Japanese pagoda bridge, called Chua Cau, is of particular interest. This emblematic bridge connects the neighbourhoods of the Japanese and Chinese communities, where you will find statues of dogs and monkeys at each end.
The town of Hoi An will not only charm you with its unusual architecture and pleasant atmosphere during the day, but it also offers you a beautiful show at nightfall. The streets of Hoi An are illuminated by thousands of lanterns in multiple colours and patterns.
Apart from its centre, Hoi An also has other interests. You can admire the calm of its countryside or enjoy the beach only three kilometers away. Various activities are offered by your local agency Atypical Vietnam, such as a bike ride in the middle of the rice fields, observing rice cultivation, an introduction to lantern making, or a kayak tour.
If you are interested in visiting the town of Hoi An, talk to your Travel Designer who can include it in your custom-made trip to Vietnam.