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Hoi An

General Info
Hoi An is a city on the coast in the South Central of Vietnam, in Quang Nam province, 30km from Danang international airport, about 850km from Hanoi and roughly the same distance from Ho Chi Minh city. 
It is a little beautiful town by the bank of Thu Bon River with old houses, shops and little temples line along small streets that bear the trace of hundreds of years.
The ancient quarter of Hoi An is rather small, just within walking distance but is kind of place you may get stuck for few days. There are lots to do and to kill your time here.

Hoi An or Faifo used to be  the largest international ports and was an important trading centre in the south of Vietnam in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Here, merchants from different corners of the World came to exchange business. There were Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, English, French, Japanese, Chinese and so on gathered along at this harbour to have their product traded. Hoi An became an important call on the sea trading route from the East to the West and within Asia. During that time, Japanese and Chinese built lots of house and shops to serve their business as well as their stay here. As a result, Hoi An architecture is a mix of between Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese traditional style. The legacy of that prosperous time remains until today with houses, shops, family chapels, and clan temples and so on concentrated along the river bank on some street now called Hoi An ancient town. All most all of them are still in good condition though some hundreds of years has passed by.
The importance of Hoi An just declined in the middle of 19th century when the river was gradually silted up, forcing cargo ships to call at Da Nang harbor and leaving Hoi An almost untouched and out of changes that happen in the country for more than hundred years.
Hoi An was recognized by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage in 1999 for its exceptional historical and cultural values.

Hoi An today is a living museum with its vivid character of ancient architecture, peaceful but lively atmosphere, colorful appearance of all type of products and people who living there.
Many bars, hotels, and resorts have been constructed both in Hoi An and the surrounding area. It’s a great place to wander around and is called paradise for shoppers especially fashion lovers.
Every month on the full moon, the Town is lighten up by thousands of lanterns hanging on the front door of every house and on the river as well make it a magical land.
Hoi An is also the place of good food, especially traditional style. Pick up a good restaurant or café is never been a difficult affair.
One or two day is not enough for this town; you surely need more than that. Just walk around, call into some museums or temple, take some best photo and enjoy your shopping.
Hoi An countryside is a great place to mingle yourself into peaceful natural and discover rural life style of Vietnam. Further a bit, for half day tour you can visit My Son, the holly land of the Champa Kingdom, one of World heritage in the county or drop at Marble Mountain to have a climb for a marvelous sightseeing.
Cua Dai beach, just four km from Hoi An center offers a great chance for swimming and relaxing…
Hoi An, a very charming town, though not very big but enough for you to have unforgettable experience.