"A charming piece of History" Top 5 Page for this destination Hoi An by SirRichard

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A traditional port

Hoi An is one of the most charming towns in Vietnam, and probably the one that mantains untouched the feeling of "old times", as most of the cities in Vietnam have somehow been affected by recent wars...
It is located in the mid coast, 30 kms south of Danang.
There are many hotels and restaurants, and the old centre is am easily walkable area, closed to traffic and a very romantic place too ;-)

A bit of History

Hoi An was one of the main ports of SE Asia since the 17th century. At the same range as Macau, Melaka... this spot was a main stop for Dutch, Portuguese, Chines and Japanese vessels till the end of the 19th century.
It has been recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, so it is well preserved and restored.

A Museum-City

All the city old center is considered like a natural size museum. They have an original visiting system:
You can walk around the streets on your own, but if you want to visit any of the museums, private shrines, public buildings... you have to buy a ticket that allows you to visit 1 museum, 1 old house, 1 Assembly Hall and 1 traditional arts center.
If you wanna visit (let's say) 3 museums and nothing else you will have to buy anyway 3 tickets books!!!

  • Last visit to Hoi An: Aug 2003
  • Intro Written Sep 29, 2003
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  • Jontxu's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Muy buenos tips!! Se agradecen paginas asi! En octubre espero poder caminar por esas calles... :o)

  • albaaust's Profile Photo
    Jul 12, 2006 at 1:23 AM

    Evocative pics and some great tips Joaquin. Did you get a suit made?I am thinking of getting one made in Hoi An.

  • ellielou's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2006 at 3:57 PM

    lovely and helpful tips...second time to Vietnam, first time to Hoi An (had wondered if it was far too touristy...but didn't look that way from your photos & text...) thanks!

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2005 at 2:56 AM

    I'd love to visit Hoi An and taste the Cao Lau and the "White Rose" :-) great pics and tips, esp the cover shot!!

  • aussiedoug's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2004 at 5:54 AM

    Vietnam is on my wish list & Hoi An is one of the many places I'd like to visit so thank you for the infornative & helpful tips. Cheers from downunder Joaquin!

  • Jan 27, 2004 at 3:36 AM

    I'm impressed! I'm off to Vietnam on Friday (taking the train from Beijing-Hanoi)_ and I must say that your pictures and stories have eradicated alot of the fairs I had about travelling alone to this country. thanks for the tips. Mr. A. Knowles .

  • epicult's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2003 at 4:26 PM

    Sir-J... Thanks for the tips! I'm heading to VN in Feb and I'm sure I'll have a few questions for you in the meantime. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of your tips. Cheers!

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2003 at 8:01 AM

    Wonderful old style! I enjoyed this page, pics and text. You're right about the morning light, like specks of gold in the air.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2003 at 8:12 AM

    That's a great page Joaquin! is that you under the water? :-p

  • Sharon's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2003 at 2:43 PM

    If i had any doubt its surely gone now ! Hoi An looks so charming and inviting. i just hope i'll be able to make it sooner then it looks like... Great Page Joaquin.


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