Set on the bank of Thu Bon River in Quang Nam province, Hoi An, formerly known as Faifo, with the history of over thousands years, used to be a famous international trading port in the 17th century.
The town has been deeply influenced by all Chinese, Japanese and European cultures, which is now still well preserved and can be clearly seen in local architecture and art, and creates a unique atmosphere of an ancient trading center.
Hoi An Old Town has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage in 1999 and is well-known for its ancient and charming constructions such as Tan Ky house – dated back to the 19th century, which clearly shows the Chinese and Japanese styles of architecture; the Japanese Covered Bridge – a special structure built in the late 16th century with roof and a small temple in the northern side; and Chuc Thanh pagoda – the oldest pagoda in Hoi An. Apart from the town, you can also take a trip to relax at Cua Dai beach, just about 5km away; or explore the ruins of My Son – initially a religious center of Cham Kingdom.
There are open-tour minibuses departing daily from Danang to Hoi An, which takes about an hour and a half. When you reach the town, you can rent a bike to easily get around the small streets and enjoy the ride with the scenic landscapes. Especially, if you come here on the full moon day of the 8th Lunar month, you can enjoy Hoi An Legendary Night, a festive event in which people light up all the lantern, perform songs and sell a lot of traditional food.