HOI AN

Telephone code : 0510

One of South East Asias busiest ports back in the 16th century , when it was home to a thriving HOI ANpopulationof Japanese and Chinese merchants whose descendants still live there today. This mixed cultural heritage can be seen today in the town architecture, with the famous Japanese covered bridge and houses built in the medieval Chinese style . Unesco last year named the town as one of Vietnams four World Heritage sites . Hoi An is now part of Quang Nam province, a moutainous area with many oeaks over 2,000m.

Highlights

Japanese Bridge

Built in 1593 by the towns Japanese community. The bridge links Tran Phu and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai streets.

Phuoc Kien Assembly HallFloating Market

At 46 Tran Phu, the place where merchants from Fujian province (Phuoc Kien in Vietnamses) in China used to gather.

Quan Cong Temple

At 24 Tran Phu in the north side of the Hoi An market , this temple is dedicated to Quan Cong, a Chinese general.

Cua Dai Beach’

Great beach 5km of Hoi An town . Sit in a deckchair and dine on seafood.

Getting There

Bus The usual way of getting to Hoi An is to take a bus from DaNang bus station (at33 Dien Bien Phu). Hoi An bus station is 1km west of the town centre,at 74 Huynh Thuc Khang; open 5am-5pm.

Around Hoi An

Tra Kieu Citadel

A 15th century Champa fortress in Duy Xuyen distric.

Chien Dan Tower

Built in the 11th century in honour of the Champas Hindu deities . In Tan Ky town, 55km west of Hoi An.

Suoi Tien Springs

A noted beauty spot in Que Son distric, with 13 waterfalls nestled among mountains and forests.

My Son Sanctuary

The holy Champa city ,built in the fourth century , was recognised as a world heritage site in 1999. It was the sight of the important Cham intellectual and religious centre, and also served as a burial place for Cham monarchs. The monuments here are set in a verdant valley surrounded bu hills and shadowed by the massive Cats Tooth Mountain(Hon Quap). Clear brooks (perfect for a dip) run between the structures and past nearby coffee plantations. Most of the temple in My Son were dedicated to Cham kings associated with divinities.

Getting There

From Hoi An, an easy way to get there is to take a Hoi An Tourist Service Cominibus from 6 Tran Hung Dao ; tel: 861-373. You can also rent a car to get there from DaNang , about 55km away. or contact our office in Hoian

 

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