Tranquil, beautiful and cozy are how people say about Hoi An – one of the best ancient town in Vietnam. Coming to Hoi An, you will never forget the butterflies in your head when standing beside Hoi An riverside at night, when lanterns are lit up.
Hoi An Panorama View
Also known as “Hai Pho” (means Seaside Town), Hoi An was founded by a Nguyen lord in 1595 and grew into the most significant trading port in the South China Sea.
Hon An can be considered as a living museum of Vietnamese old-town architecture, being a major Southeast Asian post in the 16th and 17th century once long ago. The unique town has been successfully restored and preserved its charm, which attracts tourists from all over the world, not to mention being declared as UNESCO World Heritage site in December, 1999.
With ships coming from many countries such as America, Britain, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, Hoi An was a vital link in the trade routes between Japan and India, China and Europe. Foreign colonies sprung up as traders left behind representatives for other rich lands, which includes a Japanese settlement separated from the rest of the town by the covered bridge.
Hoi An Town
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Welcoming tourists from all over the world every day, Hoi An people are so friendly and hospitable. Travelers may find every locals smiling and greeting wherever you go, from street vendor sellers to market store keepers. The locals are nice enough to actively help you out when you are in trouble or in need of translation.
There are many festivals throughout the year, which you might feel fascinated to be lucky enough visiting the place at the right time. Full Moon festival is considered to be the most beautiful time of the year in Hoi An, when lanterns maximize its best beauty during such festive season.
Season in Vietnam differs dramatically from North to South. There are 4 seasons in the North, with extreme coldness in Winter and Spring then coming extreme heat in Summer. Therefore, tourists usually prefer traveling to the North in Autumn for more comfortable weather.
On the other hand, the South seems to be more gentle with only 2 main seasons: rainy season and dry season. If you want to enjoy a beautiful sunny trip, remember to book your flight between April to September.
Having the most beautiful long beaches accross different cities, the middle area of Vietnam unfortunately often receives storms in rainy seasons. Therefore, it is better for travellers to be aware and check-in at the good times.
Famous for the crazy crowded traffic, you should definitely not riding any bikes, even when you are comfortable with motobikes. Here is a list of local transportation to get you around.
Walking in Hoi An Ancient Town
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