Taking visitors back in time, Hoi An Old Town offers intriguing insights into the rich heritage of this old trading port in Vietnam which is a joy to explore.
A Bit of History
A significant Southeast Asian trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries, Hoi An Old Town was visited by traders from different parts of the world including China, Portugal, Japan, France, America and Britain. Porcelain, lead, tea, silk fabrics, sugar and Chinese medicines were amongst the items traded, while some of the shophouses used can be seen today on a visit from your Hoi An hotel.
Exploring the Town
A great way to explore the Old Town is by foot since most of the areas are only for pedestrians. In fact, local resorts the likes of Anantara Hoi An Resort even offer guided walking tours to help travellers fully appreciate the locale’s history. Be it pagodas, temples, French-colonial houses or canals there’s much to see here.
Some attractions truly stand out in Hoi An Old Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well; make sure to visit the 16th century Japanese Bridge, Guan Yin Temple, Tran family home and chapel and Chinese assembly halls all within easy reach of each other.
As you wander around the Old Town, you will also come across restaurants, cafes and bars where you can enjoy relaxed dining and drinks with friends and family. Some restaurants and nearby resorts even offer cooking classes so you can learn the art of making local dishes too.