Hoi An travel information
Once known as Faifo, Hoi An was one of the orient’s major trading ports in the 16th and 17th centuries. After the Thu Bon River linking Hoi An to the sea silted up ocean going ships were no longer able to sail into town and trade moved 30km up the coast to Tourane, known nowadays as Danang.
Despite the passing of 200 years and the ravages of weather and war, the centre of Hoi An remains much the same as it was in its heyday. A walking tour is the best way to see the wooden-fronted houses that once belonged to the town’s prosperous merchants, the Japanese-covered Bridge and the wonderful market. Hoi An is one of the best places in Vietnam to shop for souvenirs at bargain prices including silk, handicrafts, antiques and paintings.
Five kilometers from the centre of town is Cua Dai Beach, popular with both locals and visitors alike, for its sandy beach, warm sea and seafood stalls. Another choice for a sea break is An Bang beach, a quite and desseted paradise located just 3km east of the ancient town. The coast has nothing without some basket boats.
Hoi An is known throughout Vietnam for its excellent seafood and it also boasts its own unique dishes such as Cao Lau, a delicious combination of noodles, pork, bean sprouts, mint and croutons.
Inland and a half-day trip from Hoi An is My Son, where the capital of the once great Champa Kingdom stood.
- Chua Cau (Japanese bridge)
- Ancient Houses: Duc An (Vietnamese style), Quan Thang (Chinese style), Phung Hung (combining Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese styles), Tan Ky ancient house (combining Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese styles).
- Assembly houses: Quang Trieu, Trieu Chau, Phuoc Kien.
- Cao lau: The dish is made of noodles, pork, and local greens. Its unique taste and texture is achieved by using water from an undisclosed ancient Cham well, just outside the town.
- Mi Quang (Quang-styled noodles)
- Banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich): The dish can be enjoy at Madam Khanh - The Banh Mi Queen stall, Banh mi Phuong, Banh mi Lanh.
- Com ga (Chicken rice): com ga ba Buoi, com ga ba Ty
- Nem lui (grilled pork sausage or grilled meatball)
- Biking around the town
- Thu Bon river: kayaking, sunset cruising and boating at night
- Cycling to Hoi An countryside and working as a fisherman, or leaning to be a farmer in Tra Que vegetable village.
- Taking a cooking class
- Get around: Trekking and homestay in villages of Cơ Tu tribe