A UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Hoi An Ancient Town is a beautifully preserved example of a traditional trading port in Southeast Asia. The site dates back to the 15th century, with its architecture and layout reflecting both the local and foreign influences that led to its construction.
For visitors, the charming timber frame Japanese merchant houses offer a wonderfully authentic glimpse at Vietnam’s trade-centric past. The town is also peppered with other historical attractions, including a beautiful wooden Japanese bridge, ornate Chinese pagodas and antique tea warehouses. For history buffs, it’s a unique opportunity to experience one of the world’s most authentic living heritage sites.
Hoi An Ancient town is located in Quang Nam Province, on the north banks of the Thu Bon River. By far, the best way to soak up the old-world ambience is by exploring its picturesque cobblestone streets on foot. The closest city is Da Nang, located 45 minutes to the north. Visitors arrive here by plane, train and bus, then make the trip down to Hoi An.
Beyond architecture, Hoi An has also emerged as one of Vietnam’s most popular places to enrol in a cooking class. The town is peppered with fantastic places to learn the art of Vietnamese cooking, with locals more than happy to share their secret recipes.