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Hoi An

Hoi An

 Area:                 60 sq.km

 Population:     90,096 million

 Language:       Vietnamese

 Currency:         VND

Hoi An, is a land rich in traditions of revolutionary, history and culture, is collected through the ages and it used to be well-known as an international market with many different names, such as Lam Ap, Faifo, Hoai Pho and Hoi An ...
Hoi An Overview
The ancient town of Hoi An, 30 km south of Da Nang, lies on the banks of Thu Bon River. It is one of the most visited cities in the Central Vietnam, located in Quang Nam Province - which has several UNESCO recognized sites including the ancient town of Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary and the Cham Islands. Hoi An was occupied by early western traders and became one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16th century.
 
Hoi An has a distinct Chinese atmosphere with low, tile-roofed houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets still remains almost intact. All the houses were made of rare wood, decorated with lacquered boards and panels engraved with Chinese characters. As a result,  Hoi An surely becomes a must-see stop during Vietnam cultural tour packages.
 
Hoi An History
Due to its favorable geographical characteristics, this area had existed and developed the belated Sa Huynh culture for over 2000 years, The result of archaeological research in four burial relics (An Bang, Hau Xa I, Hau Xa II, Xuan Lam) and 5 living places (Hau Xa I, boiling, Dong Na, Thanh Chiem, Bau Da ), were various types of typical burial jar with production tools, life tools, excellent stone/ ceramic/glass/ metal jewelries ... were taken from the ground that asserted the flourishing period of the Sa Huynh culture. 
 
In particular, the discovery of two Chinese coins (Pentateuch, Wang Mang), the Western Han Dynasty-style iron artifacts, the shadow of Dong Son, Oc Eo culture, or jewelries with refined processing technique in the excavated hole proved an interesting thing that in early AD, foreign trade was very first – built in Hoi An.
 
Under the kingdom of Champa (9-10 century), named Lam Ap Pho, Hoi An was a port in developing which attracting merchants from Arab, Persia, China to trade and exchange goods. According to many ancient bibliographies, there was a long time that Champa port - Lam Ap Pho played an important role in creating the prosperity of  Tra Kieu – the first capital of the Champa Kingdom and My Son sanctuary.
 
With the ruins of Champa towers, wells and statues (the dancer Thien Tien Gandhara, the wealth god Kubera, the elephant god ...) and pieces of Chinese ceramics, Vietnam, the Middle East from the 2nd-14th century are taken up from the ground. It is demonstrated an assumption that there was a Lam Ap Pho (the Cham Pa) before Hoi An (the Dai Viet) at Champa port in its flourishing period.
Hoi An climate and best time to visit

Hoi An is positioned along the centre of Vietnam’s rather lengthy coastline and governed by two main seasons, the wet season and the dry season. Dry season runs approximately March until September; rainy season falls from around October until February. In terms of temperature and humidity, moderate temperatures averaging a high of 25°C - 30°C,February to April is usually the most pleasant. Temperatures soar between May and August, hottest months being June and July. Ocotober and November are the wettest months of the year, while November - January are the coldest. Temperatures during this time range from 19 to 24° C.
 
The best time to take a Hoi An tour package is from February to October because of the dry season; however, if you want to look another Hoi An, you can come during the rainy season from October to January.
 
 
Hoi An Transportation
How to get Hoi An:
Hoi An has no airport, and no train station either. The only way to get there is by road. You can hire a taxi from the neighbouring city of Da Nang, which does have an International airport with daily flights from large Vietnamese cities (Hanoi, Ho CHi Minh, Nha Trang, Hai Phong...), and 
non-stop passenger flights scheduled to 37 destinations in 13 countries ( Thailand, Malaysia, Singapor, Taipei, Korea, India,...)
There’s also a train station in Da Nang or Tam Ky, and bus services are plentiful. Guest can easily book tickets with sales agents as well as in hotels where they are staying. Train ticket costs vary according to choosen train types and classes. 
 
Hoi An transportation:

Whether you are travelling solo or with others. We have diversity types of vehicles: 4-seater cars, 7-seater, 16-seater minibuses, 29-seater buses, 35-seater buses, 45-seater buses,... with morden facititly. 
It is a nice idea to rent motors or bicycles rightly at hotels or renting places to take a Hoi An Tour with low price, but enjoy the countryside feelings a lot.
Things to do and see in Hoi An

Best attraction in Hoi An

1. Hoi An ancient town
Hoi An Ancient town is located in Viet Nam’s central Quang Nam Province, on the north bank near the mouth of the Thu Bon River. It was one of the major port in South-East Asia between the 15th and 19th century. The architecture of the town perfectly reflects the influence, both indigenous and foreign, who contributed to the success of this UNESCO Heritage Site.
 
2. Cam Thanh coconut forest
Located next to world heritage Hoi An (3km from Hoi An town) and the world biosphere reserve Cham Islands, Cam Thanh coconut village is a popular tourist attraction, hosting thousands of foreign visitors every summer. As a Mekong delta in Hoi An, clients will get memorable experiences when sitting in a basket boat weaving under coconut trees and seeing the beautiful scenery of a rural water region makes visitors feel attached to this place.
 
3. Cham Island
Cu Lao Cham Island, a group of islands in Tan Hiep commune, Hoi An city, Quang Nam province, about 15 km from Cua Dai beach, recognized by UNESCO as the World Biosphere Reserve, is the ideal destination to immerse in the nature for the private pristine beauty of the islands in here.

4. An Bang beach
An Bang Beach is one of the few stretches of beach in Hoi An that’s relatively unspoiled by development, making it a popular option for soaking up the sun and enjoying an array of seaside activities. It also houses an array of beachfront resorts, seafood restaurants, and hippy bars with stunning views of the neighbouring Marble Mountains, Da Nang Bay, and Da Nang and Cham Island. 

5. Tra Que village
Tra Que village belongs to Cam Ha commune, where is 3km away from Hoi An center and 20km South away from Da Nang city. Come to Tra Que village, tourists can experience a lot of exciting activities: joining cooking class, riding buffalo, fishing, being a farmer,…

6. My Son Sanctuary
My Son Hindu Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a great sample of the ancient Champa civilization located in the southern part of Vietnam. The impressive Hindu-themed ruins feature many beautiful stone sculptures, temples and towers in tropical jungle surroundings. My Son was also a political centre and a royal burial ground and the complex consists of more than 70 structures devoted to Hindu gods and goddesses and the most noticeable one, Shiva, was considered the protector of the Champa’s kings. Their skilful use of red bricks and sandstone is remarkable.


Things to do in Hoi An:
- Walking  the atmostpheric old streets of a one-time major South East Asian trading centre
- Cycling in the suroundling countryside
- Taking a cooking class
- Savouring delicious local dishes: Cao Lau noodles, Hoang Thanh wontons, Chicken rice, Banh mi Phuong,...
- Laying- back at beach's restaurants and bars at An Bang beachs, Cua Dai beachs...
 
- Snorkling and driving in Cham Island
- Taking a boat a long to Thu Bon river

Hoi An Travel Tips

Hoi An Tailor shops:
As a famous destination in Vietnam tour packages, Hoi An is well known as “shopping heaven” where you can find tailor shops everywhere on the streets. In fact, the tailors are almost similar and most of them should be fine; however, many tourists do not have a 
good experience and end up paying for clothing that they will not wear.
Please keep in mind that most recommendations that you get from hotels and restaurants are based on relationships rather than on the quality of the tailor. And the highest success rates come from playing it safe - copying clothes that you really like or customizing clothes found as a sample in the shop windows. With a new design or more expensive items, try with more reputable (and often expensive) tailors.
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