Land of the Rising Dragon

Hoi An

Hoi An was an old trading port from the 15th to the 19th century, when the Thu Bon River silted up and ships could no longer reach the town’s dock.  Nowadays the city, its buildings and landmarks are remarkably well preserved; The Old Town of Hoi An is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Old wooden structures and street plan from the 17th century are intact. Indigenous, Chinese, Japanese and European influences combined to create this unique town where the time seems to have stopped. This classic riverside town is considered one of the most charming and delightful town in Southeast Asia as well as being one of Vietnam’s most wealthy towns.

The city has seen a shift from being considered the best destination for trading in all Southeast Asia to being forgotten when Da Nang became the center of trade in Vietnam. Today its historical background, traditional architecture, townscapes, crafts and culinary heritage makes it a prime destination for travellers looking to have a glance to the past.