Hội An, Vietnam*

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About Hội An

Hoi An stands for atmosphere. This picturesque town is jam-packed with attractions and has a relaxed, almost dreamlike atmosphere that makes almost everyone come here. This special place, with the narrow streets with wooden, colored houses, is an absolute must. Few places in Asia are as atmospheric as Hoi An.
In recent years, Hoi An has been extremely busy. Almost everyone who travels to Vietnam comes here. Despite being busy, the town keeps its charm. This is mainly because no motorized traffic is allowed in the old center.
Hoi An’s old town is a special mix of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and European influences from the sixteenth century. In its heyday it was an important port city in Vietnam. That atmosphere has always been preserved. That makes it a unique destination.

The center of Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The center has been completely restored and is characterized by the narrow and small streets that are filled with atmospheric Japanese merchant houses, restaurants, museums, Chinese temples, old tea houses and clothing shops. The city also has a market where you can buy many local products.


Activities

Old Town

Photographer: Huy Le

Unlike many other cities, Hoi An’s old town has remained untouched during the Vietnam War. It has even been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1999! There is not one point of interest that stands out, it is the total atmosphere that you experience when you walk between the colored houses. You will also find countless lanterns and other frills in these streets. When the lights come on in the evening, this gives the city a magical appearance.


Lampions Street (Old Town)

Photographer: Thanhhoa Tran

Hoi An, as the name implies. The city of lanterns! Right in the center of the Old City you have the Lampions Streets. Everywhere you walk you get all kinds of colored lanterns. Hoi An is an attractive town that is roughly in the middle of Vietnam. Hoi An is very touristy but you will understand why when you get there.


Japanese bridge

Photographer: Anna Tarazevich

This is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The Japanese covered bridge dates back to the 18th century and is a special structure. The bridge has a length of 18 meters and was built by the Japanese who lived in Hoi An to reach the Chinese quarter on the other side of the water. The Japanese Bridge is the only covered bridge in the world with a Buddhist temple. Unlike most of the other buildings in the old town, which are decorated according to flamboyant Chinese and Vietnamese architectural styles, the bridge has retained a typical Japanese character.
It has understated decorations and references to Japanese history.


Hội An Night Market

Photographer: Lars Meijer

The Hoi An Night Market is located in the center of the city, just across the water from Hoi An Central Market. There are over 50 local vendors selling everything from local street food, souvenirs, clothing, jewelry and accessories. It is not an authentic market with goods for the local population, but more aimed at the tourists. But this does not matter, because the atmosphere on the market is great. The 300 meter long street overlooking the river is lit by hundreds of colorful lanterns. For this reason it is also a popular market for photography.


Take a bike

Photographer: Duong Nhan

Hoi An is not a big city, so you can explore it by bike. Because the old center is forbidden for cars and scooters, it is also the fastest means of transport here. Bicycles can be rented at most hotels and homestays and otherwise they have a partnership with a bicycle rental company. You can also do a free bike tour with students from the surrounding universities. These students would like to improve their English and therefore organize these bicycle tours with tourists.



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