If you are interested in the historical side of central Vietnam, you can't miss a visit to Hoi An. The city presents itself today almost exactly as it did 300 years ago: Traditional houses line the colorfully decorated streets, while street vendors hawk Vietnamese delicacies.
Whether in the magnificent assembly halls of the Chinese traders, the interesting museums or at an authentic song and dance performance - in Hoi An's old town you breathe history. The hinterland beckons with its picturesque rice fields and small villages: perfect for extended day trips, for example to the majestic temple city of My Son. Especially the months of February to May entice you with pleasant temperatures for excursions. Less
The landmark of the city
One of the most beautiful meeting halls
A jewel of central Vietnam
This landmark of the city connected the Chinese and Japanese quarters of Hoi Ans in the 18th century. With its covered structure, the Japanese Bridge represents one of the most ornate buildings in the city. Sculptures of monkeys and dogs represent shared beliefs of China and Japan. From a small wooden bridge further north, you can get a good view of the golden roof ornamentation. Visit the bridge in the evening when the lanterns are lit and the structure is reflected picturesquely in the river. A beautiful sight in in your Hoi-An vacation.
Testifying to the former prosperity of Hoi An's Chinese merchant class are the city's assembly halls. Among the most beautiful is the Hall of the Fujian Chinese. Thanks to the detailed decorated entrance gate made of pink bricks, this building immediately catches the eye. Lovingly tended gardens invite you to take a walk and the interior is full of artistic ornaments. Numerous statues of deities illustrate the religious significance of this place. Look out for the many animal symbols: Fish represent prosperity, turtles represent perseverance, and dragons represent strength. Look closely and you're sure to discover more.
The covered market of Hoi An is bustling with activity. Countless vendors offer their wares there, including exotic fruits, vegetables and herbs, seafood and sweet treats. In addition, you can go to the market exquisite Vietnamese food. Gourmet Anthony Bourdain praised Hoi An's cuisine: try Vietnam's famous spring rolls and fortify yourself with the national dish Pho - a hearty noodle soup in many variations. Also stroll through the adjacent markets and marvel at the assortment of clothes, jewellery, spices as well as an almost unimaginable variety of dried fruits.
It is one of the jewels of central Vietnam - the Old Quarter of Hoi An. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999 thanks to its well-preserved 18th century buildings. Here you can marvel at a considerable number of sights in a small area: imposing temples and assembly halls give an idea of the former wealth of the merchants who did business in this important port city. The old town is also home to small art galleries, traditional tea rooms and colourful markets. Inquisitive visitors will enjoy a tour of the history museum. If you are interested in how Hoi-An's iconic lanterns are made, join a workshop and make a unique souvenir from your Hoi-An holiday. Less