Departure: Hoi An
Return To: Hoi An
Duration: 2 Days / 1 Nights
Destination To Visit: Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
Indeed, it is the slow pace of life that makes Hoi An worth a visit. It's pleasurable enough just to pedal around on a bicycle and stop by restaurants on Trai Phu Street for a cup of tea and Chinese-style pastries.
* Tour Program
Day 1. Arrive Hoi An.
Upon arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure to explore this quaint town.
Day 2. Hoi An sightseeing.
This morning you will embark upon an excursion around Hoi An. Just a short drive from Danang, the unique trading town of Hoi An was a civilisation cut off by destroyed rail lines and a silted river, leaving it untouched by war and frozen in time.
Visit the unique Japanese covered bridge and a Chinese communal house. Shop for art at one of the numerous galleries and enjoy the riverside ambience.
After lunch at local restaurant, you will take to the countryside of Hoi An, into the small settlement of Cam Thanh, nestled among seemingly endless rice fields, allowing visitors to experience first hand the very backbone of Vietnam's rural culture.
Enjoy a comprehensive walk through the village, shaded from the sun by a canopy of bamboo thickets, passing by local homes, vegetable and fruit gardens, a village temple and a husking mill.
After dinner at the hotel we would ultimate the final chance to shop around, getting fine silk and souvenirs before transferring to Da Nang Airport.
One nights hotel accommodation with private facilities, meals as shown by BLD, return transfers, a full day walking tour of Hoi An.
Hoi An Ancient Town, an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Asian trading port, is an outstanding material manifestation of the fusion of cultures over time in an international maritime commercial centre.
The architecture of Hoi An, which is almost entirely of wood, is of considerable interest. It combines traditional Vietnamese designs and techniques with those from other countries, above all China and Japan, whose citizens settled there to trade and built houses and community centres to their own designs.
The typical house conforms to a corridor plan, the following elements occurring in sequence: house, yard and house. The buildings are: family cult houses, dedicated to the worship of ancestors; the community houses, used for worship of ancient sages, founders of settlements, or the legendary founders of crafts; the pagodas are almost all from the 19th century, although inscriptions show them to have been founded in the 17th and 18th centuries. They conform to a square layout and decoration is largely confined to the elaborate roofs. In the case of the larger examples, they constituted nuclei of associated buildings with religious and secular functions. Some of the larger pagodas also served as meeting halls. These are located along the main street (Tran Phu).
There is a fine wooden bridge, reminiscent of Japanese examples, with a pagoda on it. It has existed from at least the early 18th century, as an inscription indicates, but it has been reconstructed many times. There is also a number of ancient tombs in Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese style within the buffer zone.