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The exquisitely picturesque town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is an exceptionally well-preserved Southeast Asia trading port

The exquisitely picturesque merchant town of Hoi An, formerly known as Faifo, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 for being “an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asia trading port dating from the 15th to 19th century”. Its traffic-free streets are lined with colourful shop houses, Chinese pagodas, communal homes and family temples, and the town glitters at night thanks to the lanterns which hang from every facade.

A recent tourism boom has brought chic bars, stylish restaurants and some of Vietnam’s best handicraft shopping to Hoi An but its charm is undimmed.

Accommodation options range from small boutique hotels near the town centre to larger resorts just a few km away on the town’s golden sandy beach.

The crumbling, overgrown but undoubtedly magnificent Cham ruins of My Son are within a day trip’s distance of Hoi An, as are the tragic remains and memorial at My Lai.

 

Hoi An: Suggested Activities

 

Hoi An on a Scooter

Take an electric scooter tour and discover the charm of Hoi An and the surrounding countryside in a sustainable, and eco-friendly way.
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Hoi An City Tour

Experience the beautifully preserved and UNESCO-listed Hoi An up-close and at your own pace on a walking tour to its key sites.
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Reaching Out Teahouse

Enjoy afternoon tea at Reaching Out Tea House, a lovely and tranquil setting to experience the tradition of tea drinking, and also a social enterprise aimed at empowering the speech and hearing impaired, who comprise its staff.
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Authentic Minority Experience

Travel outside of Hoi An or Danang for an authentic experience and insight into traditional minority village life.

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