With beautiful beaches, a quaint old quarter, trendy boutiques and a multi-cultural history, Hoi An truly has it all. Discover the best top places to visit now!
Situated just 40 minutes south of Danang International Airport on Vietnam’s South Central Coast, Hoi An was once a flourishing port city, hosting merchant ships from as far away as China, Japan, Portugal, the Netherlands, France and even the Americas. However, when the Thu Bon River silted up in the late 19th century, business moved further up the coast, leaving Hoi An mostly ignored until the 1990s when people rediscovered this gem of a town. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999, Hoi An is best known for its wonderfully preserved Ancient Town featuring a pleasing mix of architectural styles and cultures, including wooden Japanese shophouses, centuries-old Chinese temples and colourful turn-of-the-century French colonial-era villas.
Renowned for its classic architecture and laid-back vibe, Hoi An’s Ancient Town is one of the most charming in all of Vietnam. Stroll its pedestrian-friendly lanes lined by fading yellow buildings and colorful bougainvillea while sampling some of Hoi An’s famed street food.Credit: @backpackerstory
Just 4 km northeast of Hoi An’s Ancient Town, An Bàng Beach was named among Asia’s 25 top beaches by TripAdvisor and among the 50 most beautiful beaches worldwide by CNNGo. Come experience its pretty blue-green waters and clean sandy beaches for yourself!
Hoi An’s most iconic landmark is the covered Japanese Bridge. Probably built in the early 17th century by Japanese craftsmen who were part of the larger Japanese merchant community in Hoi An, the bridge is also known as the Pagoda Bridge (Chua Cau), for a small pagoda in the middle of the 20m bridge connecting what was then the Japanese and Chinese quarters. Look for the small guardian sculptures on each side of the bridge, a dog on one side and a monkey on the other. Records have it that construction of the bridge began in the Year of the Dog and ended in the Year of the Monkey.
Just 15 km from Cua Dai Beach, the Cham Islands Archipelago is comprised of 8 islands, and are quickly becoming a favorite among beach lovers. A 15 minute boat ride takes you to these islands surrounded by clear waters, excellent for snorkeling and swimming. In addition to water sports, hop on a bicycle and explore the island’s windy roads past sandy hills and picturesque seaside fishing villages.