Hoi An

Hội An or Fai-Fo or Faifoo is an old town in Quảng Nam Province, Vietnam and recorded since 1999 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic districts now popularized by 120,000 people serve as an example of a sustainable Southeast Asian port city of commerce from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century where the buildings and urban designs reflect a unique blend of ethnic and foreign influences.

The people of Champa controlled the trading of strategic spices in the 7th to 10th centuries. The former port city of Cham at the mouth of the Thu Bồn River was an important Vietnamese trade center in the 16th to 17th century where Chinese from various provinces, Indians, Japanese, Portuguese and Dutch settled.

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This Austronesian-speaking Malayo-Polynesian nation created the Champa Empire which occupied much of what is now central and southern Vietnam. Mỹ Sơn is a spiritual capital, Trà Kiệu is the political capital and Hội An is the commercial capital. The river system is used to transport goods between the highlands in the interior of Laos and Thailand to the lowlands.

Nguyễn Lord Nguyễn Hoàng in 1595 established a port where the Nguy nobles were more interested in commercial activity. The city developed as the most important port and trade port in East Vietnam. British sailors Captain William Adams and Tokugawa Ieyasu's believer made a trade mission to Hội An in 1617 on the Shuinsen ship. The early Jesuits of the Portuguese also lived in Hội An.

Hội An became a destination for Chinese and Japanese traders to reach all of Southeast Asia and even Asia in the 18th century. The city became famous as a strong and exclusive trade channel between Europe, China, India and Japan, especially for the ceramic industry transported from Hội An to Sinai in Egypt.

The Tây Sơn rebellion opposed foreign trade and Hội An receded in the late 18th century because of the collapse of the Nguyễn government. Another theory says Hội An loses the role of a trading port because of the silting of the river and the result of this city remains sustainable and untouched by Vietnam's changes over the next 200 years.

Location: Hội An di Quảng Nam Province, Vietnam.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Da Nang International Airport in Da Nang City, then drive to Hội An for 30 kilometers. The rail system serves the routes of Da Nang and Hội An.

Advice: In 1999, the old city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as an example of a sustainable 15th to 19th century Southeast Asian trade port with both buildings featuring a unique blend of local and foreign influences.

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Travelers are usually walking, cycling, motorcycling, kayaking or boating to explore the old city. The Thu Bon River is still important for 500 years since Captain António de Faria's ship was first navigated and remains a means of transportation. This port city offers cuisine that blends centuries of cultural influences from East Asia, Southeast and Europe.

Some of the main attractions are Precious Heritage Museum, Hoi An Museum of History and Culture, Quan Cong Temple, Museum of Folk Culture, Museum of Trade Ceramics, Museum of Sa Huynh Culture, Phung Hung House, Quan Thang House, Tan Ky House, Cantonese Assembly Hall, Hokien (Fujian) Meeting Hall, Chinese All-Community Meeting Hall, Hoi An Handicraft Workshop, Traditional Theater, and Swan Boats.

Most of Hoi An's high-end hotels are located along an unbroken beach that stretches from Da Nang to Hoi An. More likely to get cheaper rates at night when jasmine hotels try to fill their unfilled rooms. Moving away from the city is usually cheaper price.