Asia’s ancient towns and cities have always made me curious about the old days of that country. I have seen historical paths when living in Hanoi and visiting George Town in Malaysia. And while Fenghuang old town in China and Bukchon Hanok village in Korea are in my bucket list, there’s a gem hidden in the middle of Vietnam that I want to visit again, to read the story of different culture exchange and influence of the old days.
Hoi An image on 20.000vnd polymer note
The ancient town is located in Vietnam’s central Quang Nam Province, on the north bank near the mouth of the Thu Bon River. Hoi An has been through a few centuries of history, but still remains as it was on the very first day of its being born.
Thu Bon river
A slow stroll through town reveals its gems. Hoi An has to this days well preserved its most sacred treasure, the centuries-old architecture. Its two main historical landmarks were occupied by the Japanese, Chinese, and the Western (Dutch and Spanish) during the 16th and 17th centuries. During the period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Sea Town) in Vietnamese. Then it was known to the French and Spanish as Faifo, a major international port city.
And as a food lover, there’s a list of specialties that should not be missed: Cao Lau (noodles), che sen (lotus seed sweet soup), com ga Hoi An (chicken rice) or the signature herbal tea: Mot…
As a romantic lady, I love walking slowly through old-architectured lanes, rowing down the Thu Bon river, feeling the autumn breeze touching my hair That was how I met the nostalgic vibe of Hoi An.
Hoi An old town by night
While Hoi An’s old-fashioned charm is always visible, on the 14th of every lunar month modernity takes another step back. Most premium oriental and western style of architecture meet together here, making the ancient Hoi An unique in how it absorbs all tourists who are eager for classic beauty.
And for a more personal experience, shop owners are happy to have you visiting and taking picture of their shop. Don’t forget to support them by buying one lantern as a souvenir to remind you of an ancient and charming Hoi An!