Twenty reasons to visit Hoi An; Elspeth Callender; Traveller

Viet Nam – Hoi An Ancient Town

1. OLD TOWN

This ancient south-east Asian trading port turned fishing town in central Vietnam’s Quang Nam province has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, so it’s far from lost to the homogenising consequences of modernisation. Step off the streets of the historic district into a light tourist scrum for a short guided tour through Tan Ky house to get a good look at the interior of one of the city’s typical two-storey timber structures with its central courtyard open to the sky. The sixth and seventh generations of this 200-year-old family home reside on the upper floor.

2. PEOPLE

The name Hoi An means peaceful meeting place and it still feels that way all these many hundreds of years after the Cham people, of the former Kingdom of Champa, first began trading there in the seventh century. Today’s 120,000 or so residents are generally more laid back and go to bed earlier than those of Vietnam’s much larger centres such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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