Discover the Unique History of Hoi An
The Vietnamese city of Hoi An is a relaxed and charming town full of character, where you can forget about city drama and relax into the seaside vibe with the locals.
Hoi An has a colourful history as an important centre of spice trade between the 7th and 10th centuries. The harbour was also home to many different cultures between the 16th and 17th centuries with Chinese, Japanese, Dutch and Indians settling on its shores, each bringing their own distinctive flavour to the area. The buildings and streets of Hoi An Ancient Town are a well preserved display of its past and you’ll see old Japanese merchant houses, Chinese tea warehouses and hints of European influence too. Because of this, the town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Food is a huge part of the Hoi An culture and some of the best ways to get involved are by exploring the markets, trying street food or partaking in a cooking class. Try a traditional cooking class on Thuan Tinh Island, complete with shopping for ingredients at the local markets and a gorgeous boat ride out to the island.
Other little gems around Hoi An include Tan Ky house, a perfectly preserved Vietnamese house built around 200 years ago and cared for through seven generations, and the lovely An Bang beach for a classic tropical experience.
Hoi An has so many beautiful sights that it’s best to get out and explore at your own pace. Seeing the city by bike, motorcycle, kayak or boat is an unforgettable experience you’ll be talking about for years to come.