Hoi An World Cultural Heritage
BLUEBELL TOURS VIETNAM – Hoi An Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
Hoi An has no airport, and no train station either. The only way to get there is by road. You can hire a taxi from the neighbouring city of Da Nang, which does have an airport with daily flights from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other large Vietnamese cities. There’s also a train station in Da Nang, and bus services are plentiful. We have a wide selection of hotels for you to choose from in both Cua Dai Beach and Hoi An City, whatever suits your pocket and style.
If you’re preparing for your first time in Hoi An, you’ve probably already discovered that there’s so much to see and do that it can be a little overwhelming. This peaceful town was a major trading port between the 15th and 19th centuries. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with beautiful temples, French colonial homes and some of the best tailors in Vietnam.
Hoi An doesn’t have an airport or train station, but you can get here by taking a taxi, bus or motorcycle from Da Nang City. The old town is very walkable. Cars and motorcycles aren’t allowed on the roads in the evening, so you won’t need to worry about enduring Vietnam’s notorious traffic conditions. Check out our Hoi An survival guide below, where we list down some of our favourite restaurants, shops, bars, attractions and hotels.
The best attractions in Hoi An are mostly set within the popular areas of Riverside and Ancient Town, where you can easily explore on foot or cyclo. Between the 15th and 19th century, Hoi An was a prominent Vietnamese trading port for silk, porcelain, pepper, cinnamon, and medicinal plants as it’s set nearby the Thu Bon River. As a result, the city offers a mix of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and French architectural feats.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, Hoi An is teeming with beautifully-restored houses, shops, and temples, offering sightseeing opportunities you won’t find in other cities in Vietnam. Ranging from centuries-old Buddhist pagodas and temples to pristine beaches and quaint museums, read on to discover our list of Hoi An’s most popular attractions.
Hoi An, once a major Southeast Asian trading post in the 16th and 17th centuries, is basically a living museum that houses old-town architecture.Some notable heritage buildings include Chinese temples, a Japanese-designed bridge, pagodas, wooden shop-houses, French-colonial houses, and old canals. Although large-scale trading had long moved elsewhere, Hoi An has been successful in preserving and restoring its charming roots and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1999.
Hoi An Riverside is the best place to be at night as the area is lit by quaint and old-fashioned lanterns, making it an atmospheric and beautiful spot. For those who love sea, sun and sand, Hoi An offers two lovely beaches five kilometres away from the town centre – a sort of holiday within a holiday. Hoi An is also known for its great food, fun shopping, skilled tailors, friendly people and cosy atmosphere – all key characteristics that draw people to this picturesque town.