Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An main street and Japanese bridge.
Visiting Hoi An
The Japanese Covered Bridge, or Chua Cau.
An hour from Da Nang is a fresh Vietnam experience, tranquil Hoi An, appealing and uncrowded, interestingly displaying Japanese and European influences – as well as the usual Chinese – as a result of 200 years as the premier South China Sea trading port around 1600 AD.
Once the commercial centre of the Champa empire this pretty little town has lost its major port status to Da Nang but retained its ancient buildings, making it the most attractive tourist town in Vietnam and successfully creator and marketer of ceramics, textiles and traditional Vietnamese artefacts. The town museums are less attractive or interesting.