Hoi An, Vietnam

Truly one of the most visually beautiful places we’ve visited, especially in Asia. The whole of the historic old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

History
Once known as Faifo, it was a major port for the spice trade with Indonesia during 7th – 10th centuries. Later it was a principle port for the Chinese & Japanese, from 17th Centuary. It has more recent influences from trade with Europeans.

The whole of the Old Town is like stepping onto a film set. From beautiful buildings to historic temples & bridges; from the handmade silk lanterns to the floating candles on the river, the town is a fusion of colour, culture & history.

It’s difficult to describe the place adequately in words, but here it is in pictures:

Here’s a great 8 min video from Rusty Compass

… and some of our own photos:

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Beautiful architecture

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Beautiful bridges

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The ancient Japanese bridge

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Temples

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Fresh produce the key to Vietnamese cuisine

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Take a boat on the river

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Lantern shops are everywhere

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Make your own for $4

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At night,the town is magical

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Buy a 'wish lantern' ...

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... & float it down the river

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Getting ready for Tet

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Cycle through paddy fields

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Watch Fishermen on the amazing beach

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Video: across rice fields

We stayed at the Thanh Van 2 Hotel, under $25 a night for 2 people, including buffet breakfast. It is a 10-15 min walk to the Old Town (hotel operates a free shuttle bus).

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