Hoi An Heritage Trip: Observing the Past of Vietnam
Vietnamese New Year holiday is the longest holiday in a whole year. Somehow, I have to spend my longest holiday by travelling around central Vietnam. And then I decide to make a short-trip to historic Hoi An city located in central Vietnam. From Ho Chi Minh City, I take a sleeping bus operated by one of the most popular tourist agency in Vietnam. It needs approximately 22 hours to reach Hoi An city by sleeping bus (almost 1 day with 2 stop for having lunch and dinner). The city possessed the largest harbor in Southeast Asia and been controlled by Cham people until 10th century. The harbor near to Thu Bon River interested Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and European to trade inside the city in the 16th century. Hoi An formerly was known as Hai Pho then change into Faifo. At that time, the city was separated into two settlements by a bridge called “Japanese Bridge”. In 1999, the old towns of Hoi An was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as Southeast Asian trading port in the 16th century.
When you enter the old town of Hoi An, you will see the display of unique blend of local architecture and foreign influences. The buildings vary in utility but there are shop houses in majority. You are able to rent a bicycle to go around the old town and buy a coupon ticket system by 90.000 VND. The coupon can be used to enter five attraction spots: Museums and galleries. When the nights come, colorful lampions will illuminate the old town and being attractive street furniture.
Source of Pictures: Private Collection (2011)