Hoi An is nestled on the banks of the Thu Bon River, and is an enchanting destination steeped in history. Known as Faifo to Western traders during the 17th to the 19th century, Hoi An was a major international trading port in Southeast Asia. Hoi An is an exceptionally well preserved city, an example of architecture and a way of life from days gone by. Once you arrive you simply won’t want to leave!
Our Hoi An hotels are perfectly located for you to enjoy this beautiful town with its old world charm, transformed every month on the full moon in to a magical land of silk lanterns, music, dance and the old ways of life! Walking through the narrow streets of the old town, look out for the Chinese influence in the old wooden houses: low, tiled roofs, that are decorated with lacquered panels and pillars engraved with Chinese characters and ornamental designs. The Merchant’s Houses are a blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese designs with commercial and residential functions. Visit the ornate Japanese wooden bridge - dating back to the 18th century - complete with a small Pagoda.
Throughout Hoi An there are many galleries and unique boutiques, where you can find excellent local art, beautiful lanterns and ceramics. You’ll find many famous tailors, who’ll be ready to whip up whatever design you want using beautiful fabrics. Book yourself into a cooking course so that you can enjoy the delicious flavours of Vietnamese cuisine at home or, if this involves too much energy, relax and unwind with a massage or spa treatment.
Moving away from your Hoi An hotel, take a day trip to the Islands of Cu Lao Cham where you’ll enjoy the sunshine on the golden sandy beaches, swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling in the crystal waters. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temples of the ancient Champa Kingdom at My Son, the religious and intellectual home of the Champa kings for over a thousand years. Not all the towers remain as the site saw heavy destruction during the Vietnam War.
Within Hoi An you have many restaurant choices from which to sample French, fusion cuisine and local specialties. If you are looking for a little excitement, Hoi An comes alive at night and has a great bar scene. Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time when you stay in your Hoi An resort to enjoy all this beautiful city and its golden beaches has to offer.