Hoian - Ancient Town

Beauty, peace and tranquility are how people say about Hoi An – one of the best ancient town in Vietnam. Also known as “Hai Pho” (means Seaside Town), Hoi An was founded by a Nguyen lord in 1595 and grew into the most significant trading port in the South China Sea.

Hoian Ancient Town

Hoian Panorama View

Hoian can be considered as a living museum of Vietnamese old-town architecture, being a major Southeast Asian post in the 16th and 17th century once long ago. The unique town has been successfully restored and preserved its charm, which attracts tourists from all over the world, not to mention being declared as UNESCO World Heritage site in December, 1999.

With ships coming from many countries such as America, Britain, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines, Hoi An was a vital link in the trade routes between Japan and India, China and Europe. Foreign colonies sprung up as traders left behind representatives for other rich lands, which includes a Japanese settlement separated from the rest of the town by the covered bridge.

Hoian Ancient Town

Hoian Ancient Town

Main attractions:

  • Hoi An Riverside: Coming to Hoi An, you will never forget the impressive picture when standing beside Hoi An riverside at night, when lanterns are lit up. Night life in Hoi An is such special experience for any travelers who come for the first time. Beautiful lanterns with various shapes and colors are lit up at night, covering upon the old yellow houses, which makes Hoi An sure does look like paintings.

  • Japanese Covered Bridge: Japanese Covered Bridge’s image is always included in Hoi An’s album of anyone who has ever visited the beautiful ancient town. Being as little as it is, the bridge carries precious cultural and historical values. Surrounding by the beautiful ancient houses decorated by lanterns, Japanese Covered Bridge is definitely a must-come spot for those who seek for cultural values of Vietnam ancient history.

  • Tra Que Village: If you are visiting Hoi An and looking for an experience tour to locals’ farming gardens, then coming to Tra Que Village will be a good choice of yours. Situating between De Vong river and Tra Que alga pond, the village has become a famous tourist attraction thanks to the unique experience Tra Que brings about.

Hoian Ancient Town

Japanese Covered Bridge


Welcoming tourists from all over the world every day, Hoian people are so friendly and hospitable. Travelers may find every locals smiling and greeting wherever you go, from street vendor sellers to market store keepers. The locals are nice enough to actively help you out when you are in trouble or in need of translation. There are many festivals throughout the year, which you might feel fascinated to be lucky enough visiting the place at the right time. Full Moon festival is considered to be the most beautiful time of the year in Hoi An, when lanterns maximize its best beauty during such festive season.

Hoian Ancient Town

Lantern shop at night


Season in Vietnam differs dramatically from North to South. There are 4 seasons in the North, with extreme coldness in Winter and Spring then coming extreme heat in Summer. Therefore, tourists usually prefer traveling to the North in Autumn for more comfortable weather. On the other hand, the South seems to be more gentle with only 2 main seasons: rainy season and dry season. If you want to enjoy a beautiful sunny trip, remember to book your flight between April to September. Having the most beautiful long beaches accross different cities, the middle area of Vietnam unfortunately often receives storms in rainy seasons. Therefore, it is better for travellers to be aware and check-in at the good times.


Famous for the crazy crowded traffic, you should definitely not riding any bikes, even when you are comfortable with motobikes. Here is a list of local transportation to get you around.

Hoian Ancient Town

Walking in the street in Hoian

Travel Tips:

  • The traffic system is simple: Hoian is a walking city without cars or motorbikes allowed during 8:30AM – 11AM and 4:30PM – 9:30PM. So remember to check the traffic schedule if you are in need of motorbike or car transportation.
  • Hoian locals are “sleepy”: Most stores often close or stop working between 12PM to 2PM. Trying to get reasonable prices, a wake-up call while they’re snoring won’t help.