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Hoian ancient town is reflected in its mix of Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese influences, because of its rich blend of aesthetics, the entire old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique. From the 1600s to the 1800s, Hoi An was a major trading outpost known as Faifo. However, when the river silted up and the harbor became too shallow, trade moved north to Da Nang – and Hoi An lost its significance. Today, this cosmopolitan heritage is reflected in its mix of Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese influences. Because of its rich blend of aesthetics, the entire old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Region

Hoi An

language

Vietnamese

capital

Hanoi

population

32,757

area

61,48 km²

currency

Vietnamese dong

FIND YOUR

Inspiration

Decades of in-country expertise means our Journey Designers can curate exceptional activities and experiences for you that are beyond the reach of the average traveller. Piece these together as a framework for your own bespoke adventure or find them in our featured journeys.

SEE HOIAN COUNTRYSIDE ON VINTAGE VESPA

EXPLORE the rural Hoian on a vintage Vespa ride through green rice paddies, villages and hidden unpaved streets, just the insiders know. See the daily life of fishermen, stop by a veteran house for a chat with sticky rice wine tasting and learning the distillery process. Visit a local temple with religious stories and drink a Vietnamese coffee while seeing how it roasted.

MONKEY MOUNTAIN EXPLORER ON U.S MILITARY JEEP

BE prepared to discover the famous Monkey moutain on Son Tra peninsula with American radar station and helipad on the top of the mountain. Enjoy the breathtaking view from the top, take a little trekking if you wish to get to the top. Visit the famous Linh Ung pagoda on the way down to a local coconut coffee family shop for a refreshment.

EXCLUSIVE CHAM ISLAND GETAWAY

MAKE the most of your time in central Vietnam with an exciting ride on speedboat from Cua Dai pier to Cham island. Soaring through the clear waters, shimmering beaches to lesser know areas for a coral snorkeling experience. Sightsee the city from a distance, immerse in the local culture with a village walk along.

TASTE OF HOI AN

SAVOUR Hoian specialties like Mi Quang, Cao Lau and more on an insider’s journey to discover the ancient town’s best street eats and authentic restaurants that only the locals know about. Be prepared with an empty stomach, and a will to try different types of local delicacies.

TRA QUE VILLAGE EXPLORATION WITH A LOCAL CHEF

DISCOVER the fertile countryside surrounding Hoian and its enduring agrarian way of life. Pedal a scenic route of local farms, markets and temples, passing rolling rice paddies as you cycle through the remote countryside, meeting welcoming local families along the way. Stop by a local Chef’s home, walk through his own farm, learn the ingredients and recipes. Cook your true Vietnamese lunch while enjoying home-made lemongrass tea.

EXPLORE THE ENCHANTING CHAM RUINS

MY SON is Vietnam’s most important ancient ruin, served as a centre of Hinduism for the once mighty Cham kingdom that dominated central and southern Vietnam for centuries. Time and American bombs have taken a terrible toll on the site but it remains an excellent excursion from Hoi An – especially for those also interested in the temples of the rival Khmer kingdom at Angkor in Cambodia.

EXCLUSIVE SUNSET CRUISE & DINNER ON BAMBOO RAFT

ENJOY an exclusive sunset & private dinner on a private bamboo raft with Chef’s handpicked menu. See the sunset and the daily life of Hoian fishermen living alongside the river. Enjoy your cocktails while listening to your pianist’s playing favourite songs. Experience the “like no other” dinner on raft with BBQ dishes and authentic Vietnamese cuisines.

SHOP CHIC IN HOI AN

BE guided by a local expert on an exploration of Hoi An’s boutiques, designer craft stores and social enterprises that are putting Vietnamese artisans in the spotlight. The streets are brimming with innovative locally-made products, from tailor-made fashion to handmade wood and leather crafts, fine silks spun in Vietnam’s central highlands and fair-trade tea from village plantations.

DISCOVER THE INSIDER’S HOIAN

OBSCURED by the town’s neon flash and lanterns, discover a secret world of hidden gems waiting to be explored on this unique exploration. Stop for coffee in a local roast where locals congregate to show off their business of the day, shop in a local market and delve into the town’s history and culture lessons as you uncover secret recipes from Chef’s selected menu at a riverside restaurant.

When to go

Vietnam has a tropical climate with average annual temperatures ranging from 22°C to 34°C. Although temperatures are consistent year round, various parts of the country, at certain times of the year, can be affected by unpredictable storms which may cause flooding. From May to November, most of the country is affected by south-western monsoons. The rains, which tend to be concentrated in the late afternoons, provide welcome relief from the heat. The heaviest rainfall tends to occur between July and August in the north; June to October in the south; and October to December in Central Vietnam.

December to March is a pleasant time to visit the southern city of Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, although temperatures in Hanoi and northern regions tend to be cooler during those months. In the mountainous regions in the far north such as Sapa, the temperature can at times drop below zero. The best time to visit the north is between September and December when there’s a good chance of clear skies and low humidity, while March to September is an ideal time to enjoy the beaches and attractions of Central Vietnam. Beach destinations in the south such as Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Con Dao Island are warm and sunny most of the year. However, the rainy season varies for each destination: Nha Trang (October to December); Phu Quoc (June to September) and Con Dao (November to January).

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