Do you miss visiting few places because of either not knowing enough about the place or lack of time? It happens with me a lot of times and that’s the fun of exploring a place – no information, very less time. Here is some information for you to not miss visiting Hoi An on your next trip to Vietnam. Infact, it would absolutely be a perfect idea to alter the itinerary to accommodate Hoi An if you haven’t already included it in your list.
Hoi An, a small town in Central Vietnam is often referred as Ancient town which quite well justifies the tottering atmosphere of the town. The old Japanese houses, easy going residents, historic Chinese temples makes you believe it is certainly not a 21st Century town and takes you back in time. Small cozy boutique hotels, very famous tailor shops, travel agent shops are very much seen here and yet down by the market, life looks so unchanged and unhampered with the recent progression. And yes, at the same time, the town is one of the most richest towns of the nation offering the best exotic cuisine and is a very important tourism centre.
Hoi An is definitely a postcard of ancient riverside town. The grand architecture of the city talks for itself, the rice fields surrounding the town lends a complete country side experience. In the 18th century, the town used to harbor foreign traders mainly Chinese and Japanese and acted as a frequent trading port in Southeast Asia.It is now a UNESCO world heritage site and the listing made sure that Hoi An maintains its perfect blend of different cultures of Europe, Japan, Vietnam and Chinese.
The town earns its bread and butter with the tourism trade. I myself, picked a lot of things from Hoi An like lanterns made of artistically painted silk cloth, weightless silk scarves, home decor handicrafts, hand made cards and a lot more. The streets glittered with lanterns as if those are the lamp posts on the streets near the market area. The most talked about Japanese bridge seemed deprived of tourist’s attention when there was so much hustle bustle in the market.
On 14th day of every lunar month, there is a lantern festival and the locals switch of the lights and enjoy the lantern lights in the sky which sparkle no less than the most glittering stars on a full moon night. The festival is very popular amongst Vietnamese people and they get together in Hoi An to celebrate it. The hotels, home stays usually go fully booked on these days. It is an overwhelming sight to watch so may lanterns together in the sky.
I would love to hear your stories from Hoi An!