Hoi An Travel Information Vietnam

h_a_1Hoi An is translated as a “peaceful gathering place” – and since 1999 the harbour with its rich history has been a UNESCO world heritage site. Even B.C., ships from Arabia, Persia, China and India arrived in the harbour on the delta of the Thu Bon river. Hoi An possesses one of the best kept historic harbours in South East Asia – a witness of the peaceful trade for more than 2000 years.

h_a_2Cau Nhat Ban – the “Japanese Bridge” connects the former residential and business areas of the Japanese and Chinese with each other. According to a legend the building of the bridge was thanks to a monster, which caused many earthquakes in Japan. Its head lived in India, the tail in Japan and its heart beat in Hoi An. Only the building of a bridge with its stone pillars could put a sword into the heart of the monster.

h_a_3Witness to the previous high culture of the Cham more than 1500 years ago are the ruins of the holy temple from My Son. At this time, no other people on earth built with stone. This building style with no gaps could not be imitated up until today. More than 70 temples and buildings still exist inside the area 45 kilometres south east of Hoi An in an idyllic hollow next to the Cat’s Tooth moutain Hon Guap.

h_a_4Ngu Hanh Son are the “mountains of the five elements”, the marble rocks tower steeply up to 100m high. Son Thuy, the element water is the highest – below it is the cave “Huyen Khong”. A light gap 30 metres high throws mysterious rays into the smoke of the incense sticks in honour of the Buddha of the present Thich Cha.

h_a_5The sides of the road of Hoi An are assigned to the individual craftsmen – mainly tailors, weavers, wood carvers, potteries and lamp producers. In the historic streets of Hoi An, for a Vietnamese business quarter, there is an exceptionally quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Usual business life in the morning hours on the harbour market is the same.

h_a_6The silting up of the Thu Bon river led to the decline of Hoi An as one of the most important stops on the “silk street of the sea”. From the 18th century, the international shipping moved to Da Nang. The flair of open-minded people still remains in Hoi An today in a peaceful, small, leisurely town with an inviting charm.