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Chapter 3: Hoi An
Follow us to the UNESCO World Heritage Site*. Walking around the old town, you visit the old houses of Tan Ky and Phung Hung, enter the the town's landmark, the japanese bridge, tour serveral temples e.g. the famous Phouc Kien Assembly Hall, be charmed by the colorful laterns at night and discover the 2000 years old Cham temples of My Son*.
* Link to wikipedia.org

Visiting Hoi An.

Hoi An was simply lovely. The street picture is very authetic, and since the ancient town center is closed for cars in the evening it is a peacefull and relaxing place. Hoi An has a lot to offer: besides its well preserved townscape it offers a varied bunch of cultural highlights like temples, assembly halls, old houses and museums and also a huge amount of great locations to recover, eat and drink. There are a lot of tailors: just point a picture in one of the fashion magazines they store - 24 hours later you can collect your choice - fitting perfect. So you can imagine: it is already very tourist-orientated. Only three miles away is the nice Cua Dai beach. From Hoi An you can do serveral tours, we went to the ruins of My Son - 1500 years old Cham temple, rediscoverd at the beginning of the 20th century, destoyed in the Vietnam war.

We stayed in a very friendly guest house called Hoang Trinh Hotel, only a few steps away from the old town centre. A bit curious decoration style but very clean, great food and very, very nice and helpfull staff. We can definitive recomment it.

I am slightly concerned about the future of Hoi An. Since the numbes of tourists (like we were) will rise massively in the next years (number of tourists in 1997: 140.00; in 2007: more than one million;* upcoming years in the light of accomodation developement: unrateable) authorities have to take care that Hoi An will keep its charm. Not an easy job to do...

*Source: UNESCO

Streets of Hoi AnHoi Quan Phouc KienHoi An by night and paper lanternsMy Son Cham temple