The ancient town of Hoi An is located 30 km south of Danang on the banks of the Thu Bon River. Occupied by early western traders, Hoi An was one of the major trading centres of Southeast Asia in the 16th century. Hoi An has a distinct Chinese atmosphere with low, tile-roofed houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets still remains almost intact. All the houses were made of rare wood, decorated with lacquered boards and panels engraved with Chinese characters. Pillars were also carved with ornamental designs.
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Fisherman & waterways tour
This small group day-long excursion is a chance to learn about the daily life of Vietnamese fishermen, their families and their community. Visit a small fishing village on the outskirts of Hoi An, and take a guided walk through the village before boarding the Hoi An eco-tour boat for a cruise on the Cua Dai river. Along the way, watch the local fishermen at work and try your hand at the art of catching fish by using the local round nets. Later, leave the tour boat and board a small Vietnamese bamboo basket boat. Along with the other tour members and guide, paddle your boat through the tranquil Bay Mau waterways, before returning to the tour boat where a cold drink and lunch await.
See the temples of My Son
My Son was an imperial city during the Cham dynasty, who reigned from the 4th to 13th century and whose culture has its origins in Indian Hinduism. My Son sanctuary, a Unesco world heritage site, is a large complex of religious sites that comprises more than 70 architectural works, including temples and large towers of red brick, carved with images from Hindu mythology. These towers were the main component of the Cham architectural design, built to reflect the divinity of the king.
Walking tour of Hoi An's Ancient Town
With a relaxed riverside atmosphere and a Unesco-listed ancient town, Hoi An is the ideal place to explore on foot. Wander the town's twisting lanes and visit pagodas, temples, museums, a traditional theatre, handicraft workshops or Chinese Assembly Halls. Some of Hoi An's wooden merchants’ houses, many more than 200 years old, can also be visited. These well-preserved buildings are a blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese architectural styles, adorned with some intricate carvings.
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