THE NAME HOI AN MEANS “PEACEFUL MEETING PLACE”
Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An Old Town is an unmissable experience. The name Hoi An means “peaceful meeting place” and our walking tour aims to provide you with this sense of peace.
In the 17th and 18th Centuries Hoi An was a thriving port, used mainly by Chinese merchants. These wealthy traders came to the area, liked what they saw and decided to build homes here. Today many of these homes are still in existence, carefully preserved, some are now shops whilst others remain as actual homes. They are mainly constructed of wood, with balconies and terraces abounding with brightly colored flowering plants.
Our flexible private tour allows you a choice of places to visit but one site not to be missed is the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, built originally to join the Chinese and Japanese communities living either side of a stream. It is made of beautifully carved wood and guarded at either end by a pair of dogs and a pair of monkeys. We visit one of Hoi An’s five Assembly Halls, where the merchants met to conduct business. Each has an ornate entrance gate, leading to a courtyard containing a temple and shrines.
We can also visit a museum or watch time-honored Vietnamese folk dancing at the Traditional Art Performance House. Also of interest may be a visit to a local handicraft workshop to watch the making of traditional items such as the iconic Hoi An lanterns or embroidery.
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