On any Vietnam holiday Hoi An is a great
place to take it easy for a day or two
between the energetic cities of Hanoi and
Saigon. This historical town was a busy
trading port between the 15th and 19th
centuries and is recognised as a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
The old town is small enough to explore on
foot and you will discover many important
sights that reflect Hoi An’s multinational
nature. These include a traditional
merchant’s home, the Japanese covered
bridge, a Chinese temple and the local
market. However a lot of the fun of being
in Hoi An is just to stroll around the pretty
streets or visit the sandy beach.
The city of Hué was the imperial capital of
the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th and early
20th centuries. Their seat of power was the
citadel which contains a Forbidden City
modelled on the one in Beijing and it may be reached by riding on a traditional cyclo. The citadel
sits on the banks of the Perfume River which
is said to get its name from the fragrant
flowers that fall into the water.
Hué also has many other historical sights
including the tombs of the emperors Tu Duc
and Khai Dinh, as well as Thien Mu Pagoda,
said to be the tallest in Vietnam.