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The Best Places to Go While Traveling to Hoi An, Vietnam
Vietnam is a country located in Southeast Asia, bordered by China, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. Most portrayed in a war environment in movies, we could almost forget the many things this amazing place has to offer. A perfect example of that, is the little Hoi An, right in the middle of the country, with a population of only 120.000 people, a city with a name that means "Peaceful meeting place". This name is due to the fact that Hoi An was founded originally as a trading port, which means that many commercial encounters between different people from many places happened there. Hoi An is an extremely peculiar and interesting touristic destination. It is located between South and North Vietnam, so people can get both of their cultures, which differ mostly in clothing and cuisine, making the city one of the most searched destinations in Vietnam. Here is a list of the most important places to visit there.
Cua Dai Beach and An Bang Beach
As in many other countries from the Indochinese Peninsula, Vietnamese beaches are very beautiful, with a clear sand and very translucent blue water. Cua Dai and An Bang are the two beaches of Hoi An. At the beaches, you can rent a lounger for just about one or two dollars, and there are many places to eat as well. If you buy food and beverages, you can use the lounger for free. Both beaches are very close to the city (two and three miles) and you can either go walking (if you are in the mood) or rent a bicycle. You can rent one for a day for just one dollar, and Hoi An is an excellent place to ride a bike, which leads us to the next item on this list.
Hoi An Old Town
This neighborhood, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1999, can make a link to the past of Hoi An. There are very well preserved buildings there, being possible to see the many foreign influences in the city that was once a trading port. Old Town is a great place to be explored with a bicycle. One of the most important monuments in the neighborhood is the Japanese Covered Bridge. It was built in the 18th century and there are sculptures of dogs on one side and monkeys on the other, representing the years in which its building began and in which it was completed.
My Son Sanctuary
nother Unesco World Heritage Site, My Son Sanctuary is composed by the ruins of the ancient Champa civilization that occupied, independently, that region from the 2nd to the 17th century, when they were colonized by Vietnam. The Champas suffered a great Hindu influence, and that can be easily noted in the ruins. It is best to visit it early in the morning, or at the end of the afternoon, because it is the time with less tours and, hence, it gets less crowded.
Summing up, Hoi An is a city that preserves history and culture and also has the benefits of modern times. It is certainly one of the best travel destinations in Vietnam.