THE CENTRAL COAST || HOI AN to DA NANG
Heading between HOI AN and DA NANG is a piece of cake, either by bus or rented vehicle. While most buses take the busy main road between the two cities, travelling by taxi or xe om – or under your own steam – gives you the chance to utilize the newer coastal road, and take in the Marble Mountains on the way. Since 2008 the long stretch of beach running parallel to the road, once unspoilt, has been the subject of huge development. Five-star resorts are springing up like mushrooms and there are now a couple of golf courses in the area, as advertised by Greg Norman and Colin Montgomerie, whose faces adorn billboards along the coastal road.
Hoi An World Heritage Site
Hoi An is one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam, and was given UNESCO World Heritage site status in 1999. Located in Quang Nam Province, Hoi An is home to approximately 120,000 inhabitants. Set alongside the banks of the Thu Bon River, with narrow streets framed by colorful, centuries-old buildings, Hoi An is an exquisitely preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries.
A walk across the town’s bridges and down its alleyways is a trip back in time, when merchants from all over the world converged here. Hoi An is also home to many temples, pagodas and gathering places that bear the mark of its colorful history. A great number of well-preserved religious monuments, featuring intact centuries-old architecture are waiting for visitors to discover. Traditional lifestyles, religion, and customs are preserved very well in Hoi An, and many unique festivals take place annually.
Despite its rich and ancient heritage, Hoi An is hardly out of date, the town is filled with modern cafés, Internet access is easy to find, and high-end luxury restaurants and resorts abound. The town also packs in lots of budget shopping, affordable accommodations, and authentic cuisine. In short, it’s the perfect city to discover and explore.
Come and feel the serenity the town offers you with every breath. Whether you’re just in town for a day or a whole month, it will be time well spent.