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    With the total area of 60km², Hoi An City is located in Quang Nam Province, at the lower section of Thu Bon River, about 50km to the northeast of Tam Ky City (the capital of Quang Nam Province) and 30km to the south of Da Nang City.

    Hoi An is an ancient city which is located on Cua Dai Beach where Thu Bon River flows to South China Sea. From the 16th to 17th century, Hoi An was well-known under the name of Faifoo. As a major and crowded port in South-East Asia, it was a popular destination to many Japanese, Indonesian, Chinese, Portugal trader merchants, etc at that time.

    As the result of estuary sedimentation process and historic changes, after many centuries, Hoi An was not a trading port any longer but its golden period still left marks with priceless cultural values.

    In December 1999, Hoi An Ancient City was recognized as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Its material relics include Japanese Covered Bridge (Chùa Cầu), ancient houses, assembly halls, museums, family temples, etc.

    The architecture of Hoi An is characterized by a harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. Most of the buildings are in the traditional architectural style of the 19th century with brick walls outside, walls covered with wood boards inside and no more than two floors. The traces of time are able to find not only on the architectural design of each building but also everywhere like: on the yin-yang roof tiles covered with moss and plants or the old gray mold walls.

    After many centuries, Hoi An is still respectful of its customs and habits, beliefs, traditions, folk festivals and of its sophisticated culinary art.

    Together, these factors create a unique image of Hoi An Ancient Town in visitors’ eyes.

    Climate
    Hoi An is located in the zone of tropical monsoon climate. The annual average temperature is about 25OC, air humidity is 82%, and rainfall reaches up to 2,066mm.

    Hoi An has two distinct seasons throughout a year: rainy season (from August to December) and dry season (from Jannuary to July). There are occasional frosts but they are not very strong and last for a short period only.

    The ideal time to travel to Hoi An is from February to April. It rarely rains around this time and the weather is comfortable. Or going to Hoi An on Mid-Autumn Festival (on the 14th day of the eight month on lunar calendar) would be absolutely a great experience.