Hoi An (Vietnamese: Hội An), formerly known as Fai-Fo or Faifoo, is a city with a population of approximately 120,000 in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam.
Old Town Hội An, the city’s historic district, is recognized as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century, its buildings and street plan reflecting a blend of indigenous and foreign influences. Prominent in the city’s old town, is its covered “Japanese Bridge”, dating to the 16th-17th century.
Hội An translates as “peaceful meeting place”. In English and other European languages, the town was known historically as Faifo. This word is derived from Vietnamese Hội An phố (the town of Hội An), which was shortened to “Hoi-pho”, and then to “Faifo”.
Hoi An has been an important port since the 15th century when traders from China, Japan, India, and Holland established shophouses on the banks of the Thu Bon river. The influence of these traders, and the French colonialists who followed, is still evident in the town’s architecture, cuisine, and the importance of the river in the lives of local residents.
The town’s famous covered bridge was built by Japanese traders, who believed its construction would slay a dragon that had its head in India, heart in Hoi An, and its tail in Japan, and was responsible for earthquakes in Japan.
As the Thu Bon River began to silt up in the 19th century, the port was gradually overshadowed by nearby Da Nang. The town miraculously survived the ravages of the American War, and its remarkably preserved shophouses were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.
The town is attracting travelers from around the world, who are drawn to the town’s famous architecture, fine dining, and high-class tailors.
There are several options that you can choose to start your Easy Rider Tour from Hoi An. Take the ride to Hue or Phong Nha via the Ho Chi Minh Trail to enjoy the magnificent landscapes and step back to learn about the Vietnam War. If you head to the South, join the motorbike tour to Dalat, Nha Trang, or Saigon via the Central Highlands to explore the rural life of the locals who live in the remote countryside,…