Hoi An stands as a historic highlight of Vietnam tours
A tour of Vietnam brings you to many of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in southeast Asia. Destinations such as Halong Bay and Nha Trang will certainly leave a lasting impression thanks to their stunning views and untarnished scenery. But while Vietnam has plenty to offer in terms of natural beauty, it is also a bastion of historical intrigue, especially in the coastal city of Hoi An. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city has played an important role in the region for hundreds of years, and offers a glimpse into what life was like centuries ago.
Hoi An rose to prominence between the 17th and 19th centuries when it was a vital trading port. Today, the city of about 120,000 still retains much of the atmosphere, and there are compelling historic landmarks lurking seemingly around every corner. There are numerous temples that are emblematic of the city's rich history, but perhaps none more so than My Son Sanctuary. These ruins predate the city's role as a trading hub by several hundred years, and the sprawling complex, which is nestled in the mountains, includes dozens of impressive temples that speak to the ingenuity of Vietnam's inhabitants more than 1,500 years ago.
Given its appeal to history buffs, it should come as no surprise that Hoi An is also home to a number of museums that are worth visiting. The Museum of Trade Ceramics is located in what appears to be just one of the many houses dotting the city streets, but its looks can be deceiving. Visitors are brought face to face with artifacts and other objects that tell the story of how Hoi An rose to prominence, many of which date back to the 13th century.