We are in Hoi An now after a long traveling day.
Everything in Hoi An seems unchanged. Streets in the old town are still under construction, i.e dusty, noisy and dirty (to me). Shops and restaurants everywhere.
Food has been good so far. Last night my mom and Monique tried Cao Lau (boiled wheat noodle, fork, vegetable and a small fried rice paper), which looked good. Bro, last time we had a bad cao lau, haha. I was so beat to take a photo of this cao lau. Anyway, I still have some other pix of the beach and town.
We had a wonderful morning and afternoon on the beach with the Krohns. Sunny and windy. Cool and blue sea. Blue clouds. Well, in short, IT IS NEAT!!!
Late afternoon, it rained – pouring rain. It made the town less dusty and cooler. Mom and I biked a bit around the town and stopped by the handmade shop REACH OUT. I got some things for myself and my friends.
Still have not found any quick-print-photo-out stores in the town. I will do the printing stuffs in Hue someway.
Nice days in Hoi An 🙂
The city possessed the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st Century and was known as Lâm Ấp Phố (Champa City). Between the 7th and 10th centuries the Champas controlled the strategic “Spice Trade” and with this came tremendous wealth. The boats still used today in Hoi An probably have the same hull shape as those used by the Champas for ocean voyages.
The former harbour town of the Champa people at the estuary of the Thu Bonth and 17thChinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, DutchIndians settled. During this period of the China trade, the town was called river was an important Vietnamese trading centre in the 16 centuries, where and Hai Pho (Seaside Town) in Vietnamese. Originally Hai Pho was a divided town with the Japanese settlement across the “Japanese Bridge”(16th-17th century). The bridge (Chùa cầu) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side.
The town is known to the French and Spanish as Faifo, and by similar names in Portuguese and Dutch. A number of theories have been put forth as to the origin of this name. Some scholars have suggested that it comes from the word “hải-phố” (海浦) meaning “sea town”, while others have said that it is more likely simply a shortening of Hội An-phố (會安浦), “the town of Hoi An”, to “Hoi-pho” which became “Faifo”.
In 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.
Today, Hội An is still a small city, but it attracts a fair number of tourists, also being a well-established place on the backpacker trail. Many visit for the numerous art and craft shops and tailors, who produce made-to-measure clothes for a fraction of the western price. Several Internet cafés, bars and restaurants have opened along the riverfront. Hoi An is famed for its centuries old Cao lầu noodle, which can only be uniquely served here.