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Hoi AnHoi An

Hội An, also Faifo, is a city of Vietnam, on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is located in Quang Nam province and is home to approximately 120,000 inhabitants. It is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. 

Hoi AnThe city possessed the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and was known as Lâm Ấp Phố (Champa City). Between the seventh and 10th centuries, the Cham (people of Champa) controlled the strategic spice trade and with this came tremendous wealth. The former harbour town of the Cham at the estuary of the Thu Bồn River was an important Vietnamese trading centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled. During this period of the China trade, the town was called 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.

Den long Hoi AnIn 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. According to the UNESCO Impact Report 2008 on Hội An, tourism has bought changes to the area which are not sustainable without mitigation.

The city has various small museums highlighting the history of the region, especially ceramics, such as the Museum of Trade Ceramics. The Museum of Sa Huỳnh Culture was built in 1995, and has over 430 ceramic items from 8th to 18th Century. The items originating from Persia, China, Thailand, India and other countries are proofs of the importance of Hội An as a major trading port in South East Asia.


Marble Mountains

MarbleMarble Mountains (Vietnamese: Ngũ Hành Sơn; "Five elements mountains") is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son ward, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam. The five 'mountains' are named after the five elements; Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth).

All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit of one of the peaks. Several buddhist sanctuaries can also be found within the mountains, making this a famous tourist destination.

The area is famous for stone sculpture making and stone-cutting crafts. Direct rock extraction from the mountains was banned recently. Materials are now being transported from quarries in Quang Nam province.


Ba Na Mountain

Ba Na - Chua Mount tourist site lies within the area of Hoa Vang District, Danang City, about 50km to the west of city center. Located at 1.487 meters high above sea level, this area has a year round cool climate which makes it an ideal resort in the central region. Visitors have to pass through 15km long of winding road in order to reach the top of Ba na Mountain.

BanaComing to this site, tourists will not only have chance to enjoy the green and fresh atmosphere but also to observe beauty spots which can hardly be found in other regions. In sunny days, you will be able to observe the whole wide spreading space including Danang city, Vung Thung Bay, My Khe Beach, Marble Mountain (Ngu Hanh Son), Cham Island, etc. All the scenery there look like an aquarelle painting that the nature has created.

Ba Na possesses a rich and diverse flora and fauna system. You can find lots of animal and plant species in large primitive forests. In 1986, the site had been recognized as the natural reserve which preserve and protect the tropical forest and many precious species.

Bana At the beginning of 20th century, the French had built many hotels, villas on Ba Na Mount to satisfy the demand for relaxation and entertainment of French people. After the war, this site had been destroyed and people were likely to forget it. However, in recent years, Danang has gradually upgraded and improved the old villas of the French, the Buddhism cultural area and series of hotels, bars, tennis court, etc. Visiting Ba Na, you can also take part in camp-fire nights and get to know about mountainous region’s specialties which are introduced there. Tourists can transfer to the center of Ba Na – Chua Mount tourist site from Vong Nguyen Hill through a modern hanging cable system.

It would be a miss if you come to Danang without visiting Ba Na- Chua Mount. Annually, Ba Na welcomes a large number of visitors in and outside the country. Spending a night at this site will provide you a chance to join in the wild life there with lots of amazing things. Ba Na will properly be your right choice especially in hot summer days.


My Son Holy Land

My sonMy Son Land is situated in a narrow valley in Duy Tan Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province.  It is far 70km southwest from Danang City, 20km away from the Tra Kieu Citadel, and 40km away from the Ancient Town of Hoi An. It is a group of Cham people’s temple – towers. Specially, in December 1999, UNESCO recognized the complex of My Son Cham Towers as a World Heritage Site.

The Kingdom at My Son Holy Land was informed in the 4th century, until 13th century it was still occupied. It is the longest occupied of all the main SE Asia’s monuments. It is regarded as a religious and intellectual centre where Champa kings were crowned and buried.

As the opinions of  the ancient Cham towers’ researchers , Cham towers’ architectural art at My Son Sanctuary is the combination of different styles, namely the ancient style in the 7th-8th centuries, the Hoa Lai style of the 8th-9th centuries, the Dong Duong style from the mid-9th century, the My Son and My Son-Binh Dinh styles, etc. Besides,  the site is influenced SE Asia’s archaeological sites, is often seemed as some of  the great Indian such as Borobodur in Indonesia, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Ayuthaya in Thailand and Pagan in Burma.

My SonIt is seemed as a masterpiece of ancient Cham architecture. It has two doors, one in the east and the other in the west. The tower was very impressive with a giant system of pillars, high body; six sub-towers surrounding the tower. Especially, visiting here tourists can see two- storey tower like a lotus flower. People used sandstone to make the top of the upper layer, carved with elephant and lion. In the lower layer, the walls were carved with fairies, water evils and men riding elephants. However, many of the site’s temples were destroyed in the American War in 1969.

My Son was used as an important base to against US army. 20 of the original 70 structures intact were left. Bomb craters next to some of the temples are clearly visible.

Then archaeologist discovered the My Son ancient tower complex, many artifacts of its were colleted. Visiting the Cham Architecture Museum in Danang city, tourists will have chance to see the statues of female dancers and genies worshipped by the Cham people, worship animals, and the daily communal activities. Although not many of the site’s temples left, it shows the cultural value of the Cham nationality. Moreover, they are vivid proof, showing the history of a nationality living within the Vietnamese community boasting of a rich cultural tradition.