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- Not far away from the city of Danang (30km) Hoi An is a small idyllic town, the sort which draws you in and gets you to stay, whether you intended to or not. Originally known as Faifo, this antique town is bordered on its southern side by the Thu Bon River, along which reside a number of small cafes. Despite the fact that it is now a tourist haven, the artistic atmosphere and local friendly people create an inviting environment.
Hoi An was established as an important port in the 17th century and remained so for a long time. There used to be canals parallel to the streets, so merchandise could be loaded straight from the back of houses onto the boats. Hoi An's legacy as a port lasted right up until the early years of the 20 century, which was when the river became silted up, forcing the cargo ships to call at Da Nang instead.
In the past Hoi An was a port of call for the Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch, and the Chinese community, where all sorts of produce and wares were traded. Remnants of these past traders' influences can still be seen lining the streets of Hoi An. The rich history of Hoi An can be explored in the nine of historical sites still preserved there.
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