Hoi An was a major oriental port for trading ships from Japan, China and the West during the16th and 17th centuries and became the meeting place for a wide range of merchant traders. As a result, the old town inHoi An has a diverse mixture of architectural styles and today is considered a living museum of architecture and urban lifestyle.
Built in approximately 200AD to 1700AD, My Son was once the spiritual heart of the Kingdom of Champa peoples who occupied what is now the central area of Vietnam for over a thousand years. The builders of My Son gained their cultural and spiritual influences almost exclusively from India in the form of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Shiva was the central figure of worship and his images are common in what remains of the Cham monuments.
Full Moon Night is a magical festival and gives you a glimpse of what life may have been like.
Join us to hold an unforgettable Festival in the charming riverside town – Hoi An, where thousands of locals release beautiful lanterns into the night sky or on the river filled with their hopes and wishes for the future.
On the 14th day of every lunar month, the old town of Hoi An switches off its lights and closes to motorised traffic, the old town is transformed by flickering candlelight, multi-coloured lanterns and hoards of visitors who’ve come to see the full moon lantern festival.
Full Moon Festival 2014: 9Aug, 7Sep, 7Oct, 6Nov, 5Dec
My Son is situated in an attractive valley, well away from any other buildings in a clearing surrounded by tropical jungle. The peaceful surroundings give you a feeling of stepping back to the time when then area was a major religious complex and even in their current state, the towers are impressive, and the scale of building makes its religious significance obvious.
Hue is the home of several wonderfully interesting world heritage listed sites and the area has a lot to offer visitors. Hue is located near the centre of the country, approximately half way between HCMC and Hanoi and only 100kms North of Da Nang. Hue is the ancient capital of Vietnam and although many historical sites were damaged in the recent war with America, it is still a fascinating place to visit and should not be missed. Many of the ancient attractions found in and around Hue were constructed in the 17th and 19th centuries. Among these is the Thien Mu Pagoda which is considered the symbol of Hue and was built in the early 1600s