The city of Hoi An, also called Faifo, has existed since the Cham kingdom around 2000 years ago. This city was the destination of spices brought in from Indonesia from the 7th to 10th centuries.
Hoi An in the 16th and 17th centuries became an international port, so it is not surprising that this city received many foreign influences.
The biggest influence on culture and customs in Hoi An comes from the south of Hue and Phan Thiet. It is said that the existing Champa people came from Java. In the past, Hinduism became the grip of people’s beliefs.
Until then around the 10th century came Arab traders who gave their influence and some of their citizens embraced Islam. Subsequent influences came from Ming dynasty soldiers who later settled here for a while.
The final influence is from Vietnam which came after the Cam kingdom suffered a setback.
Influence – that influence can be seen in the old part of the city in Hoi An, mainly from China. This can be seen in the row of shops along the road in the old part of the city. These old shops are indeed preserved by the local government.
The Vietnamese government is trying to renovate the buildings in Hoi An. Even the government is very strict in providing various permits for this region.
Unfortunately, when this place is used as a world heritage site, its local residents sell their property to others to become part of commercial tourism, such as a souvenir shop.
It is clear that the culture and habits in this region suddenly disappeared. It’s just that tourists have to pay attention to their pockets, if not the tourist business there is ready to drain it.
Hoi An is not big, it can even be explored on foot. Motorbikes are not permitted to enter the city centre on certain days.
Motorbikes and pedestrians here scramble each other for roads because most roads are narrow. But bicycles can freely enter the downtown area. Bicycles are the best means of transportation in Hoi An.
To enter the old city, tourists pay around 120 thousand dongs or around the US $ 6. The ticket can be used to enter museums, homes — old houses, council buildings, craft shops including music shows, theatre shows, Japanese bridges, and Quan Cong temples.
The local government is very strict in arranging clothes that must be worn by tourists. You may not wear a bikini and shorts or a mini skirt for women. While men may not be bare-chested and wear shorts.
Actually, the best time to enjoy the old city of Hoi An is at night. The old city will be decorated with colourful lanterns that beautify all existing buildings and streets. But the colourful lights ended at 9:30 a.m.
This was followed by restaurants, shops, and bars closing the door. Except for the bar that does have permission to open late at night. Food vendors on the sidewalk usually still sell their wares late at night.