It’s easy to get to Hoi An and let your quest for impeccably tailored garments overtake your sightseeing agenda, but don’t miss out on some of the nature beauty and ancient treasures tucked into this town. In addition to the countless "Old Houses" featuring well-maintained traditional architecture, there is a wealth of colorful markets, grand halls and stunning pagodas.
Discover the past through the remains of Cham rule, most notably at the ancient Ba Le Well, and the extensive Museum of History and Culture, boasting a collection from the major civilizations that have occupied Vietnam. For more recent history, tour one of the many assembly halls in the region, each outfitted with timely and artistic flourishes.
Start your pagoda tour at the Quan Cong temple, adorned with elaborate statues and artwork. The unique carp fountains spit water out of their mouths whenever it rains. Head next to the Phuoc Lam pagoda, a holy site known for the history of one of its monks, An Them. Upon returning from his time in the army, his remorse for the lives he took drove him to clean the central market without pay for twenty years. Before retirement, he considered sending a bill, but the penance was enough reward in itself.