The sea and surrounding waters are very important to the country of Vietnam, specifically to the seaside city of Hoi An. The nearby Thu Bon River played an important role in the city’s economy, culture and history. Known in the past as Fai Fo, Hoi An used to be the most thriving port in Southeast Asia, with trading activities to China, India, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia. The popularity of Fai Fo even reached Spain, Portugal and France. Although fishing is still an important industry in Hoi An today, the Thu Bon River is primarily known for tourism purposes. Boating and cruising in Ho An are among the favorite activities on the river.
Hoi An is 30 km away from Da Nang, the fourth largest city in Vietnam; also a few kilometers nearby is Hue, which used to be the Imperial capital. Before Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and any other Vietnamese cities were recognized internationally, Hoi An was already using the rivers and seas for international trading. Archeological finds reveal that the Sa Huynh people, early settlers in this part of the country, used boats to carry items and commodities to nearby lands. Hoi An was doing very well until Da Nang entered the scene in the 18th century. For some reason, Hoi An stopped its trading activities in favor of Da Nang and other Vietnamese ports, [Read more…]