It was the principal port of the Cham Kingdom.
The town is situated on the coast of the South China Sea. It is the best example of a traditional trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century, in South-East Asia.
The architecture of Hoi An, which is almost entirely of wood, is of considerable interest. It combines traditional Vietnamese designs with Chinese and Japanese influences.
Today, the town is a tourist attraction because of its history, traditional architecture and crafts such as textiles and ceramics.
The port mouth and boats are still used for both fishing and tourism.