Hoi An was a bustling trading port from the 16th to 18th centuries. While its importance diminished in subsequent centuries as the river silted up, its old town has survived, with plenty of traditional architecture that reflects both local, Chinese, and Japanese influences. Set in a grid of narrow lanes, Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage site today.
The old town is small and perfectly walkable, although some tourists choose to ride bicycles through the crowds.
Various groups of Chinese have made their mark in Hoi An, and many have their own civic facilities. The Cantonese Assembly Hall was built in 1885 and reflects the sizeable influence from the Cantonese community.
The Old House of Tan Ky consists of 4 small rooms that have been stuffed with antique furnitures today. Each room has its own purpose, from welcoming guests to the bedroom.