Live on 1200 Month Hoi An Vietnam

This is my Retire Early on $868 Month in Hoi An Vietnam information.  This is Dan of Vagabond Awake, the YouTube channel for Vagabond Buddha.  We are presently exploring SE Asia reporting on the best places to retire cheap in paradise.  

We were last in a beach suburb of Da Nang Vietnam called My An Beach.  Our retire cheap report on Da Nang, Vietnam is now available at  But today, we are reporting to you from Hoi An, Vietnam, about 45 minutes south of Da Nang.  

Hoi An, Vietnam is one of the most culturally rich cities in all of Vietnam.  Because of its historical significance, Hoi An is also included in the itinerary of many Cultural Tours of Vietnam.    

Hoi An was once the largest trading port in all of SE Asia for dishes, cups, and other porcelain tableware that is affectionately called “china” in the USA.  Although commonly referred to as China in the West, porcelain tableware has been manufactured all over Asia for centuries including in China, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Turkey, among others. 

In its heyday, Hoi An was where traders from all over Asia would come to trade for porcelain tableware from other parts of Asia.  But Hoi An was lost to history for about 200 years ago when ships could not longer enter after the harbor–it was filled with mud from too much rain.  

But Hoi An’s beauty came back to life in about 1980 when the buildings began to be restored for tourism.  It has grown in popularity steadily ever since.   

This is my third visit to Hoi An.  I was last here in 2019.  

I have been traveling the world for 17 years now, 67 countries so far.  I return to the USA for a week or two each year to see family and friends, but the rest of the year I keep moving forward reporting on the cost of retiring all over the world.   

Hoi An is in the center of Vietnam facing the South China Sea.  Da Nang, Vietnam has the nearest international airport, about 45 minutes away, so it is easy to get to Hoi An from overseas.  We took a Grab Taxi from Da Nang to Hoi An.  

We will be reporting on our other favorite city to retire in Vietnam next week, so subscribe if you want to learn more about that also.  

The local Vietnamese food is some of the most delicious and healthiest food in the world.  So, have been eating mainly in the neighborhood restaurants just outside the tourist areas for about $2 per meal per person.  

When we arrived in Hoi An, we spent the first few days at the beach there which is called An Bang.  The Google Map shows it is 5 kilometers (3 miles) away.  The beach town is cute but I would not recommend it in December when we were there (too cool).    

While in Vietnam, the local restaurant food was so reasonably priced and so delicious, that we ate out for most meals.  We couldn’t justify the extra time it would take us to shop, cook, and clean up when eating out is so cheap and enjoyable.  

If you don’t know how to find delicious Vietnamese food very easily at reasonable local prices, I recommend that you just try out our best restaurants list.  All of our favorite restaurants and markets are listed at the first link in the notes below this video. 

Furnished apartments start at around USD 300 per month.  But don’t book 30-day stays on anymore.  Internet-connected landlords are overcharging all over the world now.  Just book a few days online and then find a local place once your feet are on the ground, this report explains how.     

But stay away from anyone trying to get you to buy a condo when you first move overseas.  Just rent for the first year or two.  If someone is being pushy about real estate, it might mean they are getting a big kickback if they can get you to buy.  

Cost of Living in Hoi An Vietnam

Here is our estimated costs of living converted into US dollars if the two of us moved to Hoi An year-round on a lower budget.  We also include more typical expenses we have heard from other expats in case you want more typical expenses. 

Rents: We found example furnished apartments starting for about 3.2 million dong ($130 USD) per month.  

But we would look for something closer in for about 5-7 million dong ($200-$300 USD) so we could walk everywhere or ride a bicycle.  Other expats with higher budgets spend around $400-$600 USD per month for apartments or townhouses with 2 or 3 bedrooms.  

Here is the process we use to find great apartments.  So, we will show you a table of all expenses in a moment.  We will use $300 per month for our lower rent estimate and $600 per month for the higher cost of living estimate. 

Utilities:  We estimate our utilities would average about $80 USD per month.  The utilities would be about 120 USD for the larger place for a higher cost of living ex-pats.  

Groceries:  We would shop mostly in the public market where vegetables, fruits, and rice are cheaper.  We estimate about $250 per month for groceries.  

Other expats are likely to buy more expensive imported foods (Winmart, Vinmart) and more meats, so they would likely spend $350 per month on groceries.  

Restaurants:  We would go out to eat much of the time in the local restaurants averaging about $2 per meal per person and a few times per week in the expat (tourist) restaurants for about $6-8 per meal per person.  If we went out to eat 5 or 6 times per week, mostly at local Vietnamese restaurants, and only twice per week in expat-style restaurants, we would spend around $50 per week or $200 per month in restaurants for the two of us.  

Other expats are likely to eat more Western-style foods in expensive expat-style restaurants and less in Vietnamese restaurants, so they would likely spend $350 per month for 2 people.  

Cell Phone Data: The cost to recharge our prepaid service is about $6 per month which includes 6GB of data per day.  My Android phone will act as a hotspot so we can both be on the internet at the same time when we are out of the house together.  Both Vinaphone and Viettel had good prices and reception. 

Other expats are likely to buy two prepaid SIM cards so they would send $12 per month.  

Laundry:  We would look for an apartment that includes a clothes washing machine and people hang dry their clothes in SE Asia.  Since the laundry detergent is included in our grocery bill, there is no expense for this.  

Drinking Water: We used a water filter we carry with us and the replacement filters cost about $3 per month.  

Internet: 30 MBPS up and down is about $10 per month for in-home wifi.  It is advertised at 100 MBPS but the realized speed is about 30MBPS up and down. 

Transportation:  We walked almost everywhere in Hoi An.  Even if we went roundtrip once per week it would not exceed $20 per month for Grab Taxi.  Stay away from scooters unless you are highly experienced riding scooters in SE Asia.  Other expats might take more grab taxis so $45 per month. 

Alcohol (Optional): Local beer is about 30,000 Dong in local bars and restaurants ($1.20 USD) and about 18,000 Dong in stores ($0.72 USD).  So, we would spend about $90 per month on alcohol for the two of us.

Many other expats would spend a higher amount for imported foreign or craft beers in expat bars for about $2 each, so about $180 per month for 2 people assuming they are not into imported whiskey or wine.  

Entertainment (Optional):  We would budget about $200 per month for entertainment for the two of us.  We generally enjoy doing more do-it-yourself kinds of entertainment so expats would spend a little more, maybe $300 per month, for 2 of them?

Retire Early $868 Month Hoi An Vietnam 

Hoi An






Rent 300 600
Utilities 80 120
Groceries 250 350
Restaurants 200 350
Cell Data 6 12
Laundry 0 0
Drinking Water 3 3
Internet 9 9
Transportation 20 45
Total $868 $1489
Alcohol 90 180
Optional Total $958 $1669
Entertainment 200 300
Optional Total $1158 $1969

The above lower estimated cost of living would be if the two of us lived in Hoi An on a tight budget.  The higher above estimate is just an example of what other expats might spend if they moved here and were easy come easy go with their money.  To fully understand what it would cost you to live here, you must do an exploratory visit and put your feet on the ground.  

To get a better understanding of things you should add to our estimated cost of living watch this video:  9 Reasons You Can’t Retire on $1000 Month Overseas

You should also add anything to the above table that you spend money on in your home country that is not listed in the above table.  Presumably, you find those things necessary in life.  To do that, visit the Numbeo Hoi An and add anything not mentioned in the table. 

Never move anywhere until you have visited first personally to verify the living costs for your lifestyle and needs. I am not guaranteeing these prices. These are just my notes and estimates from the time of my visit and this post. Your costs will likely be drastically different depending on your lifestyle and the time since this post.  

More typical ex-pat living costs in the Philippines range from about $1400 to $2400 per month.  But people spending that much also have higher incomes or pensions.  They often report spending more on entertainment, eating out, and alcohol.  Many also have more expensive cars, houses, or apartments.  

But many of you will likely be unable to retire on so little here.  I give example reasons why in this report.  This next report explains how to avoid coming home early with your tail between your legs.   Also, if you are going to try to retire cheap offshore, make sure to read my report, the Two Biggest Risks of Retiring Early for Cheap Offshore, which explains why you should have emergency funds available for unexpectedly large expenses.  

Hoi An Livability Factors

Here are the factors I think about when I consider a place for early retirement potential. After I discuss each factor, I will assign an overall retirement desirability score to Hoi An.  I am writing my observations based on my personal experience over the last three visits with my feet on the ground here. 

Walkability:  High.  If you live in the Old Town area of Hoi An, everything you need is within walking distance.  Everything you need like restaurants, expensive and cheap, foreign and domestic foods, and wet-markets, would be extremely walkable.  You may want to take a Grab Taxi to the beach 5 kilometers away (3 miles) and to the grocery stores if you buy too many groceries to carry.  

Internet:  High.  The Internet Wifi has not been an issue in Vietnam.  It is 30 Mbps up and down.  Unlock your phone before exiting the USA.  Pick up a sim card that includes 6GB per day for just USD 6 per month.  Typical of SE Asia, you are allowed to use your Android as a Hotspot for your computer if you get a dud Wifi connection anywhere.  We just buy one SIM card and turn on the Hotspot so we can both get online when we are out of the house together. 

Food:  High.  I love Vietnamese food.  If you eat all three meals per day in local restaurants (like we have), you can easily stay under $6 per day, per person.  But other expats are budgeting $10 to $15 per day per person because they eat 3 meals per day in Western-style restaurants.  

Weather:  Medium. The average temperature year-round is 29C/84F.  The hottest time is June to August when it can max out at 38C/100F from time to time.  The coolest time is November to January with an average temperature of 20C/68F. The weather is moderate and dry from February to May.  The rainy season is September to January when rains can even cause floods.  If the heat is ever too much, just take a trip up to Da Lat, Vietnam to cool down.  It is 4500 feet above sea level and rooms start at around $20 per night.  View our Da Lat report to know where to stay, eat, and play in the cooler weather. 

Things to Do:  Medium.  Kayak and boat rides.  Scooter and bicycle rentals. The Hoi An full moon festival takes place every full moon.  People exchange flowers, candles, and lanterns for good fortune. People float candles in small containers on the rivers.  A beautiful beach is just a 6km bicycle ride away. There are 4 museums in Hoi An and 10 art galleries. You can dance the night away and get up in the morning and go to yoga.  Grab the bus to Da Nang for 2 dollars or a minivan to a hill station called Da Lat for USD 11. I have labeled Hoi An as a medium for things to do, but if you prefer a smaller town atmosphere, this has many things to do for a smaller town.      

Expats Community:  High.  For a town this size, the Expat community in Hoi An is fairly well organized.  For example, there are a number of Facebook pages that answer questions, have rental properties, tell where to find stuff, and answer questions about Visa runs.  Facebook 1Facebook 2Facebook 3Facebook 4.  

Even if you are less expat-oriented like me, these Facebook Resources are still great resources to find odds and ends in Hoi Ann (or nearby Da Nang) that you miss from home.  They are also a great place to buy and sell things, find a place to live, and find out things that only longer-term expats would likely know about.  

Real Estate:  High.   A 700-square-foot condo (65 Square meters) would sell in the range of ($66,000 to $106,000 USD), according to Hoi An. You will have to pay the higher end of that range as you approach the most expensive areas.  Don’t even consider buying until you have lived in a place for at least a year or two and are totally in love with it.   Even then, make sure you get very good legal advice from someone not associated with the broker or your new local lover).  

Land ownership is very limited for foreigners.  Instead, consider keeping your house in the USA and renting that out.  That will give you some inflation protection because rents tend to go up every year in the USA faster than SE Asia, although that could change in the future.  

Medical: High.  You should travel 45 minutes north to Da Nang for anything serious.  Historically, wealthier Vietnamese would often travel to Bangkok, Kuala  Lumpur, or Singapore for significant healthcare challenges.  Source.  But over the last decade, Vietnam has slowly been raising its game medically.  Source.  We met two American Expats while visiting Da Nang and Hoi An.  One who has lived in Da Nang for a year had moved here from Saigon, where she had lived for 1.5 years.  While in Saigon, she had surgery on her leg at the France-Vietnam (FV) Hospital which cost $1200 for everything.  She paid for herself since she had no insurance.  She said it felt more like a 5-star resort than a hospital.  I have had a check-up at that hospital in Saigon and it is first class.  We also met an expat whose wife had a baby at the Hospital in Da Nang called International Vinmec. He said the services were amazing and only cost him $500 for everything.  

Visa: Medium.  There is no retirement visa in Vietnam.  The expats we have met mostly just do a visa run once a month to renew their visas.  But I just read a comment on one of the above Hoi An Facebook pages that an expat was excited that you can now get a 3-month eVisa for $25 USD, every time she does a visa run.  

We also ran into a few expats on the street who recognized us from our YouTube channel.  They both mentioned that their agents take care of the visa run for them for $100 per month.  

None of the expats we have chatted with have said that they had any trouble doing visa runs, one after another, over the last few years.  According to them, it is an accepted practice in Vietnam, like it was in Thailand a decade ago.  

But I know a few people who left Vietnam over the last 3 years because they were tired of doing visa runs every month.  

But we may have more good news for you soon.  We just did the new 3-month eVisa and it works great.  Now we are just waiting to hear from other expats, whether or not Vietnamese immigration is letting people use the 3-month eVisa for back-to-back visa runs.  

Once we have more data that Vietnam is routinely accepting the 3-month eVisa for visa runs without objection, it will mean people can stay in Vietnam indefinitely by doing only 4 visa runs per year at $25 each.  That would be amazing.   

Transportation:  Almost everything we needed in Hoi An was in walking distance.  The only time we took a grab taxi was to go from the beach to Hoi An.  Plus, there is a bus (30k Dong, $1.30 USD) into central Da Nang that is 35 minutes away.  

Da Nang Cheap Retirement Desirability Score:  Medium.  Vietnam is now clearly near the top of my country list to retire cheap in paradise for pennies.  Hoi An is one of the most charming cities in all of Vietnam.  

The only thing that annoys me about it as compared to other parts of Vietnam is how many tourists walk around the ancient city center on weekends and evenings.  It is great for people watching or playing with tourists when the mode strikes, but otherwise we would stay outside the central when it is crowded.  

Where We Stayed in Hoi An

On this New Year’s 2024, visit to Hoi An, we stayed for about 10 days.  We booked the first three nights in this hotel ($25 USD night) at An Bang beach for Christmas, and then we moved over to Hoi An Central to this hotel for another week ($16 night includes breakfast) through New Years.   

During our 2019 stay in Hoi An Central we stayed in this hotel which we enjoyed more.  It was about $20 per night (includes breakfast) but worth the difference. 

We really do enjoy Hoi An but our favorite two cities for early retirement purposes would be Da Nanga nd Nha Trang, so we wanted to allocate more of our time to gathering information about these two cities.  

Our Favorite Markets, Restaurants, Services

An Bang Beach Restuarants ($ USD)

The DeckHouse An Bang Beach: Decent pizza 160k ($6.40 USD), wine 600k ($24 USD), good place for ocean view and cozy. 

Bungalow Beach Bar: House wine 60k ($2.40), grilled oyster 150k ($6), mash potato 80k ($3.20). 

Double Cat Bar Hội An: Nice music – Vege dumpling 65k ($2.60), chicken dumpling 70k ($2.80), beer 30k ($1.20) 

La Plage restaurant: Good place for beach watching, beer 30k ($1.20) 

Bikini Bottom Express Hoi An:  Best breakfast- Morning glory egg 115k ($4.60), French scambles egg 113k ($4.55).

Cháo nghêu, xương cô Gió:  Best clam porridge 25k ($1).  

YESH! Tribe | Café, Breakfast & Lunch: Cream coconut 60k ($2.40), Mango tango 55k ($2.20)

Hoi An Restaurants ($ USD)

Vegan Resturant:  Pho 30k ($1.20), Cau Lau 30k ($1.20), chicken rice 30k ($1.20)

Quán chay Diệu Hoa: (Vegan) Mix dishes rice 35k ($1.40)

Minh Hien Vegetarian Restaurant: (Vegan) Rice with 3 dishes 69k ($2.80), Braised tofu 69k ($2.80)

CHAY Corner in Hoi An – Vietnamese Dumplings: (Vegan) Noodle soup 30k ($1.20)

Thành Nam Quán ( 탄 남 콴 ) Vietnamese Restaurant: Fried Morning Glory 40k ($1.60), pho chicken 50k ($2.00), beer 20k ($0.80)

Minh Đăng quán: Grilled pork noodle 35k ($1.40)

Son An Café: Good ginger tea 55k ($2.20), honey lime tea 50k ($2.00)

AVOCADO Resto: Best coconut coffee in Hoi An 50k ($2.00)

Puff Puff – Croissant Bar:  Best croissant 45k ($1.80), coconut coffee 55k ($2.20)

The Espresso Station: Coconut coffee 65k ($2.60), Dark Soul Charcoal latte 65k ($2.60). 

Chợ Quê by Mệ Vui: Beer 30k ($1.20) next to river

Everyday Restaurant – Bakery – Coffee:  Beer buy 2 get 1 free 45k ($1.80)

Hi5 Craft beer: Orange juice 30k ($1.20), lemon juice 20k ($0.80)

Local Pork skewer place no name: 6k per stick ($0.22)

Hoi An Services and Markets ($ USD)

Sky Laundry120k per load(8kg), wash/dry/fold 

Public Market: Great for fruits, vegetables, rice, and meats, all with great prices. 

Moon Milk:  Expat Style Market Groceries and Alcohol 

Hoi An Nightlife 

Just click this link or the Google Map Below and start walking.  When something looks or sounds interesting, walk in and check it out.  This is the bar hopping area.   Google Map

2019 Hoi An Vietnam Report

Everything above this paragraph is from our 2024 visit to Hoi An.  Everything after this paragraph was from our 2019 visit to Hoi An.  

Best Area to Stay in Hoi An

High-End Pricey and Amazing Hotel:  This on the river a short walk from Hoi An Old Town.  It was on my running path so I found this link for you.  

Mid-range Still Stellar:  Pool and great secluded location. 

Great Location and price with breakfast includedThis is where we stayed.  

Well rated cheap Hostel: 0.7 Km from ground zero.  

Airbnb: Here is an Airbnb apartment we may stay next time for a month.  When we stay longer than a few days, we like to have a kitchen so we can cook.  If you are new to Airbnb use this link at checkout to get a big discount.

Cheapest Flights (or Bus) to Hoi An

We almost always get our cheapest flights on Skyscanner. They have a web crawler that is constantly looking for the cheapest prices all over the world. 

However, we got to Hoi An from Da Nang by bus.  The bus costs 30k Dong ($1.35 USD) and takes about 40 minutes with stops along the way.  We caught the bus in Da Nang at this stop.  But you can catch it at any bus stop along the route to Hoi An.  Just open Google Maps on your smartphone and put Hoi An as your destination and click the bus icon.  Google will lead you to the nearest stop.  

Hoi An Ancient City Walking Tour

If the above video looks fun, click ==>this link<== or the below Google Map and start walking.  

Japanese Covered Bridge:  This 16th-century bridge build in the Japanese quarter of Hoi An represents the unique heritage of the Hoi An people.  This is the most famous symbol of Hoi An. The Japanese Bridge was built in the 1590s by the Japanese merchants that lived in Hoi An.  The Japanese citizens of Hoi An were later asked to return Japan during the Sakoku Edict of 1635. Japan had become concerned about the influence of the west and Christianity and issued an edict that all Japanese must return to and live in Japan under penalty of death and Europeans were expelled from Japan.  Christian missionaries and 17 Japanese Christian converts were executed on the cross to show Japanese resolve for the edict.  

Quảng Triệu Assembly Hall: This assembly hall assembled here in 1885.  The various parts of the building were created in China paid for by the Cantonese merchants living here in Hoi An.  The most famous of the art pieces in this temple is the Dragon Fountain but many more will delight you.  

Old House of Tan Ky:  This is the most well-preserved example of an 18th-century merchants’ home in Hoi An.  All through the economic decline of Hoi An due to silting up of the river leading to a loss in economic status of Hoi An, and years of floods, seven generations of this family preserved this merchant home for future generations to enjoy.  The triple beam structure stands for earth, humans, and heaven. The five elements of Oriental philosophy are metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. The vertical panel has parallel sentences with each movement in writing representing a bird.  

Museum of Trade Ceramics 80 Tran Phu Street.  Ceramics collected locally from China, India, Persia, and Thailand proving the importance of Hoi An in centuries of trade.  

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall:  Originally, this was a pagoda, built by Viet people of Hoi An in 1692, dedicated to Buddha.  In 1759 the pagoda was sold to rich Phuoc Kien traders from China who had the money to restore it.  All of the animals shown in the temple are a tribute to various gods. The fish is a symbol of achievement, the turtle is endurance, the dragon is power, the phoenix represents nobility, and the unicorn represents knowledge.  

Museum of History and Culture:  13 Nguyen Hue St. A pagoda built in the 17th century contains relics from Sa Huynh, Champa, Dai Vet, and Dai Nam, thereby tracing history from earliest settlers through the French colonial times. 

Museum of Sa Huynh:  Collection of artifacts from the first settlers of Hoi An area dating back as far as 2000 years old. 

Precious Heritage Museum: Photographs and artifacts collected during Rehahn’s (French photographer) 5-year exploration of Vietnam. 

Hoi An Vietnam Beach Tour (An Bang) 

You can reach An Bang Beach from Hoi An Old Town in about 12 minutes by Taxi for about 87k Dong ($3.75 USD).  It is an amazing way to spend an afternoon. The beach is clean and you can get a free thatched palm umbrella plus beach-lounger for free so long as you order food or drinks from the adjacent restaurant.  

When we were in An Bang Beach the beers were 25k Dong ($1.10 USD) and meals ranged from about 70k to 130k Dong ($3 to $6 USD).  Some try to charge so make it clear before you sit down and order. Move along until someone is able to communicate clearly the terms to you.  

We just walked out of our hotel and flagged down a taxi.   If the above video looks fun, click ==>this link<== or the below map to take the self-guided tour on your smartphone.  

With entertainment spending at these levels can you see why I say it is possible to live on 1200 Month Hoi An Vietnam?

Hoi An Favorite Markets

This video is of my favorite markets in Hoi An.  There is a Google Map for this walking tour. Some are night markets, some are day markets, and some are both.  You are doing to have to learn how to shop cheap in local markets and cook at home if you expect to live on 1200 Month in Hoi An Vietnam. 

Here is the Google Map for my favorite markets.

Fruit and Vegetables Market: Day and Night.

Food, Clothes, Restaurants, Non-perishable: Central Large Day Market 

Food Stalls: Night

Food Carts and Souvenirs: Night 

Hoi An Nightlife Walking Tour

Digital Nomads in Hoi An–Food and Life  

Click the above map or ==>this link<== to see if these restaurants are near you.  This video helps prove my assertion that some people will be able to live on 1200 Month in Hoi An Vietnam and possibly even cheaper.  

Hoi Banh My Chay (Bread Food Stall) (This intersection):  $

Quan Chay Dam (Buffet):  $ Ask to see a menu and point to how many Dong you want to spend.  We had 30k Dong ($1.30 USD) and it was enough for one person.  

Karma Waters: $$  

Nhat Da:  $

Am Vegetarian: $$

Noodle House:  Happy Hour.  2 for 1 Beer. (2 for $1.50 USD)

An Hy Vegetarian Restaurant (Near Main Market): $1.30 for Pho

BBQ Octopus (Near here): 150k Dong, $6.50 USD

Vagabond Buddha’s Kitchen: We were only in Hoi An for 5 days.  So we decided to eat every meal out so we would have enough restaurants to share with you.  Our accommodations included breakfast. They served us breakfast every morning on our balcony.  The room was $18 per night. Check it out in the Digital Nomad Video.  

Here is where I run along the river when I am in Hoi An.    

Grab a free copy of my Ebook. You will learn how living internationally for less than it costs to live at home.  

Hoi An Facts and History

Here are some interesting facts about Hoi An Vietnam according to Wikipedia. 

The Cham people controlled this area of Vietnam between the 7th and 10th centuries when their wealth accumulated from the spice trade. 

By the 16th century, Hoi An had become an international trading post for Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, and Japanese.  

Hoi An was divided by the Japanese Bridge with the Japanese living in a settlement one side.  

The Cham Empire stretched from Hue to Nha Trang.  The spiritual capital of the Cham was My Son, Tra Kieu was the political capital, and Hoi An was the commercial capital.      

By the 14th century, the Cham had started moving further south towards Nha Trang.  

The Cham used waterways to trade with Laos and Thailand.  

In 1535, the Portuguese Explorer Antonio de Faria tried to establish trading with Hoi An (then known as Faifo).  

But Hoi An was officially established as a trading port by Lord Nguyen Hoang in about 1595.  

The Nguyen Lords had more interest in international trade than did the Trinh Lords of Northern Vietnam.  

By the 18th century, Hoi An was considered the greatest trading port in all of SE Asia by Chinese and Japanese merchants.  

Asian ceramics from Hoi An were discovered in ancient shipwrecks in Egypt and Sinai.  

The trading capital of Vietnam was moved from Hoi An to Da Nang when the mouth of the harbor became full of silt from years of heavy rain.  

In the 19th century, Emperor Gia Long repaid his French allies for helping him reunite all of Vietnam by giving them exclusive rights to international trade.  

After the international trade ended, Hoi An became largely lost to international history for about 200 years.

Hoi An was revived in part by a polish architect (Kazimierz Kwiatkowski) that was instrumental in saving Vietnam’s cultural heritage in the post-war years from 1980 until his death in 1997.  

The polish architect was also credited for his work saving Hoi An, Hue, and My Son.  His work included clearing land mines before monument recovery.  

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