The Anantara Hoi An Resort, located within
walking distance of the UNESCO World Heritage site, is now
offering guests the opportunity to cruise on Hoi Anís beautiful Thu Bon River.
one-hour cruise departs from the French colonial-inspired Anantara
Hoi An Resort three times per day.
The five-kilometre journey sets off downstream under
the Cam Nam Bridge, skirts the fabled Ancient Town and its markets
and then proceeds upstream along Cam Kim Island and Kim Bong
carpentry village. The boat turns at Cam Nam Island and moves
downstream again past the Thanh Nam fishing village, wrapping up
at Anantaraís riverside dock.
The Thu Bon River helped fuel Hoi Anís rise in the 17th and 18th centuries as
a powerful trade link between Europe, China, India and Japan. When
the river silted up at the end of the 18th century, dooming
international trade, the merchant vessels decamped for deeper
harbors, leaving the river to the sampans and coracles that ply
its waters today.
Anantaraís cruising vessel is a
quaint, lantern-decorated boat, fashioned by talented local
carpenters at Kim Bong village. Like Hoi An itself, its design
draws inspiration from its varied historical traditions, including
techniques practiced by the Cham, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese
The cruises depart at 10:30, 14:30 and 16:30.
Prices start at US$8
++ (180,000 VND ++) per person (minimum two persons required).
Check special rates and availability at Anantara Hoi An.
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