At the foot of the Pass of the Clouds, it is the old Tourane of the French. The main tourist interest of this economic capital lies in the Parmentier Museum devoted to Cham art.
Created by the French in the 19th century on the mouth of the Han, replacing Fai Foo (Hoi An) whose port was sanded is now the country's fourth largest city and an important industrial and port center.
Between Lang Co and Da Nang, the Col des Clouds, heading into the Sea of China is a geographical and climatic barrier
Port Cham then foreign counter where Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch and French were cantoned. The inhabitants of Chinese origin are the descendants of the merchants and compradores that the foreigners used as intermediaries for their supply in the hinterland that was forbidden them.
A unique composite architectural style, a very special atmosphere and a cuisine with strong Chinese and Japanese consonances.
The city retains its atmosphere and aesthetics of the nineteenth century. In addition to the Japanese bridge and the many restored houses (the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the dock of the sandy harbor and far from the sea, gives this city today retreated in the Delta of the three rivers one Commercial, peasant and maritime atmosphere.
The walks in the delta are just as interesting as in town, for everyday life and artsanat (basketwork, terracotta, bronze).
Less than two hours' drive away, the ruins of My Son testify to the importance of Cham culture. This religious capital of Champa is a highlight of cultural tourism in Viet Nam not to be missed.
We are in the heart of Champa. Indrapura, Vijaya, Kauthara, Panduranga, a chain of principalities succeeding each other from north to south from the Gate of Annam (now in the province of Thanh Hoa) to the province of Ninh Tuan, about 1400 km from the narrow Coastal strip.
The Chams saw their kingdoms melt between the 11th and the 16th century under the thrust of the "nam tien" (march towards the South) of the soldiers-peasants Viets.
Their religious buildings still crown the hills of Central Vietnam. But the only ones still active are those of the southern part (Panduranga - Binh Tuan) where every year in October there are big traditional festivals.
Less than two hours' drive from Hoi An, the ruins of My Son testify to the importance of this civilization. This religious capital of Champa is a highlight of cultural tourism in Viet Nam not to be missed.
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