Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that combined to produce this unique heritage site. The city possessed the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and was known as Lam Ap pho (Champa city).


Between the seventh and 10th centuries, the Cham (people of Champa) controlled the strategic spice trade and with this came tremendous wealth. The former harbour town of the Cham at the estuary of the Thu Bồn river remained an important Vietnamese trading centre through the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled. During this period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Seaside town) in Vietnamese. Originally, Hai Pho was a divided town with the Japanese settlement across the "Japanese bridge" (16th-17th century). The bridge is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side.


- Area: 60 sq km

- Population: 122,000

- Aver. annual temp. | humid.: 25C or 77F | 83%



Places of interest:

- Japanese cover-bridge

- Quan Thang ancient house

- My Son Holy land

- Cham islands

- Cooking classes (Red House...)