Water bodies in general
are an important part of Vietnam as a whole.
More so for this shore town of Hoi An. The Thu
Bon River in Hoi An plays an important role in
the geography, culture as well as the history of
Hoi An. The town which was better known as Fai
Fo in the days of antiquity, is situated on the
banks of this river. Located at a distance of
30Km away form Vietnam’s 4th largest city,
Danang, this small town is positioned in the
estuary of the Thu Bon River in Hoi An.
Moreover, the Thu Bon River in Hoi An is not
just the chief culminating point for most
festivals and events that are held at Hoi An but
also the chief source of livelihood for many
residents of the town.
The Thu Bon River in Hoi An is the largest of
its kind in the Quang Nam Province of Vietnam.
The Thu Bon River in Hoi An is also famous by
another name among the people of Vietnam: “Kuadai”.
The river is responsible in a big way for the
traditional and historical heritage of the town
of Hoi An. The now fishing town of Hoi An was a
popular international trade destination and also
a convenient stopover for many merchant ships
bound to and for China and other countries. This
was chiefly because of the simple reason that
the Thu Bon River in Hoi An flowed into the East
China Sea. Trade in the town via the Thu Bon
River in Hoi An thrived from the 16th to the
18th centuries. In fact, most of the current
populations of the town are descendents of
traders and merchants who chose to settle down
in the town. It is believed that in those days
the Thu Bon River in Hoi An had a larger estuary
area that facilitated trade and communication.
The formation of the bays and shores of the
river today that are made of sandbanks and
guarded by lagoons indicate to this.