Old Hoi An and My Son Temple Ruins, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Central Vietnam

Hoi An, founded 2000 years ago, became the port cum commercial capital of the Champa Kingdom during 7th-10th c., and was an important international port in 16th-17th c. before the role was usurped by Da Nang during the French rule. It has been influenced by the Chams, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Arabs and French. The Arab traders converted some of the Chams to Muslims, and they migrated to Cambodia, and some even say to the Pattani/Kelantan area of the Malay Peninsula.

My Son is the site of ruins of Hindu temples from the Champa Kingdom (3rd-18th c.). Structures dating from the 7th c. are being preserved and gradually restored.

The Imperial City of Hue, Vietnam

Hue was the site of the last royal dynasty of Vietnam who ruled from 1802-1945. It was also the site of heavy fightings during the Vietnam War (1959-1975), esp. during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Now Hue is a modern city on the banks of the beautiful Perfume River, with the 19th century Imperial City under restoration befitting its UNESCO World Heritage Site status.