Hoi An ancient town has been chosen in top ten famous canals in the world by the toursim page touropia. Hoi An ranks 4th in the list of this year. Hoi An was chosen for the 2013 Townscape Award by the UN-Habitat Regional Office in Asia, and was listed among the top 10 Asian cities in US magazine Conde Nast’s Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards in 2012.
“This fishing-village-turned-tourist-hotspot is situated on the coast of the Eastern Sea in Vietnam. Hoi An has been an international port from the 16th century although the serious shipping business has long since moved to the city of Da Nang. The heart of the city is still the Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shophouses. It is sometimes called the “Venice of Vietnam” because of the narrow canals that cut through part of the town.”, the touropia website wrote.
Top 10 of world famous canals (2014) are:
1. Canals of Venice – “The City of Water”, famous with Godonlos and Italian architecture.
2. Canals of Amsterdam – “The Venice of the North”
3. Canals of Bruges – “The Venice of the North”
4. Canals of Hoi An – Vietnam (Hoai river and its channels)
5. Panama Canal – The man-made 77 km (48 mile) Panama Canal changed the course of shipping and travel by connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans across a narrow strip of land in Panama.
6. Suzhou Canals – Often called “The Venice of China,” Suzhou is located in Eastern China on the lower Yangtze River, renowned for its charming waterways, it’s intricate gardens and historic stone bridges.
7. Nan Madol – the “Venice of the Pacific,” is a collection of small man-made islands situated off the eastern shore of the island of Pohnpei, in Micronesia.
8. Bangkok Klongs – “Klong” is Thai for canal, “The Venice of the East.”
9. Alappuzha – Another “The Venice of the East,” an ancient and beautiful place in India full of canals.
10. Stockholm Canals – Called the “Venice of the North”
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