HOI AN (Bernama) – Hoi An ancient city’s Hoai River and its channels are listed among the 10 most well known canals in the world by US-based travel website www.touropia.com.
Hoi An, a UNESCO recognised world heritage river, ranks fourth in the list, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.
Other canals making to the list are the Stockholm Canals, canals in Alappuzha, India; Bangkok Klongs; Nan Madol in Federated States of Micronesia; Suzhou Canals, China; Panama Canal; canals of Bruges; canals of Amsterdam; and canals in Venice.
Last year, Hoi An was chosen for the 2013 Townscape Award by the UN-Habitat Regional Office in Asia, and listed among the top 10 Asian cities in US magazine Conde Nast’s Traveller’s Readers Choice Awards in 2012.
Covering an area of 60 sq km, the city has developed 22.5 sq km of land of agriculture and forests and 11 sq km with lakes and channels.
The Hoai River is a favourite rendezvous for local and foreign tourists, where lanterns are released on full moon nights every month.