There is one place in which travelers/backpackers should not miss when visiting Hoi An ancient town: Chùa Cầu (the Japanese Bridge, or the Bridge Pagoda).
It is the icon/symbol of the ancient town, and first built in 17th-century by the Japanese (this is why we have the name Japanese Pagoda).
The legendary story said that: there was a dragon with its head in Japan, body in China, and tail in Hoi An – Vietnam. Whenever the dragon wriggled violently its tail, there was an earthquake in Japan. By building this bridge to keep the dragon’s tail , the Japanese believed that there was no more earthquake in their country.
Later, people built the pagoda on top of this bridge, and we have the name Bridge Pagoda.
If you are interested in its architecture, here is the good link for reference: http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/vietnam/hoian/japanesebridge.php
The Hoi An government & people preserve the old town very well. The street: Bach Dang (the Hoai river’s bank), Nguyen Thai Hoc, Bach Dang, Le Loi, ect.. are reserved for only walking people and bicyclists on some days of every month. And it does look & sound peaceful.
For more information about Hoi An, you can visit my previous post: Hoi An ancient town