Graceful and historic Hoi An might just be Vietnam’s most charming little town. It was once a major port and still boasts the grand architecture and enthralling Thu Bon riverside setting that befits its heritage. Hoi An is a cosmopolitan melting pot, a culinary mecca and one of the most important tourism centres and wealthiest towns in Vietnam.
We stayed at the delightful Boutique Hoi An Resort, which is perfectly placed by the powerful riptides of the An Bang Beach and just ten minutes from the town centre.
The ancient town of Hoi An was once occupied by western traders and remained one of the major trading centres of Southeast Asia throughout the 16th century. Original structures of the iconic low, tiled-roofed houses and narrow streets remain almost intact, which has earned the town UNESCO heritage site status.
Take the trip if you want to ignite your creative side with the many galleries and craft stores, to relax sipping artisanal coffee or unusual cocktails or simply to experience stepping into a nostalgic place from the past where colourful hand-painted lanterns will light the way.