Hoi An is one of the most beautiful and quaint places I’ve ever visited. It’s vibrant, full of history, and the pace of life is slower. Signs of French colonialism are everywhere, blended seamlessly with the Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese influences, creating a unique atmosphere. The whole “old town” part of town (called “Ancient Town”) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and their site describes Hoi An as follows:
Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
There’s not a lot of things to do necessarily, but there are a lot of interesting things to see. Every corner presents another interesting looking building, temple or bridge, a bright, cluttered market, or a cute little restaurant. Explaining Hoi An is proving a bit difficult for me, so without further ado, here is Hoi An, in photos.