Lanterns, bougainvillea and secret alleyways
Hoi An the town of many lanterns and not to forget the moon festival. A city of bougainvillea and secret alleyways, as well as 24-hour tailor and cobblers, working here. Enchanting ruins, lush landscapes, and spicy street food can be uncovered and will bring Vietnam's charms to your taste buds.
Most of the boomtowns are located along its central coast, in sweet spots between Saigon and Hanoi. One of these spots is Hoi An and Hue.
Like the countries around Vietnam, namely Thailand and Myanmar, you can find monuments, beaches, stunning landscapes and excellent hotels here. Hoi An's native, palm-edged shores are as good as any in Thailand and home to the sort of modern retreats you would expect to find there. It is an easy journey from here to the ancient remains at My Son, whose magnificent temples and buildings are on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
Hoi An was the most important port from the 16th to 19th centuries. When everything stopped, and trade moved elsewhere much of the 20th century only passed by. When you cross the Thu Bon River by the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An, you feel like walking into a town vanished and hidden by history. Fortunately, cars are banned from the center, and the streets belong only to bicycles. So go there and get pampered by good food, great views, and Vietnamese hospitality.