Hoi An in Viet Nam is considered one of the world’s 21 most romantic destinations, ranking ninth after Montreal, Herzegovina, Venice, Marrakech, Kyoto, Prague, Zanzibar, and Niagara Falls by Time Out travel website.
Hoi An ancient town. Photo: Thai Quan Chung
According to this travel website, Hoi An is one of the most attractive cities in Vietnam. Hoi An ancient town's lantern-lit streets are an ideal spot for sunset walks and conversations. The highlight of this old quarter is the old Vietnamese architecture, which has been very well preserved. The Old Quarter has also been known as a shopping paradise.
In particular, the Hoi An night market is a must-see for all photographers and food enthusiasts. In Hoi An, elegant paper lanterns shine on the streets as shoppers search for souvenirs. The Thu Bon river is still the ideal meeting point for visitors to stop to relax and explore the city at night. Visitors can take a boat to explore the old town, enjoy Vietnamese regional food, and take in the view of the old quarter. Specifically, tourists can travel by ferry along the small river (Hoai river) for about 30 minutes to experience Hoi An city life in the early evening. Then you can walk to the lantern area and night market.
Time Out also suggests that when coming to Hoi An, visitors can visit some destinations such as the Hoi An night market, Phuc Kien assembly hall, An Bang beach, Thu Bon riverside bars, or simply sit and enjoy a coffee at Mia Coffee. Vietnamese coffee is a must-try, and Mia Coffee offers everything travelers would expect from a great coffee shop.
Hoi An is an ancient city in Quang Nam province, about 30 kilometers south of Da Nang. It is located downstream of the Thu Bon river. Hoi An used to be a bustling international trading port, which was the meeting place for Japanese, Chinese, and Western merchant ships during the 17th and 18th centuries. Before this period, there were also traces of Champa port, known as part of the silk road along the sea.
Hoi An ancient town today is an example of a traditional port city in Southeast Asia that is very well preserved. Most of the houses here have traditional architecture from the 17th to the 19th century, located along the narrow main streets. Hoi An is also a landmark for many cultural exchanges. The architecture of the city reflects the influence of Chinese, Japanese, and French merchants. Hoi An still maintains a diverse and rich intangible culture. In 1999, UNESCO designated Hoi An as a World Cultural Heritage Site. In 2019, this old town was also voted the best tourist city in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine.