Many countries have colonized this part of Vietnam over its history, which is often apparent in its colorful architecture. Maybe that’s why I found Hoi An to be one of the most gorgeous little towns in the world. It’s a quiet and laid-back town, where at night when people perambulate the town in pajamas. One week there was simply not long enough. And if it weren’t for Typhoon Dawn flooding the entire town, prompting me to higher ground, I think I would not have been so quick to leave!
Here’s what UNESCO has to say about the ancient town of Hoi An:
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.