History lovers flock to this 2,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Hindu, Arab and Chinese influences are reflected in breathtaking architecture, eclectic food and rich culture.
Naturalists will appreciate the quiet beaches just a short bike ride from the city center, while wanderers will love the pedestrian-only streets of Ancient Town lined with quaint shops and bustling vendors.
Urban skyscrapers and big-city development have yet to touch this former shipping port, which means travelers can enjoy a taste of what Hoi An once was and what Vietnam used to be.
Hoi An Old Town is a US$22 taxi ride from the airport. There is no rail station in the ancient city, but travelers from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Nha Trag can stop at nearby Da Nang and transfer to motor taxis. City streets close for the evening on the 14th and 15th of each lunar month for traditional games and local festivities.