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We were delighted when our next stop along the Vietnamese coast, heading south, was Hoi An.  It was just the kind of place we were hoping to find – beautiful beaches, picturesque riverside setting, historic buildings and lots of great places to eat.  There is a peaceful feel to this place as life goes on just that little bit slower. It was just what we needed after the hustle and bustle of Hanoi.

A stroll through the narrow cobble stone streets of Hoi An offers sixteenth century houses, moss-covered ancient temples and pagodas, silk tailors, shoe-makers and, of course, beautiful hand-made lanterns.  It came as no surprise to learn that the town has been recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

What makes it even more attractive is that the central part of the old town has been designated a walking and cycling area, meaning that the manic motorcyclists are not allowed here!

Pretty enough during the day, Hoi Ann really shines after dark when thousands of multi-coloured, hand-made silk lanterns light up the streets.