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.