Hoi An provides a slice of urban tranquillity in a country known for its loud metropoles, with lantern-lined streets home to skilled tailors. Due to a ban on motorised transport, Hoi An’s tree-shaded avenues are made for strolling and cycling, fringed with yellow shuttered buildings which date back to the 16th century. You’ll meet Hoi An’s famous tailors in atmospheric wooden merchant houses, who’ll happily sew you a made-to-measure outfit, be it a fancy suit, wedding dress or traditional silk Ao Dai.
While they work, explore Hoi An’s well-positioned port, which has drawn settlers from all over the world, giving birth to an international street food scene and fusion of UNESCO-worthy architecture. Think Chinese red-gold temples, French shops, Vietnamese tubular houses and an ornate Japanese bridge. Sip on a cool Bia Hoi by the river, where creaky cargo boats bob on the water and colourful lanterns illuminate the streets. During the monthly lantern festival, monks chant in firelight ceremonies and hawkers sell candles to float down the Thu Bon.
Whether you’re drawn to Hoi An’s tailors, lanterns or eclectic street food scene, talk to our Vietnam team to create the perfect Hoi An holiday with help from local guides.