Yellow-painted old houses, fishermen’s nets along the river, and beautifully lit colourful lanterns reflect all the charms that Hoi An has to offer. The well preserved port of Hoi An’s status skyrocketed as one of the unique heritages of Vietnam.
Now, the narrow streets of old wooden houses of Hoi An are one of the top tourist destinations of Vietnam. With the perfect blend of Vietnamese, Chinese, European and Japanese architectures, it’s no surprise that Hoi An was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999 to preserve its historic value.
With all manner of chic restaurants around the vicinity of the old town, Hoi An perhaps is the best food city of Vietnam. The different arrays of delicacies are available for different taste buds. For the chef wannabe, plenty of cooking classes are available for registration all year long as well!
Unfortunately, the wildly hyped Cua Dai Beach was a let-down for me. We rode our bicycles here and spent an hour or so looking around for a nice spot to chill. But most of the beaches are suffering from erosion. Overall, it wasn’t anything exceptional from Hoi An.
On the other hand, my day trip to the Imperial City of Hue was as delightful as the experience in Hoi An. With its resemblance to Beijing’s Forbidden City, though with less grandeur, The Imperial City of Hue has managed to keep some of its precious monuments after going through the effect of a few wars. Overall, Hoi An is a perfect documentation of Vietnamese heritage!