Hoi An is a small city with around 88,000 residents, hidden away about halfway down Vietnam’s coast. Unlike the big cities, it doesn’t have lots of traffic and crowds. It’s popular with tourists and a well-established place on the backpacker trail. It’s a place of art-and-craft shops and countless tailors who make made-to-measure clothing for a fraction of western prices.
Hoi An is an exceptionally well-preserved example of 15th- to 19th-century South-East Asian trading ports. Buildings and street plans reflect indigenous and foreign influences in the heritage site. It’s a pedestrian-friendly place so you can wander around and take it all in.