It seems to be one of the few places in Vietnam that has enforced building codes on what property should look like - at least in the old town - leading to a very pleasing symmetry of architectural styles and colours. The town just looks pretty.
|Hoi An's old town|
The food is good, too: street-side stalls selling noodles and soups, the french patisserie in the old town, the roving baguette seller who woke me up each morning with her high-pitched calls "Bahn mi!"
The countryside is beautiful, and easy to reach using ferries and bicycles (you can set out on your own, or join a group bicycle tour, and be guided through the back roads and rice paddies by laughing local women). The beach is nearby, and quiet.
|Weaving woman somewhere in the countryside around Hoi An |
(I was completely lost by this point)
I could happily have stayed here for weeks.
Quite possibly months.
Yes, the tailor shops are a bit of a hassle, and the two-tier pricing in the market gets wearing after a while.
But still... I liked Hoi An tremendously.
|My kind of full moon party|
|Pretty in pink|
|All I want for Christmas is a gift-wrapped lion....|