7 things you need to know before you visit Hoi An in Vietnam; Rosy Edwards; Metro

Viet Nam – Hoi An Ancient Town

If you are planning a trip Vietnam, you’ll have probably heard about Hoi An.

If you’ve been to Vietnam any time in, let’s see, the last 20 years, then you will have been to Hoi An and will probably regret telling anyone it exists.

Located on Vietnam’s central coast, this small city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It has everything you could want from a Vietnam hot spot, including a balmy climate and beautiful beaches, but Hoi An offers so much more thanks to its melting pot mix of indigenous and foreign culture.

If you’re not entranced yet, here are seven Hoi An highlights to change your mind.

The lanterns

Every backpacker worth their Thai trousers should have a snap of Hoi An’s lanterns.

The lanes in Hoi An’s charming Old Town are festooned with these colourful garlands and as darkness falls they light up to cast the streets in a warm, golden glow.

Canal cruises

Stroll along the banks of Hoi An’s canal and you will be assailed by cries of, ‘Boat Ride! Boat Ride! Lantern and a boat ride?’

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