Hội An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.
Many shops lining the narrow, pedestrianized streets still craft the wood, stone and ceramic goods that have been Hội An specialties for centuries, as documented by the Museum of Trading Ceramics. Nowadays the city is also known for its bespoke tailors. It’s also famed for a vibrant culinary scene and busy riverside food market. Just outside town, wide beaches including popular Cửa Đại and An Bang, lined in palm trees and seafood huts, are within biking distance via meandering country roads.