Hoi An

Historically, Hoi An has been one of Southeast Asia’s chief trading ports, a place where people and culture converge. As such, it is not surprising that this quaint town has remained a paradise for buyers and sellers. Hoi An is a commercial centre, a market and a melting pot, all rolled into one tastefully attractive cornucopia of commercial products.

Hoi An is both an interesting city and a great beach location. There is so much to see and do here. The Ancient Town is of historical interest and is of course a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beaches are lovely, with great restaurants lining the shore and the Cham Islands providing a picturesque backdrop.

The increased flow of tourists has created a new market for traditional handicrafts and artistic creations in Hoi An. With new demands and desires, the combination of ancient customs and contemporary creativity pushes new boundaries and results in dazzling products. Don’t miss the signature lanterns or original jewelry designs crafted with silver and a variety of precious gems.

The lantern making industry, for which Hoi An is famous for, sees thousands of brightly coloured lanterns lit in the evenings. The restaurants down by the waterfront provide the picturesque views. The local cuisine is generally accepted to be among the best in Vietnam, and visitors will never struggle to find good food.

Beyond the souvenirs, there are high quality crafts and elegant clothes. If you have a design in mind, bring in your ideas and see them come to life. Otherwise, peruse the selection and pluck the perfect piece.

Of course, the main shopping attraction in Hoi An is the large number of custom tailors waiting to make you the perfect outfit. Whether you’re in the market for a Western styled suit, a traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai or anything in between, there is a boutique with the fabric and expertise necessary to bring your ideas to life. Prices are extremely competitive and the quality is excellent. Most hotels will recommend a certain shop with which they have a connection, but truth be told most of the garments are made at the same centralised location. It doesn’t matter which shop you choose the quality and price will be the similar.

Hoi An is one of the best locations in Vietnam, it has just about everything necessary for an interesting holiday.

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