Hoi An in the first autumn days is so stunningly fresh and tranquil in the cool weather that no tourist wants to leave.
Hoi An is a familiar destination for domestic and foreign tourists. Even tourists who visited Hoi An many times still want to come back. The ancient city was called Faifo by the French. It used to be a busy commercial port of merchants from Japan, China and the Western countries during the 17th – 18th centuries.
Fortunately, Hoi An was not affected heavily from the historical wars and avid the massive urbanization of the economy in the late 20th century. It is also a reason why Hoi An is so attractive to tourists.
There will be no exaggeration to say that Hoi An is beautiful in every season. In a dry day, you can get up really early to catch the first sunshine in the ancient town. In the rainy days, just leisurely enjoy the quiet atmosphere inside a tea shop with the fragrant Chinese incense.
The reason for people to be in love with Hoi An is not the hustle and bustle or luxury. What makes this an attractive place is the familiar, ancient and tranquil atmosphere which brings people peace in mind.
That's just a small alley, a wall covered with moss through the years, the old houses nestled under a bright pink bougainvillea flowers which shines gorgeously a street corner.
You'll never have to worry about what to buy as a gift for a friend if you are in Hoi An. It has everything for you to choose from food, clothes to the nice little souvenirs with reasonable prices.
Hoi An cuisine is also an attraction for tourists.
No one misses the chance to enjoy a bowl of Cao Lau ( Hoi An noodle soup) on the romantic waterfront of Hoai River. In addition, if wandering through the food court of the traditional market, visitors will not be able to resist the charm of rustic dishes, but no less delicious.
Hoi An is most beautiful at night when the streets immersing in the magical lights of hundreds of lanterns. Especially if you have the opportunity to visit Hoi An on the 14th day of every lunar month, you will see firsthand the Thu Bon River like a luminous ribbon with floating flower lights dropped down on the river by local people and tourists to wish for good luck.
Hoi An has both the stillness, quietness with ancient features of an old town and vibrant atmosphere of a former commercial port. Tourists can catch stunning landscapes everywhere in Vietnam but only in Hoi An, people can feel the sounds and colors with a full range of emotions.