Hoi An is one of the most well known Vietnamese cities, so I’m excited to be here for a few days to explore!
When most people think of Hoi An (or see pictures), it’s usually always of the “Ancient Town,” which is actually considered a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Some people love it, and some hate it. The Ancient Town is extremely touristy, with expensive restaurants and shops. A local Vietnamese person wouldn’t spend their day there, unless they’re working. Regardless, I definitely wanted to check it out.
I went to explore twice – once during the day and once at night. You get a different experience as one of the main attractions to the area are the paper lanterns, which light up at night.
The Ancient Town prides itself on being walking/cycling friendly and for two blocks during the day (I think 8am-11am and then 3pm – 6pm), the area is closed to motorbikes. Don’t be fooled though – there are enough pedestrians to keep things busy!
There is a river running between the Ancient Town and two “islands”, which are connected by a short bridge.