So far, Hoi An has been my favorite town in Vietnam. It’s a peaceful escape, with much fewer touts than we’d been used to. The old buildings help maintain an ancient feel to the town, which used to be a major trading port. There is even a short road which is blocked from motor vehicles, with only pedestrians and “primitive vehicles” allowed. At night the town gets very dark, since it is lit almost entirely by lanterns! I knew that getting tailor-made clothes was one of the main things to do in Hoi An, but I was still shocked to see that there are even more tailor shops here than in Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand. There are blocks with tailor shop after tailor shop. Unlike Phuket, though, you can walk by the shops without being hassled to come it.
On one of our first days in Hoi An we bought the Old Town admission ticket, which allows you to get into five attractions, one from each of the five categories. The weather was so hot again that it was nice to duck into the buildings for a while to get out of the sun.
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