Photo blog: Highlights of Hoi An, Vietnam

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With no less than 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Vietnam isn’t short of highlights, but there’s one place that never fails to capture the imagination: Hoi An. So, what is it that makes this pretty port town so popular? Tyler Palma captures just a few highlights of Hoi An on our Highlights of Vietnam Small Group Tour.

Land of lanterns

While many people flock to see the Hoi An Lantern Festival, colourful lanterns are strung up between buildings, boats and trees all year round.

Streets of Hoi An, Vietnam

Bicycle and lanterns in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An lanterns, Vietnam

Picturesque old town

Hoi An’s well-preserved and diverse architecture is a result of its years as an international port – you can easily lose a few hours strolling around the old town.

Yellow walls in Hoi An, Vietnam

Temple in Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam port with boats

Pretty flowers in Hoi An

Rural idyll

You don’t have to venture far from the town to see a quieter side of life in Vietnam’s many lush green rice paddies and small villages.

Countryside around Hoi An, Vietnam

Tyler making friends with a buffalo in Hoi An, Vietnam

Sandy beaches

Perhaps better still, Hoi An is close to the beautiful sandy coastline of Cua Dai Beach – perfect for kicking back after a long day sightseeing.

Hoi An beach, Vietnam

Rich culture

From live theatre to lantern making, culture vultures certainly won’t be bored.

Live theatre, Hoi An, Vietnam

Traditional masks in Hoi An, Vietnam (2)

Traditional masks in Hoi An, Vietnam

Colourful markets

In Vietnam, food is bought fresh every day from the markets. With a massive range of fruit and vegetables, we bet you find something you’ve never seen before!

Fresh fruit and vegetables in Hoi An, Vietnam

Food market in Hoi An, Vietnam

Food market in Hoi An 3, Vietnam

The tastiest food

From steaming bowls of pho packed with fresh herbs, to indulgently sweet egg coffee, you’ll have a taste for Vietnamese food long after you return home (try the best of it on a street food tour!)

Bowl of pho in Hoi An, Vietnam

Egg coffee in Hoi An, Vietnam


Follow in Tyler’s footsteps and lose a few magical days in Hoi An on a Vietnam Small Group Tour, or travel independently on one of our Fully Tailored Journeys. Get in touch with our team of Southeast Asia experts to find out more.

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