The crowds suddenly turn silent as soon as she struts on stage. She has a disarming smile that makes everyone take notice. With her effortless charm and confidence, everyone can see she's a winner. No sleazy stunts, falling off the stage or mention of 'world peace' necessary. She is pure beauty and and elegance in physical form.
That's exactly how we felt when we finally laid our eyes on Hoi An. By this time, I was getting jaded with Vietnam. We've walked the busy streets of Saigon, rode through the breathtaking rolling hills of Dalat, partied on a boat in Nha Trang.  But all I saw were cities, Western influence and modernity.

Where were the quaint little towns? Where were the unique, colorful shops? And how about the slow paced village life that I've always seen portrayed in the travel agency posters? Hoi An has all that and more.

Here's why Hoi An is the evident winner in Vietnam's beauty contest of cities:

Because she stands out in the crowd.

Hoi An

Hoi An
An Bang beach is a less known destination in Hoi An. But if you take the 2.5 km ride via motorbike or a bicycle, you will be rewarded with a quiet beach. A place where you can have a Beer Saigon and just watch the local life pass by. Be careful, you may spend hours here without realizing it!
Hoi An

Because her beauty is simple and effortless.

Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An

The ancient ruins of My Son in Hoi An is worth the day trip if you want to see some religious and historical sites. Don't forget to bring your camera since this will be a fantastic photo opportunity. You can also take a slow boat down the river to get back to town.

Because you can see her charm even in little corners.

Hoi An

Hoi An

Hoi An  is the perfect little place for custom made suits and dresses. Many shops boast of beautiful textiles and excellent craftsmanship that would cost you only a fraction of the retail price. 

Hoi An

Because she shines like the Star that she is.

Hoi An

Hoi An

Going around town on motorbike costs you around $3-5 USD and day rentals for bikes would be about $1 USD. This is a fun way to explore this quaint town!

Hoi An

Getting there: Book a flight to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi then take a bus to Hoi An. Or you can do it the Sole Sister way by booking a sleeper bus from Nha Trang to Hoi An through Sinh Cafe's Open Bus Ticket.
Have I convinced you to cast your vote for Hoi An? Isn't she a stunner?

Still amazed by her beauty,
Sole Sister Lois

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12 Responses so far.

  1. Wow! Awesome photos! We are heading to Saigon this August but would love to see Hoi An, too! Heard so much about how gorgeous the place is.

  2. Lois says:

    Thanks for the compliment Pia and Kris! It's great to 'meet' other girls who share the same wanderlust and passion for travel. Hope you can make it to Hoi An. It's the prettiest spot we've been on the trip. I can say that after 23 days and 6 stops in Vietnam.

  3. Dumboqtpie says:

    I say it " Yah!!! definitely." Just reading your blog, travelling by google earth. Later virtual na. Good tip - sleeper bus from Nha Trang to Hoi An. Tnx.

  4. beautiful photos here gals! seems like a great place to relax. just done with my Siem Reap article and I'm not sure if they're as laidback as Vietnam... pero yun nga lang, walang beach!

  5. Lois says:

    Oh yes, the open bus ticket we got was very convenient. It also wasn't very expensive. I think it only $37 and for about 6 destinations in Vietnam within a month. Glad you found some useful info in here Ed!

  6. Lois says:

    Thanks for the compliment Ed. This place was just so photogenic I took so many nice photos here. I also loved the light. I will definitely check out your Siem Reap post since we're going there next.

  7. supertikoy says:

    great photos! felt like i was with you guys in Hoi An... hope to see this place in the future.

  8. Lovely says:

    Hoi An looks amazing! I fell in love with Saigon when I went there but it seems like Hoi An is also a must visit in Vietnam. I loved the pics of the traditional houses. It seems like you'll be transported back in time :-)

  9. Lois says:

    Hey Jerome, hope you can make it to Hoi An. It's definitely a must see!

  10. Lois says:

    'It seems like you'll be transported back in time' We couldn't have said it any better Lovely. We love the french influence in the architecture in Vietnam. It's so simple and elegant. Thanks for dropping by!

  11. Steve says:

    You're review of Hoi An is right. I liked it when I was there too. It is just a photogenic relaxing place and I really didn't want to leave when my time there was up. I loved looking through your photos.

  12. Hoi An sounds very interesting! How far is it from Hanoi or Phnom Penn? How do get there from Manila? And around how much would it cost me? And how many VL should I file?

    She's such a beauty.  

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