Our third stop in Vietnam was Hoi An. The words “Hoi An” translate to “peaceful meeting place” and the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site has survived nearly 200 years of turbulent Vietnamese history. It remains preserved mostly as it was 200 years ago, when it functioned as major trading post in the 18th century.
However like all things in Vietnam the beauty of the town has brought an influx of tourism and the Vietnamese have adopted their crafts and shops to supply the growing tourist market. This leaves the streets lined with hawkers, cheap junk, and an incredible amount of tailoring shops.
Despite all this the town is lovely with heavy rains, tropical air, and glorious food. Many consider Hoi An the food center of Vietnam and while I don’t think it can claim that honor it was a truly delicious place to spend a few days, riding bikes and relaxing.