Hoi An, Vietnam
Canary yellow houses draped in bougainvillea, rickety wooden shops aglow with red silk lanterns, rippling green fields of rice, baskets laden with silver fish: Hoi An is redolent of a bygone era, or the 17th and 18th centuries, to be exact. The town features a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and European architecture, and its continued cultural pulse. Hoi An was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and tourists come here in droves.
I visited for two full weeks, staying at the River Beach Resort, right on the Red River. It was a little piece of heaven for me because of the view, the calm breeze, the quietly puttering fishing boats passing by, Larue beer, and variety of delicious foods. Add to all of that, I met extremely interesting people from Australia, the UK, Holland, and the USA.
I will return!