Hoi An is a charming — and slightly crumbling — little city of old French architecture, culinary delights, and tailor made goods.
The downtown area is set on both sides of a lazy river, a perfect setting to have a drink and a bite and watch the world go by while you’re waiting for your new handmade clothes to be ready for a fitting.
In all honesty, I had only two pairs of shoes made, but I witnessed many beautiful bespoke creations including but not limited to 3 piece suits, high-waisted jeans, and cocktail dresses. The seamstresses in Hoi An are on top of their game. They’ve got all kinds of options for custom apparel, but can also copycat pretty much anything from a photo.
When the sun goes down, the city illuminates and actually feels a bit like Italy — a couple of the restaurants even have the trademark red and white checked tablecloths. There is definitely a backpacker party vibe if that is what one seeks in their Southeast Asian adventures, but the party can certainly be avoided in favor of a good night of sleep.
A beach full of coconut trees and crashing waves is a relaxing bike ride a few kilometers from downtown. At about $1 USD a day a bicycle the best means to get around the city, though it’s possible to walk everywhere as well.
Hoi An really is a lovely place to visit.