For me, Hoi An is Vietnam... (by KCT)
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
69Trip End Feb 19, 2010
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It was an ad campaign by the Vietnamese Board of Tourism and since I saw it many years ago, I wanted to travel to Vietnam. Yet, instead of the image of a peaceful, calm country with untouched nature, we faced exciting fast moving cities like Saigon so far where it was e.g. impossible to cross the streets because of the amount of motorbikes. The latter description even applies for the cities in the Mekong Delta.
If you are looking for the same thing as I did, you definitely need to stop in Hoi An
Today, the town offers next to traditional architecture and small streets decorated by colorful lanterns a number of crafts such as textiles, art and ceramics (Mihai got an ass-kicking customized dark blue suit with vampire red silk lining for a fraction of the Western price!), charming restaurants along the riverfront (we highly recommend the restaurant For You and it's grilled snapper with ginger baked in banana leaves!) and a postcard-perfect beach. It was as if we had traveled back to the past.
I found what I was looking for.