The well-preserved Asian trading port, and a Unesco World Heritage site, offers bespoke suits, cao lau noodles, and full-moon festivals.
Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, French, Portuguese—at its height in the 17th century, Hoi An was a cultural melting pot of international traders. In later years it was largely spared the ravages of the Vietnam War, its brightly hued Ancient Town of wooden homes, temples, and pagodas still preserved. Today’s traders are veteran tailors customizing perfect bespoke suits, and chefs serving steamed shrimp dumplings and cao lau noodles. During full-moon festivals, the streets are lit with silk lanterns and filled with traditional music, dancing, and the ghosts of the past.
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