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Hoi An has been named among the world’s 10 stunning holiday ideas for 2019 that will inspire you to live the way you’d like to, according to a list released by Elle, a worldwide lifestyle magazine of French origin that focuses on fashion, beauty, health, and entertainment.
Elle advises travelers that Hoi An, arguably Vietnam’s most underrated and marvelous city, is a melting pot of architecture, history and culture. Dating back to the 15th and 19th century, the port-city has a statuesque-ancient-town vibe.
“From ornate Buddhist monasteries to the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and from the bustling Riverside market to the tranquil old town, Hoi An has it all,” Elle wrote.
The Grand Canyon in the US tops the list, followed by Tunisia, Greenland, French Polynesia, Berlin in Germany, Cairo in Egypt, Dakar in Senegal, Matera in Italy, OMan, Hoi An in Vietnam.
Earlier, Hoi An city in Quang Nam province has been named among the world’s 50 best places to travel in 2019, according to a list released by the Travel + Leisure, a US travel magazine based in New York City.
According o Travel + Leisure, Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most historically significant port cities and now, luxe beachfront resorts and an influx of creativities are bringing new life to this UNESCO-protected ancient town.
“Key to this resurgence is the Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai, a recently renovated property on one of Asia’s most picturesque beaches. Like Hoi An itself, the Nam Hai is an intriguing blend of old and new, reinterpreting the garden courtyard house typical of this part of Vietnam. New shops and restaurants are also bringing a contemporary eye to the city’s layered culture,” Travel + Leisure wrote.
The magazine advises travelers that if they want to discover Hoi An’s cuisine, they should find Co Mai restaurant, enjoy dishes that explore the Hoi An’s spice trade history inside a repurposed 200-year-old merchant’s house. Tadioto Hoi An, owned by artist Nguyen Qui Duc, serves Japanese fare and shots of rare sake and whisky, while the menu at T-Room Gin Bar includes gins infused with native vanilla, cardamom, and black pepper.