Hoi An will charm your pants off, but that’s fine – this is the tailoring capital of Vietnam, so it’s easy to find another pair.
Nose around 19th-century merchant houses, explore temples or just browse the cafés and galleries of this river-straddling former trading port. It’s a small coastal city to be savoured, slowly. Just beyond town is China Beach, one of the most alluring stretches of sand in the country, hugging the coast all the way to Danang. Culture cravers won’t be disappointed either, as the hinterland cradles the vestiges of an older empire, including the Cham temples of My Son. Add to the mix diving around the Cu Lao Cham Marine Park and the excuse to replace your wardrobe for a steal and you’ll find Hoi An is the real deal.
April and May are ideal for hitting Hoi An, with China Beach’s seas at their calmest from May to July. Despite its location in the tropics, Hoi An experiences a wet winter monsoon (October to March), when it can be cool at night; the summer monsoon (April to September) brings hot but breezy weather. In October and November typhoons can slam into the coast; the city floods and the only way to get around is by boat.