10/01/2019 10:04 GMT+7 print

Hoi An shines in Travel + Leisure’s list of best places to travel in 2019

Hoi An ancient town at night. Photo: VNA
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, a luxe beachfront resort and an influx of creativities are bringing new life to its 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 to find Co Mai restaurant and 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.

After cocktails, head to the French-Vietnamese atelier Metiseko, with its understated prints and smart silhouettes, or Lam, which reimagines the traditions of Ancient Town with embroidered velvet slippers and silk slip dresses. Tapping into the town’s leisurely vibe, Sunday in Hoi An has an atmospheric white-and-blue atelier filled with ceramics, bedding, and linens. This colorful port city has matured gracefully — but a new golden era is just beginning.