The Hanoitimes - Wherever you travel, some destinations are evergreen when it comes to romance.
Hoi An in Vietnam's central province of Quang Nam has been named among 13 places where the landscapes and architecture are timeless, the views are rightly famous and the romance is guaranteed, according to a list released by CNN, a US news television channel.
The central Vietnamese coastal town of Hoi An may have rocketed in popularity in recent years, but even increased visitor numbers can't detract from the undeniably quaint and romantic feel of this former trading port.
Hoi An among world’s most romantic places to visit.
According to CNN, the ancient town is a warren of ancient temples, houses and stores built around a number of canals. Gently humped pedestrian bridges let you wander hand in hand, with hundreds of multicolored lanterns above you swaying in the coastal breezes. Paper lanterns of another kind can also be lit and sent soaring skyward, along with a special message written with your valentine.
After strolling, enjoy some of the town's rightly famous foods, notably the banh mi baguette sandwiches that counted Anthony Bourdain as one of their biggest fans. His photo features prominently in a number of the spots he frequented.
The Maldives tops the list, followed by Tuscany in Italy, Kimberley in Australia, Hawaii, Charleston in South Carolina, Botswana, Paris in France, Istanbul in Turkey, etc.
Earlier, Hoi An has been named among 10 of the best family holiday destinations overseas, according to a list released by Better Homes and Gardens, Australia’s number one multi-platform brand.
“This is one of the best holiday destinations for families with older children looking to immerse themselves in culture, Hoi An offers diverse landscapes, delicious and cheap cuisines, beautiful beaches and bustling markets. Vietnam is the perfect budget destination in South East Asia that remains good value for families,” Better Homes and Gardens wrote.
Better Homes and Gardens advises travelers that Hoi An has no airport and no train station. The only way to get there is by road and you can hire a taxi from the neighbouring city of Da Nang, which does have an airport with daily flights from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other large Vietnamese cities.