The ancient town in Hoi An is a must for travellers visiting Vietnam. It's the perfect place for people watching, shopping and simply breathing in the old charm of Vietnam. It's surreal to walk along the paths that millions from centuries ago had walked. I love how this little area is being protected from pollution by vehicles. Only cyclists and pedestrians are allowed in. It also makes a safe space to hang out without having to worry about the crazy Vietnamese traffic. Even though it seems like a maze at first, we soon found our way around these tiny lanes with the help of a reliable map. There are small visitor information stations that are really helpful to travellers. I highly recommend a Guide for first timers, to take you around and tell you more stories about the ancient communities. It is much more interesting to learn about the people who'd lived in these beautiful architectures. I got myself some good quality tailor made clothes for a reasonable price at B'Lan on 23 Tran Phu St. The tailor shop itself is a historical landmark. The house is 200 years old and full of charm. On the right of B'Lan is Choi Hoi An, a food court that serves delicious and cheap noodles. We tried the Cao Lau which is a kind of thick and chewy noodles, a specialty of Hoi An. Behind the food court, is a wet market that sells all sorts of fresh local produce. I also enjoy Vietnamese iced coffee served at Streets, a restaurant committed to giving skills training to destitute orphans/youths.
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