The ancient city of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam topped the list of 15 best cities in the world in a readers’ vote of the US travel magazine Travel & Leisure.

The vote based on the cities’ scenery, vision, culture, cuisine, locals’ friendliness, shopping, and mutual values.

According to these criteria, Hoi An is on top of the list. What draws readers to what one called “a little gem of a place”? For some, it’s the shopping: “You can have anything made to order.” For others, it’s the food. “The best in Vietnam, with amazing vegetarian and vegan options,” wrote one fan. It doesn’t hurt that Hoi An is so accessible either. “It’s great that the inner part of the city is restricted, and cars aren’t allowed, so one can walk down the center of the street to the shops and markets,” explained one reader. “The city has a nice atmosphere, being right on a river.”

Hoi An is a well-known travel destination in Vietnam. The ancient city was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.

The Japanese Covered Bridge, considered the heart of the town, was built in the 17th century by the Japanese. This iconic symbol of Hoi An appears on VND 20,000 bills.

It was followed by San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Chiang Mai (Thailand), Mexico City (Mexico), Oaxaca (Mexico), Ubud (Indonesia), Tokyo and Kyoto (Japan), Florence (Italy), Udaipur (India), Rome (Italy), Charleston (the US), Seville (Spain), Santa Fe (the US) and Bangkok (Thailand).

A corner of the town.
Dozens of old houses up to hundred years old dominate the town.
Coming to Hoi An, don’t forget to enjoy a cup of coffee in the romantic atmosphere
to see that there are still many good things in life awaitin