It’s easy to see why travellers fall in love with Hoi An, a colourful riverside town that’s recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Old Town is a well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century.

The buildings are bright yellow and sky blue. Flowers tumble off tiny balconies and everyone rides around on bikes at a leisurely pace.

Colourful houses in Hoi An, Vietnam

At night, shopfronts are adorned with glowing lanterns, paintings, clothes and trinkets. There’s a bustling market, an array of restaurants, and plenty of hawkers trying to sell tailormade clothes.

Hoi An - a city of lanterns and shops, Vietnam

Simply ambling through the little streets and alleyways is enough for most visitors. But for the more active traveller, perhaps try an evening river cruise, a half-day cooking class or bike ride down to An Bang beach.