CNN names Hoi An among Asia's most beautiful towns


(QNO) - With its tropical islands, rice paddies, tea plantations, rugged mountains and sprawling megacities, Asia is a wonderland of diverse destinations.

Hoi An ancient town in Quang Nam. Photo: VNA
Hoi An ancient town in Quang Nam. Photo: VNA

Among the mix, travelers can discover charming towns that deliver big on romance, history and beauty.

Whether you're looking for the grandeur of colonial-era architecture, stunning scenery or remote cultural immersion. The ancient town of Hoi An in Quang Nam province (Vietnam) has topped the list of the 13 most beautiful town throughout Asia, according to CNN travel.

Located on the central coast of Vietnam, Hoi An's old town is a heaven for photographers, foodies and architecture lovers.

Added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1999, the former French colonial trade port has been one of the most commercially vital towns in Vietnam since the 16th century.

And thanks to centuries as an important trade hub, the narrow streets of old town Hoi An feature rows and rows of charming mustard-hued merchant houses - though many have since been transformed into low-key restaurants, bars, design boutiques and tailors’ shops.