Hoi An on top of the best cities in Asia and the world


According to Travel and Leisure’s survey results, Hoi An city of Quang Nam province (Vietnam) ranks first in Asia and third of the world’s top 25 cities.

Hoi An- the best tourist city in Asia. Photo: TRAVEL+LEISURE 

According to Travel and Leisure (T+L), Hoi An on Vietnam’s central coast has long been a tourist favorite, attracting visitors who appreciate its eclectic architecture, energetic nightlife, and flowing canals.

But what really sets it apart for T+L’s readers are the culture and people. “The culture of Hoi An made it what it is,” wrote one fan. “So colorful and vibrant! The people were so friendly and the food was spectacular.”

Another person likened it to “being transported to a magical romantic village.” Best of all, it’s easy to get around and very affordable, making it the favorite city in Vietnam and all of Asia. T+L also suggests trying renting a bike to go around the city of Hoi An.

Last year, Hoi An was voted as one of 50 best cities in the world. It is considered as one of the historically significant trading ports of Vietnam.

Hoi An is now owing a lot of luxurious coastal hotels and resorts with unique architectural features, making the city vital and energetic. The ancient quarter of the city was recognized as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO in 1999.

A corner of Hoi An in the late afternoon. Photo: gettyimage
A corner of Hoi An in the late afternoon. Photo: gettyimage

Every year for the World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe, to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more.

Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

This year’s World’s Best Awards survey closed on March 2, just before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented as a result of COVID-19.

The results reflect T+L readers’ experiences before the pandemic. T+L hopes that this year’s honorees will inspire readers’ trips to come.

On the list of the top 15 best cities in Asia, Hoi An of Vietnam is respectively followed by Chiang Mai (Thailand), Kyoto (Japan), Udaipur (India), Luang Prabang (Laos), Ubud (Indonesia), Bangkok (Thailand), Jaipur (India), Tokyo (Japan), Siem Reap (Cambodia), Singapore, Kolkata (India), Seoul (South Korea), Taiwan (China), and Hong Kong (China).