Hoi An, one of the world’s most romantic places for Valentine’s Day


The central Vietnamese coastal town of Hoi An may have rocketed in popularity in recent years, but even increased visitor numbers can't detract from the undeniably quaint and romantic feel of this former trading port.

Hoi An ancient town, Quang Nam province, Vietnam
Hoi An ancient town, Quang Nam province, Vietnam
The old town is a warren of ancient temples, houses and stores built around a number of canals.

Gently humped pedestrian bridges let you wander hand in hand, with hundreds of multicolored lanterns above you swaying in the coastal breezes.

Paper lanterns of another kind can also be lit and sent soaring skyward, along with a special message written with your valentine.

After strolling, enjoy some of the town’s rightly famous foods, notably the banh mi baguette sandwiches that counted Anthony Bourdain as one of their biggest fans. His photo features prominently in a number of the spots he frequented.