Hoi An, which means “Peaceful meeting town,” was the principal port for the Cham Kingdom which in the 7-10th century controlled the spice trade with Indonesia.  It is located in the south central coast of Vietnam and is a well preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port.  The buildings and architecture reflect both domestic and foreign influences.  In the 15th century, Portugese explorers reestablished it as a trading port and for three centuries it remained so.  With the change of rulers and French influence changing ports, Hoi An became a forgotten city and the buildings remained untouched for 200 years.

As it is a Unesco site, the port is now mostly used for fishing and tourism.  Inside the old town there are hundreds of tailor shops and souvenier shops targeted at tourists.  I loved walking through the small old town and it felt like I was in the movies.  Streets were clean, all the walls had character and everyone had a smile or perhaps business owners had their salespersons face on.  During my two days in Hoi An I spent about 4-5 hours total getting clothes custom tailored and fitted for school/work.  I had two work dresses, two pencil skirts and three button up shirts for networking events made.  I would have loved to have gotten more made but I can only carry around so much, wait, rewind, I can only spend so much.  The seven items cost me $300 and thats after a discount and choosing the quality of fabric I wanted.  I was going to wait to get clothes tailored in Hanoi but Hoi An is known for tailoring and I fell in love with the tailor I went to, great service and communication.  Outside of tailoring, it was really nice to spend two nights in a beautiful small city that I could explore on my own.

Old Town Walls

Shops in Old Town

Walking Old Town at night

Hoi An riverfront

Love the old architecture

After one of the many rain storms