“What is the best city in the world to visit right now?” This is the question Travel + Leisure asked its readers every year to discover what cities are worth experiencing around the world. The criteria for readers to rate are based on sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping and overall value. This year, for the first time Hoi An, Vietnam was pronounced by readers of Travel + Leisure as the world’s best city in 2019.
It is a big jump of the charming city Hoi An from its No. 8 position last year to the top of the list. Hoi An is an ancient city located in the central part of Vietnam, on the coast of East Vietnam Sea. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations of the country that should not be missed on any Vietnam private tours. From the 16th to 19th centuries the riverside town of Hoi An attracted silk, spice and porcelain merchants from as far as Japan, India, Indonesia and Europe.
Hoi An is a beautifully preserved city with ancient remnants, distinct architecture, a contagious energy, and arguably one of the best street food scenes on the planet. The beautiful surrounding countryside and unspoilt beaches also imbue the whole area with a very restful, rustic charm. Hoi An was recognized as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Moreover, the local people in Hoi An are so friendly and always eager to share with tourists the very best of what their city has to offer.
There is a wide range of accommodations in Hoi An, from the budget guest houses and hostels to middle-range hotels and luxurious resorts like Four Seasons Nam Hai. In recent years, the ancient city has experienced a resurgence and revitalization thanks to young and worldly locals who are opening regionally-focused restaurants, experimental cocktail bars, and trendy boutiques.
The highlight of a trip to Hoi An is undoubtedly the vibrant food scene that was praised mostly by the readers of Travel + Leisure. There are a lot of restaurants in Hoi An that might just do one thing, but do it perfectly and travellers will never be disappointed trying them. Travellers can also get involved more into the food scene in Hoi An by joining a cooking class. Before the class starts, travellers will travel to markets with the chef to shop for ingredients and take in a lesson on local food and fish.
Besides, readers also rated the city for its local friendly people, unique culture and history, tailor-made clothes and shopping.
Hoi An got the final score of 90.39 on average. The final score (on 100-point scales) are indexed averages of overall responses.