We spent about a week in characterful Hoi An, a former port city dating back to the 17th Century, visited by merchants from Japan, China and Europe. Some traders settled here and the architecture of the town is a unique blend of building styles. The old town is basically a living museum. Many families still live in the same homes as their ancestors and many of of the ancient buildings are now home to tailors, lantern stores and cafes.
In order to preserve the buildings there are strict traffic regulations in the old town. Only motorcycles and bicycles are allowed in the area, and during most part of the day motorcycles have to be pushed around the streets with the engines turned off.
The most famous site in Hoi An, and the town’s symbol, is the Japanese Bridge, a lovely old bridge still in use by pedestrians to move from one side of the town to the other.