Hoi An town in central Vietnam has secured 20th place in a new global listing of 25 best cities chosen by readers of U.S. magazine Travel + Leisure.
With an overall rating of 88.92 out of 100, Hoi An moved ahead of Peru’s Cuzco, South Africa’s Cape Town, U.S.’s Charleston, Thailand’s Bangkok, and Slovenia’s Ljubljana.
Readers ranked the cities based on factors such as the quality of hotels and restaurants, cultural heritage, attractions, cuisine, and even Covid-19 protocols.
Oaxaca in Mexico was voted the best city with a score of 92.96.
San Miguel de Allende in Mexico came second followed by Ubud in Indonesia.
Situated around 30 minutes from tourist hub Da Nang, Hoi An used to be a busy international commercial port from the 16th to 19th centuries, attracting merchant ships from China and Japan.
The Japanese-style Pagoda Bridge and Chinese-influenced assembly halls are tourism symbols of the town.