Hoi An through the lens of reporter of Travel and Leisure. (Photo: Travel and Leisure)

The magazine described Hoi An “a charming city with ancient roots, distinct architecture, a contagious energy, and arguably one of the best street food scenes on the planet. Most importantly, Hoi An is home to friendly people who are eager to share the best their city has to offer.”

The nostalgic beauty of the ancient town

“The highlight of Hoi An is definitely its vibrant food scene, where there are a lot of restaurants that might just do one thing, but do it perfectly. The best way to eat your way through the city is by Vespa; join a food tour with Vespa Adventures and you won’t be disappointed,” said Travel and Leisure.

Cao Lau - the very famous cuisine of the central city

Famous for its textiles, Hoi An is also a great place to get custom-made suits or dresses, even just shopping for souvenirs along the main touristy areas can uncover delightful finds.

This ranking is based on an annual survey of Travel and Leisure readers’ travel experiences around the globe to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more.

Hoi An at night

They rate cities based on scenery, vision, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping and common values, on score scale of 100. This year, Hoi An receives a score of 90.39, leaping from No. 8 position last year to the top of the list.

The romantic beauty of Hoai River

Other amazing cities that made the Travel and Leisure’s list include: San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Chiang Mai (Thailand), Mexico City (Mexico), Oaxaca (Mexico), Ubud (Indonesia), Tokyo (Japan), Kyoto (Japan), Florence (Italy), and Udaipur (India)./.