7 reasons to visit Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful towns

CNN  — 

Set on the banks of the Thu Bon River in central Vietnam, Hoi An is easily one of the most beautiful towns in Southeast Asia.

The action revolves around the atmospheric Old Town – a colonial-era trade port that was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 1999 – where dreamy canals, French-colonial merchant houses, Japanese bridges, Chinese shophouses and low-key restaurants vie for your attention.