Vietnam was in general, a very engaging introduction to the Indo-China world. We visited in December 2014, as we were about to wrap up our first year in Bangkok. We started from Hanoi and stopped by Lang Co and Hoi An before moving to Ho Chi Minh. I would say Hoi An was, as many have said, the most attractive city we experienced in the country. It’s the postcard expectation everyone has of Hoi An and didn’t disappoint. We only had a few hours there so didn’t feel like we managed to really enjoy and relish every moment of it. Still, it was visually arresting and unique with the ancient architectural influences plus the vast array of lanterns and boats in the evening peppered throughout. Felt festive and merry, and we had gorgeous Vietnamese food there with lots of shopping options that are again, unique to Hoi An (silk lanterns and custom-made outfits in a variety of fabric options). During these Covid days, I long to travel again and wish I could return here for an extended weekend.