The ancient port town of Hoi An has become a must-see stop on any tourist’s visit to Vietnam and a regular get-away for domestic tourists — both foreign and Vietnamese.

 

A winning combination of white sand beaches, gorgeous ancient architecture and a fascinating set of influences stemming from its heyday as a 16th-century international trading port, today we discover has a beachside getaway that punches above its small town weight.

 

Heading both inland and up the coast to Danang, Vietnam's third largest city, recent Saigon export Sarah Clarke takes us inside and beyond her new hometown. Photos by Aaron Joel Santos

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