Hoi An, Vietnam. Once one of the largest and most important trade ports in Southeast Asia, the city was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status over a decade ago and is one of the most well preserved and protected towns in Vietnam. While most of the shops around this charming town now cater to tourists, you won’t yet find many bars, karaoke joints, or high rise buildings here. That said, the influx of tourism has resulted in an abundance of restaurants, souvenir shops, and literally hundreds of tailors lining the streets, so much of the cultural preservation is now only apparent through a handful of notable buildings/temples and original Chinese, Vietnamese, and Japanese architectural influences. It’s a beautiful city nonetheless, and among my favorite destinations thus far in Vietnam.