- Hoi An has been voted best city in the world in the 2019 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
- The Vietnamese city was praised for its relaxed atmosphere, accessibility, and brilliant shopping.
- It knocked the Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende down to 2nd place in the ranking.
Hoi An in Vietnam has been named the best city in the world for 2019 in this year’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
The awards are the result of their 24th annual readers’ survey.
Hoi An has taken the crown from San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, which has held the top spot for the past two years, but has now been bumped down to second place.
The Vietnamese city has jumped up from 8th place in the 2018 ranking.
“Brands and properties from all over the world — from Peru to Japan, India to Italy, and right here at home in the United States — are recognized by our audience because they deliver exceptional experiences, rooted in a sense of place. I congratulate all of this year’s winners, who have worked so hard to be among the world’s best,” said Travel + Leisure’s Editor in Chief Jacqui Gifford.
Here are photos selected by Insider, which prove why Hoi An, Vietnam is worthy of the Best City in the World title.
“It’s great that the inner part of the city is restricted and cars aren’t allowed, so one can walk down the center of the street to the shops and markets,” said one person.
“You can have anything made to order,” said one voter in the awards, from a dress to a three-piece suit, and it’ll be remarkably cheap.
“The city has a nice atmosphere, being right on a river,” said one person.