“Hoi An” translates to “Peaceful Meeting Place”. The city receives 1.5 million visitors a year, most of them being International tourists. The city is most known for its textiles industry, and has over 400 tailor shops. The historic old town centre, featuring the famous Japanese Bridge, now has a UNESCO heritage protection.
The Lonely Planet has recommended taking a Vietnamese cooking class in Hoi An, as one of its top ten iconic travel experiences. Most cooking classes here begin with a trip to the local market, to choose fresh ingredients. This provides a great opportunity to mix with the local people, and meet street vendors.