The town may have rocketed in popularity in recent years, but crowds of visitors can't detract from the undeniably quaint and romantic feel of this former trading port, the US cable news network said.
Hoi An is a warren of ancient temples, houses and stores built around a number of canals where hundreds of multicolored lanterns sway in the coastal breeze, CNN noted. Paper lanterns of another kind can be lit and sent soaring skyward, carrying a special written message, CNN said.
It recommended the town's famous foods, notably the banh mi baguette sandwiches that made Anthony Bourdain one of their biggest fans. The CNN list also includes the Maldives, Paris, Venice, and Hawaii.