Just south of the city of Danang in Vietnam, there is a small town called Hoi An, the former port city of the Cham Empire.
On a sunny afternoons, hot tropical breezes from the South China Sea roll through the Old Town of Hoi An, rustling the leaves in the trees along the winding lanes of colonial buildings, beckoning you to visit the nearby beach. By night, paper lanterns and fairy lights twinkle outside of the art galleries, restaurants, and homes along the waterway.
But tourists do not come to Hoi An for the charm of Old Town or to see the ruins of the Cham civilization in My Son.
They come to Hoi An for the shopping.