Near the center of Vietnam's serpentine coastline and built around the mouth of the Thu Bon River, the former spice-trading port of Hoi An is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site typified by antique wooden buildings and cobblestone streets. A world away from the country's dizzying metropolitan hubs, Hoi An's compact size and slower pace make it a pleasure to explore on foot or by bike. Stroll or pedal along the riverbank, crossing the famous Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau), and marveling at architectural gems such as Quan Cong Temple and Tan Ky House. Along the way, you may meet locals pedaling home from the open markets, their bicycle baskets overflowing with fresh vegetables and flowers. In a country known for excellent cuisine, Hoi An offers some of the freshest and best. Be sure to take a tasting tour in Old Town, or sign up for a traditional market tour and Vietnamese cooking class. Don't miss a tour to the fascinating My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO-listed archaeological site constructed by Hindu Champa royalty between the fourth and 14th centuries. To get off the beaten path, explore the river islands of Cam Nam and Cam Kim on a bike tour, or visit Kim Bong carpentry village. Just outside of town, the white sands of Cua Dai beach and An Bang beach beckon sunseekers to the coast, where boats set sail for Cham Island and Cu Lao Cham Marine Park.