What immediately strikes you as soon as you land is the temperature difference. In Ho Chi Minh, it’s hot all year round! It’s about 30 degrees, and it cools down a bit in the evening. In Hoi An and the other big city of Hanoi, they have a bit more the four seasons. So during this ‘winter’ it is less crowded with tourists, compared to the summer. The weather was lovely, every day around 25 degrees. It’s nice for a change that you are not immediately drenched when you walk outside for ten minutes.
Although there are still a lot of tourists walking around in Hoi An, it has a much more relaxed atmosphere compared to Ho Chi Minh. For example, the city center of Hoi An is car and scooter free. This is not all day long, but from about five o’clock scooters are not allowed to drive into the streets. Cars are forbidden, I don’t see how cars have to maneuver through those small streets anyway. Because of this, you don’t have to look around frantically all the time to make sure you don’t get hit by a scooter. You can walk around freely, without needing a mask against the exhaust fumes.