The Old City Atmosphere & the Nearby Contrasts in Scenery: Unlike other destinations within Southeast Asia, Hoi An has not been overrun by appeasing the needs of your broke backpacker. The city does not really offer hostels in a traditional sense (more guesthouses) and while it is not hard to find a drink, it does not have the wild bar scenes that are famous in so many regional spots. But in my opinion, this is great and helps Hoi An maintain a unique personality all its own.
Adding to the atmosphere, outside of the Chinese New Year, the Old City area of Hoi An does not allow motorbikes to roam, which makes it a very pleasant area to aimlessly meander the streets by foot. The old city center can easily be walked within twenty to thirty minutes in total. Furthermore, the town holds on to some of its roots with attractive French Colonial architecture running along the river that separates the city in two.