Yet, despite its size, it is amazing. Wikipedia says that “in 1999, the old town was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, whose buildings display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.”
There are one too many tailor shops here, but the people are exceptionally kind. Stuff here is cheaper than in Hanoi, too. Today I had purchased a haircut (with shampoo, a head massage, and a bottle of water to drink), five souvenir wooden figurines, two pieces of fruit to eat on the upcoming bus ride to Saigon, a straw triangular Vietnamese hat, and a Vietnam souvenir magnet--all for $10.
At the hostel, I only paid $8 for a room with two double beds, a refridgerator, TV, bathroom and bath, and a fan.
People are very friendly here. At the hotel they like to engage foreigners to practice their own English. I was offered a free sandwich just minutes ago by the staff here, as it is raining and I am waiting for my bus.