Travel to Hoi An, Vietnam
Located 30 km south of Da Nang in central Vietnam on the Thu Bon River, Hoi An is a one of the most famous tourist destinations. The old town of Hoi An has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. The city is particularly known for architecture and food. It used to be an international commerce port during the 17th and 18th centuries, which explains why the architecture is a blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese styles. Its many temples and pagodas make it a unique place to visit by bike or motorcycle. Usually, hotels will propose you to get a bike for free. Travel to Hoi An and enjoy a ride next to the river!
The climate is mild from February to May and warm from June to August. It is not advisable to travel to Hoi An from September to January, a period more conducive to rain.
The nearest airport is in Da Nang which has domestic connections from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hue, and some international flights from Southeast Asia. Then, you can book a Grab car to share with other travelers or a private car but be careful because they could try to push the prices up. There is no railway station in Hoi An, the nearest is in Da Nang. Most travel agents and hotels can book tickets for you.
Travel to Hoi An - Things to do
Travel to Hoi An - Places to visit
The old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy this place that seems to have remained unchanged for centuries. Go and see the Japanese pagoda, a very popular monument. Walk through the yellow houses of this district without buildings.
Tip: in the old town, you will find small shops selling tickets giving you access to five of the twenty attractions on offer. Price: VND 120,000 ($5)
Japanese Covered Bridge. One of Vietnam's most iconic attractions, Hoi An's Japanese covered bridge dates back to the 18th century and is a beautiful historical piece of Japanese architecture. It is claimed that it was created by the Japanese when living in Hoi An as a way to reach the Chinese quarter across the water.
The Japanese Covered Bridge is very well preserved and features a roof meaning you can visit at any time of day regardless of the heat or the rain
An Bang Beach. An Bang Beach is one of the most beautiful beach in the world. It is one of the few stretches of beach in Hoi An that’s relatively unspoiled by development, making it enjoyable.
Located seven kilometers north of Hoi An Ancient Town, you can easily get to An Bang Beach via bicycle or motorcycle.
Some of the most popular activities at An Bang Beach are swimming, paddle-boarding, and surfing.
Travel to Hoi An - Activities
Night walk under the lanterns. Enjoy a night walk along the river and contemplate the streets full of folk songs and dances, all illuminated by hundreds of lanterns.
On the 14th day of each lunar month, which corresponds to the full moon, the city turns off the light and bans motorized vehicles in the old town. From 7pm to 9pm, the city is lit by the lanterns. For the Vietnamese, it is time to honor their ancestors by burning counterfeit bills and paper.
Take a boat trip on the Hoi An river. Choose a small boat to avoid people and keep the peace of this city. As an indication, you can negotiate 100 000 VND ($4) per person for a 30-minute tour, do not hesitate!
Travel to Hoi An - Where to eat?
Hoi An is known to be a food lovers’ destination with many local specialties to eat.
Morning Glory Restaurant. A touristic spot, which offers very authentic food. You can enjoy cao lầu, the typical Hoi An dish that you could not find anywhere else, and delicious bánh xèo. Remember to book before to come as this place gets very busy.
Address: 106 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Minh An, Hoi An, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 11AM-11PM, daily
Price: around VND 200,000 ($8.5) for two dishes plus drinks
Mr. Hai Restaurant. A simple restaurant owned by locals serving authentic food which is mostly frequented by locals. You could find cao lầu and mì quảng (another noodle dish).
Address: 6A Truong Minh Luong Street, Hoi An, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 9AM-10PM, daily
Price: around VND 50,000 ($2) for one dish plus drinks
Central Market. A typical Vietnamese market where you can find a vast array of foodstuff for sale. Get up early (5AM) to see the real life of the Vietnamese without tourists.
Address: 73 Phan Boi Chau Son Phong, Hoi An, Vietnam
Operating hours: 5AM-4PM, daily
Price: time to perfect your bargaining skills.
Travel to Hoi An - Where to stay?
For small budget ($):
Hoi An Hao Anh Villa 2
A 20-room hotel with a good comfort for less than $20 a night (per person) with a traditional breakfast. The swimming pool is really enjoyable. The location is very good: only ten minutes by bike (which the hotel provides free of charge) from city centre of Hoi An.
Address: 84 Tran Nhan Tong, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Vietnam
For mid-range budget ($$): Tropical Beach Hoi An Resort
From $80 the night for two people, located in front of the sea, take a break in this fabulous hotel where bedrooms are large and clean.
Address: Lac Long Quan, Hoi An, Vietnam
For high budget ($$$):
Anantara Hoi An Resort
On the banks of the Hoi An river, this hotel is quiet and offers great comfort for about $200 the night for two people. The luckiest one of us appreciated the breakfast, the view and the staff who is always present for you.
Address: 1 Đuong Pham Hong Thai, Hoi An, Vietnam