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"Where History Meets Tranquility"

Hoi An Tourism

One of the oldest cities in Asia, Hoi An is a town in central Vietnam which was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Located south of Danang, Hoi An translates to 'a peaceful meeting place'. It is culturally and historically one of Vietnam's most important towns and also one of the richest. It is important to note that Hoi An does not have an airport or train station and can only be reached by road.

Stepping into Hoi An feels like entering a living museum where ancient architecture, centuries-old traditions, and a tranquil riverside setting coalesce harmoniously. The city's well-preserved Old Town, adorned with charming yellow-walled buildings, lantern-lit streets, and historic merchant houses, narrates a story of its illustrious past as a bustling trading port.

Beyond its architectural splendors, Hoi An enchants visitors with its vibrant markets, where artisans showcase their crafts. The food of Hoi An is delightfully interesting and multi-cultural. The regional cuisine is served traditionally but also can be found to be served under the influence of Eastern Asia and other parts of South-Eastern Asia. As dusk descends, the city transforms into a mesmerizing spectacle as thousands of colorful lanterns illuminate the streets and waterways, creating a captivating ambiance during the enchanting lantern festival. 

Owing to being a former riverside port town, the Japanese and Chinese influence over the town's architecture stands tall today. From its cultural heritage to its tranquil charm, Hoi An invites travelers to immerse themselves in its timeless beauty and experience the allure of a bygone era while embracing the warmth and hospitality of its people.

Must Know Before You Travel to Hoi An

  • Da Nang Airport to Hoi An: You can arrange a private transfer from the hotel or book a private taxi. A shared shuttle bus runs from the airport and costs VND 130,000 one way. Sleeper buses are also available.
  • Entry Fees for Ancient Town: 120,000 VND, which grants access to five places, of the 22 sightseeing attractions including the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Museum of History and Folklore
  • Getting Around: Hoi An Ancient Town is small enough to explore on foot or bicycle. Scooters and motorbikes are not allowed in this area.
  • Where to Stay: Ancient Town is the best option being close to all major attractions. Budget travellers can choose to stay a little away in areas like Cam Pho, Cam Chau or Cam Thanh.

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Nightlife in Hoi An

  • The nightlife in Hoi An consists of trendy street bars, bistros and chic lounges. Many of these establishments offer excellent live music as well.
  • The Ancient Town and Riverside is where you should go seeking your table for the night. Food is available for decent prices, and some of the best inexpensive beer is up for grabs till 3 in the morning.
  • In case you are hunting for some cheap clothes, knick-knacks and souvenirs, the night market at Nguyen Hoang Street is highly recommended.
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Shopping in Hoi An

  • Hoi An is famous for its tailor shops which cater to a huge demand for custom made clothes for foreign tourists.
  • Shoes particularly are sold in large numbers during the peak season of tourism.
  • There are several art galleries as well, selling paintings and woodcarvings.
  • At night, the night market in Nguyen Hoang Street is a great spot if you are looking for affordable souvenirs, jewellery and even some street food.
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History of Hoi An

This area was once known as one of the prime ports all through Asia. Due to the influence from numerous religions as well as traditions this place is a mix of Chinese, Cham as well as the Vietnamese culture. Moving around this area you can very well see numerous Chinese styled shops as well as goods.

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How to Reach Hoi An

How to Reach Overview

Hoi An does not have an airport nor a train station of its own. The only way to reach the town is by road. The nearest major airport and railway station are at Da Nang, around 29 Km to the north. From Da Nang taxis can be hired or buses can be availed which run regularly between the two destinations on a daily basis.

How to reach Hoi An by flight

The nearest airport from Hoi An is Da Nang Airport which lies at a distance of 30 Km to the north. From this airport, taxis can be hired to reach Hoi An. Buses are also available from Da Nang to Hoi An daily.

How to reach Hoi An by road

Hoi An is only connected to the rest of Vietnam via roadways. You can take motorbikes or cabs from Da Nang and can reach this place via the Marble Mountains. You would also get a cab from Quang Binh or Hue to this place at a pretty affordable price.

How to reach Hoi An by train

The nearest railway station from Hoi An is Da Nang Railway Station which lies at a distance of 30 Km to the north. From here, taxis can be hired to reach Hoi An. Buses are also available from Da Nang to Hoi An daily.

How to reach Hoi An by bus

Buses run regularly to and from Hoi An, connecting it to other major domestic hubs. Da Nang which lies just 30 km to the north has daily buses running to Hoi An for cheap.

Local transport in Hoi An

Most of this town can be covered on foot, however there are options for Motorbikes and taxis available. However due to government regulations you arenêt allowed to move with vehicles in certain older parts of this town.

Most frequently searched routes to Hoi An

Route Name Distance Time
Ho-chi-minh-city to Hoi An 897.2 km 14 hr 37 min
Hanoi to Hoi An 797 Km 3,5 Hours
Nha-trang to Hoi An 506 Km 10 Hours
Da-nang to Hoi An 29 Km 40 Mins
Hue to Hoi An 124 Km 4 Hours

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What is the best time to visit Hoi an?

The best time to visit Hoi An is from February to June. February to April is the time of comfortable temperatures, low humidity, favourable sunshine hours and balmy sea temperature. May, June and July are also an excellent time to visit this ancient seaside town. These months don't receive heavy rainfall, but the temperature tends to go up a little during this time, and hence might turn a bit uncomfortable for visitors.
Hoi An?s has two distinct seasons ? the dry, and the wet seasons. The temperature throughout the year almost remains the same, which is, an average of 29°C during the peaks of the day, and around 24°C after sundown. August marks the advent of the wet season. Temperatures, as well as rainfall, varies drastically during this period, which runs through October. With the temperature reaching as high as 38°C (100°F), July and August are the hottest months of the year. October and November are the wettest months of the year, while November, December, and January are the coldest. Temperatures during this time range from 19 to 24° C.
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What are the places near Hoi an?

The top places near to Hoi an are Hue which is 104 km from Hoi an, Da nang which is located 24 km from Hoi an, Bach ma national park which is located 64 km from Hoi an, Hanoi which is located 630 km from Hoi an, Ho chi minh city which is located 592 km from Hoi an

What are the things to do in Hoi an?

The top things to do in Hoi an are Hoi An Old Town, An Bang Beach, Fujian Assembly Hall, My Son Sanctuary, Museum of Trade Ceramic, Cua Dai Beach. You can see all the places to visit in Hoi an here

What are the top hotels in Hoi an?

There are 930 in Hoi an which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Hoi an are Lila Homestay, Village Moon Villa, Ms Tri Homestay, Flame Flowers Homestay, Flora Hoi An Boutique Villa, The Beach Bungalow. You can see all the hotels in Hoi an here

What is the local food in Hoi an?

One of the most commonly consumed food item in this area is rice. People tends to make rice in numerous forms and then consume it along with chicken, beef or pork. There are a lot of spices as well as herbs a part of their normal diet.
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Antara Mandal

6 years ago
Walking around Hoi An, I felt like I was in ancient Vietnam. People around here are traditional and have properties that date back to 16th century. There are Japanese temples from the time when the J (Read More)apanese came to the country and settled for a while. I discovered in one of the temples they worshiped dog a lot. In one of the Chinese temples, they have huge circular incandescent lamps under which, if you wish for something, it becomes real. That was the belief the people of Hoi An hold true to their hearts. I also boated around the Hoi An canals. It's simply a divine place to be in.
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