Hoi An Travel Guides


 Hoi An- formally recognizes UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, is a home of many stunning beaches, temples and pagodas. Hoi An is the best attractions of all foreign travellers when visiting Vietnam. Don’t miss this marvelous spot in Vietnam.

The best time to visit Hoi An

Hoi An’s dry season from February to May is the best time to visit the town since its weather becomes very mild and beautiful with moderate temperature, low humidity, less rain and warm sunshine

How to travel to Hoi An

By air:

If you want to travel by airline, you have to take a flight to the Danang International Airport in Vietnam and then you can  take a car/ taxi or bus to reach the city of Hoi An. It takes about 30 minutes by motorbike.

By train

If you travel by train, you have to get off the train at Danang station and then take a bus or taxi. You can read and get more information in Vietnam Transportation Guide 

By Bus:

Taking a bus is also the best option if you want to visit Hoi An. There are regular bus services from Da Nang, Hue and Nha Trang to the city of Hoi An each day for travelers.

How to get from Danang to Hoi An by train

It’s about 40 km far from Danang and takes about 30-40 minutes.

  • By Taxi: The price range from $ 15-20/ turn
  • By bus: the cheapest way, ticket’s price is about $ 2-3/ turn/ pax
  • Xe Om- Motorbike taxi:  usually cost $ 7- $ 11/ pax depending on your negotiation

Things to do in Hoi An

My Son Santuary

  •  My Son Sanctuary- UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 and far 50 km from Southwest of Hoi An, the most important sites relating to the ancient Kingdom of Champa.
  • Visiting  Old Town (Japanese Covered Bridge's Pagoda, Museum of Folk Culture, Hoi An Museum of History and Culture, etc, and The Tan Ky and the Duc An are two of the more popular to visit.)
  • Museum of Folk Culture: preserve the traditions and dress of rural Vietnamese culture
  • Joining a cooking tour
  • Boat along the river
  • Relaxing on the beaches: An Bang and Cua Dai beaches
  • Shopping at the Central Market: walk around Central Market, traveller can pick up spices, souvenirs, try local food and have your tailoring done with the cheapest price.

Where to stay in Hoi An

Depending on your pocket and your requirement, you can choose the best hotel for your trip in Hoi An from budget to luxury.

  • Luxury hotels in Hoi An are located along the unbroken beach stretching from Danang to Hoi An. Closest is Cua Dai Beach 5 km away.
  • Budget options (Sunflower Hotel, Loc phat-Hoi An Homestay, Jolie Villa Hoi An Homestay, etc) price oscillate from VND 240,000- VND300,000/ per night/ double room. Expats can find all most hotel at Hai Ba Trung St, just north of the Old Town and within easy walking distance, and also along Cua Dai Street

What to must eat in Hoi An

Cao Lau

Hoi An is quite famous with cheap and tasty food. Visiting here doesn’t forget to try delicious food in Hoi An:

  • Cao lầu- local culinary specialty: rice noodles, slices of roast pork, dough fritters, and this being Vietnam, lots of fresh herbs and veggies

                Where to eat Cao Lao in Hoi An? Ba Be in the market opposite Ong Temple.

  • Mi Quang: Quang- styled noodle

                Travellers can taste the best Mi Quang at 6A Truong Minh Luong Street 

  • Com ga- chicken rice

              Where to eat chicken rice in Hoi An? - Ba Buoi at 22 Phan Chu Trinh Street

  • Banh Mi – Vietnam ‘s best sandwiches

              Come and taste the best Banh Mi at Phuong bakery near Cam Bridge or 115 Tran Van Cao Street

  • Banh Bao, Banh Vac- steamed rice dumplings

             Travellers can enjoy the best dumpling at Bong Hong Trang – White Rose – Trung Nhi Street

Travel tips

  • Money saving: Join cooking lesson at a restaurant rather than at cooking school, check price clothes with a few place before buying something.
  • At present, don’t have any train stations in Hoi An, so if you travel by train, you have to get off at Danang Station and spend about 30 minutes on bus from Danang to Hoi An.

Further reading: Vietnam travel guide  and  Vietnam visa guide

Source: Nomadic matt

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