Hoi An is an ancient city of Vietnam, a major trading center of the late 16th to 17th centuries. Coming here, you will see hundreds of years old houses, beaches beautiful in Cua Dai and Cu Lao Cham. Nowadays, this city has been a popular tourist destination of central Vietnam and recognized by Unesco as a world cultural heritage site.If you’re still wondering about what are worth visiting places or get confused because of fragmented informations, this is what you need.

I. OVERVIEW ABOUT HOI AN

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It is located in the confluence of Thu Bon River about 30km south of Da Nang. Hoi An was known as an international market with many different names such as Lam Ap, Faifo, Hoai Pho and Hoi An. Being the unique traditional South East Asian port in Vietnam, Hoi An still remains almost over a thousand architectural monuments such as streets, houses, assembly halls, pagodas , shrines, churches, ancient wells, ancient tombs … The architecture has both Asian and Western style. Over centuries, customs, rituals, cultural activities, beliefs as well as traditional dishes are well preserved. It also has a natural peaceful environment, with lovely small crafts villages, such as carpentry, bronze, pottery…

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II. WEATHER IN HOI AN & BEST TIME TO VISIT

1. Weather in Hoi AnHoi An VietnamSource: chudu24.com

Hoi An has the tropical and moonson climate. Additionally, the city has two main seasons in particular. 

Dry season from February to August. This is rainy season that lasts from September, October to January next year. The average temperature of winter is 23 ℃, and the lowest temperature is about 15 – 20℃ and even down to 11 ℃, which usually occurs in December and January.

The second one is dry season, when the temperature in months is relatively equal from 28 – 30℃, the highest one is about 39 – 40℃. The total annual sunshine hours are 2,158 hours per year. Moreover, the average humidity in the winter is 82 – 84%,while in the summer reduces to 75 – 78%. The average annual rainfall is 2.069mm, mostly occurs in the winter – rainy season, with an average of 120-140 days of rain per year. It rains most in September and October.

2. Best time to visit Hoi An

The best time to visit Hoi An is from February to April every year, with little rain, pleasant climate. Moreover, you should consider about going to Hoi An in the summer because of rising temperature, which makes the weather very sultry. The rainy season from October to November also has the disadvantage is the wetness due to heavy rains. Moreover, if you come visit Hoi An on the 14th of the lunar month, you can to attend a special night occasion of the old town. You will have a chance to see the red lanterns flashing across the street, a unique scene of Hoi An as well as take part in a lot of traditional activities in that occasion.

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a. Hoi An in spring (from January to March or April)

This is the spring time when the atmosphere in the town is very pleasant, less rainy and the scenery is very poetic as well. This is the most perfect time for you to explore Hoi An.

b. Hoi An in summer and autumn (from May to September)

It is also a beautiful time to admire the romantic and tranquil atmosphere of Hoi An. As the sky turns deeply blue, the roads are now “deep” and more prominent than ever with the golden leaves falling down. A deep space with the “yellow tone” will give you a lot of interesting experience.

c. Hoi An in winter (In the end of October and early November to December)

In this time, Hoi An immersed in the sudden rain. With some people, this time is not convenient to visit the town. But the city also has a different beauty under the rain – quiet and peaceful, so you just need to find a corner and sit to enjoy a cup of tea, watching the rain falling.

III. HOW TO GET TO HOI AN?

1. Getting to Hoi An by airplane

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Da Nang International Airport (DAD) is the nearest airport to Hoi An, which is located in the center of Da Nang city and about 30 kilometres from Hoi An. This airport provides domestic flights from some provinces and cities in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hue as well as international flights from Bangkok, Cambodia, Hong Kong, etc.

The average price for a round trip ticket is about VND 2,000,000 for domestic flights and about VND 11,000,000 for international flights. After landing in Da Nang, you can take a taxi or rent a private car in order to get to Hoi An, which takes about 30-45 minutes. The price for a trip by taxi or private car costs about VND 400,000.

a. Domestic Flights

  • Can Tho: Vietnam Airlines
  • Da Lat: Vietnam Airlines
  • Nha Trang: Vietnam Airlines
  • Hanoi: Jetstar; VietJet Air; Vietnam Airlines
  • Ho Chi Minh City: Jetstar; VietJet Air; Vietnam Airlines

b. International Flights

  • Beijing: China
  • Eastern Seoul: Korean Air
  • Tokyo: Vietnam Airlines

2. Getting to Hoi An by train


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Like airport, the nearest railway station to Hoi An is Da Nang railway station which serves trains from Haoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hue, Nha Trang. The average price for a train ticket varies from VND 400,000 to VND 1,200,000 depending on the seat type. Also, it takes about 20 hours to travel to the town by this means of transportation. There are 2 ways to purchase tickets: buying offline at the stations and booking via the website of Vietnam Railways

Da Nang Railway Station:

  • Address: 202 Hai Phong street, Tan Chinh Ward, Thanh Khe District, Da Nang
  • Tel: (+84) 236 3750 666

Hanoi Railway Station:

  • Address: 120 Le Duan street, Dong Da District, Hanoi
  • Tel: (+84) 24 3942 3697

Hue Railway Station

  • Address: 2 Bui Thi Xuan street, Duc ward, Hue
  • Tel: (+84) 234 3822 175

Ho Chi Minh city Railway Station

  • Address: 1 Nguyen Thong street, 9 ward, 3 District, Ho Chi Minh city
  • Tel: (+84) 28 3931 8952