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
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 AnSource: 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.
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
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
b. International Flights
2. Getting to Hoi An by train
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:
Hanoi Railway Station:
Hue Railway Station
Ho Chi Minh city Railway Station
Nha Trang Railway Station
3. Getting to Hoi An by shuttle bus
There are two cities provide shuttle bus services to Da Nang: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. It takes about 16 hours, so all buses include beds for guests to have a nap along the trip. The average price for a shuttle bus ticket to Da Nang is from VND 350,000 to VND 550,000.
a. Some shuttle bus firms from Hanoi
Vu Loc Company:
Hai Van Company:
Thanh Son Company
b. Some shuttle bus firms from Ho Chi Minh city
Hoang Long Company
Phuong Trang Company
Duong Thanh Company
IV. HOW TO GET AROUND HOI AN?
1. Getting around Hoi An on foot
As Hoi An is a small town which has narrow alleys so that walking is the most suitable way for you to get around this lovely ancient town. Additionally, you can leisurely explore the streets and take yourself into the rustic and peaceful life here.
2. Getting around Hoi An by bicycle
Another way for you to travel around the streets in Hoi An is by bike. Because the cars, taxis, motorbikes are prohibited several hours in a day in order to make sure about tourists’ safety, there are a lot of bike rental store along the street for tourists. It is also very affordable with a reasonable rental price of VND 30,000 per day. You can use a bike to get to the beach, or visit some quiet and unknown street corners.
Here are some bicycle rental stores with a reasonable price for you to choose:
3. Getting around Hoi An by cyclo
This is a very interesting and easy way to explore the city. With only VND 30,000 can you join a cyclo tour from the center of the town to the paddy rice fields, fishing village and Bamboo Bridge.
4. Gettting around Hoi An by mortobike
It is very easy to rent a motorbike with a very reasonable price, about VND 100,000 per day. However, this means of transportation is prohibited during the day in the ancient town, so you should travel by motorbike to some nearby places around Hoi An such as Cu Lao Cham, Hai Van pass, etc. Additionally, remember to get the driver licence before start the journey with a motorbike.
Hoi An Motorbike Adventures
Go Travel Vietnam
Thomas Vietnam Holidays
V. WHERE TO STAY IN HOI AN?
1. Homestays in Hoi An
a. Lemongrass Hoi An Homestay – A hospitable homestay
Located among rice fields, Lemongrass Homestay welcomes guests with a welcome drink and modern rooms in a quiet country setting. This homestay offers free bicycles and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
How to contact
Address: 163 Nguyen Trai Street, Hoi An
Tel: (+84) 235 3926 789 (reception)
Fax: (+84) 235 3916 359
Price: Around VND 500,000/night/room/2 adults
b. Flower Garden Homestay – Friendly homestay with attentive staff
Providing 30-minute drive from Da Nang International Airport, Flower Garden Homestay offers homely accommodation with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. It also serves breakfast, while Asian and European dishes can be prepared on request for lunch and dinner. Rooms here are filled with wooden furnishings, a 32-inch flat-screen cable TV, minibar and coffee / tea making facilities. Private bathrooms come with a shower, hairdryer and toiletries.
How to contact
Address: 135/1 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoi An
Tel: (+84) 235 3914 959; (+84) 938 989 020
Fax: (+84) 235 3914 959
Price: Around VND 400,000/night/room/2 adults
c. Jolie Villa Hoi An Homestay – Beautiful homestay with perfect view
Located in Hoi An, Jolie Homestay Villa offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Free bicycle and private parking are also available. Each room has a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar. There is also a seating area and a private bathroom with a shower and hairdryer. Towels and slippers are also provided.
How to contact
Address: 14 Luu Trong Lu, Hoi An
Tel: (+84) 934 847 788
Price: Around VND 300,000/room/night/2 adults
2. Hotel in Hoi An
a. Lasenta Boutique Hotel Hoi An – Gorgeous hotel with full services
Rooms are furnished with a TV, air conditioner and kettle. In addition, the room also comes with a private bathroom. Bathrobes and slippers are also provided for guests’ comfort. Also, guests can make come to the 24-hour front desk to arrange tours, ticket reservations and concierge services. The hotel also provides car rental services and free use of bicycles.
How to contact
Address: 57 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoi An
Tel: (+84) 235 3933 552
Price: VND 2,000,000 – 5,000,000/night/room/2 adults
b. Hoi An Historic Hotel – Favorite hotel with world-class facilities
Located in a spacious and green area in Hoi An city center, Hoi An Historic Hotel offers air-conditioned accommodation. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool or exercise Tai Chi in the morning. The hotel offers 3 dining options, a bar and free Wi-Fi in the business center.
How to contact
Address: 10 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoi An
Tel: (+84) 235 3861 445
Fax: (+84) 235 3861 636
Price: From VND 1,500,000/night/room/2 adults
c. EMM Hotel Hoi An – Helpful staff and modern facilities
Nestled in a private garden, EMM Hotel Hoi An features Vietnamese and French colonial architecture. The hotel offers 4-star accommodation in Hoi An. Colored markings are still characteristic of the hotel’s EMM brand, and the hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool all year round. Guests can dine in the restaurant or indulge in a drink at the bar.
How to contact
Address: 187 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Cam Pho, Hoi An, Quang Nam
Tel: (+84) 235 6269 999
Price: From VND 1,000,000/night/room/2 adults
d. Hoi An Lantern Hotel – A great experience for guests
Located in the heart of the city, Hoi An Lantern Hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Hoi An Ancient Town. The hotel has an outdoor pool and offers various spa treatments. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas.
How to contact
Address: 288 Nguyen Duy Hieu Street,Son Phong, Hoi An
Tel: (+84) 235 3914 345
Fax: (+84) 235 3914 054
Price: From VND 700,000/night/room/2 adults
3. Resort in Hoi An
a. Vinpearl Hoi An Resort & Villas – Modern resort with 5 star service
Vinpearl Hoi An Resort & Villas is a new 5 star resort in Hoi An city which offers elegant rooms and villas with air conditioning. The resort has 2 restaurants, a bar and a large outdoor pool. Guests can play a game of tennis at the resort, pamper themselves with a relaxing massage at the spa or work out in the gym. Wi-Fi is free in public areas. Also, resort rooms have seating area, wardrobe and TV. Some rooms have a private balcony. Private bathrooms come with a bathtub and toiletries.
How to contact
Address: Block 6, Phuoc Hai street, Cua Dai, Hoi An
Tel: (+84) 235 3753 333
Price: From VND 4,000,000/night/room/2 adults
b. La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa – Perfect accomodation for guests
Hoi An La Siesta Resort & Spa is 1.1 km from Guangzhou Assembly Hall and 700 meters from Hoi An Ancient Town. Da Nang International Airport is 30 km away from the resort. Free shuttle service to Old Town and An Bang Beach is provided. All air-conditioned rooms have a private balcony with pool views and are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels as well as a laptop. En suite rooms come with a bathtub, bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.
How to contact
Address: 132 Hung Vuong, Thanh Ha, Hoi An
Tel: (+84) 235 3915 915
Price: From VND 4,500,000/night/room/2 adults
c. Allamanda Estate Resort – Delicate and finest resort
Situated in Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province, Allamanda Estate is located on an area of 15,800 m² and features 2 outdoor pools and a spa center. Overlooking the fields of Dong Na and De Vong River, there are 2 on-site dining options and BBQ facilities. It offers free Wi-Fi in all areas and on-site public parking.
How to contact
Address: Dong Na Hamlet, Cam Ha Commune, Cam Ha, Hoi An
Tel: (+84) 235 3666 777
Price: From VND 3,200,000/night/room/2 adults
d. Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort – Stuitable resort for family
Having a 18-minute walk from the beach, Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor swimming pool open all year round, BBQ facilities as well as a children’s playground. All rooms at the resort are air-conditioned, seating area, safe and wardrobe. Rooms also include private bathrooms with bathtubs, showers, bidets, bathrobes, towels and hairdryers.
How to contact
VI. WHAT TO EAT IN HOI AN?
1. Cao Lau
It would be so regretful if you don’t try this dish when visiting Hoi An. Cao Lau is a combination of porks, local vegetables and a special kind of noodle. Additionally, what makes Cao Lau a special dish is that it can only be cooked using water in Ba Le Well, an ancient well in town.
Price: VND 25,000 – 30,000/dish
2. Banh Vac – White Rose
Banh Bao and Banh Vac are two similar types of steamed rice dumpling. They are made of white paper rice containing shrimp, garlic, green onion with Banh Vac or minced pork, mushroom and green onion with Banh Bao. These dumplings look like elegant white petals so that they have the name “White Roses”. The softness and slightly chewy texture as well as the perfect combination of the inside would make you want to have more.
Address: Hoa Hong Trang restaurant, 533 Hai Ba Trung street, Cam Pho Ward
Price: VND 20,000 – 15,000/dish
3. Quang (Nam) styled-noodles
You should not forget to try this noodles when traveling to Hoi An. Mi Quang might be sold in many places in Vietnam, such as Sai Gon, Da Nang, etc; however, Mi Quang in Hoi An has a significantly different and special flavor which you will never forget. It is a bowl of noodle, some slices of grilled pork, lettuce, peanut, boiled egg, basil and green onion.
The noodles here are different from other typical kinds of noodle as they have a thin, flat but chewy texture and they are always fresh. In addition, beside the softness and savory taste of the toppings, the pork broth give the dish a perfect balance. Believe me, this dish will surprise you.
Price: VND 25,000 – 30,000/dish
4. Hoi An Woton
This dish is originated from China, but people in Hoi An have changed some ingredients in order to suit the local people’s taste. The main ingredients of this dish are rice flour, shimps, egg, pork. There are various types of wotonn dishes: fried woton, woton soup, woton noodles.
Price: VND 20,000 – 40,000/dish
5. Chicken rice
Com ga in Hoi An is a really famous and beloved dish in Hoi An town. A dish of Com ga contains rice which has been cooked with chicken broth, chicken slices, herbs, onions. Enjoy cơm ga with a special sauce would give you a brand new taste.
Price: Around VND 30,000/dish
6. Smashing rice paper
This dish has a unique name because of the way to enjoy it – you have to smash the rice paper first and then dip it into the special sauce. Banh dap includes 2 pieces of rice paper – crispy and wet ones. The sauce is really special and has the flavor of rustic cusine here.
Address: Hoang Dieu street, Cam Nam village
Price: VND 8,000/dish
7. Minced clams
This is another famous rustic dish of Hoi An. Clams are fished from the river near Cam Nam village – Hoai river. To make this dish, clams are first boiled, cleaned and then fried with some ingredients such as chopped onions, some kinds of herb, chili and peanut. The softness of clam meat blends well with , which gives this dish a unique flavor.
Address: Hoang Dieu street, Cam Nam Village
Price: VND 20,000/dish
If the above dishes are not of your interest, you can check the list of 25 best restaurants and eateries in Hoi An, Vietnam
VII. THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN, VIETNAM
1. Buying clothes in Hoi An
Clothes in Hoi An are nice and cheap. They are also made very quickly. In just a few hours, the tailor will make the clothes you want. If you can not wait, just leave your measurements and address, and then the shop will send the product to you. Here are some famous garment shops:
2. Buying shoes in Hoi An
Like clothes, there are a lot of shoes shops in Hoi An. Specially, you can order your own shoes made by the skillful local shoemakers. Not only are shoes in Hoi An good and but it is also very affordable. With only VND 100,000 to VND 300,000 can you have a good pair off shoes. Additionally, some shoes shops provide you with custom-made shoes services, which means you can order a pair of shoes with your own favorite design. Here are some popular shoes shops we would like to recommend:
3. Joining in a cooking class
If you want to learn more about the life of the people of Hoi An, join this activity. Some restaurants in Hoi An offer cooking classes for tourists, from street food to luxurious dishes of Hoi An. Each half-day class costs about VND 675,000 per person for a 12 student class. Of course, the cost will be higher if you want to study alone. After school, you can also get cooking utensils and cookbooks for use. Moreover, It is interesting that you will be cycling to Tra Que village – a place not to be missed when going to Hoi An, to learn how to choose vegetables. You will be instructed to make vegetables salad like Hoi An people and so on.
4. Learning to make a lantern
You can find lanterns with different shapes and colors in everywhere in Hoi An. At night, the small town is brightened up by the vibrant light of the silk lanterns. Therefore, it would be a good chance for you to learn how to make your own silk lanterns. Some lantern stalls would give customs the lantern making service, and you will be instructed to make a complete latern for yourself.
5. Enjoying the beauty of Hoi An Beach
Like many other desinations in Central Vietnam, Hoi An is famous for a lot of beautiful and charming beaches in Vietnam. Let’s check our list of 5 most gorgeous beaches in Hoi An
6. Exploring the town by night
In the evening, Hoi An has a different and magnificent beauty with various kinds of acticity for tourists. When the sun goes down, all the streets are lit by the vibrant and colorful lanterns. After a long day of hard working, the locals people go down the street to relax and join in some nightlife activities here such as night market, live music venues, etc, which makes the riverside scenes look so bustling and busy. It would be a memorable experience for you in Hoi An. If you have a couple of days in Hoi An, let’s check and try our list of best 25 things to do in Hoi An, Vietnam
VIII. TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO HOI AN & CONTACTS
1. Tips for traveling to Hoi An
Hoi An hospital
Hoi An police
Hoi An post office
Hoi An is a famous tourist destination which cannot be missed when traveling to Vietnam. The above is the complete Hoi An travel guidebook we share with you. Wish that you will have an interesting and memorable trip in this ancient town.