Hoi An ancient town is located on the north bank of the lower Thu Bon River, more than 30km from Da Nang city and 122km from Hue. Hoi An is famous for its golden antique houses, the river is lit with shimmering lanterns at night and delicious food at the most affordable prices.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Hoi An
Hoi An’s climate is a mixture between the North and the South, with distinct rainy and dry seasons. Each season in the Old Town has its own beauty.
The first three months of the year are the ideal time to visit Hoi An because this time the weather is cool, not too sunny and sometimes drizzly.
From April to June is the harsh hot season, but because Hoi An is located in the south of the Truong Son range, the climate is quite pleasant. This is also the peak tourist season of the old town.
July is still the dry season. August and September are the changing seasons. It was still sunny but it started to rain sporadically and at night it got colder.
From October to December is the rainy season in Hoi An, it is less sunny, sometimes with heavy rain and floods. Visitors should note to prepare appropriate clothing when coming here in the cold season to avoid health problems.
How to get to Hoi An Ancient Town?
Depending on your needs, preferences as well as economic conditions, you can use vehicles such as bus, train or plane to move to Hoi An.
Moving to Hoi An
Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Airlines, Bamboo Airways, etc. all operate routes to Da Nang. The average round-trip ticket price per person from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang is about 1.5 million VND. We recommend purchasing tickets early for the best prices and convenient departure times.
When you arrive at Da Nang airport, you can take a bus, a taxi, etc. to go to the center of Hoi An. Those who want to travel freely can rent a motorbike in Da Nang for from 120 to 180,000 VND/day depending on the type of vehicle you choose.
If you prefer to take the bus, you can take route 01 Da Nang – Hoi An, which runs daily from 5:30 am to 5:50 pm for 20,000 VND/person.
If you go in a group of 3 or more people and want to get to Hoi An quickly from the airport, you can choose to rent a taxi/grab for about 300,000 VND/way.
Moving In Hoi An
To visit Hoi An, you can rent a bicycle or motorbike from your hotel or homestay. Bicycle rental is about 30,000 VND a day, motorbike 120,000 VND.
Hotels, Homestays in Hoi An
Hoi An has its own beauty in four seasons, but summer is still the time with the busiest tourist activities. So if you are traveling this season, find a place to stay as soon as possible to book an affordable room, especially on weekends.
Hoi An has many hotels and resorts in beautiful locations such as Cam Chau ward, An Bang beach, Cua Dai …. The price of 4-5 star hotels and resorts here is about 2,500,000 VND or more for a double room night.
The homestays in Hoi An are also developing rapidly to serve all types of customers: family, small group or individual….
Homstay is also very professionally invested, has a unique architecture, beautiful garden furniture, large and airy rooms and has all the facilities that tourists need.
The price of homestays in Hoi An is very cheap and does not fluctuate much even in the high season, starting from 200,000 VND / person / night.
Some homestays are highly rated by the public such as Maison de Tau, Under The Coconut Tree, An Bang Beach Hideaway, Heron House and Le Bleu.
✔ The best Hoi An tours:
Things to do in Hoi An Ancient Town
Sipping tea and coffee watching the ancient town of Hoi An is an interesting and fascinating experience. Each teahouse and cafe in the Old Quarter has its own charm.
There are many shops located deep inside the old houses built hundreds of years ago. The rooftop of the shops is a place where you can enjoy a drink while looking at the bustling old town…
Those who want to see Hoi An from above can go to Faifo Café on the 3rd floor of a house on Tran Phu street. If you want to find a quieter place, you can visit Reaching Out tea shop or enjoy delicious ice cream at Hoi An Roastery…
Old Town Sightseeing
Hoi An ancient town with street corners, rows of houses painted in saffron color are all interesting stops to take pictures and learn about local culture…that you can hardly ignore.
With only a ticket price of 60,000 VND/person, you can visit the most famous monuments in the old town such as Chua Cau, Phuc Kien ancient house, Trieu Chau, Duc An, Phung Hung … In addition, the ticket price includes street art activities, folk games, night markets…
Activities serving tourists on Hoai River are also very busy from 6pm to 10pm. To see the two sides of the old town on the river, you just need to rent a boat for 200,000 VND and buy flower lanterns for 10,000 VND / unit to pray for everything to be peaceful and lucky (according to the concept of Buddhism).
At night, you can walk to see every street corner shimmering with lights, listen to live music in bars, drink coffee and watch famous performances such as AO Show, Hoi An Memories…
Beaches in Hoi An
An Bang Beach
An Bang beach was once voted by CNN as one of the 50 most beautiful beaches in the world with fine white sand, clear blue sea, few people…so you will have a lot of quiet space to relax.
Ha My Beach
Ha My beach is located 7km from the center of Hoi An, about 6km from the Marble Mountains, once voted as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Asia in 2017 by the British Telegraph.
Ha My beach is not too prominent but has a quiet look and has a charm of its own. It’s quite far from the old town center, but here there are many beautiful hotels, resorts and homestays for you to choose from.
Cua Dai Beach
As one of the famous tourist destinations in Hoi An with fine white sand, clear blue sea and small waves. Was listed by TripAdvisor in the top 25 best beaches in Asia in 2013.
Visitors can spend hours lying on the sand and basking in the sun, listening to the waves, fishing near the shore, participating in water sports…
Cu Lao Cham
There are two ways to get to Cu Lao Cham from Hoi An: canoes and wooden boats. Canoes usually depart from Cua Dai port to Cu Lao Cham with a period of 20 minutes, the fare is from 400,000 to 500,000 VND/person.
Wooden boats go from Bach Dang wharf for 50,000 – 80,000 VND/person, but the time to Cu Lao Cham is longer, about 2 hours. If you bring a bicycle, you will be charged an additional 30,000 VND/bike.
In Cu Lao Cham, accommodation is mainly homestay, motel or tent rental, with an average of 100,000-150,000 VND per room for 1-2 people. Tent rental fee is 100,000 VND per night. The motels and homestays here not only provide accommodation services but also tourist services on Cu Lao Cham, including dining, car rental, boats to visit the islands, diving to see coral reefs, fishing. fish, ….
Attractions you should not miss, including Tan Hiep Market, Cu Lao Museum, Cham ancient well, Hai Tang Pagoda, Chong beach…
- Maybe you are interested: Cham Island Snorkeling Tour
Craft Village In Hoi An
Tra Que Vegetable Village
Tra Que vegetable village in Cam Ha commune, 3km from Hoi An center is famous for clean vegetables and spices grown on fertile soil.
Here you can experience the life of a real farmer such as plowing the land, growing and harvesting vegetables.
Then, enjoy Hoi An specialties made from freshly harvested vegetables and spices such as mixed mussels, Quang noodles, Cao Lau,…
Thanh Ha Pottery Village
Dating from the end of the 15th century, Thanh Ha pottery village is located near the Thu Bon river, about 3 km west of Hoi An ancient town, famous for its products of pots, bricks, and unique souvenirs made from bamboo. terracotta.
Here you can learn about the craft and hand-carve your ceramic products.
Kim Bong carpentry village
Kim Bong Carpentry Village has a history of more than 600 years and is famous for producing unique and sophisticated wooden furniture from houses and boats to works of art, decorations, souvenirs..
Phuoc Kieu bronze casting village
Phuoc Kieu bronze casting village has a history of development more than 400 years, attracting tourists thanks to products made from very sophisticated and unique copper.
Cam Phu tourist village
Cam Phu tourist village is the cradle that preserves many unique cultural traditions such as wood carving, silkworm rearing, silk weaving. weaving, carpentry, watching people perform fishing on the river…
About 3km from the center of Hoi An ancient town, Bay Mau coconut forest is more than 10 hectares wide, becoming one of the attractions attracting a large number of tourists.
The basket boat service to visit the coconut forest is an experience that should not be missed when traveling to Hoi An, each boat can only carry a maximum of two people.
To visit the coconut forest, you have to rent a basket boat for 200,000 VND/person, then weave through the small canals to see the green coconut forest for about 1 hour.
In addition to sailing, you can watch a boat show, learn how to make toys from coconut leaves such as flowers, grasshoppers, … and enjoy local specialties.
Delicious Food In Hoi An
Coming to Hoi An, you can find that the restaurants are always busy from early morning until late at night.
The price is also very cheap for you to choose such as:
- Street food: 10000 – 20000/bowl
- Bread: 15 – 25000 VND/loaf
- Quang noodles: 25,000 VND/bowl
Famous eateries and restaurants you should visit and enjoy such as
- Ba Buoi chicken rice
- Phuong bread
- Ba Le well pancakes
- Cao Lau noodles Thanh
Hoi An street food is also countless such as cakes, baked goods, various kinds of massage, pomegranate seed tea….
What To Buyn As Gift?
Lanterns are a gift associated with Hoi An. You should buy in stores that both produce and sell to have a wide choice of sizes, materials, and styles of lanterns.
Bronze statues are sold throughout the old town with prices ranging from 130,000 VND – 400,000 VND / product depending on the size. The works are all products of the famous Phuoc Kieu bronze casting village as mentioned above.
The toy figurine
The toy figurine is a favorite souvenir in Hoi An with a variety of designs, especially with very cheap prices, from 5000 – 10000 VND/product.
Hoi An Silk Fabric with soft, light and airy advantages. In addition to ready-made clothes, bags, and towels, you can request a custom design to your liking. A silk scarf costs about 150,000 VND on average.