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Hoi An Ancient Town

A vibrant mix of wooden pagodas and busy tailors. The ancient town is a perfectly preserved part of ancient Hoi An with an eclectic mix of cultures and eras.

The Ancient Town is a real highlight of a visit to Hoi An. A major trading port until the 18th Century, the area hasn’t undergone the extensive development and westernisation that can be seen throughout much of the city. Miraculously, the port also managed to escape any significant damage during the war, meaning the area offers a true glimpse into the Hoi An of the past. Although no longer a major centre for trade, the Ancient Town is still a fully-functioning port, and continues to provide an important source of income for the city.

Many of the buildings in the Ancient Town are constructed in wood, with interesting architecture symbolising the area’s diverse and multicultural history. Colonial houses rub shoulders with Chinese temples, and the intricate wooden pagoda of the Japanese Bridge is a reminder of the area’s diverse history.

Set your alarm early and spend the morning on the banks of the Thu Bon River, where traders have been coming for centuries to buy and sell fish. In the afternoon, head to the atmospheric Hoi An Central Market, where you can pick up local fabrics, handicrafts and clothes. Hoi An has become famous for its abundance of tailors, who can design and make quality bespoke clothing at a reasonable price. Get measured on your first day in Hoi An, and your new clothes will ready and waiting for you to collect before you leave!

Alongside its sumptuous silks and fabrics, the city is also renowned for its ceramics. The Museum of Trade Ceramics takes you on a journey through the industry’s history, while the Museum of Sa Huynh Culture features over 400 different ceramic objects and artworks.

A great time to visit the Ancient Town is during the Hoi An Legendary Night. On the 14th day of each lunar month, two and four-wheel vehicles are banned from the roads, electricity is switched off and the neighbourhood comes alive with traditional music, dancing and shows, all lit by rows of jewel-coloured silk lanterns.


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Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery
Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery

Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery

39 Dao Duy Tu Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Hoi An, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riverside Hoi An, Hoi An Ancient Town, and Hoi An Night Market. Chua Cau and Hoi An Market are also within 15 minutes.

    Anantara Hoi An Resort NZ$206
    Anantara Hoi An Resort

    Anantara Hoi An Resort

    1 Pham Hong Thai Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Hoi An, this luxury resort is steps away from Riverside Hoi An and Hoi An Ancient Town. Hoi An Market and Hoi An Night Market are also within 15 minutes.

      ÊMM Hotel Hoi An NZ$52
      ÊMM Hotel Hoi An

      ÊMM Hotel Hoi An

      187 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Hoi An City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hoi An Ancient Town and Riverside Hoi An. Hoi An Night Market and Hoi An Market are also within 15 minutes.

        Gem Riverside Hotel Hoi An NZ$57
        Gem Riverside Hotel Hoi An

        Gem Riverside Hotel Hoi An

        14, Luong Nhu Bich Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Hoi An hotel is located on the riverwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Memory of Hoi An and Hoi An Ancient Town. Hoi An Night Market and Hoi An Market are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Ann Retreat Resort & Spa NZ$74
          Ann Retreat Resort & Spa

          Ann Retreat Resort & Spa

          47 Thoai Ngoc Hau Street, Cam Pho ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Hoi An, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Song Hoai Square, Hoi An Night Market and Hoi An Ancient Town. Phung Hung Old House and Chua Cau are also within 10 minutes.

            Vinh Hung Heritage Hotel
            Vinh Hung Heritage Hotel

            Vinh Hung Heritage Hotel

            143 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cam Pho, this hotel is steps away from Sa Huynh Culture Museum, Hoi An Ancient Town and Hoi An Night Market. Riverside Hoi An and Chua Cau are also within 5 minutes.

              Pho Hoi 1 Hotel NZ$34
              Pho Hoi 1 Hotel

              Pho Hoi 1 Hotel

              7/2 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An
                 
                1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Minh An, this hotel is steps away from Quan Cong Temple, Hoi An Ancient Town and Riverside Hoi An. Hoi An Night Market and Hoi An Market are also within 10 minutes.

                A Tran Boutique Hotel- Unique Boutique Hotel run by Local !
                A Tran Boutique Hotel- Unique Boutique Hotel run by Local !

                A Tran Boutique Hotel- Unique Boutique Hotel run by Local !

                10 Luu Qúy K?, Hoi An, Quang Nam (province)
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Minh An, this historic hotel is steps away from Tan Ky House and Riverside Hoi An. Hoi An Night Market and Hoi An Ancient Town are also within 10 minutes.