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Hoi AnVietnam

Hoi An gives visitors a real glimpse of traditional Vietnamese life through its historic streets and ancient port.

Located 900 kilometres south of Hanoi, Hoi An is considerably less westernised than the rest of Vietnam and is a great spot to visit if you’re looking to delve a little deeper into the country’s history.

Top of the “must-see” list is Hoi An Ancient Town. This ancient trading port has origins dating back in the 15th Century. Its atmosphere is vibrant and captivating with a plethora of narrow alleyways lined with rickety buildings. Fish traders have been coming here for centuries and can still be seen working from their boats on the dock. The Japanese Bridge in the Ancient Town is a reminder of the city’s multicultural history and pays homage to the skilled craftspeople who once lived here.

This multicultural legacy continues with the Chinese Quan Cong Temple, an elaborate shrine dedicated to a great military general. Inside you’ll find gilt statues and incandescent tiles accompanied by the familiar heady scent of burning incense.

Hoi An is probably best explored on foot or hiring a bike is another good option. Bikes are cheap to rent, and worth it if you’re considering a daytrip out to the surrounding countryside or the coast. If you choose to stay in the city, head down to the ancient docks and onto the Central Market, which has all the atmosphere of a traditional Vietnamese market.

For a welcome distraction from the city, go to Cua Dai Beach, a beautiful stretch of palm-fringed golden sand leading onto the ocean. Here, there are plenty of good restaurants and eateries. From Cua Dai Beach you can also catch a boat to the protected marine life and forests of the nearby Cham Islands.

Hoi An has a tropical climate and feels pretty hot all year round. Bear in mind that the monsoon sweeps through the area between September and January, with a lot of rainfall particularly during October and November.

Where to stay in Hoi An

Hoi An City Centre which includes markets, cycling and street scenes

Hoi An City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(115 area reviews)

Hoi An City Centre

Top hotels in Hoi An

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery
Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery
5 out of 5
39 Dao Duy Tu Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam
NZ$236
per night
1 May - 2 May

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. Hoi An Market ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (451 reviews)

"This hotel was amazing. The room was really clean and well designed with a fantastic lookout to the river. The rooftop pool / bar had a really great view of the city as well and you're within walking distance to the night market, shops / restaurants etc... Highly recommend this hotel for folks who ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020

Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery
Riverside White House Villa
Riverside White House Villa
3 out of 5
99 Phan Boi Chau, Hoi An
NZ$58
per night
4 May - 5 May

Located in the heart of Hoi An, this villa is steps away from Tran Duong House, Hoi An Ancient Town and Riverside Hoi An. Hoi An Market and Hoi An Night Market ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (351 reviews)

"Excellent place. We have been coming to Hoi An for many years. This was not our first stay at Riverside White House Villa and will not be our last! We stayed 2 nights and we would have happily stayed longer. Lounging by the hotel riverside after breakfast before wandering the ancient town was marvelous ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar. 2020

Riverside White House Villa
La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa
La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
134 Hung Vuong, Thanh Ha, Hoi An
NZ$137
per night
4 May - 5 May

Situated in Hoi An, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Riverside Hoi An and Hoi An Ancient Town. Hoi An Night Market and Hoi An Market are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (592 reviews)

"Exceptional genuine customer service. Clean comfortable rooms. Very good breakfast and food overall"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2020

La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa

Popular activities in Hoi An

Hoi An Ancient Town
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Hoi An Ancient Town

4.5/5(236 reviews)

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.

Cua Dai Beach
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Cua Dai Beach

4/5(96 reviews)

Hoi An’s local beach is the place to head when the heat gets too much. From here, take a day trip to the nearby Cham Islands.

Riverside Hoi An
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Riverside Hoi An

4.5/5(127 reviews)

Drink in the enchanting atmosphere of this waterfront district, which is famous for its centuries-old landmarks, markets and lantern festival. 

Top activities in Hoi An

BANA HILLS – THE ROAD TO HEAVEN SCENERY
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BANA HILLS – THE ROAD TO HEAVEN SCENERY

80% of travellers recommend
NZ$145
Per adult
HUE CITY TOUR - Group Tour Daily Departure
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HUE CITY TOUR - Group Tour Daily Departure

NZ$123
Per adult
HOI AN Group Tour / Daily departure from Da Nang
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HOI AN Group Tour / Daily departure from Da Nang

80% of travellers recommend
NZ$94
Per adult
Marble Mountains & Linh Ung Pagoda from Hoi An
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Marble Mountains & Linh Ung Pagoda from Hoi An

98% of travellers recommend
NZ$60
Per adult
Sabirama Cooking Tour & Restaurant
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Sabirama Cooking Tour & Restaurant

98% of travellers recommend
NZ$68
Per adult
My Son sunrise tour
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My Son sunrise tour

NZ$206
Per adult

Reviews of Hoi An

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
229
5 - Excellent 71.11801242236025%
4 - Good
85
4 - Good 26.39751552795031%
3 - Okay
7
3 - Okay 2.1739130434782608%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.3105590062111801%

5/5 - Excellent

Paul&Anne

12 Mar. 2020

Loved it, it is a must see and visit destination, the old Quarter is stunning and has many great inexpensive restaurants and shopping areas. We rated Hoi An as the best thing alongside Halong Bay in Vietnam.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Feb. 2020

Beautiful place to go

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Feb. 2020

Hoi An was a very lovely place with friendly people. We would highly recommend to go as there is a lot of things to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Amariah

12 Feb. 2020

Lovely relaxing place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Jan. 2020

Busy but not crazy . Great markets and handmade clothes, crafts and arts. Cheap food and transport. Friendly welcoming people. Get plenty of change to give tips and its a great time.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Jan. 2020

Hoi An is a beautiful location but does get busy with tourists - especially the night market.

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