Hoi AnVietnam

Hoi An Ancient Town showing night scenes, boating and a bay or harbour

4.5/5Top Destination

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.

Known for

Tour, Biking and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in Hoi An

Hoi An City Centre
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Hoi An City Centre

Biking, Tour, Culture

4.5/5 (87 Ratings)

Go on a shopping and cultural expedition to Hoi An's ancient old town and dine on local specialties in riverfront restaurants.

Top hotels in Hoi An

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An
5 out of 5
Au Co Road, Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Quang Nam
NZ$188
per night
8 Oct. - 9 Oct.
4.4/5Wonderful! (822 reviews)

"Beautiful property with wonderful landscaping. Hotel staff was out early preparing the property for the guest. The staff was friendly, smiling and consistently accommodating to the wishes of the guest. Will definitely return next year."…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep. 2019

Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An
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Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery
5 out of 5
39 Dao Duy Tu Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam
NZ$196
per night
24 Sep. - 25 Sep.
4.6/5Wonderful! (374 reviews)

"The service at this hotel was exemplary. Room service, housekeeping requests etc...the staff respond in record time!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2019

Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery
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Hoi An Historic Hotel
4 out of 5
10 Tran Hung Dao St., Hoi An, Quang Nam
NZ$94
per night
23 Sep. - 24 Sep.
4.4/5Excellent! (938 reviews)

"Staff are friendly and breakfast is delicious. The room is cleaner and smarter than other hotels of the same budget."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2019

Hoi An Historic Hotel

Popular activities in Hoi An

Hoi An Ancient Town
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Hoi An Ancient Town

4.5/5 (184 Ratings)

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.

Chua Cau
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Chua Cau

4/5 (29 Ratings)

One of Vietnam’s most famous bridges, this example of 17th-century architecture is a testament to how mankind will always invent and produce lasting history.

Quan Cong Temple
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Quan Cong Temple

4.5/5 (22 Ratings)

A dazzling display of reds, golds and greens, this beautiful temple was built in 1653 in honour of a Chinese military officer who fought during the Han Dynasty.

Cua Dai Beach
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Cua Dai Beach

4/5 (72 Ratings)

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 (103 Ratings)

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

Hoi An Market
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Hoi An Market

4.5/5 (153 Ratings)

Buy fresh local produce, sample traditional street food and hone your haggling skills when you visit this loud, lively and colorful riverside market.

Top activities in Hoi An

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

NZ$144

7:45 am: We will pick you up at the rendezvous from 7.45 to 8.00 PM, and then we go to Ba Na Hills – “Sa Pa of the Central”, at an altitude of 1,487 m above the sea level.

HOI AN Group Tour / Daily departure from Da Nang
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HOI AN Group Tour / Daily departure from Da Nang

NZ$94

3:30 pm: In the afternoon, we will pick you up at the rendezvous. We get the tour started and go to visit Marble Mountains. You will visit the Non Nuoc Village at the foot of Marble Mountains. The village is famous for stone sculptures and handicrafts.

Marble Mountains & Linh Ung Pagoda from Hoi An
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Marble Mountains & Linh Ung Pagoda from Hoi An

NZ$60

Discover the alluring beauty that lies in the countryside around Da Nang as you visit 2 of the area's most popular locations. From the stunning grottoes and shrines that lie in the Marble Mountains to the towering Lady Buddha statue at Lin Ung Pagoda, this tour shows off the unique history and scenery around you.

HUE CITY TOUR - Group Tour / Daily departure from Danang
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HUE CITY TOUR - Group Tour / Daily departure from Danang

NZ$118

“Discover the mysterious and valuably architectural by visit to the tombs of ancient Kings in Hue city. Learn the beauty of cultures here” ITINERARY 7:30 am: In the morning, you will be picked up at the rendezvous in Danang, then we start Hue city tour.

Underwater Walking Tour in Cham Islands
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Underwater Walking Tour in Cham Islands

NZ$99

Go swimming, snorkeling and underwater walking and discover Cham Island's amazing sea life. Savor a delicious seafood lunch. After pick-up, begin the short drive to Cua Dai Wharf, where you will board a traditional Vietnamese boat.

Sabirama Cooking Tour & Restaurant
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Sabirama Cooking Tour & Restaurant

NZ$71

This exceptional cooking tour is most certainly unlike any other cooking class you may have been on, or heard of. The journey will take you through the beautiful and scenic countryside of Hoi An to Cam Thanh village (around 4kms away from the town center).

Reviews of Hoi An

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
171
4 - Good
64
3 - Okay
3
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent

Christina

19 Sep. 2019

Loved our stay with our new family

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

14 Sep. 2019

Staff were very attentive. I had a birthday while there. Staff were obviously made aware of this as I was wished a happy birthday at breakfast, presented with a small cake, sang & later flowers were delivered to the room. Great pool & bar too.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

13 Sep. 2019

Busy place, but was great to see. Will definitely go back. Had some amazing food, for extremely reasonable prices.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

12 Sep. 2019

We loved Hoi An. Food was incredible, excellent atmosphere and everyone was so friendly and kind hearted. We will be back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

11 Sep. 2019

One of these most beautiful places to visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

4 Sep. 2019

We went to Hoi An in August during the lantern festival. At night everything is so colourful and a trip to the night market in Hoi An is a must do while you are there. The coloured lanterns in the streets and river are amazing.

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