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

Hoi An City Centre

Known for Biking, Tour, Culture

4.5/5(98 reviews)

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
Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery
Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery
5 out of 5
39 Dao Duy Tu Street, Hoi An, Quang Nam
NZ$161
per night
10 Dec. - 11 Dec.

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 Chua Cau. Tan Ky House and Hoi An ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (401 reviews)

"Hotel is approx. 5-mins walk away from the Old Town. Good location. All of the hotel staff service and attitude were exceptional. They are always ready to help the guest if required. Will like to commend one of their staff, Li, she gone the extra mile by contacting the local travel agency and assisted ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019

Hotel Royal Hoi An - MGallery
Hoi An Silk Marina Resort & Spa
Hoi An Silk Marina Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
74 August 18th Street,Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An
NZ$135
per night
3 Dec. - 4 Dec.

This family-friendly Hoi An resort is located on the riverwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Riverside Hoi An and Hoi An Night Market. Hoi An Ancient Town and Chua ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (946 reviews)

"Beautiful pool and very helpful staff. The room we were in was one of the best we’ve ever stayed in! Wouldn’t hesitate to return. Private laundry available across the street and is a very quick walk to excellent restaurants and bars and beautiful scenery!"…"

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2019

Hoi An Silk Marina Resort & Spa
Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An
Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An
5 out of 5
Au Co Road, Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Quang Nam
NZ$144
per night
3 Dec. - 4 Dec.

Offering direct access to the beach, this Cửa Đại resort is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Cua Dai Beach and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from An Bang Beach. Ba Le Market and Cam Thanh ...

4.4/5Excellent! (849 reviews)

"Very relaxed and easy access by either shuttle or taxi to Hoi An."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2019

Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An

Popular activities in Hoi An

Hoi An Ancient Town
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Hoi An Ancient Town

4.5/5(211 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.

Chua Cau
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Chua Cau

4/5(33 reviews)

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(25 reviews)

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(87 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(116 reviews)

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(170 reviews)

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$129

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$95

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.

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).

MY SON SANCTUARY DAY TOUR FROM DA NANG BY PRIVATE CAR
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MY SON SANCTUARY DAY TOUR FROM DA NANG BY PRIVATE CAR

NZ$33

The best way to visit My Son is order a private car with a driver to take you there. This is the reasons: • You can decide the time to start. • Our driver will pick you up on time at your hotel. • You will be transferred by high quality and private car.

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