Hoi An


Hoi An Ancient Town is an old town located downstream of the Thu Bon River, coastal plain of Quang Nam province, Vietnam, about 30 km south of Da Nang city.

Hoi An is a city in Quang Nam province with many old quarters built in the 16th century, and still exist almost intact to this day. Hoi An Ancient Town has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. This is a place that attracts a lot of tourists.

How to travel from Hanoi to Hoi An

There are a lot of ways to travel from Hanoi to Hoi An. The most convenient way is traveling by plane. For those who wish to experience other kinds of transportation or explore the different routes to Hoi An, you can travel by train, coach or rent a bike and travel by yourself.

  • By plane: This is the fastest way to get to Hoi An. From Hanoi, you can buy airline tickets to Da Nang and then continue your journey to Hoi An by bus or taxi. It will take you only 1 hour with the fare ranging from 400,000 to 1,600,000 VND ($16 – $64).
  • By train: Your train trip will stop at Da Nang Station or Tra Kieu Station, with the total travel time being around 15 – 20 hours. The ticket price is usually from 230,000 to 2,224,000 VND ($9 – $89), depending on the itinerary and the seat class.
  • By coach: You can get to Hoi An by taking coaches that go from Hanoi to Hoi An. Each trip will cost you about 320,000 – 480,000 VND ($13 – $19).
  • For those with an adventurous spirit, traveling by motorbikes is a great option. you can rent a motorbike and travel by yourself to Hoi An. Motorbike rental ranges from 4 – 6 USD/day.

For more information, visit: https://www.geckoroutes.com/vietnam/hanoi-to-hoi-an/

Means of transportation in Hoi An

Bicycle: This is the best means for you to get around and feel the peaceful life in the ancient town. Some hotels in Hoi An offer free bicycles for those who stay there, or you can rent a bicycle for the fee of about 1.6 USD/day.

Motorbikes: motorbike is the most popular way to travel in Viet Nam. Motorbike rental price ranges from 4 – 6 USD/day.

Taxis: In Hoi An, you can easily call a taxi. Taxi fare is about 0.5 – 0.7 USD/km.

Rickshaws: Rickshaw is a typical vehicle in Hoi An Ancient Town. You should take a rickshaw on Phan Chau Trinh Street or Tran Phu Street to get the best price, which is normally about 6 USD/trip/hour.

Where to visit in Hoi An?

Hoi An walking street

Hoi An walking street

Hoi An Walking Street captivates people with its peaceful atmosphere, ancient space and cultural and historical values. Not only that, but this place also attracts tourists, especially young people for it’s beautiful virtual living corners such as the magical shimmering lantern street or the famous golden alley that often appears on social networking sites.

Leisurely walking on the pedestrian street of Hoi An, visitors seem to be lost in another world, completely different from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Perhaps because of this, Hoi An is always an ideal destination. This is the place where visitors can gently relax their souls and listen to each slow breath of life.

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Location: Cam Pho ward, center of Hoi An city.

Opening hours:

  • 15:00 – 21:30: All vehicles, motorbikes and cars are not allowed to operate on Tran Phu, Nguyen Hue, Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa streets and the route on Hoai river bank.
  • 11:00 – 13:30 and 16:30 – 19:30: Prohibit all cars from traveling on Hai Ba Trung, Ba Trieu, Ly Thuong Kiet, Ngo Gia Tu and Thai Phien routes.
  • 13:30 – 16:00: Different types of vehicles can pick up and drop off passengers in the old town but are not allowed to park. Instead, visitors can park their car at the night market or go to Hoi An square.
  • Phan Chau Trinh Street: Vehicles are prohibited from entering the street from 9:00 to 11:00 and from 18:00 to 21:30.

For more information, visit: https://vinpearl.com/en/hoi-an-ancient-town-time-travel-to-the-traditional-land-of-vietnam

 Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall

Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall

Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall: Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Hoi An. The Assembly Hall was built by the Phuoc Kien people who have lived in Hoi An for a long time. Because the location is right in the center of the old town, it is very convenient for tourists to visit the Assembly Hall and nearby places.

Related information:

Location: No. 46 Tran Phu, Hoi An City, Quang Nam

Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:00 daily

Ticket price : 150,000 VND

For more information, visit: https://vinpearl.com/en/fujian-assembly-hall-in-hoi-an-the-ancient-grace-of-300-year-old-architecture

Phung Hung Ancient House

Phung Hung Ancient House

Phung Hung ancient house is located in Hoi An, and is over 240 years old. Not only a unique tourist destination, Phung Hung ancient house is also a witness to history, a national relic recognized by the government.

Related information:

Address: No. 4, Nguyen Minh Khai Street, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam

For more information, visit: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/a-visit-to-phung-hung-ancient-house-717687.html

Japanese Bridge

Japanese Bridge

Japanese Bridge Hoi An is considered a symbol of the ancient town and a testament to the diverse cultural interference of Hoi An. Inside the temple, people worship Bac De Tran Vo, who is believed to be protecting the land and bringing good fortune to the locals. What makes this bridge special is that it is printed on the 20,000 VND polymer banknote.

Related information:

Address: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Minh Khai Ward, Hoi An Ancient Town

For more information, visit: https://vinpearl.com/en/japanese-bridge-hoi-an-a-cultural-symbol-of-the-ancient-town

Sa Huynh Culture Museum

Sa Huynh Culture Museum

Sa Huynh Culture Museum is a place to store artifacts with a history of more than 2000 years. This place is considered by scientists as one of the richest and most unique museums in Vietnam.

Related information:

Address: No. 149 Tran Phu Street, Minh An Ward, City. Hoi An

Opening hours: From 7:00 – 21:00 (All weekdays)

For more information, visit: https://vietnamdiscovery.com/hoi-an/attractions/museum-of-sa-huynh-culture/

Hoi An Market

Hoi An market is a familiar destination for many tourists when coming to Quang Nam. At this market, you will be immersed in the bustling shopping space and get attracted to many dishes with the unique regional taste.

Related information:


  • Nguyen Hoang night market for souvenirs and handicraft: Nguyen Hoang Street, Hoi An City
  • Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa Food Night Market: Cong Nu Ngoc Hoa Street, Hoi An City

For more information, visit: https://vietnamdiscovery.com/hoi-an/top-lists/best-markets-in-hoi-an/

My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary is one of the tourist destinations in Hoi An you must definitely visit. This place owns a system of ancient Cham Pa temples with a long history lying inside a valley with a diameter of 2km. The entire site used to be an important area for the ritual sacrifices of the Champa royal family during their reign.

Related information:

Address: Duy Phu, Duy Xuyen, Quang Nam.

Entrance ticket price: Foreigners: 150,000 VND; Vietnamese: 100,000 VND.

Opening time: 6:30 – 17:30 from Monday – Sunday.

For more information, visit: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/949/

Cu Lao Cham

Cu Lao Cham

Cu Lao Cham is an archipelago consisting of 1 main island and 8 surrounding small islands, with a total area of about 15km. Possessing pristine beauty and diverse flora and fauna, Cu Lao Cham is recognized by UNESCO as one of the world’s leading biosphere reserves and should be operated safely.

Related information:

Address: Hoi An city, Quang Nam province

For more information, visit: https://vietnamdiscovery.com/hoi-an/attractions/cu-lao-cham-island/

And many more places tourists can visit in Hoi An such as: Quang Dong Assembly Hall, Trieu Chau Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Ancient House, VinWonders Nam Hoi An, Tra Que Vegetable Village , etc.

Foods and drinks

Cao Lầu (Pork Rice Noodle)

Cao Lầu (Pork Rice Noodle)

Cao Lau is a noodle dish that is unique to Hoi An. On the menu, Cao Lau sounds like a typical Vietnamese dish – marinated roast pork slices and fresh green vegetables, over rice noodles.

Where to eat Cao Lau in Hoi An

  • Morning Glory Restaurant
  • Ong Hai Restaurant

Bánh Bao Bánh Vạc (White Rose Dumpling)

Bánh Bao Bánh Vạc (White Rose Dumpling)

Banh Bao Banh Vac aka the White Rose Dumpling is yet another dish that is uniquely Hoi An. It is a simple steamed dumplings with translucent white skin made from rice flour, filled with minced shrimp and pork and served topped with deep fried shallots. Like Cao Lau, it is said the water used to make the skin on White Rose dumpling must be drawn from Ba Le well.

Where to eat White Rose Dumpling in Hoi An:

  • White Rose Restaurant
  • Morning Glory Restaurant

And many other local dishes that tourist must try when visit Hoi An such as: Bánh Mì Thập Cẩm (Vietnamese Baguette Sandwich), Cơm Gà Hoi An (Hoi An Chicken Rice), Mì Quảng (Quang Seafood Noodle), Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Pancake), Bún Thịt Nướng (Grilled Pork over Vermicelli), etc.

In short, Hoi An’s architecture is harmoniously mixed with Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese designs. It is a mass of many pagodas, temples, and ancient houses that carries its unique mark.

Besides its architecture, Hoi An is also famous for street food such as cao lau, banh xeo, my quang, etc. that are sold on the street or in small corners around the beautiful town. With its diverse gastronomy, Hoi An is one of the 25 most appealing destinations for tourists in the world. As being the main port of the silk route, the ancient town is renowned silk and tailor.

When traveling to Hoi An, you will have a chance to see more than 400 cloth and tailor shops. With many unique things, Hoi An will be an ideal destination for tourists to discover in the central part of an S-shaped country.

For more information and to book a tour, visit: https://www.bestpricetravel.com/travel-guide/hoi-an.html

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