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Hoi An

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5 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
45 minutes from Đà Nẵng by bus
When to go
From February to June and August to September
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Hoi An

Claire Guerin Travel writer
38 travel articles

The historic town of Hoi An will charm you with its architecture, its river, and its pedestrian streets that are decorated with lanterns. Though beset by tourists, Hoi An remains an unmissable part of any visit to Vietnam.

My suggestion:
The "pass card" that allows you to visit five tourist sites isn't essential but it is still worth a look. Don't hesitate to escape by bike and explore the area around Hoi An - it's worth the effort. 
Summary:

In the evenings, I found the town of Hoi An very romantic with an unarguable charm of its own. The fact that all the buildings have wooden fronts makes this an extremely pretty town to look at. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are countless tourist shops in every street and you'll be harangued constantly, but that doesn't take anything away from the pleasure of wandering around, enjoying the beauty of the historic town centre and the riverbank.

I liked the famous Japanese Bridge: it's so romantic, and the engaged couples who take their photos in front of it are just adorable! The five-visit pass meant that I could go into temples and houses, which are small yet traditional, and the Vietnamese people are extremely welcoming. I was curious to go and see a folk music concert and I wasn't disappointed. 

The hostel where I was staying lent us some bikes and we went to explore the area around Hoi An, following the river as far as Cua Dai Beach. The narrow streets, the houses, and the cultures that we crossed through made it all worthwhile and enabled us to get off the beaten track and away from the tourist trail! Small tables are placed on Cua Dai Beach in the evenings, lit with candles, and it's a great place to enjoy a drink and a light refreshment. 

Simon Hoffmann Travel writer
193 travel articles

Hội An is a city lying on the banks of the Thu Bồn River in central Vietnam. Its historic old town area is famous for its unique architecture.

My suggestion:
If you rise early, don't worry: you can always pay a visit to the market near the bridge. You'll find piles of vegetables, fruit and fish of every colour there, making for some beautiful photos.
Summary:

Though it receives large numbers of visitors and is very popular with tourists, the ancient town of Hội An is still a truly wonderful place and represents one of the best memories I have of Vietnam. The historic centre of the city is made up of old, architecturally traditional houses separated by little streets which lead to the banks of the Thu Bồn River. The city is inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage and is therefore visited by large numbers of tourists. Nevertheless, it still retains a great deal of charm.

In the evening, small stalls selling all kinds of local dishes get set out on the promenade along the river. In the little streets they light paper lanterns to illuminate the way for pedestrians (for whom the old town is exclusively reserved), thus creating a magical atmosphere. For me, this is one of the essential places to visit when in Vietnam.

Marine Faure Travel writer
48 travel articles

Hoi An is a town in northern Vietnam that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

My suggestion:
Take the time to wander around the town centre at night to see the town lit up by hundreds of lanterns in a fairytale atmosphere.
Summary:

After I had visited the major cities, my stay in Hoi An did me a power of good: I had the impression of going back in time as I walked around this charming, restful town, which is ideal for a family holiday!

The town centre is made up of old buildings that are coloured yellow, orange, and pink, giving the town an almost magical appearance, even before you notice the little lanterns that hang in the streets in front of the shops and houses. I also loved walking along the river and enjoying the local food while virtually standing in the water! The Japanese Bridge is also really nice.
In Hoi An, I visited a number of craft workshops that make umbrellas, lanterns, and silver goods. The town is also a popular destination if you're looking for made-to-measure clothes at very low prices.

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