Hoi An


The historic coastal riverside town of Hoi An has been known to travellers for over 300 years, when it was a major port of call for merchants from Japan, China and even Arabia. These traders made use of the port's facilities and built a formidable town, until its importance waned as the Hoi An river silted up and international focus shifted to the coastal port of Da Nang .

Hoi An is now enjoying something of a renaissance as tourists flock to the once peaceful town. The ancient streets and temples have withstood this modern onslaught remarkably well, and Hoi An remains a "must see" on any tour of Viet Nam . The streets themselves - narrow and faced with formidable frontages of ancient "shop-houses" - together with the town's remarkable and eclectic architectural styles, evoke a feeling of times gone by, and it isn't difficult to imagine the town of three- or four hundred years ago, bustling with trade and enjoying its economic and cultural heyday.

These days, the trade is almost entirely tourism-related, although the town retains its traditional market, and other glimpses of Vietnamese life are visible at almost every turn. The influx of tourists has translated into a good range of decent accommodation to suit most tastes and budgets, from simple guesthouses to fully-fledged five-star resorts on the banks of the river or on the beach itself (located a short distance from town). Likewise, dining in this coastal town is a pleasure, with some of the best seafood in Vietnam offered at very reasonable prices. The last few years has seen the arrival of some excellent new restaurants and bars, situated along the riverfront, and 1 street back on Nguyen Thai Hoc.

As the tourist numbers increased so did the number of shops selling art, jewellery, lacquer, ceramics, etc – and of course Hoi An’s famous tailor shops.

Half-day trips can be taken from Hoi An to nearby My Son with its Cham ruins, and to Danang's China Beach and Marble Mountains. Learn to cook Vietnamese food at Red Bridge Cooking School or try a diving trip to Cham Island.

If timing permits, visit Hoi An on the night of the full moon – the town is lit up with thousands of lanterns, locals dress up in traditional costume, and music and dance shows are performed throughout the old town.

Best Short Day Tours

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CHAM ISLAND - FISHING & SNORKELING
9 nautical miles off the shorelines of Hoi An, lies the Cham islands, a group of 8 islands named after the people of the Champa Kingdom. Hon Lao, the only inhabited island of the g...
Price USD $33
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Day
COOKING CLASS AT THUAN TINH ISLAND
At Thuan Tinh Island Cooking Class, we offer you something completely unique. Meeting in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town of Hôi An, we embark on our Culinary Adventure...
Price USD $35 USD $30
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Day
EXPLORE 1 DAY WITH LINH UNG PAGODA - MARBLE MOUNTAIN - HOI AN
You first visit Linh Ung Pagoda or Lady Buddha, it’s 67m high, the tallest in Vietnam at Monkey mountain. Then go to Marble Mountain a cluster of 5 peaks of limestone and marble na...
Price USD $39
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Day
EXPLORE CHAM ISLAND - FISHING & SNORKELING TOUR
9 nautical miles off the shorelines of Hoi An, lies the Cham islands, a group of 8 islands named after the people of the Champa Kingdom. Hon Lao, the only inhabited island of the g...
Price USD $33
1
Day
HOI AN - FARMING & FISHING EXPERIENCE
Getting in touch with local fishing life by using the fishing nets, riding funny basket boats, visiting a water palm coconut paradise and learning about the history about the Vietn...
Price USD $33
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Day
Hoi An Farming & Fishing Experience Day Tour
Cycle along a beautiful, narrow road to a local fishing village name Cam Thanh. In this village you will stop at a rice paddy field, as well as a fish and shrimp farm… You will als...
Price USD $32
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Day
HOI AN HALFDAY - UNESCO’S OLD TOWN ON FOOT
1999 Hoi An was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asinan trading port from the 15th to 19th centuries. With beaut...
Price USD $37 USD $32
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Day
MY SON - THE 2000 YEAR OLD CHAMPA KINGDOM
My Son, is the ancient grounds for Hindu worship of the Champa Kingdom, the first civilisation to settle in Vietnam. This highly refined civilisation invented the irrigation system...
Price USD $29 USD $24

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Day
MY SON - THE 2000 YEAR OLD CHAMPA KINGDOM
My Son, is the ancient grounds for Hindu worship of the Champa Kingdom, the first civilisation to settle in Vietnam. This highly refined civilisation invented the irrigation system...
Price USD $29 USD $24
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CHAM ISLAND - FISHING & SNORKELING
9 nautical miles off the shorelines of Hoi An, lies the Cham islands, a group of 8 islands named after the people of the Champa Kingdom. Hon Lao, the only inhabited island of the g...
Price USD $33
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Day
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