Hoi An Transportation

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    the bus, the train and some boats

    by richiecdisc Updated Jan 25, 2005

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    river travel in Hoi An

    Getting to and from Hoi An is generally going to involve taking a bus. From the north, the train only goes as far as Danang so that is not an option. Many backpackers opt for the open ticket bus that runs from Hanoi to Saigon, where you can get off and back on again at a number of choice stops. It is by far the easiest and most economical way to do it. But for those wanting a bit more freedom, you might have to pay a bit more. We took the overnight train from Hanoi to Hue with a sleeper and this trip alone was more expensive than the bus all the way to Saigon but I love trains and we enjoyed it.

    From Hue, we grabbed a bus for $3 to Hoi An. It’s only a four hour trip and it stops on Hai Van Pass, Marble Mountain and Lang Co Beach. All of these stops are tourist traps so do not be surprised if you are besieged by people trying to sell you things. That is why they stop, not to let you take photos! Still, they are scenic places and with limited time, you at least get to see them this way.

    From Hoi An, we grabbed a bus to Saigon for $20. Again, this was a bit more than if we had booked the bus all the way down the coast but we got to leave the day we wanted and that is sometimes not the case if you pre-book with one company. Often a couple extra bucks gives you more freedom. We broke the trip up in Nha Trang, a great coastal town after ten long hours and continued to Saigon two days later on another long ten hour bus ride that made a brief stop in Mui Ne beach. After 24 hours on the bus, we were glad we paid the money for the train for the first leg of the trip!

    One thing you have to do in Hoi An is get out on the river. Local women will row you around for next to nothing but will try and sell you things while out there. There are less interesting though perhaps more hassle-free alternatives like the pictured tour boats.

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    Bus

    by SirRichard Written Oct 1, 2003

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    In the bus

    I arrived and left the place on one of those "hop on- hop off" buses that go along the coast of Vietnam, from Saigon to Hanoi and viceversa. There are many of these private buses, almost each little national travel agency runs one, so you won't have problems finding one.
    When they arrive to a city, the driver will take you directly to the hotel THEY recommend and will try to convince you to see the room and stay there. But you can refuse and tell them you already have a reservation somewhere else, go out of the bus and take a taxi. Nevertheless, I used to stay in thos echeap hotels they recommended and couldn't complain of any...

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    Local Boats

    by SirRichard Written Oct 1, 2003

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    A local boat (bikes at rear)

    If you want to have a boat ride in the Thu Bon River, you can hire a private rowing boat (with driver) for 2 USD/hour. But if you are in a budget, there are some local boats (see pic) that cross the river to transport people from one side to the other and are much much cheaper. You can take them near the market by the riverfront.

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    Camel travels

    by SirRichard Updated Oct 2, 2003

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    The agency

    There are many travel agencies in the modern part of Hoi An. I used this as I had a hop on hop off bus from Saigon and it stopped me here. Each little agency has its own minibus with daytrips to the beach, MySon... and longer trips to Danang, Hue, Hanoi...

    Phan Dinh Phung, 23. Tel. 861203

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    LOCAL RELIABLE TRAVEL AGENT.....

    by Greggor58 Written Feb 18, 2010

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    Hoi An Travel company...Hoi An,Vietnam.
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    I am writing this in the event you might have a need to use a RELIABLE agent while you're staying in Hoi An...

    I found and used a woman named Anh...that works for a company located at 06 Hoang Dieu Street...there is no company name on the building...just a large sign that identifies them as an agent for Vietnam Airlines and a Western Union Sign just above..

    I booked a few things through her...a flight to Ha Noi from Hue...a short train journey from Da Nang to Hue...and I arranged a car through her to transport us from our hotel in Hoi An to the train station in Da Nang...

    Her pricing was VERY fair...I certainly didn't feel gouged at all...and there were no hidden costs or surprises encountered...ALWAYS a good thing!!

    Her email address is below as well as the address...there are two telephone numbers available...

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    Vietnam Airlines...

    by Greggor58 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Vietnam Airlines on the Tarmac,Da Nang,Vietnam.

    We used Vietnam Airlines a few times throughout my whirlwind four week tour of Vietnam...getting here we used them to fly from Nha Trang...the closest airport to get to Hoi An is located about a forty five minute drive away in Da Nang...we hired a taxi from the airport although the hotel we booked with in Hoi An offered us a rate of $ 15.00 USA to transfer us from the airport to the hotel.
    The HOTEL rate was cheaper than hiring a taxi so PLEASE if the hotel you book with offers you a comparable rate...ACCEPT it!

    In any event......

    This was to be the second flight we used within Vietnam with Vietnam Airlines...we ended up using them for another leg of our journey from Hue to Ha Noi...

    All time we used this airline the flights departed ON TIME...there were NO baggage issues...the SERVICE was POLITE and PROFESSIONAL...

    All of the flights we booked and flew with them cost about the same...plus or minus a few dollars....about $ 50.00 - $ 60.00 for each leg...

    Two flights we booked on line from home....the third flight we used a local agent in Hoi An...all transactions and processes were EASY and NO HASSLE!! Sometimes though the Web Site was a little slow...

    I wouldn't hesitate for a minute to RECOMMEND Vietnam Airlines for Domestic transit!!!

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    Open tour bus Hue to Hoi an

    by balhannah Updated Jul 19, 2013

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    I caught the OPEN BUS from my hotel in Hue. They have a luggage department underneath the bus, so you don't have to worry if you have a large case. They drop you off at a hotel at Hoi An, then you have to find you own way to yours. Cheap travel, good scenery.

    Travel time is approx. 5 hr with a 40 min stop at Marble Mountain.

    Price in 2013...Between 120,000 - 150,000 dong approx. $6 US upwards

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    Brothers Open Tour Bus - Nha Trang to Hoi An

    by betska Written Aug 23, 2008

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    For the un-initiated, this is our take on the over-night, open bus system. This was our first, and last experience. Wouldn't do it again.
    We booked Nha Trang to Hoi An for the overnight trip. I can't remember the cost, probably around US$10. We used Brothers Bus Company.
    We left Nha Trang at 6pm. After storing our luggage underneath, we boarded the bus, had to take our shoes off & carry them on the bus, no problem. The lay-out of the bus is 3 rows - one on each side with windows, and a middle row. You have a little alcove whereby you are supposed to be able to lie down & sleep. Well this may be well & good for shorties (I was able to lie down, but I am only 5 foot tall). For taller people, you have to sort of, lie sideways and curl your legs up (difficult, because so narrow), or lay on your back with your legs bent up. I had a spot in the middle row, with a TV set right in front of my face. They were playing Bruce Lee movies but we asked them to turn it off. I had my seatbelt on the entire journey as I kept picturing my face going thru the TV screen if we were in an accident. By the time we did all the pick-ups, and left Nha Trang, the bus was full. Even the extra special (extra long) bed for the alternate driver was sold. He had to sling up a hammock over the rear door where the toilet was. And mentioning the toilet, we didn't realise when we left Nha Trang, but when someone needed it - guess what - the toilet didn't work. Shame for the Italian man at the back of the bus who brought like a case of beer to drink for the journey. So the man in question (who was scary) had to demand that the bus stop whenever he needed to go.
    For the rest of us, we managed to hold on for the rest stop at around mid-night. We were able to get snacks & coffee as well. And there was a local at the stop with a pet chicken that liked to be patted. Cute. We were delayed at some point through the night by a traffic accident. We were held up for a few hours, the bus turned the engines off, and then back on again as it was so hot so we had some aircon. This went on for 2 hrs. The 12 hour trip turned into 14 hours and to make matters worse, we were dropped off outside Hoi An as the bus could not take us right into the centre. We had to drag our bags around town looking for a hotel.
    We found out later that the Hahn bus company was the better option.

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    Cyclo Ride...Take a LOAD off....

    by Greggor58 Written Feb 18, 2010

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    Getting YOUR CYCLOS in a ROW...Hoi An,Vietnam.
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    I saw many drivers looking for business while I was WALKING around Hoi An...I just couldnt bring myself to take up any offer for the use of one...it looked like fun but its just not something I wanted to do...

    EVERYTHING including PRICE is negotiable so if you're open to the idea of being driven around in one....DO NOT accept the first price that's mentioned...NOTHING herein Hoi An is expensive especially by Western standards..

    YOU'll find one ANYWHERE in and around the Old Quarter of Hoi An...

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    The Boat Thing

    by muddybok Updated Sep 22, 2004

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    Boat

    Beside cyclo & bike (too fast to tour Hoi An), boat service across the river for bringing goods to wet market, passengers & also bicycle from the other side of river bank is consider quite convenient. I don't not know the fair across the river, but almost attempt to do it.

    What held me back was the overcrowded condition in the boat; also I don't know whether they will throw a foreigner like me into water for occupied spaces in their regular boat. You know? Big ass & tummy kind of thing!!?

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    Minibus from Danang Int'l Airport to Hoi An

    by kelnsha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Our mini-bus from Danang airport-Hoi An (USD3/pax)

    Almost every Hoi An hotel provides and charges land transfers from Danang International Airport to Hoi An town. A minibus will cost from USD2-3 per person depending on the number of people in a minibus.

    We stayed at Thanh Xuan Hotel in Hoi An. Initially, the agreed price was USD12 over the email but it became USD20 (about USD3 per person) because there were 7 of us instead of 4.

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    Bus

    by hientonkin Updated Sep 16, 2006

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    From Hanoi, take the bus of Trekking Travel at 108 Hang Bac st. Price : about 10usd.
    Run everday at 7.30pm. 45 seats aircon bus.
    Stop 1 time at Vinh - Nghe An for half an hour rest. ( The hot eel porridge is famous and cost 10.000 vnd if you dare to try ).
    Arrives Hue at 8.00, arrives Hoi An at 12.00. If you dont stop at Hue, but want to have a few hours doing a city tour ( by motorbike -taxi ) . Then hop on the 2.00pm bus from Hue - Hoi An.

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    From Hue to Hoi An and Hoi An to Nha Trang

    by kenningst Written Jun 6, 2008

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    I booked my open bus ticket from Hue to Hoi An with Sinh Café. You can check out their website at http://www.sinhcafevn.com. As you would have heard before, there are many fake Sinf Café in Vietnam so make sure you go the right one. In the website you can find the address of all their branches around Vietnam

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    hop on the other islands

    by call_me_rhia Written Jul 19, 2007

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    people on a local ferry

    Hoi An is not only the old "touristic" town: there are other places that are Hoi An... large islands on the river that can be accessed by a few bridges (not always easy to find) or by small local ferries, like the one in the picture. My advice is: let yourself be surprised, hop on one, squeeze in among locals and their motorbikes, and lsee where it will take you.

    You'll discover quite a world apart, only a few minutes away from the tourist scene. Very well worth the few dongs you will have to pay.

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  • Hoi An - Danang airport Taxi

    by leehc Written Dec 16, 2007

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    There are 3 taxi companies at the car park outside the Danang Airport terminal building. They run by meter. Trip cost us about 298,000 VND (US$16) in an MPV taxi. Trip takes about 35 min.
    From Hoi An to airport, we made arrangements with one of the taxi drivers who was taking us from town back to hotel. He spoke good English and seemed reliable (our instinct was right). He turned up punctually at the agreed time. [His name is Quy (pronounced Oui); hp no. 0905-337431] This time the metered fare was 260,000 VND.

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