Hoi An Travel Guide

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Hoi An Highlights

  • Pro
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     Interesting historical sights and architecture, hand-tailored clothing at super bargain prices, good beach near town, good food. 

  • Con
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     very touristy, aggressive salespeople 

  • In a nutshell
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     beautiful, but a tourist trap 

Hoi An Things to Do

  • ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF BOTTLED FRESH...

    When I'm "out and about" anywhere in the tropics I always make sure that I am carrying plenty of bottled fresh water.for my needs..The temperatures and humidity are forever present and loss of fluids due to the heat is constant..to avoid becoming dehydrated drink plenty of water..There are usually many places to find different refreshments .I still...

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  • PHAC HAT PAGODA

    I don't have any information on this Pagoda with its colourful façade of ceramics and tiles. The yard is quite nice as many plants are growing in large ceramic pots. I had a look inside and thought it quite nice, I just can't find out any other information about the Pagoda.It is an active place of worship.

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  • CHONG BEACH ON CHAM ISLAND FOR LUNCH *3*

    Today the Cham islands are also a Marine Protected Area because of their many important marine habitants, especially beaches and coral reefs, and rich biodiversity.After snorkelling, our boat departed to Chong Beach for our lunch and rest and recreation stop. What a pretty little spot this was!! Tropical, with palms and a running stream, gorgeous...

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Hoi An Hotels

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Hoi An Restaurants

  • Great Hoi An springrolls

    This is right in the pedestrianised main drag of the old town. So it's a great place for people watching whilst enjoying your food and drinks. The Hoi an style spring rolls is very good. It's slightly crunchy outside and there's pork and prawns inside. Goes well with the dip that comes with it.

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  • Thanh Phuong - best place ever

    This restaurant has everything - good place, great food, excellent service, reasonable prices, and the happy hour for evening drinks. It is just across the river from the old town, along with other restaurants. We tried other options, but this one was the best from all perspectives. There is also the nice touch - after you have your meal, waiter...

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  • great food and a great cause

    Laugh Cafe is run by an Australian NGO to train young people to work in the hotel / resort/ restaurant industry.It serves great food, it has icy cold drinks and beer and free wifi. It is run mostly by the trainees who do a great job and are friendly and helpful and they actually smile at you.there are apparently two Laughs but they are the same...

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Hoi An Nightlife

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  • Meet strangers and make new friends

    The Downtown Watering Hole Bar is a new bar just opened few weeks ago. If you want to meet other travellers, this is the place. good music and not so loud. I (Kong) am a firendly guy who tries to get everybody to talk to each other. I travelled a lot before i started a bar i know what travellers want. Meeting new friends! nobody sits alone in this...

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  • For late night drinking and craziness.

    Happy happy why not is a classic little crazy bar in Hoi An where people tend to end up after midnight when the other places start closing.This place is loud music, lot's of drinking and crazy atmosphere.They have a pooltable there, but people rarely play pool on it, but there might be dancing on the pool table.The place is pretty insane and very...

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  • Enjoy the lights along Hoi An River

    This is such a relaxing and enjoyable past time in Hoi An. Don't expect hard thumping music and chic pubs as this is an area that is very traditional. Just watch the people along the road from the balconies or the boats that are anchored along the river. As you are.

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Hoi An Transportation

  • Open tour bus Hue to Hoi an

    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...

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  • Taking a taxi in Hoi An.

    Hoi An is one of the easier towns in Vietnam when it comes to taking a taxi ride.The taxis have meters and i have never had any problems getting the driver to turn the meter on.Most of the drivers i have been with have been uniformed drivers who were very correct and the rides are very cheap by european standards.You rough pay 1 US dollar per 1,5...

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  • The night bus

    Night buses aren't always what they appear when you purchase a ticket. Often overbooked, longer than told, sometimes prices overinflated. I was one of the lucky ones, but saw lots of tourists herded on board made to share seats or stand, I at least felt safe when I was on board, just cross your fingers and hope for the best.

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Hoi An Shopping

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  • CENTRAL MARKET

    Even if you don't want to buy anything, come and have a look at the Central Market its the only Vietnamese market here. It seems to be crowded most of the time, perhaps the middle of the day is a quieter time to visit, and I also found it was quiet when the stalls were just opening.I found Hoi An had lots and lots of silk scarves for sale, and also...

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  • T SHIRTS & CLOTHING

    In Vietnam or any Asian country in general, sizes are probably much smaller than in your home country. As you often buy from market stalls [I do], you can't try anything on, only hold the garment against yourself.I have bought underwear that I had to give to the 'poor' shop - good for them, not for me! I found with T shirt's or clothing, go up...

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  • The Central Market.

    On top of all the small shops catering to the big tourist industry in Hoi an the town also has a very local market right in the center of town.It's a classical coverd market where you also have lot's of small stall holders sitting outside the market selling their goods which is mostly fruits and vegetables from their own backyard.It's a very...

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Hoi An Local Customs

  • NOT FOR ANIMAL LOVER'S

    As you wander around Hoi An, you may come across some funny sights involving animals.I came across the Animal market, where all types of animals and birds were in cages OR tied together by their legs and sitting on the ground, or in a wire net so they couldn't move. It was interesting seeing the bargaining going on and the money changing hands.Some...

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  • BASKET BOATS

    Around Hoi An, I saw basket boats, but when I went to the fishing village on CHAM ISLAND, there were lots, and it was really interesting watching the locals in them.Local fishermen believe that riding inside a basket boat is quite safe if you know how to control it properly. Although learning can be difficult at first, floating in a basket boat is...

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  • HOI AN LANTERNS

    Hoi An lanterns ........The silk lanterns are almost everywhere in Hoi An, with a myriad of shapes and designs in every kind of colour you can think of. You will see Lantern shops, and Lanterns just about anywhere.The Lanterns are made of a frame of bamboo and wood that is covered with flowery or plain, coloured silk. Additionally, artisans...

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Hoi An Warnings and Dangers

  • BOAT TO CHAM ISLAND WARNINGS

    Getting on and off Vietnamese boats is very different to else where.If you do the Cham Island tour, just be aware, that when getting on and off the boat at Cham Island, it is difficult if you are older, out of condition, short, or a woman!When arriving at a the small jetty at Chong Beach, it wasn't too bad getting off, but on return, the tide had...

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  • Dodgy bag/shoe shop!

    Just a quick note to say avoid one of the bag/shoe shops in Hoi an...as you enter walking street from the north on the road Nhi Trung the first shoe/bag shop on your right hand side (called something like Trai thong cho.....something, long name!) We went in as were interested in a bag and were immediatly taken through the back and surrounded by...

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  • MOTOR BIKES..Beware of....

    Motor bikes, they are everywhere!Here a just a couple of things you should be aware of.....If using a Motorbike Taxi, and it rains, and quite often it is heavy rain, You may be a little bit uncomfortable in the wet weather cover!Tours.......On my "My Son Tour", I was taken by motorbike to where the Tourist Bus departed.I don't know what would...

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Hoi An Tourist Traps

  • Tailor shops recommendations trap!!

    Almost all shopper fail to know is that almost EVERYBODY earns commission from referring buying customers to shoes and tailor shops. This includes almost every receptionist, door boy, taxi drivers, hotel bus drivers and even staff of 5 star resorts. There might also be some random friendly stranger (usually outside shuttle bus stations or along...

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  • Tina Design

    When you see a manikin in this tailor's shop and you like the garment, especially having been told it's cashmere. After you've ordered it and returned for a fitting, be sure that it is the same material. Check out Trip Advisor or this website beforehand.

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  • Sweet girls selling stuff at Cua Dai...

    Please note that when you venture onto the 'public' area (which does not belong to any of the hotels) of Cua Dai Beach, sweet young ladies will approach you to buy 'anything' from them. They carry a vast assortment of items ranging from biscuits, to ointment, to souvenirs. The asking price is about 10 times the prices in town. So even if you manage...

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Hoi An What to Pack

  • CARRY A RELIABLE MOSQUITO REPELELLANT

    I ALWAYS CARRY A SMALL BACKPACK FOR ESSENTIAL DAILY ITEMS:MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS CARRYING PLENTY OF BOTTLED FRESH WATER GOOD BOOTS/SHOES ARE ESSENTIAL:I CARRY A SMALL ROLLED UP PONCHO FOR THE FREQUENT TROPICAL STORMS: A SMALL BOTTLE OF ANTISEPTIC HANDWASH:A PACKET OF WET WIPES: A SMALL PACKET OF TISSUES...JUST IN CASE:A TUBE OF...

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  • Hat and water

    Make sure you have a hat, sunblock and water bottle that you carry with you at all times. If you can get a carry case that is a "cooler" even better especially if you are travelling around August when we were!

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  • Good to know in Hoi An

    Bring or buy an extra bag if you plan on having lots of clothes or shoes made Lightweight long pants/capris and shirts that cover shoulders - it's quite hot and shorts and tank tops are not really appropriate (despite the number of tourists I've seen in them). It also gets cool at night, and with the mosquitoes, it's nice to cover up but not the...

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Hoi An Off The Beaten Path

  • Change up the PACE...slow down a...

    We took a walk one day across the Thu Bon River to explore a little of Cam Nam Island...and found it was a GREAT way to escape the noise and hustle and bustle of Hoi An...Initially our intention was to find the animal market that I thought might be located here....so we went looking for it..we never did find it but enjoyed our time on this side of...

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  • Memorial Park and Monument...

    At the far end of Tran Phu Street you'll find a really nice little park that's essentially a Memorial to a Polish man named Kazimierz Kwiatkowski...a man that was instrumental to Hoi An's Old Quarter being given UNESCO status as a heritage site.IN the 1980's he came to Vietnam to participate in a program of preservation of Vietnamese heritage and...

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  • Visit the beach.

    Hoi An has a beach 4 kilometers out of town.Last time i was there the weather was quite bad and you could not swim and most beach bars were closed, but when the weather is nice then it´s quite a lively place and the beach is relatively good there.To get the 4 kilometers there i recommend renting a bicycle in Hoi An.Cycling there is easy and real...

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Hoi An Sports & Outdoors

  • diving and snorkeling in Cham island...

    i make this review in order to update info: rainbow divers,a very good diving center, is not operating anymore in Hoi an. in another old comment i saw mentioned Cham island Diving center the oldest diving center in town: it is still there, but his location has changed, now their office is inside the Dive bar, at 88 Nguyen Thai Hoc str. tel 0510...

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  • Cheaper Dive Ct in Hoi An - Cham Island...

    Though I did not dive with them but manage to find get some information from them. Cham islands are a group of 8 islets offshore Hoi An, about 7 miles from Cua Dai Beach to the East. This area boasts pictureque fishing villages and beaches, numerous cliffs and coral reefs, together with thousands of species of tropical marine life, thus making the...

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  • Worth a splash!

    I recently went diving with Rainbow Divers in Hoi An. Straight away i knew i was with a very professional yet very fun crew.The day diving trip started with a pick up from my hotel then a short trip down to the harbour to board their traditional wooden boat converted for diving pleasure. On the way out to the Cham Island Marine Park i recieved a...

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Hoi An Favorites

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  • ADMISSION TO HISTORICAL SIGHTS

    ADMISSION..........Entry to all historical sites in Hoi An is via a coupon system.........COST IN 2013..... 120,000 donggets you a ticket that can be used to enter 5 attractions* one museum..* one assembly hall...* the handicraft workshop or the traditional theatre..* Japanese Bridge or the Guangong Temple...Tickets are sold at various entry points...

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  • Old Town Entrance Ticket

    An oddity of Hoi An is the bizarre cultural tour ticket system where, in order to see all the museums, old houses, assembly halls and so on you have to buy several tickets. One ticket costs 75,000 VND, and allows access to:a) All the old streets of the Heritage Town;b) One of the four museums;c) One of the four old houses;d) One of the three...

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  • For the ladies - fancy a manicure?

    Kims haircut shop. Smack-bang in the middle of the markets!As well as haircuts, they do facials, manicure, pedicure, hair removal etc. But the worrying thing on their business card:"Cut skin foot your"Nevermind. For US$1 I had a lovely manicure & nail polish done!Tell Kim Betty send you!

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Tra Que Village
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Quaint touristy town
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Excellent tailor in my mind
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Antiques and Cool Stuff!!
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THEEEE LANTERN shop in Town...
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Lacquer Paintings...
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Marble Mountains
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UNESCO World Heritage Site: Hoi An Ancient Town
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Hoi An Folklore Museum
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Japanese Bridge
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Kim Bong Carpentry Village (Lang Moc Kim Bong)
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UNESCO World Heritage Site: My Son Sanctuary
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Sinh Cafe (Hoi An Office)
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Visit MY SON CHAM HOLY LAND
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Boat trip to Cham Island
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Summer promotion of Hoi An Glory Hotel & Spa
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Good Tailol shop in Hoi An
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A very good tailor shop.
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Vietnam Airlines...
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Minibus from Danang Int'l Airport to Hoi An
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GREAT dining with the BEST VIEW in Town...
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My favourite! - in Hoi An
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quality food, rare to find in Hoi An
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Good breakfast, more continantal than others
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