Hoi An Travel Guide

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Hoi An Things to Do

  • Tra Que Riverside Resort and Spa.

    We were not having good luck with hotels this trip so I did not have high hopes for this hotel, especially when our taxi couldn't find it and when we did, it was down a small roadway. At the end of this road, we found this amazing place. You could tell by looking at it from the outside that it was well maintained. When we entered there was my name...

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  • Simon The Tailor

    Simon The Tailor is the family tailor running business. I can not say enough about the owner of this shop - Mrs Lang who is friendly and has a good experience in suit and shirt made. She understood my needs and gave me honest advise to make me in good looking with her suit. When working with her, I felt that i am home with mum. The quality they...

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  • Marble Mountain

    The Marble Mountains are five hills in a plain not far from the coast; we visited only one - the Mountain of Water - basically a hill with a pagoda, a temple and a lovely view over the coast and the inland (there is - we have read - also a cave which we have missed). The pagoda and the temple are nice to visit yet not unique landmarks; the location...

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Hoi An Hotels

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Hoi An Restaurants

  • Good food, reasonably priced

    Good food, nicely presented and cooked, very reasonable and pleasant.You will enjoy it here, great atmosphere and good service

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  • Convenient - right on the beach

    A small bar under cover of palm leaves right on the edge of the beach.It is used by a number of people staying at the Essence hotel as their mini van drops people off at a narrow lane where you have a 100 yard walk down to the beach and to your left is Banyan Bar The young ladies look out all day to bring you food and most importantly drinks in...

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  • Pizza, Pasta / Local Vietnamese (No MSG)

    For more than 20 years Chef Hung has been working with international tourists through the hospitality industry. In 2004 he took the plunge and opened his own business, which was the first to introduce Pizza and Italian food to Hoi An. Whilst many have copied his menu and tried to replicate his recipes, nothing comes close to the original.Tucked...

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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

  • Hoi An Private Car transfer to Hue

    We went from Hoi An to Hue by Hoi An Private Car. Their service was excellent. The driver was really helpful, knowledgeable. He could spoke well English and show us a lot of thing on the way such as Marble Mountain, Cham Museum, Hai Van pass and Lang Co beach. We paid US$55 for private car from Hoian to Hue in 6hours trip. We're highly recommended...

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  • 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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Hoi An Shopping

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  • Great tailor for suit made

    Simon The Tailor is the family tailor running business. I can not say enough about the owner of this shop - Mrs Lang who is friendly and has a good experience in suit and shirt made. She understood my needs and gave me honest advise to make me in good looking with her suit. When working with her, I felt that i am home with mum.The quality they have...

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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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Hoi An Local Customs

  • squatting

    Squatting is a way of life in many Third World countries and Vietnam is no exception. Though this habit probably began out of necessity of not having anything to sit on, it is probably a healthy alternative to our more sedentary lifestyle. Women especially are seen in what seems an uncomfortable position for hours on end. I found the ones out on...

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  • 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 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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  • Not always true...

    I wanted just to clear the comments if not, your holidays will look like a battle...and it's not true everytime. Don't be paranoiac everytime !Recommandations from hotel or anyboby else : yes, they have a commission but No, it doesn't have consequences for the customer BUT only for the owner of the shop or restaurant or spa.I have a restaurant in...

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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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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 General

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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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