Local Guide For First-time Hoi An Travelers
After visiting major bustling big cities in Vietnam, you may want to stop by a lovely vintage town to spend a little peaceful time on your own. Come to Hoi An for the first time, take a look at our local guide to make your trip’s quests are all solved.
A brief story of Hoi An
Hoi An is an ancient town located in the Central of Vietnam by Thu Bon River. It was once a major Southeast Asian trading post in the 17th and 18th centuries where Chinese from various provinces as well as Portuguese, Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled down for the ceramic industry. Hoi An’s importance waned sharply at the end of the 18th century because of the collapse of the Nguyen ruler. Đà Nẵng became the new center of trade) in central Vietnam while Hoi An was a forgotten backwater. Ever since over the next 200 years, Hoi An remained almost untouched despite the country’s changes.
Today, the town has become a popular tourist destination for its history, traditional architecture and crafts such as textiles and ceramics. Many bars, hotels, and resorts have bloomed within the town and the surrounding area. Throughout the time, Hoi An has successfully managed to preserve and restore its charms, described as the place “where time stood still” and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1999.
Weather in Hoi An
February – April: Hoi An is particularly cool & comfortable, suitable to travel around the ancient town.
May – July: This is nearly the end of Hoi An dry season and the weather is still awesome for traveling in this old town, especially for water activities in Cham Island & An Bang beach
October – December: the heavy rain will make Hoi An becomes flooded and many locals have to move around by boat. It may restrict many activities during your trip to Hoi An
Most of the time it costs you around $10-15 for a cab from Da Nang to Hoi An. You may ask your hotel for references or simply take a taxi or Grab, certified Vinasun or Mai Linh. When you reach the town, you are free to walk around or rent a bike at $2 a day.
Tourists now pay an entry fee to enter the Ancient Town of Hoi An at about $6 which will go to the contribution to the restoration of the world cultural heritage of Hoi An Ancient Town.
Book in advance the UNLIMITED Data – 4GB High Speed/day Sim Card (Valid for 15 Days) when arriving at Da Nang Airport.
If you plan to visit My Son Sanctuary or somewhere before getting to hotel for checking in, using the Luggage Delivery Service from Da Nang – Hoi An hotel can save a lot of time.
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Where to stay in Hoi An
A good selection of accommodation from the homestay, budget to 5 stars hotels is available of your choice. It is always recommended that you stay somewhere central to get around more easily. Here are our recommendations.
Jordi’s House Hoi An
Jordi’s House is a homestay designed in traditional Vietnamese architecture with full equipment. The arrangement, decoration in favor of the subtle, simple should also be extremely beautiful. The house is located near the center of Hoi An town, just about 2km, so you can easily move to the old town to enjoy the food here or visit the unique Coconut Village in Pho Hoi.
Address: 95 Le Thanh Tong, Cam Chau, Hoi An.
Little Riverside – A Luxury Hotel & Spa Hoi An
Little Riverside – A Luxury Hotel & Spa is conveniently situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River in the heart of the ancient town, with glorious sunrise view and morning refreshing breezes.The traditional style and architecture are distinctly Hoianese in a soothing warmth that will make a lasting impression.
Address: 09 Phan Boi Chau, Cam Chau, Hoi An.
What to see in Hoi An
The Japanese Covered Bridge
Hoi An’s Japanese Covered Bridge, one of the most iconic attractions in Vietnam, dates back to the 18th century and is a beautiful historical piece of Japanese architecture. It is said that the bridge was built at the time as a way for Japanese people to reach the Chinese quarter across the river.
The Old House of Phung Hung
Phung Hung is another famous architectural building in Hoi An considered cultural heritage of the town. It is a typical commercial house representative of Vietnam’s urban areas in the 19th century. The house itself is a unique fusion of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese architectural styles with high wooden logs and broad corridors, open balconies and doors, “Four Sea” roof, wooden ribs, beams, spars and traditional two-way roof in the front and back, etc.
Fukian Assembly Hall
The Fukian Assembly Hall in Hoi An was established in 1697 and is a great example of Chinese architecture. The Hall, in fact, is a temple that holds the sea goddesses who are believed to be able to listen to the sound of a ship from distance in order to protect it. There are lots of animal symbols in the design and architecture of the Hall, each of which differently represents Chinese people’s hopes and wishes in life and in business.
It’s an exotic experience if you are planning to go to its peaceful countryside and picturesque fishing villages where you will be instructed to ride, dance, fish on a round basket boat with locals. At first sight, the boat might appear unstable. However, the boat’s spherical shape distributes weight evenly and can seat up to three adults comfortably. Most boat operators won’t let more than two adult passengers on board, though a toddler and a baby, or two, are excepted. Life jackets, while mandatory but loosely enforced, are available should you feel safer wearing one.
Hoi An is renowned for its beautiful Old Town, decorated by a colorful array of hanging lanterns. If you are looking for an interactive experience with locals while in town, you should not miss a fun lantern making workshop. You will finish the session with a newly earned talent and a souvenir that holds infinitely more memories than any store-bought lantern ever would.
You are a food lover and want to know more about Vietnamese gastronomy? A cooking class is designed to give you a lifetime experience when you can shop for ingredients and cook Vietnamese traditional dishes on your own but still under a skilled chef’s instructions. Cooking is even more fun when cooking with friends and sharing, tasting the food together with others.
Coffee is everywhere in Vietnam; from big, bustling coffee shops, to tiny operations. You cannot go far without seeing a coffee place of some kind and some of the best coffee shops in Vietnam residing here in Hoi An. Coffee shops in Hoi An serve some seriously powerful stuff or its own particular blend whose intensity you can balance out with sugar and condensed milk. The most common coffee drinks are iced/ hot milk coffee, iced/ hot black coffee, coffee latte, yogurt coffee, egg coffee, and coconut coffee. Here are our recommendations that you can adjust to your taste.
What to eat in Hoi An
You do not want to miss Vietnamese dishes in general or Hoi An local food while staying here. We would like to suggest some ideas for your eating experiences to be the most memorable, exciting and local-like.
Recharge the energy
Massages are very cheap in Hoi An, and since you are on holidays, you should think about relaxing your body and your feet after a long tiring day walking around the town.
Ylang-Ylang Spa is a holistic and rejuvenating spa primarily concentrating on the condition of the skin.Spa only uses the best and safest skincare products specializing in Babor from Germany inspired by its exotic beauty and invigorating aroma. If you are too tired of your day and need a place to recover, Ylang Ylang Spa is a practical option you should take to fulfill your satisfaction. They offer dedicated service with different types of massage such as Swedish Massage, Traditional Vietnamese Massage, Deep Tissue, Foot Reflexology, etc.which are worth your quality time.
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