Itinerary to explore Hoi An Ancient Town: All for you
Updated: Jan 16
Itinerary to explore Hoi An Ancient Town: All for you
Since 400 years ago, Hoi An Ancient Town has been a busy trading port with lots of merchandisers from all over the world, creating diversity and harmony of East and West in culture. Today, Hoi An is one of the unique ancient towns which is still intact. If you are interested in the nostalgic and peaceful atmosphere by Hoai River, let save all these self-catering experiences to enjoy a full trip ever.
Hoi An Ancient Town is always listed in the top destinations in Vietnam by many reasons. This small town is the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures, the combination of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and European quintessence in both cuisine, architecture and traditions of local people. Visiting Hoi An is on the vast majority of tourist itineraries when traveling through Central Vietnam thanks to its picturesque nature and convenient location.
1. The best time to visit Hoi An
Owning two independent season climates, it is obvious that Hoi An Tourism in the dry season (January – July) is more preferable than in the rainy season. In particular, the best time to visit is from February to April when it’s spring, early summer, and the weather is cool and not too sunny.
Besides, you can visit on rainy season (August – December). The weather is mild, not much influenced by storms or high temperature differences between seasons. However, it should be noticed that rainfall is persistent, and sometimes there are floods. If you want to sail around the old town, traveling Hoi An in this time will be an interesting memory.
However, according to self – catering travelers, the special time to visit Hoi An is on the full – moon day. Every day of 14th lunar month, the old town will turn the light off and be lit with sparkling and colorful lanterns. In these days, along the street in the old town, the banks of Hoai River are filled with melody of traditional songs, activities, games and of course indispensable traditional dishes.
2. How to get to Hoi An?
For the most convenient trip, you can buy an airline ticket to Danang and continually go to Hoi An. All flights from HCMC, HN or other cities to Danang take approximately 1 hour, with prices ranging from 400.000-1.600.00VND/ way.
From Danang, there are two popular ways to get to Hoi An
· Taxi: it takes 45-55 minute from Danang Airport to Hoi An. The taxi fee is 350.000 – 450.000, depending on the brand and type of vehicle.
· Bus: it is suitable for those who want to save money or prefer backpacking tourism, you can catch the bus number 1 (Danang central bus station – Hoi An bus station) with only 25.000 VND/ way.
Similarly traveling by plane, you will stop at Danang or Tra Kieu Station. The journey from HCMC or HN to Danang takes 15-20 hours with the price ranging from 230.000 to 2.224.000VND, depending on each journey and type of chairs. To look for the time and buy tickets directly, click here.
If you don’t want to stop by Danang and direct to Hoi An, there are many coaches from HCMC-Hoi An, or from HN – Hoi An. Some transportation agencies are popular such as: Hanh Cafe, Thien An, The Sinh Tourist, with prices ranging from 320.000 – 480.000 VND/way.
From Danang, you can ride a motorbike to Hoi An to save your budget. There are two main roads:
· Take Highway 1 to the South, turn to Vinh Dien. Going this way, you will visit Bang Anh Cham Temple
· Go across Han River Bridge, follow the highway Danang – Hoi An. This road will be convenient for those who want to visit Marble Mountain.
It is quite easy to go by bike from Danang to Hoi An. However, if this is your first backpacking trip, you should research more self – catering Hoi An tourism experience to have a wonderful trip.
3. Transportation in Hoi An
Motorbike: as a tourism city, you can easily hire a motorbike in Hoi An with prices ranging from 120.000 – 150.000 VND/day.
Bicycle: The best way to stroll around the ancient town is cycling and enjoying the peaceful life of the city. Some hotels offer free bike for guests, or 40.000VND/day.
Cyclo: Cyclo is a specific feature in Hoi An. You can get one along Phan Chau Trinh Str., Tran Phu Str. with 150.000/hour/cyclo.
Taxi: Hoi An has some popular taxi brands such as Mai Linh (Tel: 0220.127.116.11.92), Hoi An Taxi (Tel: 018.104.22.168.19), Faifo (Tel: 022.214.171.124.91)
Boats: For a sightseeing tour, do not miss the chance to sail on Hoai River or Thu Bon River. You can easily catch one at the river quay in the center of the old town.
4. Tourist destinations in Hoi An
Ancient Town Area
Japanese Covered Bridge
Seen as the town’s symbol, Japanese Covered Bridge is a clear evidence of the cultural diversity in Hoi An. Inside the temple, there is a statue of Bac De Tran Vo – a god protecting the land and bringing good luck to people.
Address: at the crossroad of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai – Tran Phu, facing Hoai River
Time: all day
Fukian Assembly Hall
Fukian Assembly Hall dedicates Thien Hau Thanh Mau, where Chinese merchants often came to pray for good weather during their voyage. After many renovations, the assembly hall has still kept its distinctive architecture with three-arched-entrance gate, shrines and large incense sticks bringing the sacred atmosphere to the temple.
Address: 35 Tran Phu Str., Minh Anh Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam
Time: 07:00 – 17:00
Assembly Hall of The Chaozhou Chinese Congregation
Built early, in the middle of the 19th century, Chaozhou Chinese Assembly Hall was a place where Chinese community worshiped Three Shogun Generals – a famous General in the HAn dynasty, dedicated as the god protecting seafarers. (“Phuc Ba” means conquering challenges)
Address: 157 Nguyen Duy Hieu, Hoi An
Time: 07:00 – 17:00
Old houses system
Hoi An old houses, which were usually built by wood entirely, yin-yang titles and divided into many compartments, is a place to live and make ends meet of lots of generations.
· Tan Ky old house: 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc
· Quan Thang old house: 77 Tran Phu
· Phung Hung old house: 04 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai
· Tran Family Church: 21 Le Loi
Hoi An Night Market
As the night place can’t miss when traveling Hoi An, the night market on Nguyen Hoang Str is the place covered with Hoi An ‘s speciality. There are thousands of handicraft stalls, food stores, and souvenirs in the sparkling and nostalgic picture of colorful lanterns.
Address: Nguyen Hoang Str. , near Hoai River
Time: 17:00 – 23:00 everyday.
Museums in Hoi An
Not only exhibiting historical artifacts, Hoi An also owns culture-art museums which attracts visitors to explore.
Réhahn’s Precious Heritage Museum
A unique museum displays the portraits which French photographer Réhahn capturing on his journey on exploring Vietnam. Each picture is a story about humans reflected truthfully under the lens of the artists.
Address: 26 Phan Boi Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam
Time: 08:00 – 20:00
Cotic Art Space
If you are a Vietnamese traditional lover, especially Vietnamese classical drama, you definitely can not ignore Cotic. With the desire of conveying a cultural and artistic beauty of the country, Cotic focus on small detailed decoration, bringing the space fully of national character..
Address: 56 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Minh An, Hoi An, Quang Nam
Time: 07:00 – 23:00
Outside Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoi An is not only famous for an old town. Just take a little far away from the central, tourists can visit numerous destinations which appeal travel lovers.
Thanh Ha Pottery Village
This over 600-year-old pottery village become more and more famous for its Thanh Ha Terracotta Park, which has small models of wonders of the world. This is also the largest ceramic park in Vietnam.
Address: Block 5, Thanh Ha Ward, Hoi An City (located on Thu Bon Bank, 4km from the center of the old town)
Time: 07:00 – 17:00
Ticket fee: 15.000 – 25.000 VND / ticket
Kim Bong Carpentry Village
Don’t be surprised to know that Kim Bong sculptures, which was highly appreciated by the King, have contributed to the magnificence of Hue Imperial City. Today, when visiting Kim Bong, you will have an opportunity to admire the process of making these artistic wooden works.
Address: Nong Thon Str., Trung Ha, Cam Kim Commune Cam Kim, Hoi An, Quang Nam
Time: 07:00 – 17:00
Tra Que Vegetable Village
For those who love ecotourism, let ‘s visit Tra Que Vegetable Village – a destination attracts both domestic and international tourists, especially not be missed in self – catering Hoi An tourism. Only a few kilometers from the ancient tow, this is a green scenery with vegetables grown organically.
Stop by Tra Que, do not miss the opportunity to dig, compost, carry water to irrigate each green vegetable. The most wonderful thing is the cycling in the countryside and enjoying the fresh air on the way to Tra Que
Address: Cam Ha, Hoi AN (from city center, go straight to Hai Ba Trung Str. )
Time: 07:00 – 21:00
Cua Dai beach
Cua Dai is always the first name when it comes to one of charming beaches in Hoi An. After controlling the erosion a year ago, Cua Dai beach has welcomed tourists to enjoy its clear blue water and fine sand.
Address: Take the extended 608 road, 5km from the Ancient town to the East
Time: All day
An Bang Beach
Recognized as the peaceful beach, An Bang was in the top 25 most beautiful beaches list published by Trip Advisor. Therefore, lots of resorts in Hoi An choose An Bang to locate their luxury accommodations. If going to Hoi An self-sufficiently, let ‘s save these tips to explore An Bang beach for a day.
Address: Hai Ba Trung Str., Cam An Ward, Hoi An (3km from city center)
Time: All day
Having 8 big and small islands, Cham Islands is an ideal destination for those who love peaceful, pristine seascape, diving to adore the colorful coral reefs. Besides, Cham Islands has some historical sites which satisfy tourists’ exploring needs such as the ancient Cham well, the ancient Hai Tang pagoda,…
· How to get there: Take the -25 minute – high – speed boat from Cua Dai Wharf or 2 hour – boat from Bach Dang Wharf.
Bay Mau Coconut Forest
Coconut is not only Ben Tre ‘s cuisine, it is also extremely unique in Hoi An, which is a “seven samples”of coconut forest. The interesting feature of Bay Mau Coconut Forest is that tourists sit on the basket boat, float on the water and weave through the dense coconut forest.
Address: Cam Thanh, Hoi An (3km from city center)
Time: All day
Price: 50.000 – 80.000 VND/ per/way
In addition, tourists should combine self – sufficient Hoi An Tourism with exploring Da Nang than Hue. Because of a short distance, all are in the top well – known tourist destinations in Vietnam; therefore you have much to look forward to on this journey. For more tips on Hoi An – Da Nang Tourism, read these articles:
Hue – Hoi An – Da Nang backpacking tourism story: Part 1 – 2
All experience of travelling Da Nang – Hoi An 4 days 3 nights
Hoi An 4 day-tour
Best check – in locations in Hoi An
Hoang Van Thu str. wall
One of the famous check – in places in Hoi An is wall on Hoang Van Thu Str. (leading to Hoai River). This is the wall of an old house with patchy cover degraded by time creating its speciality.
Bougainvillaea is not only in Hoi An but the picture of pink bougainvillaea with the old yellow walls is definitely distinctive in this town. With the light sunshine, wooden window and a simple cylo, you have your own best attractive photo frame. .
Lying in the heart of the ancient town, Hoai River is the best place for a citizen to sit on the boat, glide past these ancient houses with red tiles, yellow walls which are typical in Hoi An.
Hoai River has its own beauty at each time; however, the best time to go for a boat ride is perhaps at dusk. At this time, when the light is on, the river is lit by the shimmer of floating flower garlands and colored lanterns.
5. Hoi An Cuisine
Being a cultural interference, Hoi An cuisine definitely diverse too. No one can resist the long must-eat dishes list when visiting Hoi An.
Being a great example of the varied cuisine, Vietnamese vermicelli has noodles as big as Japanese Soba, Chinese char siu meat, served with fresh vegetables and Vietnameses fried chips
· Cao lầu Thanh: 26 Thái Phiên
· Quán Không Gian Xanh: 687 Hai Bà Trung
· Cao lầu Liên: 9 Thái Phiên
Fried mussels – Banh dap
Banh dap is a unique dish, combining with wet and dry rice paper. When eating, tap slightly to stick two sides together. Banh dap is served with fish sauces, some times with fried mussels
· Quán Bà Già: Thôn 1, xã Cẩm Nam
Chicken rice is considered as a famous specialty in Hoi An that you can ‘t miss. Rice is cooked with chicken broth and turmeric for the yellow color. Boiled chicken is mixed with onion, shredded papaya, herbs with sweet and sour sauce for a delicious salad.
· Cơm gà Bà Buội: 26 Phan Châu Trinh
· Cơm gà Xí: 47/2 Trần Hưng Đạo
· Cơm gà Ty: 25-27 Phan Châu Trinh
Banh xeo – Nem lui
Being a province located in the Central Vietnam, banh xeo in Hoi An is small, crunchy with meat, shrimp and squid. Some places, they are served with nem lui, making the attractive version for this popular dish.
· Giếng Bá Lễ: 45/51 Trần Hưng Đạo
Steamed from rice flour, dumpling with meat, mushrooms and banh vac with pounded shrimp are served with fried onion, sweet and sour sauce.
· White Rose Res: 533 Hai Bà Trưng
As Vietnamese national dish, banh mi Hoi An is famous for its taste with big bunch of cha siu meat, grilled meat, pate, handmade butter sauce, salad,..which appeal to anyone, whether you are a banh mi lover or not.
· Bánh mì Phượng: 2B Phan Chu Trinh
· Bánh mì Madam Khánh: 115 Trần Cao Vân
If you wonder whether there is any street food in Hoi An, the answer will be yes and that is grilled meat. After strolling the ancient town, stop by Hoai River, enjoy the delicious meat grilled below the read charcoal, served with crispy sour papaya and special source.
· Quán Anh: 132 Nguyễn Thái Học
· Quán Bà Hường – Thịt nướng bánh ướt: Ngã ba Trần Phú – Tiểu La, P. Minh An
· Thịt xiên nướng Phố Cổ: Đầu đường Bạch Đằng, gần cầu đi bộ qua sông
Walking around the streets, you can easily find some food stalls to recover your energy for your exploration. They can be sweet soup, tofu, mango cake, or herbs tea for a hot sunny afternoon.
Some best coffee shops in Hoi An
After filling your energy with dishes, let’s enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the ancient town in one nostalgic coffee shop.
· Reaching Out Tea House: 131 Trần Phú
· Hội An Roastery: 135 Trần Phú
· Cocobana: 16 Nguyễn Thái Học
· Chu Chu: 74 Trần Phú
· Cocobox: 94 Lê Lợi
· Mót Hội An: Quán vỉa hè 150 Trần Phú
· The Chef: 166 Trần Phú
6. Where to stay in Hoi An?
As tourists come to Hoi An for a leisure vacation, hotels in Hoi An are invested in the space to bring the most comfortable vacation for guests.
Hotels in Hoi An
There are two main areas that tourists often prefer when choosing a place to stay, which are in the ancient town and near the beach. Some famous hotels for you are Maison Vy hotel, Hoi An Rose Garden Hotel, Khách sạn Lasenta Boutique Hội An, River Suites Hoi An Hotel…
For those who want to find an affordable choice, to save money for other trips, you can prefer these top 7 hotels in Hoi An less than 1 million VND
Homestay in Hội An
Hoi An is a perfect place for those who want to find a hostel or homestay to experience the local tradition. Homestays in Hoi An are well -known for its design – not only beautiful but also fully Hoi An vibe.
Some famous homestays which are always in the top list are Under The Coconut Tree Hoi An Homestay, An Bang Beach Hideaway Homestay, Lemongrass Homestay, Heron House Hoi An, Jolie Villa Hoi An Homestay…
Villa in Hội An
Villa is the best choice for those who are looking for a true leisure vacation. Whenever in the bustling old town center or a quiet place far away from the heart, you will be spoiled yourself by the most prof
essional service and luxurious facilities.
Look for these names such as Golden Peach Villa Hoi An, Le Pavillon Hoi An Central Villa, Golden Bell Hoi An Boutique Villa, Tue Tam Garden Villa, Azumi Villa Hoi An…for a trip that can’t be more perfect.
Resort in Hội An
Beach lovers do not hesitate to choose resorts near some famous beaches like An Bang or Cua Dai. Nothing more wonderful than enjoying the salty wind, blue water and yellow sand but still immerse yourself in the nostalgic beauty of Hoi An.
Top favorite resort in Hoi An: Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Resort & Spa, Senvila Boutique Resort, Tropical Beach Hoi An Resort,…
7. Need – to – remember information when visiting Hoi An
· Hoi An in the morning is peaceful and quiet with the locals beginning their new day. Let’s get up early to enjoy the full beauty of the ancient town.
· Hoi An is most beautiful during the full moon or Tet festivals, therefore it is very crowded at this time. Ideally, you should book a hotel in advance.
· Tourists often buy lanterns, handicrafts, tailoring service as souvenirs in Hoi An. Particularly with tailored clothes, you should spend additional time for sewing to have the most satisfactory clothes
· Although the weather in Hoi An is not as harsh as other cities, Hoi An is easily influenced by floods and storms. Please check the weather forecast before travelling at this time.
A self-sufficient Hoi An tourism experience can be more complete for those who are planning to discover this ancient town. Hope you will have the most wonderful moment in this beautiful city!