Hoi An Travel And Tourist Guide

For some visitors to Vietnam, Hoi An is the highlight of their trip – a well-preserved trading town on the coast with pedestrianised, cobbled streets and a wealth of shopping and dining opportunities. For others, the place is a bit too kitsch – almost a Hollywood version of itself with everything a bit too perfect to be true. To find out which camp you fall in, you’ll have to take a look yourself.

Hoi An is fun to visit at any time of year, but particularly during its Full Moon Festival, which coincides with the full moon each month. At this time, shopkeepers switch off their lights and adorn the town with lanterns, while a procession takes to the streets.


Attractions & Activities

Stroll round the merchants’ houses and assembly halls, watch a classical dane performance and then go shopping for silk or get some clothes made to measure...more


Go for a atmospheric guesthouse with basic facilities in the Old Town or sign up for a luxury resort with your own private butler to take care of every possible whim...more

Restaurants & Bars

Sample Hoi An specialities like banh xeo on the street or settle into a smart fusion restaurant with combines the fragrant aromas of Vietnamese cuisine with international flavours...more


Rent a bicycle to explore the nearby coast or take a boat ride up the Thu Bon River and explore for yourself the dramatic natural landscape of the rugged Vietnamese coastline...more

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Brief guide to historic Hoi An

Formerly known as Fai Fo, this was one of Vietnam’s principal coastal ports in the 16th century and was once busy with ships arriving from China, Japan and even Europe. In those days, many of the foreign traders made a base in town, giving it a distinct cosmopolitan air.

Then in the late 18th century, the Thu Bon River on which the town stands began to silt up, and large trading vessels were re-directed to Da Nang, a little further north up the coast. This could have been the death of Fai Fo, but its name was changed in 1954, and somehow it escaped the worst of the bombing during the American War. Since it was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, it has blossomed and is now one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations.

The town is often prone to flooding during October/November, so it could be wise to give it a miss at that time. Nearby attractions include Cua Dai Beach, where there are several resorts, and the Cham ruins at My Son, the most evocative Cham site in all Vietnam.

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