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Handy Hoi An travel tips

Thu, 29 Jan 2015. Last updated Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:24

Hoi An is one of the most visited destinations in Vietnam. Tourists come here not just to enjoy relaxing moments, but also to explore a time-honored architectures and unique cuisine. Keeps the following Hoi An travel tips when visiting the town.

With ancient houses, immense Cua Dai Beach with turquoise water and interesting experiences, Hoi An has been always one of the most fascinating destinations in Vietnam. Owning information and having good preparation for Hoi An travel will will be useful for your trips to the World Heritage's city.

How to get there

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is an ancient and small town of Quang Nam Province, but the ancient town is quite near Da Nang City. Therefore, it is definitely convenient to  travel Hoi An after enjoying wonderful time in Da Nang - the worthiest city to live in Vietnam. Traveling by bus, train, or by air to Da Nang and then take a taxi or get on Bus No.01 from Da Nang bus station, or hire a motorbike to approach Hoi An are the best options. Otherwise, from Hue city, there is a tourist bus departing from Hue to Hoi An. By the way of transportation, Vietnam tour packages of Da Nang to Hoi An will be much easier and more convenient.

Where to stay

Thanh Binh Riverside Hotel - Exteriror

Hotels in Hoi An are abundant. Howerver, Hoi An homestay is more favored by tourists. These homestay service is available near Hoi An Ancient Town. Just from about 300.000 VND (equivalent to about US $14), lovely, large enough and clean houses always welcome tourists from everywhere, along with hospitable local people. Accommodation near Cua Dai Beach is dominated by luxury resorts with fantastic view and atmosphere. Here is suitable for tourists who enjoy traveling for pleasure.

What to see

Village on Cham Island

Hoi An Ancient Town is portrayed by unique traditional architectural works with many second-to-none stopovers which are looking forward to tourists' exploration. Japanese Covered Bridge, Quang Dong Assembly Hall (Guangdong Assembly Hall), Phuc Kien Assembly Hall (Fujain Assembly Hall), ancient houses, Hoi An Museum of Trading Ceramics, and Hoi An Museum of Folklore... After a long time of getting around the ancient town, coming over a cafe to allure into the slow pace of life in Hoi An, or exploring small alleys to reach Hoai River are among should-not-miss things to do in Hoi An.

In the evening, walking along Hoai River to contemplate ancient houses with shimmering and vivid lanterns, or getting on boat and dropping candle flower on Hoai River, or visiting Nguyen Hoang Night Market must be noted in list of where to go in Hoi An. That will be unforgettable memory of any Vietnam holidays  to the ancient town in the Central part of Vietnam. Hiring a bike and experiencing community travel in Tra Que Vegetables Village, Kim Bong Carpentry Village, Thanh Ha Pottery Village... to immerse in local life and explore interesting cultural and traditional customs.

Do not miss Cua Dai Beach in the list. Cua Dai Beach - the convergence of three rivers (Thu Bon River, Truong Giang River, and De Vong River) is a fantastic place with turquoise water, white sand and azure sky. Another famous beach in Hoi An is An Bang Beach. An Bang Beach used to be voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is a pristine beach with primitive charm and serenity. The beach is often favored by most tourists who love serenity of the sea and fishing life.

Meanwhile, Cu Lao Cham Island is an ideal stopover for tourists who adore exploring. The island is about 15km from Cua Dai Beach. It takes about 20 minutes to travel by high-speed boat (about 120,000 VND or nearly US $6) to the island, or about 1 hour to reach the island by boat (about 30,000 VND/pax) departing at 8:00 am from Cua Dai Beach.  In the island, there is service of homestay and guest house with convenient facilities. Scenery on the island is beautiful, pristine and charming as Bai Bac, Bai Ong and Bai Xep with white sand strand-shaped rocks. In addition, there are some famous stopovers such as Hai Tang Pagoda and Cham ancient well...

What to eat

Cao Lau - Ba Be, Hoi An Market

Hoi An cuisine is depicted clearly on almost streets in Hoi An Ancient Town. Let's come to Thai Phien Street and Hoi An Market to enjoy delicious and cheap dishes of Cao Lau and Quang Noodle. Ms. Buoi's and Ms. Nga's chicken rice restaurants on Phan Chau Trinh are best places to taste the dish. Coming over street vendor's stalls in the ancient town or near Cam Hoi Bridge to eat a wide range of cake such as dumplings, Vac cake and Dap cake... Ba Le Alley on Tran Hung Dao Street is another must-visit place to explore Hoi An cuisine. In the evening, if tourist walking along Hoai River's bank, do not forget to taste some kinds of sweet soup here. Cua Dai Beach will be an ideal place to enjoy delicacies of seafood. There are many reasonable-price store with fresh and delicious seafood.

What to buy

Lanterns in Hoi An Ancient Town

In Hoi An shopping tips, lantern ranks first. It is seen as a typical souvenir in Hoi An. Some big lantern shops are preferred by tourists who come here to order handmade lanterns with colorful and lovely beauty. Having a pair of sandals or dresses made in the fastest time will bring interesting gift for friends and relatives. Green pea cake and chili sauce are good options for gifting. At the end of the tour, do not for get to take the last photo of Hoi An that you are impressed most. 

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