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Hoi An Travel Guide

Hoi An is nestled along the coast of Vietnam, but unlike its neighbour Da Nang, it is not known for its beaches. Instead, Hoi An is famous for its architecture that retains and reflects Vietnam’s history and heritage. To experience Hoi An’s heritage, visit Hoi An Ancient Town which has been well-preserved from the 15th to 19th century. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When night falls, the lanterns in Hoi An Ancient Town light up, making you feel that Hoi An is truly a “peaceful meeting place”. There may not be any high-speed trains or airport that connect you directly to this beautiful city. But Hoi An is definitely worth the however long bus or car ride trip you need to take.

Local Custom & Slang

Hoi An Lantern Festival

  • Each month, when the moon is at its fullest, Hoi An celebrates by lighting up lanterns. Check the lunar calendar before you plan your trip. It’s an incredibly beautiful experience you don’t want to miss.

Want an authentic experience? Ride a cyclo!

  • Xích Lô (pronounced as “sig-loh”) means Cyclo in Vietnamese.

When the view is too beautiful, how do you say it in Vietnamese?

  • Say ‘Đẹp’! It is pronounced as ‘dab’ and it means ‘beautiful’ in Vietnamese.

Say ‘Hello’ in Vietnamese!

  • Xin Chào (pronounced as “sin-chao”) means Hello in Vietnamese.

How to address people in Vietnam

  • Anh (ah-n): to address an older man
  • Chi (chee): to address an older woman
  • Em (ehm): to address anyone younger than you

Trip Essentials

  • Weather
  • Currency
  • Visa
  • Electricity
  • The best months to visit Hoi An are during February to May. Travelling during this period will help you avoid the heat of summer as well as the gloominess of the rain and cold temperatures.

  • The dry season in Hoi An stretches from April to August.

  • The rainy season, also known as winter season in Hoi An, usually lasts from September to January.


By Cycling

  • The roads of Hoi An Ancient Town are closed during certain hours of the day, hence banning all motorised vehicles from entering. But it is such an iconic attraction that bicycles become the next best option to get around Hoi An!

  • Bike rental shops are conveniently located around Hoi An. You can also rent a bicycle from your hotel. The average price to rent a bicycle is 30,000 VND per day. So cheap!

By Motorbike

  • It takes someone with bravery to cross the roads anywhere in Vietnam. So if you’re not comfortable with riding a motorbike in buzzing traffic, a safer alternative would be taking the other transport options.

  • But if thrill is what you live for, then you can rent a motorbike starting from 200,000 VND per day.

  • You can rent motorbikes from MotorVina, Motorbike Rental Hoi An, and Style Motorbikes.

By Taxi

  • It is easy to flag a taxi in Hoi An. However, do note that motorised vehicles, taxis included, are not allowed within Hoi An Ancient Town during certain hours of the day.

  • Local taxi operators in Da Nang charge by metres with a reliable metre system. However if you search the internet, you’ll see many reviews about scams in Hoi An. Make sure you have your Google Maps on so you know you aren’t going in circles.

  • Starting metre fares in Hoi An start from an average of 12,000 VND.

  • Local Operator: Faifoo (yellow) and Mai Linh (white and green)

  • Other Operators: Grab

By Cyclo

  • Buses aren’t the most convenient mode of transport in Hoi An. Instead, why not try cyclos for a more authentic experience? The average price per kilometre is 22,000 VND, but if you intend to use a cyclo as your main mode of transport for the whole day, try negotiating the price.

  • Note that cyclos are not ideal for groups because each cyclo can only take up to 2 passengers.

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