Hoi An Travel Guide
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Member Reviews (43)
- Hoi AnMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Mar 07, 2014
Hoi An was one of my favorite towns in Vietnam. Its charming old town was named a UNESCO world heritage site due to the beautiful architecture and arched stone bridges over canals. They also have a lot of tailor shops here - so its a great place to get a suit made. I heard the beaches are nice as well, but it was raining so hard when we were here we never saw them...
- Hoi AnMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFeb 06, 2014
With its picturesque UNESCO World Heritage old town, excellent dining scene, nearby beaches and fabulously cheap custom tailors, Hoi An is a must-see on the circuit of the central Vietnam coast. Find a nice guesthouse with a pool, visit a tailor to get your measurements taken, sit on the beach for a couple days, eat amazing food at night, take lots and lots of pictures, and in 48 hours' time, pick up your custom-made clothes and travel onwards in style!
- Hoi AnMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Oct 02, 2013
This is the ancient town of Vietnam. it's really beautiful, everyone who travels to Vietnam go to this town :). but it's a small town so 1 day there would be enough or even a half of a day. I suggest come there at noon and stay there until night, because it's so beautiful at night with lantern and lights :)
- Hoi AnFeb 27, 2013
Hội An pronunciation (help·info) is a city of Vietnam, on the coast of the South China Sea in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is located in Quảng Nam province and is home to approximately 120,000 inhabitants. It has been recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The city possessed the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and was known as Lâm Ấp Phố (Champa City). Between the seventh and 10th centuries, the Cham (people of Champa) controlled the strategic spice trade and with this came tremendous wealth. The boats still used today in Hội An probably have the same hull shape as those used by the Champas for ocean voyages.
The former harbour town of the Cham at the estuary of the Thu Bồn River was an important Vietnamese trading centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled. During this period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Seaside Town) in Vietnamese. Originally, Hai Pho was a divided town with the Japanese settlement across the "Japanese Bridge"(16th-17th century). The bridge (Chùa cầu) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side.
- Hoi AnNov 23, 2012
I love the architecture of this quaint town. It's a laid back town where locals and tourists blend very well together. The lanterns and lights at night are a spectacle not to be missed. Buy a paper lantern, make a wish and drop it into the river.
- Hoi AnMember ofFamily TravelersAug 13, 2012
Hoi An, an old Japanese trading concession in the centre of Vietnam, has old world charm, good shopping, lovely architecture and is a short 10 minute cycle down to the beach. So, it pretty much covers most people's wish lists.
The streets, albeit now busy with tourists, are a time-warp and showcase the familiar tailor shops that the town is justly famous for. Get yourself a nice suit or dress made up in 24 hours, but make sure its something you will wear back home otherwise its a waste of money.
The food is delicious and has some elements of the royal cuisine of Hue combined with the simplicity of a coastal village. Duck dishes in Hoi are particularly fine.
You can either stay in town in a simple mid-range hotel and commute to the beach or, opt for the 4-5 star resorts on the beach and cycle in to the village. Nothing is far, but Vietnam is hot, which is something you'll need to consider.
- Hoi AnJul 17, 2012
Hoi An is a charming town on the coast and well worth a visit when traveling to Vietnam. You can spend time relaxing on the beach, visit the historic downtown for your fill of culture and shopping, have some clothes made at the excellent tailors, and eat some wonderful meals. Taking a bike tour with Heaven & Earth is also a great way to see more of the countryside and how locals live and earn their living in this part of Vietnam.
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