Hoi An


The historic coastal riverside town of Hoi An has been known to travellers for over 300 years, when it was a major port of call for merchants from Japan, China and even Arabia. These traders made use of the port's facilities and built a formidable town, until its importance waned as the Hoi An river silted up and international focus shifted to the coastal port of Da Nang .

Hoi An is now enjoying something of a renaissance as tourists flock to the once peaceful town. The ancient streets and temples have withstood this modern onslaught remarkably well, and Hoi An remains a "must see" on any tour of Viet Nam . The streets themselves - narrow and faced with formidable frontages of ancient "shop-houses" - together with the town's remarkable and eclectic architectural styles, evoke a feeling of times gone by, and it isn't difficult to imagine the town of three- or four hundred years ago, bustling with trade and enjoying its economic and cultural heyday.

These days, the trade is almost entirely tourism-related, although the town retains its traditional market, and other glimpses of Vietnamese life are visible at almost every turn. The influx of tourists has translated into a good range of decent accommodation to suit most tastes and budgets, from simple guesthouses to fully-fledged five-star resorts on the banks of the river or on the beach itself (located a short distance from town). Likewise, dining in this coastal town is a pleasure, with some of the best seafood in Vietnam offered at very reasonable prices. The last few years has seen the arrival of some excellent new restaurants and bars, situated along the riverfront, and 1 street back on Nguyen Thai Hoc.

As the tourist numbers increased so did the number of shops selling art, jewellery, lacquer, ceramics, etc – and of course Hoi An’s famous tailor shops.

Half-day trips can be taken from Hoi An to nearby My Son with its Cham ruins, and to Danang's China Beach and Marble Mountains. Learn to cook Vietnamese food at Red Bridge Cooking School or try a diving trip to Cham Island.

If timing permits, visit Hoi An on the night of the full moon – the town is lit up with thousands of lanterns, locals dress up in traditional costume, and music and dance shows are performed throughout the old town.

Popular tours

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Hoi An - My Son day tour - Big and Small Group
Uncover the secrets of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed My Son Sanctuary during an exhilarating 4-hour excursion from Hoi An. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating...
Price $32 $25
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Tra Que Cooking Class Tour
Tra Que is a charming little village located just a few kilometers from Hoi An. The village is named after the sweet scented vegetables they grow in the village, and are used to sp...
Price $35
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Explore and discover rural life in central of Vietnam
Danang Hue Hoi An
This 7 day package tour will show many aspects of Central Vietnam’s culture, scenery, and flavours. This package tour includes all accomodation and meals, so don’t worry about pla...
Price Upon request
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Hoi An - Red bridge Deluxe day tour
Tour to Tra Que organic herb gardens, purchase ingredients at the local village market, 3 hours of in-depth hands on cooking, lunch, and return trip to Hoi An by Boat
Price $65
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Hoi An - Red bridge classic cooking half day tour
Fun & interesting half-day learning about Vietnamese food and the Hoi An way of life. Already in its 10th year this popular tour is listed in all the major guidebooks.
Price $40
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Hoi An - Hai Cafe Evening Cooking Class
Red Bridge Restaurant & Cooking School offers half day, full day and evening programs everyday of the year. Highlights include a guided tour of Hoi An's colourful central market, b...
Price $30