Hoi An Travel Guide

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Hoi An Travel Guide

 

STAY

Hotel Royal Hoi An Mgallery Collection – a luxurious hotel with very spacious rooms  that offers a free shuttle into town and located on the beach.

Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An – this luxurious resort is on a private beach and within 10 km of Hoi An. If you are looking to unwind and treat yourself at the spa and spend your evenings exploring Hoi An this is the resort for you.

Vinh Hung Emerald Resort – a mid-range priced hotel in Hoi An offers a convenient location and a great pool to cool off in after a long day exploring Old Town.

Southern Hotel & Villa – this is where I stayed and I could not believe the price as I paid under $30 a night for a nice hotel room with a lovely breakfast buffet included, that was less than a 10 minute walk from all the sights and had a great swimming pool too.

SEE + DO

Explore Hoi An Ancient Town – this old trading port town is a UNESCO heritage site that has plenty of small stores, markets and sights to keep you entertained for a few days.

Night Market & Moon Viewing Festival – while visiting make sure to check out the night market with beautiful paper lanterns, or the moon viewing festival which takes place on the 14th day of the lunar month.

Get a custom suit or dress –  there are a plethora of small tailor shops that will make custom clothing in 1-2 days for a very affordable rate.

Eat + Drink

Cao lầu – a noodle dish topped with pork and greens that is made only in Hoi An

Bia hoi – the local house beer is light and refreshing and costs between $0.50-1.50

 

Hoi An Travel Guide

Hoi An Travel Guide

Don’t be afraid to look to look outside of the restaurants as there plenty of street vendors offering delicious snacks too.

Hoi An Travel Guide

Many of the streets in Ancient Town are filled with beautiful flowering trees that lean or hang off buildings.
Hoi An Travel Guide

Just outside of Hoi An is Thanh Ha Pottery Village, but within Ancient Town there are plenty of street vendors selling pottery as well.
Hoi An Travel Guide

There are plenty of stores and small restaurants to explore in Ancient Town.

Hoi An Travel Guide

The buildings in Hoi An incorporate architectural influence from both Japan and China.

Hoi An Travel Guide

Hoi An Travel Guide

The lovely gate in front of a Buddhist temple

Hoi An Travel Guide

Outside of the Buddist temple
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As dusk arrives the town becomes illuminated by lanterns every night.

Hoi An Travel Guide

Dusk is a beautiful time to explore the town
Hoi An Travel Guide

Just like the rest of Vietnam, scooters are a popular method of transportation.
Hoi An Travel Guide

After watching Anthony Bourdain visit Hoi An and rave about the local noodles in Hoi An, Cao lầu which get their famous taste from using water from a well in the town I knew I had to try them. The dish can be found throughout the town, which is noodles served with pork and greens so I decided to try it a few times and not only was it delicious but extremely affordable too.

Hoi An Travel Guide

When in doubt about where to get your Cao lầu fix head to one of the markets or street vendors, and trust places that the locals crowd to, you won’t regret it.

Hoi An Travel Guide

The central market where you can buy all sorts of food or spices.

Hoi An Travel Guide

Hoi An Travel Guide

Hoi An Travel Guide

Hoi An Travel Guide

Cool off after exploring with some fresh-squeezed sugar cane juice.

Hoi An Travel Guide

A local artisan making lanterns that hang throughout the town

Hoi An Travel Guide

The river becomes illuminated with floating light displays for the moon viewing festival

Hoi An Travel Guide

Along the river, people sell candles that you can buy and float on the river during the Moon Viewing Festival.

Hoi An Travel Guide

If you can, I highly recommend scheduling your visit for the Moon Viewing Festival to see all the amazing lanterns, many of which you can buy to take home.

Hoi An Travel Guide

Hoi An Travel Guide

Floating candles available for sale

Hoi An Travel Guide

Children taking part in the festival

Hoi An Travel Guide

Hoi An Travel Guide

Along the river, many of the restaurants have balconies to eat on which makes for a romantic way to relax over some drinks while looking out at all the glowing lanterns.

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The view from my room at Southern Hotel & Villa.

Hoi An Travel Guide

Visiting Tony the tailor to get some custom clothes made.

Hoi An Travel Guide

Communist signs just outside of the town.

Hoi An Travel Guide

Just at the edge of town you can find lots of local farms

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A blue lotus

Hoi An Travel Guide

Hoi An remains one of my favorite cities in Vietnam as you move away from the bustle of scooters in Hoi Chi Min City you can enjoy a slower pace in a magical setting in a town of lanterns.