Riverside of Hoi An Ancient Town, Quang Nam
Riverside of Hoi An Ancient Town, Quang Nam

Hoi An Travel Guide

Hoi An in Quang Nam Province, in the Central Coast of Vietnam, was a busy international trading port in the 16-18th century. The river silted up in the 19th century which made it too shallow for a port, hence the port relocation to Da Nang (Tourane). Nowadays, visiting Hoi An you can still adore the charming ancient architecture and the quaint ambiance dating back to its heydays.

The Old Town of Hoi An has always been a favorite spot for AdventureGreen's travelers journeying between the North and the South of the country. We trust that our fellow travelers have some active time in the country and it is good to get relaxed and get soaked in the traditional atmosphere of Hoi An before embarking on the adventure again.

A street in the Old Town of Hoi An
A street in the Old Town of Hoi An

During your stay in Hoi An, the Old Town sometimes may get busy with tourists. AdventureGreen has carefully selected accommodations which are peaceful enough that you can still enjoy the Old Town but also enjoy some quiet time at the hotel.

It is also good to know that Hoi An is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is extremely expensive with the conservation of the old architectures. The rainy season in Hoi An is bad and damaging floods may come every 8-10 years which may destroy everything. Your visit to Hoi An is essential in contributing to the funds for the preservation of the old houses. This is also one of AdventureGreen's missions from the outset.

Hoi An in the rain
Hoi An in the rain

Adventure Travel & Ecotourism, Things To Do and Tourist Attractions in Hoi An
1/ The Japanese covered bridge
Built at the end of the 16th century with Japanese architecture, the bridge links the Chinese quarter and the Japanese quarter.

The Japanese Covered Bridge
The Japanese Covered Bridge

2/ Chinese Congregational Assemblies
There are several Chinese Congregational Assemblies in Hoi An: Quang Dong, Trieu Chau, Tran Family Worshiping House, Phuc Kien… These are where Chinese communities have gatherings and where heroes and patron god/goddess are honored.

Hoi An Old Town in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Hoi An Old Town in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

 

Quang Dong Congregrational Assembly
Quang Dong Congregrational Assembly

 

Phuc Kien Congregational Assembly
Phuc Kien Congregational Assembly

3/Old Merchant Houses
Houses in Hoi An were once merchant houses, warehouses… Nowadays they are turned into museums, restaurants, cafes, shop houses,… Much of the architecture has been preserved. The best things about these houses are the architecture and the atmosphere. You’ll lean a lot about the Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese influence in these structures. The most beautiful ones are Tan Ky, Phung Hung,..

Ancient shop houses at Hoi An
Ancient shop houses at Hoi An

4/ Museums in Hoi An
There are a few museums in Hoi An that you may visit: Ceramic Museum, Hoi An Museum, Folk Culture Museum, Sa Huynh Culture Museum,… Hoi An Museum is a complete display of Hoi An with interesting artifacts showing the history and culture of Hoi An.

5/Handicraft workshops
There are several traditional workshops in Hoi An making traditional handicrafts: weaving silk, lanterns, sleeping mats, ceramics, lacquer-wares.

6/ Hoi An Market
A lovely spot to learn lots about Hoi An and the locals’ daily life. It is where you can get materials for cooking classes.

7/Coconut forest of Cam Thanh
This is where you can have a ride in a coracle navigating through the evergreen forest of coconut. You’ll certainly enjoy a show by villagers who skillfully rock the little basket boat and turn it around! Besides, you’ll learn traditional skills for fishing and catching crabs… It is a fun-filled experience! Cam Thanh is 3km southeast of the Old Town of Hoi An.

Cam Thanh coconut forest
Cam Thanh coconut forest

7/Cua Dai Beach, An Bang Beach
The beaches are 5km from Hoi An Old Town which offer white sand and a relaxing time.

8/Cu Lao Cham Island
A visit to the island takes a full day from Hoi An. The island offers sandy beaches and laid-back local lifestyle.

The idyllic waterfront of Hoi An Old Town
The idyllic waterfront of Hoi An Old Town

How to get to Hoi An
Hoi An is 30km southeast of Da Nang and 130km southeast of Hue. The road from Hue to Da Nang then Hoi An has some coastal legs with wonderful landscape and amazing lifestyle. Traveling from one destination to another, you can choose to go by car, by daily train, local bus, motorbike or bicycle. The trip by motorcycle or bicycle offers captivating scenery.

How to travel around Hoi An
The Old Town of Hoi An is small and best explored on foot. A full walking tour of Hoi An Old Town should take around half a day. Another good way for exploring Hoi An and the idyllic countryside around the Old Town is by bicycle. You’ll have lovely unexpected encounters with locals for certain.

Cleaning the Old Town of Hoi An after a flood
Cleaning the Old Town of Hoi An after a flood