Tour in the most charming city in Vietnam
Hoi An is cozy, traditional and has charming architecture. This is undoubtedly one of the most adorable cities in Vietnam.
The historic and graceful center of Hoi An is even more pleasant and welcoming. In the near past, the place was an important port. Today, it boasts grandiose architecture and a seductive riverside setting.
Lounge bars, boutique hotels, travel agents and an excess of tailoring shops are part of the scene in this city.
The city has that tourist chaos, but it is still one of the favorite destinations for those who go to the country.
Hoi An is very small: two to three full days are enough.The city is right in the middle of Vietnam and most of the time it gets into the itineraries of those who want to travel the country from north to south / south to north.
What gives this place the most charm are the many colorful lanterns that decorate and illuminate the stone streets of the old center.
How to get to Hoi An:
Hoi An is located in the center of the country, approximately 800 km from Hanoi, the country’s capital, and 850 km from Ho Chi Minh City.
The passage there is usually associated with a visit to the city of Hue. The nearest airport to Hoi An is Danang Airport, 30 km away. By land, one of the most chosen ways by travelers is the transit with buses – most of them have beds or benches. We opted for the shared transport (a 30-seat van – cost U $ 10 pp) between the cities of Hue and Hoi An. We closed everything at the hotel reception, but it is also possible to find options at one of the many agencies that are spread throughout the city. of Hue.
After a brief explanation about the city and its charms, in addition to showing how to get there, we will go on our 3-day and 2-night itinerary in the city that enchanted us.
But before starting this tour through Hoi An through our post, check out also all our route in Vietnam. Check out our posts here: link .
# 1 day: Hue – Hoi An Section and Hoi An Walking Tour
Here comes our seventh day (we completed this stage 1 week in Vietnam) and the day’s schedule started with our transfer between Hue and Hoi An.
We opted for transportation in a 30-seat van (cost U $ 10 pp) and at 8: 30 we left from the hotel towards Hoi An. This type of transfer gives us the option of some stops along the way, and with that we were able to visit more attractions and places in Vietnam.
It took us about 6 hours (140 km – it takes a long time on Vietnamese roads because the roads are bad, the traffic is ungrateful, the maximum speed allowed is 60 km / h and we made many stops to specific points).
Our stops were:
- Thanh Toan Tile – Roofed Bridge and Local Market
- Lang Co Beach
- Hai Van Pass (top of the mountain where you can see Hue and Danang)
- Marble Mountains
Of all the places visited, the only one that was worth it was the Marble Mountains. There we find a well maintained and super cute space, full of cellars and buddhas. This is the place where the Vietnamese government extracted a large part of its marble, but today they do not do it anymore to conserve the place.
The first stop at the bridge and market is unnecessary, and above all it is an ugly and dirty place. The second stop, the beach, was interesting to see what the beaches in Vietnam are like, but we didn’t have much time (just one stop even for photos and to enjoy the local weather a little), finally the third stop was a horror. Location high in the mountains that we passed between Hue and Danang and totally dull and expendable. However, as it was a closed transport package between Hue and Hoi An, and there were these stops, we had to go according to the tour.
The fourth stop, as I said earlier, was the best and most interesting. Thanks for the whole tour! And we still know a little bit of Danang.
In Marble Mountains there is a visitation fee and there the values are like this:
- 40,000 Dong to access per person
- 15,000 Dong to take the elevator (if you don’t want to take the elevator to the top of the mountain, there is the possibility of taking the stairs)
In this last point, we stayed 1 hour, in the others, a maximum of 30 minutes. In the end it was very worthwhile as we paid U $ 10 dollars per person for transportation between the cities and we even took a regional tour. We arrived in Hoi An around 2:30 pm and headed for the hostel – Hoa Binh Hostel . We checked in, dropped bags on the spot and went on our walking tour. We still had a lot to see, and it was from this moment that we started to visit one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in Vietnam.
We had already read that this was a stop that we could not fail to do, and so it was! No sooner said than done! The city is cute and full of charms to be explored.
We took a map at the hostel, some tips and off we went for a lot of walking. We continue to Old Town, the region on the banks of the River Thu Bon. There are about 4 to 5 parallel and main streets where the points of interest and all the local commerce can be found. And what is found, mainly, is a trade focused on tourists, many stores and the famous tailors.
The main streets for seeing attractions and shopping are:
- Tran Phu
- Nguyen Thai Hoc
- Bach Dang
- Nguyen Phuc Chu (which is across the river)
- Nguyen Thi Minh Khai
And the transversal ones:
- Le Loi
- Hoang Van Thu
- Tieu La
- Tran Quy Cap
We toured all points of interest in Old Town:
- Cantonese Assembly Hall
- Duc An Old House
- Hoi An Craft Workshop
- Japanese Covered Bridge
- Museum of Folk Culture
- Museum of Trade Ceramics
- Phuc Kien Assembly Hall
- Phung Hung Ancient House
- Tan Ky Old House
- Tran Family Chapel
- Traditional Art Performance House
All points mentioned above are paid. There is a single ticket that can be purchased at the various windows scattered around the city and with it the tourist can visit 5 attractions.
– 120 Dong (5 attractions) scattered in Old Town
Our first day city tour was very intense and we stayed from 3 pm until 9 pm just enjoying the streets of Hoi An and its charms. We were still very lucky because, during this period that we visited the city, an international food festival was happening and everything was decorated and the city was full of attractions.
We closed the day satisfied and full of photos to take with us.
# 2 day: Cham Islands (Hoi An)
Ufa! Our first day of the second week of Vietnam started with a full day tour to one of the islands near Hoi An – Cham Islands.
We closed a transport + food package and left our hostel at 8 am sharp. Around 8:45 am we reached the point where the boats leave for this island. We left in direction Cham Island and soon we were already disembarking in the center (25 minutes of transport between Hoi An and Cham Islands).
We did a small city tour, better saying island tour. After these 30 minutes, we returned to the boat and went to the beach where we would spend the day. The initial tour of the island is completely bland, but we couldn’t miss it due to the itinerary. We stayed at the beach for about 2 and a half hours. There we were served lunch (varied and simple local food) and we took the opportunity to rest our bodies and legs after walking the day before. At 2:30 pm we left the beach and headed towards Hoin An.
We closed the day with dinner in the center and a little more walking through the colorful streets of this city.
# 3 day: Hoi An – Da Nang – Siem Reap (Cambodia)
Our ninth day had arrived and with it the final schedule in Hoi An. For this day we booked something more light and short, due to the check in of the hostel at 11am.
We woke up at 7am, had our coffee and at 8am we were already ready for the bike tour that we ourselves took through rice paddies and the region further away from the center.
We rented the bike at a store in front of the hostel ($ 200 dong) and followed the main street, where the hostel was located. Without much script we headed towards the exit of the city and looked for colorful and beautiful sceneries for photos.
We followed the small roads of the rice fields and soon came across some tours (that is, we were on the right path and in places that were special).We continued cycling for about an hour, and at a certain point, within the small streets we were on, we found an establishment that provided massage services. We stopped and gave ourselves that little moment of relaxation! It was only 30 minutes, because we had to check out, but it was very valid.
After the bike and massage tour in the morning we went to the hostel, packed our belongings and checked out. At that time, it was time to look for a restaurant for lunch. And that’s what we did! We headed towards Old Town, had lunch, walked a little more to say goodbye to the city, went back to the hostel and then we stayed for a while waiting for our transfer ($ 300 dong – closed with the hostel). We proceed to Danang airport (neighboring city of Hoi An which has the nearest airport).
At 2 pm we headed for Danang. At 5:30 pm we depart for our number 35 country, Cambodia. Check out our entire tour through Cambodia by accessing this link .
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- Site Oficial do Turismo no Vietnã
- Hoi An Cyclo Tour
- Cham Island Diving
- Cham Island Snorkeling & Tour
- Family Cooking Tour – Hoi An
- Heaven & Earth Bicycle Tour Hoi An
- Hoian Diving Center Hoi An
- Hoi An Cooking-Eco Tour
- Bay Mau Eco Cooking Tour Hoi An
- Hoi An Village Experience
- Yellow City Food Tours Hoi An
- Electric Scooter Tours Hoi An
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