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Chinese meeting hall in Hoi An

Hoi An (Hội An - ĐVHưng) [1] is a beautiful city in Vietnam, just south of Da Nang. The Old Town of Hoi An is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Understand

Hoi An, once known as Faifo, was a major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries, and the foreign influences are discernible to this day. While the serious shipping business has long since moved to Da Nang, the heart of the city is still the Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shophouses, which is particularly atmospheric in the evening as the sun goes down. While almost all shops now cater to the tourist trade, the area has been largely preserved as is, which is unusual in Vietnam, and renovation has proceeded slowly and carefully - it's mercifully absent of towering concrete blocks and karaoke parlors.

The main thoroughfare in the Old Town is Tran Phu. Just south of the Old Town, across the Thu Bon River, are the islands of An Hoi to the west, reachable via Hai Ba Trung, and Cam Nam to the east, reachable via Hoang Dieu.

Get in

By plane

The nearest airport is in Da Nang, which has frequent connections to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and some flights to Bangkok, Singapore and Siem Reap, Cambodia (for Angkor Wat). A taxi from the airport to Hoi An costs about US$15 thanks to the cartel, but only about half that in the other direction. This is one occasion where haggling to set a fixed price is cheaper than going by the meter. As of November 2011 one traveller reports paying around 300,000 VND while the meter read over 400,000 VND. Air-conditioned Minibus-Taxis cost 5 US$ per person. The ride takes about 45min. A word of caution about flying jetstar, they are frequently up to 8 hours late...many times arriving at Danang from saigon at 2AM. If you arrive late, you should arrange an airport transfer in advance if you don't want the taxi haggling hassles. You can book online at [YourLocalBooking.com][2] and get instant confirmation.

By train

There is no railway station in Hoi An. The nearest is in Da Nang, which receives several trains a day from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Nha Trang etc. Most travel agents and hotels can book a train ticket for you.

Da Nang Railway Station: 202 Hai Phong, Tan Chinh Ward, Thanh Khe District, TP Da Nang , Phone: (+ 84 511) 3750666. Check train schedule on www.hoian-tourism.com

By bus

Open-tour buses run daily up and down the coast from Da Nang, Hue (4-5 hours) and Nha Trang (9-10 hours).

There is a public bus (#1) from Da Nang bus station to Hoi An bus station (15,000-20,000 dong for locals but foreigners may be refused boarding at this price, around one hour). It passes through downtown Da Nang as well. A xe om from Hoi An bus station to the old town should be around 10 or 15,000 dong.

There are no shortage of travel companies and private buses traveling to and from from Hoi An to destinations such as Hue, Hanoi, Saigon, Dalat and Nha Trang.

By motorbike or taxi

It is easy to take a motorbike or taxi to and from Da Nang via the Marble Mountains (see below), from where you can catch a train onwards.

By boat

Traditional ghe nang

Hoi An has a river system stretching hundreds of kilometers - this was the ancient transport network of the Cham Kingdom as they moved goods between the highlands and then thru Hoi An and onto China. Speedboats or traditional ghe nang sailing on the river or sea [3].

Get around

Traffic in too-narrow spaces

The centre of Hoi An is very small and pedestrianised, so you will be walking around most of the time. Motorbikes are only banned from the center of town during certain times of day, so keep an eye out for motorized kamikazes, even in the most narrow alleys. However, the city's government does not allow motorbikes to enter the Old Town on the 14th and 15th of each lunar month. On those evenings, a lot of activities, including traditional games such as bai choi, trong quan, and dap nieu are held in all over the town.

To go to the beach or reach some of the more remote hotels, it is easy and cheap to hire a bicycle (ca. 10.000 VND per day March 2011). Taxis can be found in the middle of Le Loi Street, over the river on An Hoi or called by phone. When busy, taxis may refuse your fare back to your hotel from town if it is too close, opting for larger fares. Arranging a shuttle from your hotel may be a better option although prices can be higher.

Motorbike taxis, of course, are always an option. You can also charter boats for about US$1/hour.

Traffic in Hoi An is minimal, so if you've been avoiding getting on a bike in the big cities, small towns and the surrounding countryside like Hoi An are ideal to get used to the road rules.

Get a car to visit My Son early in the morning, about an hour away, or the Marble Mountains, about forty minutes north towards Da Nang.

The old Champa way was to travel by the river system. The rivers of Hoi An cover hundreds of kilometers and offer an interesting & adventurous alternative to travelling by road. Get on a boat and you'll begin to see a whole lot more of Hoi An and the Delta.

Sunset cruise in Hoi An

By motorbike

Rent a bike for US$3 per day (60,000 dong) for a semi-automatic or $5 (100,000 VND) for a fully automatic. The quiet streets are an ideal place to learn. After a few minutes fiddling with gears you'll be ready to roll. When renting make sure you get a helmet. Take a short ride down to the beach and enjoy the water or travel toward Danang to visit the stunning Marble Mountains. It's standard practice for the bike to have only enough gas to make it to the next gas station. In addition to gas stations, there are also little hand-operated roadside pumps everywhere; these can be convenient, but they're more expensive and the quality of the gas is open to question. Gas costs around 22,000 dong/litre and one litre is enough for sightseeing to the beach and back and zipping around town.

See

Old Town

  • Swan Boats, On the river (Head for the main river area near the footbridge). Make sure you check out the swan boats on the river. These are literally passenger boats shaped like giant swans whose eyes light up at night and which play 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' at double speed. Trippy.
Chinese shophouses and Communist propaganda

Entry to all historical sites in Hoi An is via a coupon system, where 90,000 dong (US$5) gets you a ticket that can be used to enter five attractions: one museum, one old house, one assembly hall, the handicraft workshop (and traditional music show) or the traditional theater, and either the Japanese Covered Bridge or the Quan Cong Temple. Tickets are sold at various entry points into the Old Town, including Hai Ba Trung Street, and also at some of the attractions, including the Cantonese Assembly Hall. The city requests that visitors dress "decently" while visiting sites in the Old Town, as in men wear a shirt and women don't wear a bikini top, sleeveless blouse or skirt above the knees. Respect the local culture and remember that you are not on the beach.

First, you may choose one of the two landmarks of Hoi An:

  • Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau or Lai Vien Kieu), on the west end of Tran Phu Street. The bridge was constructed in the early 1600's by the Japanese community, roughly 40 years before they left the city to return to Japan under the strict policy of sakoku enforced by the Tokugawa Shogunate, and renovated in 1986. Today, it's the symbol of Hoi An. Entry is one coupon, but it's possible to cross back and forth several times without meeting a ticket-checker. If your scruples are bothering you, feel free to leave tribute for the pig statue or the dog statue who stand guard at opposite ends of the bridge.
  • Quan Cong Temple, 24 Tran Phu Street.

The ticket allows admission to one of the four museums in the Old Town:

  • Museum of Folk Culture, 33 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. Some may be put off by the bizarre-looking plaster sculptures of Vietnamese peasants, but this museum documents the dress and culture of rural Vietnam.
  • Museum of Trade Ceramics, 80 Tran Phu Street. The dusty, unlabeled displays of broken pottery are eminently forgettable, but the house itself is nice enough, and it provides a better opportunity to explore the shape and layout of an old Hoi An home than you'll find at any of the Old Houses (below).
  • Hoi An Museum of History and Culture, 7 Nguyen Hue Street. The museum contains some old black and white photos of Hoi An taken in the early 20th century. It also houses an old canon, some two-thousand year old pots from the Sa Huynh period, and a case full of 9th century bricks and tiles from the Champa period.
  • Museum of Say Huynh Culture, 149 Banc Dang Street. The museum's main collection consists of pottery and urns from the 1st and 2nd centuries. Upstairs is another museum, the Museum of the Revolution. Its main collection consists of pictures from war heroes and a collection of weapons such as grenade launchers, machine guns and AK 47s.

There are three old houses that exist in an awkward halfway state between museum show-piece and somewhat shabby residence for the family that lives there. Your ticket allows admission to one.

  • Phung Hung House, 4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, just west of the Japanese Bridge. Traditional two-story wooden house, inhabited over 100 years by eight generations; and the current one attempts to guide you around in hope of a tip.
  • Quan Thang House, 77 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.
  • Tan Ky House, 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. As above, a younger member of the family will provide a cup of tea and a "tour" that doesn't stray from the front room of the house, as you'd need to step over sleeping members of the older generation to go anywhere else. The design of the house shows how local architecture incorporated Japanese and Chinese influences. Japanese elements include the crab shell-shaped ceiling supported by three beams in the living room. Chinese poems written in mother-of-pearl are hanging from a number of the columns that hold up the roof.

Numerous congregation halls, where Chinese expatriate residents socialized and held meetings, are dotted about the town. They are typically named after the home region of their members, such as Fujian and Canton. Your ticket allows admission to one. Some do not have ticket-takers, so it's up to your conscience if you want to try wandering into a second.

  • Cantonese Assembly Hall (Quang Dong), 176 Tran Phu Street. Built in 1885, it has a calm courtyard with ornate statuary. Take a peek at the half-hidden back yard and its kitschy pastel dragon statues.
  • Hokien (Fujian) Meeting Hall (Phuc Kien), 46 Tran Phu Street. Built in 1757.
  • Chinese All-Community Meeting Hall (Trieu Chau), 157 Nguyen Duy Hieu. Built in 1887. It's near the Fujian hall, also spanning the block.

Finally, you can choose one of the following to get some "Intangible Culture":

  • Hoi An Handicraft Workshop, 9 Bach Dang Street. Folk music performances are offered at 10:15AM and 3:15PM every day except Monday.
  • Traditional Theatre, 75 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.

Other

  • The Hoi An Orphanage is located right next to the Roman Catholic church.

Do

  • Cooking lessons are offered at several restaurants around town. If you enjoyed your meal there, it can't hurt to inquire.
  • You could also Rent a motorbike. If the traffic scared you in Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi, here is the place to learn.
  • Cham Island Diving [4] has been operating from Hoi An since 2002. The Dive Center and international team offer daily boat and speedboat tours to Cham Island for scuba diving and snorkelling activities. Boat tours can be booked at our Dive Bar and restaurant in Hoi An old City where our diving and snorkeling team will be happy to help you, regardless of your ability or experience.
  • Karma Waters [5] operating in Hoi An since 2005 and now in the Ancient Town opposite Anh Phu Hotel 213 Nguyen Duy Hieu tel. +84 510 3927632 is a unique vegan restaurant and Responsible Tourism operator who in 2009 created Cooperative and Homestay in Bai Huong, Cham Islands. Focused on UNESCO culture tours and low impact tours and activities such as kayaking, cycling, hiking & sailing Karma Waters provides sustainable, authentic and real experiences. Vegan cooking classes.
  • Hội An Eco Tour [6]is a unique cultural tourist attraction. Learn how to catch fish, row a basket boat with local fisherman through the coconut palm paradise. Rather than focusing on historical artifacts of Vietnam, the eco tour focuses on the historical, and living culture of the people of Hội An. Very friendly tour guide and staff. All drinks and a great dinner included (Fisherman to Coconut palm paradise tour). A bit more expensive than other tours but a very nice experience (doing rather than seeing).
  • Gioan Riverside Restaurant Cooking Lessons, 94B, Bach Dang Street (Along the river in Old Town), 0510. 3863899 (). Offers cooking classes that do not require an advance reservation and they will accommodate a single person whereas many other places have a two-person minimum for classes. A class for one person and three dishes of your choice off their menu is US$12. Of course, you get to eat what you cook. Add another dollar for each additional dish and/or trip to the market to buy ingredients. They will offer to sell you some of the cooking tools used at the end of the class. Price varies depending on number of students and number of meals.
  • Lifestart Foundation Tour & Craft Lessons, 77 Phan Chu Trinh, [7]. Lifestart Foundation, a charity founded in Australia, offers a half day tour to find out more about the Lifestart Foundation Workshop and take part in lantern making and art classes. The Morning includes the opportunity to make Hoi An lanterns, one-on-one dialogue with Lifestart Foundation workshop members and a traditional painting class. At the end of your experience you’ll have two miniature Hoi An lanterns and your hand painted notecard to take home and share with friends. All of the money raised goes towards helping local people in difficult situations become self-sufficient. $20 US.
  • The Kianh Foundation, 140 Nguyen Truong To, 0510 3917993, [8]. A UK charity that has worked in Hoi An since 2001, providing health and education services to disabled children. It is building a day centre just outside Hoi An to provide vital special education and physiotherapy services to some of the 900+ children that are without access to these essential services. Visit their Hoi An office to find out more about their work and how you can help to make a difference.
  • Bicycle tour to Cam Kim Island with Hoi An volunteer student, [9]. 3 hours. Cam Kim is a scenic rural island which is almost entirely free of tourists. Stunning rural scenes, rice paddies, villages, fields of water buffalo and quiet roads are the big draws of Cam Kim. With your bike, you will be able to explore numerous picturesque pathways along with some marvellous bamboo bridge. There’ll be plenty of opportunities for taking photos and just taking in the wonderful scenery. (,10 km)

Beaches

  • An Bang Beach, An Bang Beach (2.5 km from town. Take Hai Ba Trung St. towards the sea.). An Bang Beach has long been popular with the locals - and more recently the expat community. It's rarely shown on maps, but is actually closer and easier to get to than Cua Dai beach. It's about 2.5 km from town. Just take Hai Ba Trung Street out of town. When you get to the big road back to Da Nang - go straight. Park your bike in one of the lots. The rate should be 2,000 for a bicycle, 3,000 for a motorbike and 10,000 for a car. There are about 12 restaurants - mostly Vietnamese seafood beach shacks. There are a couple of western managed places. La Plage (far right) serves tasty, fresh food (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), has yoga classes and has a wonderful bathroom (flush toilet that's even wheelchair accessible) and a shower. La Plage is open year-round. After 5PM it turns into Phatties beachbar, which is a favorite hangout for the expats in town. On the left hand there are a few Western owned places as well. Luna D'Automno, where they make real Italian pizza's (possibly the best in Vietnam), JBC part of the Alfrescos group, has a funky decor, decidedly Mediterranean feel and has got good cocktails and Australian food, Soul Kitchen is perfect for a long lazy beach day and a game of pool and the last one is Le Banyan where kitesurf lessons, stand up paddle boarding and surfboards are available and DJ's play house music in the weekends. The government recently has made improvements to this beach... it retains a charm that is lost in Vietnam. All restaurants are grass, thatch and bamboo. Now still under the tourist radar it won't take long for this beautiful beach to become one the most famous in the country.
  • Cua Dai Beach.

Events and Festivals

Festivals in Hoi An are based on the lunar calendar, so break out your lunar date planners and lunar PDAs to see if you'll be there at the right time.

  • Full Moon Festival, aka Old Town's Night - held on the 14th of every lunar month, one night before the full moon, when the Old Town becomes even more festive than usual (which is saying something). Usually starts around 6:30PM.
  • Fisherman's Festival - held on the 16th of the February lunar month to pray for a good crop.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival - held on the 14th of the August lunar month.
  • Homestay, [10]. Homestay in Bai Huong fishing village Cham Islands. Operated by Karma Waters vegetarian restaurant, Cua Dai, in cooperation with village & local Government.

Buy

Lantern shop

Made-to-measure shirts, blouses, dresses, suits etc. are on offer from the renowned tailors of Hoi An. When last counted in 2002, there were 140 shops in the city, and the number is now well over 400. It's one of the few places in Vietnam where the motorbike taxi drivers look positively sedate by comparison. Be careful who you choose to manufacture your clothes. As a rule of thumb, give all tailors 2 days advance to prepare your garment and keep going back until you get your clothes right! Suits should cost between US$80 and up to US$250 for a good quality suit. If you choose to pay less, beware that you get what you pay for, slightly lousier quality of cloth and problems with workmanship, such as misaligned stripes on the pants and blazer. Shirts start at US$15 . Note that shirt collars tend to be made looser than at home and so don't worry if you have to ask them to make alterations. Pay attention to button quality and button holes. Possibly ask for a few spares and double stitching. Skirts normally sell for around US$15. Dresses should cost around US$20 upwards. However, prices might change depending on design and detail.

Some tourists love the idea of going in to one of the tailors and making something from scratch. While this is possible, it is better to have something made from the samples that they already have or copy something that you have brought to the shop - makes life a lot easier. Some wiser tourists return with old favorites to get them cloned/remade anew. What also works well is print detailed pictures from designer sites. The rule here is the more detailed the description / picture, the better the end result will be.

Note that if you go to the larger, more renowned tailors such as Yaly and Adong, the prices are much steeper (a 2 piece suit costs between US$80-300 depending on material). The maximum discount that seemed possible (checked against three different stores) was 15%. Both places have good workmanship on simple items such as jackets. Tony's tailor is a good value-for-money choice; high quality finishing and honest but relatively fixed prices. A suit should cost less than US$80. Another good alternative is Mr Xe, with well-made suits starting at US$50 and a great range of materials.

Business in Vietnam is based on payments of commissions for business - a wonderful example is the customs tailor shops in Hoi An! The going rate for anyone bringing in a customer is 20-40% of total retail price paid. As a starting point to bargain in Vietnam always offer at least 1/2 of the asking price - or better still start at 1/3rd and work your way upwards!

Since there are so many tailors to be found in Hoi An, it can seem difficult to find a good one.

  • Papillon Noir, 30 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoi An city (city center), [11]. They have both ready-to wear (all price-tagged!) and tailor made clothes. Special because its all natural silk or silk mixes, and the silk is handpainted (you can see them painting in the back of the shop) if you want to. Really good suits for men and women, think raw silk on the outside and processed silk as a lining. They also organize silk painting workshops to learn how to do it yourself.
  • Friendly Shop, 18 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An city (city center), [12]. They can make shoes and bags in 24h
  • Book Store, 32 Le Loi st., Hoi An city (city center). All kinds of books for sale and exchange. Maps, postcard, stamps are available.
  • NIT Tailor I & II, 42 Tran Phu Street, 135 Tan Phu Street (In the center of Old Town), 0510.3929394 (), [13]. Run by sisters. The bigger store is on 135 Tran Phu Street, but it doesn't really make a difference which one you go into, since they work together. The owners and staff are very competent and friendly (and not pushy at all, like some other store owners), accommodating any wish for changes, and with excellent attention to detail. We were told that their father had been a tailor for 40 years, who mentored a lot of other tailors in Hoi An. They have assisted him since they were little girls, which gives them a lot of experience. Prices seemed very fair for the quality, with suits from $50 USD to $125 USD, depending on the material. All in all, a great place to go.
  • Adong Silk is another large tailor. There is a better staff to customer ratio but the customer service is comparable between the two, as are the prices. The quality of workmanship is excellent here. Again bargain hard if you're buying multiple items.
  • Ants Silk, 69 Ba Trieu Street - the owner is extremely patient and thorough when producing suits. She moved me around town until she was sure I had selected a fabric I truly liked for all my shirts and suits. Prices were much more reasonable than the places I visited in the Old Town, and I can say that the clothes looked great and lasted as long as things I had made from other shops. Owner even refused to let me buy one fabric, demonstrating that it wasn't real silk (I wanted a 100% silk shirt).
  • Nhat Vy - add 121 Tran Hung Dao st. near Thien Trung hotel . The staff is very friendly with good customer service . the prices cheaper then in the central , keep the good tailer and ensure after finish to try . when you make cloth in Nhat Vy there will keep the side to do buy internet if you need some thing more - (Include Email)
  • Cloth Market, located next to the Central Market and looks like a cloth warehouse. Inside are many small tailor stalls that are generally cheaper and more reliable than shops elsewhere. Orders usually take a day or two.
  • Elegant, 66 Le Loi Street friendly staff with good customer service, garments finished in 24 hours.
  • Linh Chi, 4 Le Loi Street
  • Mr Xe, 71 Nguyen Thai Hoc St. (walk east from cargo club, on right-hand-side 2 blocks), 0510.3910 388 (). 9AM-7.30PM. Owned and run by the lively Mr Xe, who has all types of garments and materials available. Excellent attention to detail and very accommodating when it comes to alterations. Suits (Men/Women), from $50, can be finished in 24 hours.
  • Kimmy, 70 & 46 Tran Hung Dao, +84 510 3862 063, [14]. Not as pricy as Yaly's or Adong (the top choices in Hoi An) but similar selection at $50 lower. Friendly staff offer great advice, and have huge range of examples of latest fashions (books/magazines) to inspire you. Shipped home finished shirts for us. Good experience.
  • Phong, 42 Phan Boi Chau
  • Thien Long, Gold Dragon Shoe Shop, [15], 495 Cua Dai Street, Hoi An Town. Run by a 22 year old local man, named Nam, this shoe store features a wide range of shoes including formal shoes, casual shoes, flip flops and sandals. Shoes can be custom made, and Nam also has good contacts for suit and clothes tailoring. However watch the pricing of the shoes as they are expensive, ranging from $40-$50 for a dressy pair of heels or leather boots. His fiancee is also stuborn and may refuse to make you shoes if you ask for changes to be made. Being said Nam is a very good salesman just watch his fiancee.
  • Thuong, 30 Le Loi Street, a great alternative to the fancy shops mentioned above. Friendly and no hassle service providing great value.
  • Thinh Thanh, 53 Le Loi St., a block from the water and right next to one of the few late night pubs. This place stays open later than almost any other shop and provides friendly, low stress service, at typical prices.

Hoi An also has a good selection of Vietnamese art, both modern and traditional, serious and kitschy. Galleries can be found all over town but Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, on the other side of the Japanese Bridge, has the heaviest concentration.

  • Reaching Out,[16], 103 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Quality gifts made by disabled craftspeople in Vietnam. More expensive than in the market but goods are very well made and not like the mass produced stuff found elsewhere. Beautiful silver & brass jewellery, purses, pottery, clothing, quilts, lacquer boxes, etc.
  • Central Market, Bach Dang Street, (just before the Cam Nam Bridge) has all of the cheapster t-shirts and bog-standard souvenirs you've seen at every other stop in Vietnam, but it also has plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood, and all of the other stuff they use in Hoi An's terrific restaurants. T-shirts should cost around 40000 dong, and any amount of haggling will not reduce the prices beyond this level. There are shops selling backpacks, around US$20 for a 100L backpack. However, Hanoi has a wider but more expensive selection.
  • Thanh Ha Pottery Village - about 2km west of town, this traditional village has been making pottery for more than 450 years. It was on the verge of extinction until the wave of new hotel construction in Hoi An revived demand.
  • Kim Bong Carpentry Village - about 3km west of town.
  • NuNi, 115 Tran hung Dao Street (near Then Trung Hotel), 0520.926.504 (). 9AM-8PM. Two charming sisters are the shop girls. Prices were comparable to higher (skirt $30, dress $20, suit jacket $50), however, it took SIX visit to get the fit correct. Finally, product was acceptable, but not great - looked a little homemade.
  • Art Cafe 30 Nguyen Thai Hoc, based in Hoi An Old town. [17]. Sells locally handmade marble and is owned by a Swiss sculptor by the name of Eric. The whole concept of this enterprise is by breathing life into marble.
  • Galaxy DVD Shop, [18]65 Phan Chau Trinh street, Hoi An. DVD stores with high quality DVDs for entertainment.
  • Loc cloth shop, #1A, Hoi An Market, Tran Phu St., 0510.3863250. You make all the decisions but they can help you along the way. The process can be simpler if you have images of the clothing design in mind. The service and workmanship are excellent and prices are cheap compared to most other places.
  • Nguyen 1A, Hoi An Cloth Market 1A (01 Tran Phu at Huang Dieu St), 095 568 021, [19]. 9 - 6 Daily. Down the left side of the market from Tran Phu St... Fabrics galore and many catalogues ... Good work at Great Prices ... Ask for Bi... She is very knowledgeable and helpful ... It's well worth the trip Budget.
  • Lifestart Foundation Workshop, 77 Phan Chu Trinh, [20]. The non-profit Lifestart Foundation Workshop focuses on creating unique handmade arts/crafts to help support those living in challenging situations in and around Hoi An. Each item is individually made by members of the workshop and the entire proceeds from the sale of the products go directly to the workshop members to provide a sustainable income and sense of independence. It’s the perfect place to visit if you are looking for fairtrade gifts in Hoi An.
  • Randys Book Xchange (Book Store), Cam Nam Island (Over bridge to Cam Nam Island turn right on the first street), 0936089483, [21]. 8:00 to 7:00. the largest used book store in central Vietnam with over 10,000 novels. No copy books. under $10.
  • Lotus Jewellery, Two stores: 82 Tran Phu and 53A Le Loi, Hoi An (beside the Museum of Trade Ceramics), +84 510 3917 889, [22]. 08:00-22:00. Possibly the most beautiful Jewellery store in Vietnam! Hand made Sterling Silver Jewellery deliciously created using Red Coral, Freshwater Pearls, Mother-of-Pearl, Abalone, Onyx, Jade, Turquoise, Amethyst, Citrine, Blue Topaz and other delights. Using only pure silver and genuine Asian jewels, the collections are varied but mostly draw on ethnic or natural inspirations. The atmosphere at the shop is relaxed and inviting and the prices are also fixed making the customer experience all the more pleasant.

Eat

Gỏi cuốn fresh spring rolls and cao lầu noodles

Food in Hoi An is, even by high Vietnamese standards, cheap and tasty. In addition to the usual suspects, there are three dishes that Hoi An is particularly famous for:

  • Cao lầu, a dish of rice noodles which are not quite as slippery as pho and a bit closer in texture to pasta. The secret is the water used to make it, and authentic cao lau uses only water from a special well in the city. The noodles are topped with slices of roast pork, dough fritters, and this being Vietnam, lots of fresh herbs and veggies.
  • White rose (banh bao vac), a type of shrimp dumpling made from translucent white dough bunched up to look like a rose.

Where to eat White Rose: 533 Hai Ba Trung

  • Wonton dumplings, essentially the same as the Chinese kind, served up in soup or deep-fried.

If you are really very adventurous, you can walk to the Central Market, and have a local breakfast. Seating on stools, eating a bowl of Cao Lau with wooden chopsticks, and sipping the ice cold "White Coffee with vinamilk" is an adventure. Beware though, prices will vary atrociously, as shopkeepers swarm over you to sell you things, or even shove plates of food before you. Just keep declining politely and return the food if you don't fancy it. Keep small denominations of dong with you, as you probably won't get change if you give them US$. Also, confirm the prices before you partake of the food. Prices range from about 7000-10000 dong for a bowl of noodles, and 5000-7000 dong for a coffee. The baguette is a nice snack, and should not cost more than 10000 dong. You can point and say yes or no to the vegetables and chilli that they will add. A recommended way to order is to just say "Everything" and say "yes" to the chilli. Mineral water is around 10000 dong for a big 1.5L bottle.

Walking along the river at night, you will find a lot of pubs. Beer is around 30000 dong. Cocktails are around 20000-50000 dong. There are some bar foods available, such as fried prawn crackers for around 15000 dong a plate. Just walk into any pub and have a seat.

Vegan/ Vegetarian

  • Karma Waters, 213 Nguyen Duy Hieu (Center of Hoi An, opposite An Phu hotel), 510 3927632, [23]. 6.30AM - 8PM. Healthy quick vegan food mid range.

Budget

Hoi An riverside, seen from Cam Nam

Prices in the very center of Hoi An are generally a little inflated by the tourist trade - cross the bridge over to An Hoi island for a selection of basic but cheap eateries.


  • Lantern Town Restaurant, address. Hoian is the home of lanterns and Lantern Town restaurant housed in an ancient house combines French colonial architectural influences with traditional Vietnamese style. 20000 dong.
  • 31 Nguyen Thui Hoc Street. Here you can find many small stands which serve good and cheap food quickly. 20000 dong.
  • Blue Dragon. A restaurant by the waterfront with cheap, but good food. Choose from a wide variety of local dishes, or set menus, including meat, vegetarian or seafood choices. A portion of the proceeds goes to help the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation. 20000 dong.
  • Cafe Bobo, 18 Le Loi. Popular and reasonably-priced. The frappucino-style mocha shakes are great.
  • Huu Nghi, 56 Bach Dang, 05103910118. Very good food at reasonable prices, with a view of the river and the market. Set meals with 3 or 4 kinds of local specialities for 40.000/70.000 Dong respectively. Fresh beer (Bia Hoi) for 5000 Dong. They also provide a free tiny cup of caramel/vanilla yogurt for dessert.
  • Laugh Cafe, 126 Tran Cao Van St., Hoi An. Laugh Cafe is a low key Cafe with great, cheap traditional food. It provides vocational training for young people in the provinces surrounding Hoi An, to help give them future opportunities in hospitality. The manager Peter is a laugh (no pun intended) and is happy to have a chat with you about anything you want.
  • Restaurant 96. One of the numerous restaurants by the river banks, this restaurant is packed every night of the week. Many of the guests are returning customers, so the food must be good. There are plenty of vegetarian options and excellent spring rolls. The wait for food tends to be longer than normal, but it's worth it. However the surliness of the owner does affect the general dining experience. 20000 dong.
  • Thanh Phuong, 56 Cong Dong (An Hoi island, just across bridge). Cheap and cheerful local eats. A steaming seafood hotpot for two and a large beer will set you back US$3. (As on 18.01.2011 the seafood hotpot is 109.000 Dong. Codfish hotpot 89.000 Dong)
  • Trung Bac, 87 Tran Phu. 100 years of cao lau and still going strong. A bowl of chewy noodles and lots of veggies will set you back all of 15000 dong.
  • Sun Shine, 46 Tran Cao Van Street (Diagonally opposite Phuoc An Hotel), 0510 3916902. 7AM - 11PM. A homey and cheap restaurant run by a very accommodating and friendly Vietnamese family. Serves fresh and home-cooked Vietnamese and Western food. Prices start at 20000 dong for a delicious bowl of Cau Lau, and a plate of 6 spring rolls will only set you back 30000 dong. 3000 dong for fresh beer and Vietnamese ice tea is free of charge. As of September 2011, proprietor Hoi is offering cooking lessons for 120,000 dong per person, plus the actual cost of the menu items you wish to prepare (items not on the menu also can be taught). Lessons are fun and instructive; also, the lesson takes place in the house kitchen behind the restaurant, giving you an insight into Vietnamese town life with Hoi and family.
  • White Lotus, Phan Bội Châu, opposite Ha An hotel (walk along the river from Old Town, through the central market, and straight on for about 50m, after passing Brother's Cafe). New restaurant with Australian owner. Serves good Asian and Western dishes, staff very helpful and obliging to any request. 20000-60000 dong.
  • White Rose, 533 Hai Ba Trung. The shop that actually makes most of the "white rose" dumplings served all around town. 15,000 dong per serve, and if you ask nicely they'll let you try to make them yourself. Open from 7AM until they run out, usually in the afternoon. (Update 04.09.2011. Per serve: 30.000 Dong (White Rose) & 50.000 for Wonton)
  • locphat-hoianhomestay (locphat-hoianhomestay), Group 6, Son Pho Block, Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam, Vietnam (Ms. Nguyen Ngoc Linh), 0125 4547 202 / 0935 120 820 (), [24]. 10$ to 12$.

Mid-range

  • Jaspas Beach Club - international dishes in a beachfront environment. The last Saturday of every month they have a fund raiser to help with the establishment of the An Bang surf lifesaving club. Also monthly parties and happy hours.
  • Alfrescos 83 tran Hung Dao st. ph.0510 3929 707. Offers comfort food: Aussie steaks, pasta, pizza, Mexican, and ribs. Also home/hotel deliver and do a Tuesday, Friday special deal of two for one pizza for delivery.. Shows rugby and Aussie rules football.
  • Dingo Deli, 0906 552 824. 7.30AM - 7.30PM. This delicatessen offers an extensive selection of gourmet foods through the restaurant and European grocery store. The ambiance, and aroma of brewed coffee is the attraction for travellers ready to find some favourite tastes from home. A wooden constructed adventure play ground is open for children to play on and over looks views of paddocks, buffalo and the Thu Bon river.
  • Vinh Hung 1 Restaurant, 147B Tran Phu Str (Located opposite the Cantonese Assembly Hall, near the Japanese Bridge), [25]. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Vinh Hung Restauant was one of the first restaurants in Hoi An to open it's doors to Western travelers. A true family run restaurant offering a stylish blend of classic Vietnamese, traditional Hoi An speciality and modern dishes using the freshest ingredients, bought market fresh everyday. Located by the beautiful Japanese Bridge in the center of Hoi An Old Town, it's a fabulous place to relax over a drink and watch the hustle and bustle of life pass by. The Pho Bo is exceptional!
  • Bazar Cafe & Restaurant, 36 Tran Phu, next to the town market, 0510.3911229, [26]. 8.00AM - 12PM. New in the town, serves the best Vietnamese and Mediterranean Barbeque in the Garden. Comfortable Lounge, Cocktails and Shisha inside the Wooden Traditional House.
  • Thanh restaurant, 76 Bach Dang (City center, riverside), 0510.3861366. Great Vietnamese and Western food. Excellent grilled fished in banana leaf and nice river view. A lot of photos of Hoi An to see
  • River Lounge, 35 Nguyen Phu Chuc, across the bridge on Hoi An Island, it's the first double-storey building on the immediate left., 0510.3911700, [27]. 8.30AM - 12PM. This new and exciting addition to the restaurants of Hoi An, is run by two entrepeneurial Austrian brothers who are bringing excellent tastes and tunes to this historical town.If you ask them nicely they might even show you their austrian sausages which are meaty and mayonnaise even comes out when you touch them up and down. Western/vietnamese fusion food. Set menu for 120,000, 3 course meal.
  • 102 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An, Vietnam. Probably the best Italian restaurant in Hoi An, certainly the best pizza and pasta. Decent portions and authentic food prepared by an italian head chef. Serves a very good tiramisu. Mains 80-150,000 dong. Pizza margarita 105,000 as of February 2011.
  • Hoi An Cruise Restaurant (Sunset dinner and cooking cruises), 32 Le Loi street (Reservation office at the city center), 0510.8505605, [28]. Cruise restaurant with a sunset dinner cruise and cooking class.
  • Casa Verde, 99 Bach Dang Street, 0510 3911594, [29]. This invigorating German owned restaurant serves some of the best pizzas in Hoi An town, his expertise comes from years of experience, as he used to work at the nearby Victoria Hotel as head chef. His homemade bread, ice cream and soft-centred hot chocolate cake are not to be missed. Fantastic salads. .
  • Cafe des Amis, 52 Rue Bach Dang, close to the central market, 0510.861616. The signs and the Serge Gainsbourg say French, but the food comes straight out of owner Mr. Nguyen Manh Kim's well-traveled imagination. Diners choose a seafood, meat, or vegetarian set, and then wait to see what turns up at the table, which is usually five or six dishes, one after another. Chef Kim delegates the actual cooking to his assistants, enabling him to chat with diners and trot out his enormous guestbooks. Even if you're on a backpacking budget, a memorable, original meal (and a full stomach) makes this a worthy expense. If you're in town for a couple days, you'll find a (mostly) new set every night, so don't be shy about coming back. Set menu is 150,000 dong per person.
  • Morning Glory. Choose from a variety of local dishes, and be sure to experiment, because everything is truly excellent. The staff speak good English, the place is beautifully decorated, and the food will have you coming back for more. (And if you really enjoy the food, ask about their cooking classes.) While there are cheaper places to eat in Hoi An, this one is by no means expensive, especially considering how good the food is. Most main courses are between 40,000 and 70,000 dong. Dinner and a drink cost about 80,000 dong per person.
  • Mermaid, Just opposite the Cloth Market, [30]. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mermaid serves some of the best food in Vietnam, and is among the best expensive restaurants. Do not miss the grilled mackerel in banana leaf, the minced pork with eggplant and the sweet and sour Black King Fish hotpot. The owner came from generations of cooks and in fact was featured in New York Times for her restaurant's good food. 2 dishes and rice cost between 70,000 to 100,000 dong.
  • Moon restaurant & lounge, 321 Nguyen Diuy Hieu (East of the market), (+84 510) 2241 396, [31]. 7AM - 10PM. Beautiful old house, laid-back atmosphere and superb vietnamese food. You can trust the cocktails since it's made of genuine brand spirits, in many other places the hangover can be terrible. main courses 50,000-80,000 drinks 20,000-50,000 mid range.
  • Red Bridge Restaurant & Cooking School, Thon 4, Cam Thanh, Hoi An (Catch a meter Taxi, about 3km out of town, cost VND$32,000), 0510 933 222, [32]. 10AM - 9PM. Located on the Thu Bon River, The Red Bridge Restaurant and Cooking School offer a wide range of Modern Vietnamese Food, in an open air restaurant. It is set in 2 acres of tropical gardens, and offers a range of tours and clases. Catch a taxi there, or if you have a motorbike or bike just ride, its about 3km. Red Bridge Cooking Classes begin around 8AM at the Hai Scout Cafe for a coffee (Italian Style) then a tour of the market to shop for fruit & veg. a visit to the Organic Herb Farm and a trip up the river in their little red boat to the school. It's funny & fun, eat what you made plus more & relax by the pool with beer & wine. Red Bridge is run by experts- it's a must in Hoian. Booking for dinner are essential, due to the location, they sometimes close early if there are no customers. The food is well priced, and very good value, with large portions, and very good produce. They offer a selection of cocktails as well as the usual beers and an extensive wine list. This is an excellent establishment for an evening meal, especially during sunset. mid range.

Sleep

Hoi An New Town
The atmosphere of the Old Town hasn't been preserved by accident: strict bylaws prohibit new construction within its narrow lanes. As a result, there's a building boom just outside the borders of the Old Town, most noticeably as you head north of Le Hong Phong. Walk a few blocks from that old world ambiance, and suddenly you're in a construction zone. Several hotels have sprung up in this area, which is completely lacking in the charm that brings visitors to Hoi An. Not surprisingly, those are the hotels (Phuong Nam Hotel is among the worst offenders) that are most likely to pay commissions to open-tour bus companies and use Internet sites to describe the dusty construction zone as a "peaceful area". They're also cheaper and easier to bargain with, but the reason they're so cheap is that they're missing the whole point of a visit to Hoi An. There are plenty of options closer to the center of town. Once you've taken a night-time stroll through the Old Town, you won't mind if you had to fork over an extra dollar or two for a better location.


Hotels in Hoi An are fiercely competitive, which means plenty of choice, low prices and generally high standards. Many are clustered around Hai Ba Trung St (formerly Nhi Trung Street), just north of the Old Town and within easy walking distance, and also along Cua Dai Street, off to the east and a bit of a hike away.

Most of Hoi An's high-end hotels are located along the unbroken beach stretching from Danang to Hoi An. Closest is Cua Dai Beach 5 km away.

Budget

  • An Phu, 30 Nguyen Duy Hieu Street, +84-510-914345, [33]. One of the biggest budget hotel operations in Hoi An. South of the center, about a 5-10 minute walk away. Nice rooms and a relaxing pool in the middle. Be careful of the recommended hotel doctor incase of an emergency as they have been known to provide out of date drugs and/or sub-standard versions which have been known to cause some very dangerous reactions. US$20-40.
  • Dai Long. A 7 minute walk from the heart of the old town. Extremely clean, spacious rooms. Beds come complete with a mosquito net. The staff are incredibly helpful and speak excellent English. Free internet and wi-fi. doubles ~US$20.
  • Sunflower Hotel, 397 Cua Dai St., 84(0510)3939838. checkout: 12:00. Located on Cua Dai Street, which leads directly to the beach (about 2.5km away). 4km to An Bang beach (turn left out of hotel, turn right on Hai Ba Trung St., go straight.) Motorbike rental places both sides of the hotel (80,000 dong if renting for a few days, 100,000 for one day). Rooms are spacious with large beds, air-con, fridge, cable tv, fast Wi-Fi. Some rooms have balconies. Hotel has a clean, medium sized pool. Rooms are currently having new bathrooms installed. There is a little noise in the morning from a nearby temple sometimes, and obviously from the renovations. Room rate includes decent buffet breakfast (egg station makes good omelettes/pancakes). Free shuttle bus to town (it's only a 15 minute walk anyway). doubles ~€12.
  • Grassland Hotel, (Thao Nguyen Hotel), 500 Hai Ba Trung Street, +84-510-3921921, [34]. Provides free bicycles and 1 hour free Internet per day. Far from centre of town and features the rudest staff in the country. Data valid on July, 2011: breakfast includes more than 1 drink and 1 dish. There is a lot of staff to eat, fresh juices and fruits. No free bicycles, but there is a free shuttle bus which brings you to Grassland clothing shop situated in the downtown. from US$18 (including breakfast) for a single room, US$18 for superior twin & double rooms (rates don't include 10% tax). Breakfast includes 1 food + 1 drink, more will be charged extra.
  • Green Field Hotel, 423 Cua Dai St, +84-510-863484 (, fax: +84-510-863136), [35]. Good value hotel with some English-speaking staff and a location that is not particularly central. Satellite TV and decent air conditioning in some rooms. Other rooms have no A/C. Many rooms smell moldy, so have a look before you check in. Free computers with Internet in the lobby, free wifi (patchy in rooms), swimming pool and free cocktails for one hour in the evenings. They also have dorms available (three single beds in a room) for $6 per night. Singles from US$12.
  • Ha My TT Hotel, Thon 1 - Dien Duong - Dien Ban - Quang Nam, +84-0908220747 (French), +84 0908112825 (English and Japanese). This ancient French style beach ressort about 6 km from Hoi An centre is recently been renovated. It has a special atmosphere and its friendly owner, Mr. Nguyen Van Hien, will do everything to make you feel comfortable. Don't be rejected by its unpainted facade, as the rooms are nice, and the beach is great! 20-30$US per night.
  • Hoa My, 201 Ly Thuong Kiet Street (Cnr Hai Ba Trung), +84-510-916582. Cheap, modern, very clean, but of course a bit outside the old town. There are two more similar hotels next to it. from US$10.
  • Hoang Trinh Hotel, 45 Le Quy Don Street (Cnr Tran Hung Dao St and opposite Confucious Temple), +84-510-3916579 (), [36]. Great hotel in good location and scenic setting. Well furnished en-suite rooms with cable TV with excellent reception, air-con, ceiling fan, fridge, wifi and balcony restaurant with an impressive view. Has bicycles for hire for 15,000 dong and motorbikes also. US$14-25.
  • Hop Yen, 103 Ba Trieu & 694 Hai Ba Tru'ng St, 0510 3863153. checkout: 11AM. In the "backpacker town" area, 7 minutes from Old Town. Clean rooms, spacious, staff moody (very friendly when you inquire after rooms but it doesn't last!) with moderate to good english, and tour advice. The open bus tickets they sell are not however with the companies they say they are, an inferior company, book elsewhere. Free internet and wifi before 9PM. doubles ~US$12 no AC, +$2 with AC, dorms $5.
  • Nhi Nhi Hotel, 60 Hung Vuong Street, +84-510-916718, [37]. checkout: 12PM. About 10min walking from the Old Quarter, near the Bridge Pagoda, Nhi Nhi Hotel offers affordable, nice rooms and swimming pool in an authentic Vietnamese neighborhood. Near a local market but a bit far from tourist sites. According to the staff, they just upgrade to 2-star. So price changes a lot and you have to bargain to get good price. Normally price doesn't include breakfast US$32-40including breakfast(?).
  • Phuoc An hotel, 31/1 Tran Cao Van St, [38]. checkout: 12:00. A clean, friendly and modern atmosphere make the Phuoc An hotel one of Hoi An's more notable. An indoors restaurant on the first floor overlooks the hotel pool. The hotel is a stones throw from the markets, tailors and old quarter. Bicycles are offered to patrons free, however motorbikes can be rented at a cost of US$4 per day from across the road. Good service and complementary all you can eat breakfast each day before 11. 18-30$US per night.
  • Tan Phuong, 209 Ly Thuong Kiet, +84-510-386-2531 (). Only a few blocks away from the river. Staff is helpful, room are spacious and clean. Food available. This is one of the stops of open buses. US$10-20.
  • Thanh Binh 3, Ba Trieu Street (off Hai Ba Trung Street), +84-510-916777. Popular budget hotel done up like a Chinese temple, with a pool and pleasant rooms, all air-con equipped. The mattresses are on the hard side though and the breakfast isn't much to write about. Free Internet at the lobby. US$15-30.
  • An Hoi Hotel, 69 Nguyen Phuc Chu, (0510) 3911 888 (), [39]. Nice and quiet, very near old town (opposite riverbank). Nicely decorated wide rooms. Free internet and wifi 15-25$, including breakfast.
  • locphat-hoianhomestay, Group 6, Son Pho Block, Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam, Vietnam, (0935 120 820) (), [40]. Nice and quiet, very closed old town . Nicely decorated wide rooms. Free internet and wifi 6-12$, excluding breakfast.

Mid-range

  • Betel Garden Homestay, 161 Tran Nhan Tong st. (City nearby), 0510.3924165 (), [41]. checkin: 06:00; checkout: 12:00. Vuon Trau Family Resort is landscaped with several unique species of areca and betel trees, as well as furnished it with selective Vietnamese products of silk, wood, and natural ceramics. Staying here, you will be cared for as one of our family and you will have the opportunity to learn about Vietnamese culture, cuisines and many other things unique to this part of the world.
  • An Huy Hotel, 30 Phan Boi Chau Street, +84 (510) 862116 / 914627 (), [42]. Six rooms conveniently located near the Central Market, away from the din of most streets in the heart of Hoi An. The hotel was converted from a traditional Hoi An shophouse — not as squeaky clean as a newly-built hotel but with historic charm to compensate. Good breakfast, such as pancakes with banana fillings. There are 2 computers set up in the lobby to provide Internet access. US$28 for a double room.
  • Ha An Hotel, 6 Phan Boi Chau Road, +84 510 863126, [43]. Located in a quiet area beyond the main markets, this hotel consists of a few buildings built in a semi-French colonial style around a central courtyard. The rooms are airy, light and pleasant with air-conditioning, bathrooms and TV. A basket of fresh fruit is usually provided in the room. There's a collection of books in the reception area that can be borrowed by guests. The price includes an excellent breakfast and free use of bicycles. US$55-104.
  • Hoai Thanh Hotel, 187 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, +84 510 861171 (, fax: +84 510 861135), [44]. About 200 meters from the center of town. US$24-75.
  • Hoi An Indochine Hotel, Cua Dai Road, +84 510 923608 (, fax: +84 510 923578), [45]. Only 5 minutes walk from the beach, by the calm and romantic river and garden. French style architecture with 61 river view rooms. US$65/night (10 superior rooms), US$75/night (45 deluxe rooms), US$105 (6 suites).
  • Hoian Vinh Hung 3 Hotel, 96 Ba Trieu Str, [46]. checkin: 13.00.; checkout: 12.00 noon. A beautiful small hotel, 5 minutes' walk from the old town, with modern marble bathrooms and the added bonus of in room wifi; the deluxe rooms even have computers. The room service menu is packed full of local delicacies and the hotel features the only roof top swimming pool in Hoi An. Breakfast is included in the price. What really makes this hotel though are the staff, welcoming, helpful and professional, with excellent English. US$30-48.
  • Homestay on Cham Islands, 47 Cua Dai Street, +84-510-3927632, [47]. The only homestay on Cham Islands, 10 miles offshore from Hoi An. Stay inside the houses in a fishing village on an island in Vietnam. US$50-70 shared room all included.
  • Lotus Hotel, 330 Cua Dai Road, +84 (510) 3923 357 (), [48]. Beautifully designed resort-hotel draws from a range of styles & influences resulting in a perfect blend of Eastern culture & French architecture, immaculately furnished and equipped rooms in a relaxing combination of Vietnamese, Japanese and French styles. Free ADSL / Wi-Fi available throughout the building. US$36-55.
  • Long Life Hotel, 30 Ba Trieu Street, (), [49]. Comfortable hotel with a nice pool and excellent breakfast. Wi-Fi and computers are available. Friendly staff. Wide range of room prices with the internal rooms having tiny windows the cheapest and the upper floor rooms with a balcony being the most expensive. The attached bathrooms for all the rooms are about the same and include a nice whirlpool tub. US$17-35.

Splurge

  • Dong An Beach Hotel, +84 510 927888 (), [50]. Overlooking the Thu Bon River, and < 5min walk to the Cua Dai beach. Some 5 km away from town. US$79-195.
  • Furama Beach Resort, [51]. Brand new luxury resort on fabled China Beach. About 20 minutes to Hoi An by taxi (5 minutes to Da Nang) Internet rates starting at US$150, walk-up rates from US$200.
  • Hoi An Glory Hotel & Spa, 358 Cua Dai Street, +84 510 3914444 (), [52]. Opened in spring 2004, with 1 restaurants and 2 bars, Glory Hotel on the area of 3,500 sqm, has 94 rooms built in 4 area with garden, swimming pool and Green field views. US$63-93.
  • Hoi An Pacific Hotel, 167 Cua Dai Street (halfway between beach and town), +84 510 923 777 (), [53]. Opened in spring 2004, with 1 restaurants and 2 bars, including the "Sky Bar", the highest located in town at the 6th floor of the hotel with terrace view of all the whole area. US$70-120.
  • Hoian Vinh Hung Hotel & Resort, [54]. US$70-110.
  • Life Heritage Resort Hoi An, 1 Pham Hong Thai Street (East end of street fronting the river), +84 (0) 510.914555 (), [55]. Lovely French colonial style architecture with rooms overlooking the Thu Bon River at the east end of Hoi An town, a short walk from the ancient town. Rooms have good a/c but restaurant and bar are open to the breezes. Two-day package (off-season) was US$250 incl 2 x breakfast for two, 1 x dinner for two, and 20% discount to a comprehensive spa. US$98-268.
  • River-Beach Resort, 05 Cua Dai Street, Tel:(84.510) 3927 888, [56], 2-minute walk from the beach, a four-star resort that offers stunning views of surrounding paddy fields, river and sea. 120 rooms, ranging from deluxe, superb deluxe rooms to executive, family and presidential suites. All - fully equipped with modern facilities and comforts. Each room has a private balcony or terrace and offers views of the river, pool, garden or countryside. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout the hotel. There is also a fitness centre, beauty salon and spa, bar, baby sitting services and gift shop. US$60 for deluxe room - US$165 for a presidential suite.
  • Swiss-Belhotel Golden Sand Resort & Spa, Thanh Nien Road - Cua Dai Beach, +84 510 927 550, [57]. This beautiful hotel with a gigantic swimming pool is located by the river a short stroll from the market. Evening musical entertainment in the lobby makes it all the more delightful. Internet rates from US$105, beach-front suites US$285.
  • Victoria Hoi An, Cua Dai Beach, +84 510 927 040, [58]. Internet rates from US$125, walk-up rates from US$165, honeymoon suites US$210-300.

Get out

  • My Son - UNESCO World Heritage Site, ruins of the ancient Cham empire, in the jungle at the start of the Central Highlands a little over an hour from Hoi An
  • Cham Islands - UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An 9 nautical miles offshore.
  • The Marble Mountains, 9km short of Da Nang, are well worth a morning or afternoon trip from Hoi An.
  • Lang Co - fishing village that includes mountains, a river, a lagoon, an island and a 32 km beach located between Da Nang and Hue.
  • Hue - the former imperial capital, a few hours away by car or train.
  • Da Lat - originally the playground of the French, who built villas in the clear mountain air to escape the heat and humidity of the coast.



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