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Hoian travel guide / Hoian vacation

Located on the coast of the Vietnam’s Central Sea, in the downstream of Thu Bon River, Quang Nam province, far from about 30 kilometers south of Da Nang, Hoi An Ancient Town is well-known as an crowded international commercial port where is the trade gateway between local people with merchant ships from Japan, China, and the West during the 17th and 18th centuries.  In 1999, Hoi An Vietnam was even recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In this article, we will show you some helpful information about Hoian Travel guide

How To Get From DaNang Airport to Hoi An?

The best way to travel the 50km distance from DaNang Airport to Hoi An is via a shuttle bus. This bus journey costs $5.50. Other options include taking the public bus ($1) or a taxi ($12.50). Travel time for all options is approximately 45 minutes, depending on traffic.

If you want to save some money, you can also take the public bus for $1. Note that the public bus stop is a 20-min walk or a short 5-min taxi ride to the Old Quarter.

From the airport, you can also take a taxi to Hoi An for at least $12.50. A taxi offers the most comfort and is also cheaper than the shuttle bus when you are with more than 2 people. You can get a taxi from the airport or you can book for one beforehand.

The best things to do in Hoian:

Cooking class

If you have a trip to Vietnam, learning a cooking class is the best way to explore the secret of this famous cuisine. Taking part in a cooking class is not only a fun activity but also offers great insight into a local culinary culture. In addition to learning awesome recipes, you get to make delicious food and memories to last a lifetime. Here are the best cooking classes in Hoi An.

Red bridge cooking class

Vy’s market cooking class

Farming and Fishing tour:

“If you want a slice of Vietnamese culture then this is the perfect trip! I can’t recommend enough! We’ve cycled through rice fields and our guide explained the procedures of growing rice, we have fished with locals from their boat and ashore, we visited an organic farming village where you get hands-on experience helping the local farming women to tend their crops, we also sat on water buffalo, today has been absolutely perfect to integrate in local life! We finished off with freshly cooked lunch aboard our boat perfect!! Our guide and all the staff were exceptional!! Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed!” (Justine- United Kingdom)

Hoian weather / the best time to visit Hoian

The weather in Hoi An has two distinct seasons each year. The rainy season lasts from August to December and the dry season lasts from January to July every year. Sometimes depending on the weather each year, there may be cold spells, but not too cold and last long

The best time to visit Hoi An is from February to April. The weather is almost no rain at this time and quite pleasant

Go to Hoi An on the 14th lunar month to attend the old town night. On this occasion, you will have the opportunity to listen to traditional songs, play folk games and enjoy delicious food, especially to see the red lanterns spread all over the street.

If you want to explore Cu Lao Cham, you can go in the middle of summer. Hot weather will be suitable for exploring the activities of the sea.

Hoian attraction/ places to visit in Hoian

Japanese covered bridge:

The ancient town of Hoi An, nestled on the romantic Thu Bon River, is one of the famous tourist destinations not only for domestic tourists. Hoi An has many relics and landscapes captivating people, going into poetry and music. For local people, Cau Pagoda is the soul, a symbol that has existed for more than four centuries. Going to Hoi An without visiting Cau Pagoda is considered as haven’t gone Hoian yet.

Tan Ky ancient house:

Located at 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, in the Old Quarter of Hoi An Ancient Town, Tan Ky Old House is an almost perfect example of an 18th merchant’s residence in this major commercial port town. The name Tan Ky, meaning “Progress Shop”, was given to the house by the second generation to express the owner’s wish for a prosperous business.

In spite of the decline in business of the town and the huge devastation of annual floods, seven generations of the family have continuously strived to keep the house in good condition. Therefore though it’s not the oldest, Tan Ky is the most well-preserved in Hoi An.

Cua Dai beach

About 5km from Hoi An center, Cua Dai Beach is peaceful and calm as the soul of Hoi An ancient town. The sandy foundation at Cua Dai beach is not as pure white as the sand at My Khe beach of Da Nang, Bai Sao of Phu Quoc but also not as yellow as in Mui Ne beach of Phan Thiet … increase the immense and lasting of the sand. The special thing about Cua Dai beach is very clean. No matter where you stop during the 7km length of the beach here, you will never have to complain because all are very clean and fresh. Even when Hoi An beach tourism is quite developed and hotels near the sea, Cua Dai beach is the same – still, a peaceful space, quiet, very clean and very clear healed.

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Cu Lao Cham

With 8 small islands stretching in the shape of a green bow, Cu Lao Cham is one of many pristine archipelagos that have been put into operation in recent years in Quang Nam. Those who first visit Cu Lao Cham must be attracted to this island.

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Tra Que Herb village

Tra Que traditional herb village is located in Cam Ha ward, Hoi An city. Tra Que village has been famous for a long time with many vegetable products grown on fertile soil, fertilized with algae taken from Co Co River. So it has its own unique flavor. Tra Que tea is not only a famous brand for high-quality clean vegetables but also an attractive destination for domestic and foreign tourists. Don’t forget to join the activity as a farmer. That is an amazing experience to deeply understand a Vietnamese rural.

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Coconut Palm

From Hoi An ancient town, going southeast along Hoai River about 3 km to Bay Mau coconut forest resort. During the war, this area was a revolutionary base. Nowadays, the coconut forest becomes an attractive eco-tourism destination for many people as “the West in the heart of Hoi”. Nipa palm forest is located downstream of two major rivers: Thu Bon and coconut River before discharging into Cua Dai. This ancient coconut forest spread over many villages in Cam Thanh commune, Hoi An city.

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My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary is located in Duy Phu commune, about 69 km from Danang and near the ancient citadel of Tra Kieu. This place includes many Cham Pa temples, in a valley about 2 km in diameter, surrounded by hills and mountains. This was once the place of sacrifice of the Champa kingdom as well as the tombs of the Cham Pa kings or princes and nationals. My Son Sanctuary is considered one of the main centers of Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. It is also the only heritage of its kind in Vietnam.

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How many days do you need in Hoi An? How Long To Spend In Hoi An?

If you are planning to visit Hoi An, but you hesitate to decide how many days in Hoi An you should spend, then think about your purpose. Depending on your purposes, the time to visit Hoi An will be different.

For example, if you do not have many days in Vietnam and you want to visit many other cities beside Hoi An, then, a half-day or 1 day is enough to visit Hoi An, maybe a trip to Hoi An from Da Nang. A half-day is enough to see Hoi An ancient town and take some photos to show everyone that you have been there.

For others who have more days in Vietnam and want to explore more about Hoi An not only famous sites but also the countryside and villages, you should stay in Hoi An about 2 days or more. If you want to find a peaceful place to relax to feel comfortable after a hard-working month, you can spend longer, maybe about 1 week because Hoi An is really peaceful and an ideal place for relaxing.


 However, the best option for those who first time come to Hoi An is to stay in Hoi An at least three full days. The itinerary which I recommend for you is as below:

– Day 1: Hoian arrival – Half day city in the afternoon

– Day 2: Hoian Cooking class

Day 3: Hoian Farming and fishing tour

Should you understand your time and purpose, the question “ how many days in Hoi An ” will be no longer your concern anymore.

Please contact Go Vietnam Travel for further information about Hoian Itinerary.

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