Hoi An Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know Before Your Trip

Hoi An has been a well-known destination in the world because of its historic beauty, which includes mossy stone walls, colorful lantern streets, and the multicultural melting pot of architecture and culinary specialties. If you’re visiting Hoi An for the first time, then this detailed Hoi An travel guide will tell you everything you need to know to plan your trip.


I. When is the ideal time to visit Hoi An?

Hoi An ancient town has a typical tropical climate of Vietnam, which can be described as hot with a lot of sunshine and humid with much rainfall during the year. This place also has two seasons: the dry season and the wet season.

1. The dry season (February – August)

The beginning months of the year will be the ideal time for tourists to visit Hoi An because at this time the spring weather is cool with little rain and light sunshine. The cool weather gives visitors more opportunities to join in some outdoor activities. 

Hoi An during sunny days

Sunshine in the soul of tourists

From May to August, there is no rainfall during summer days in Hoi An. The temperature occasionally goes up to 40 degrees Celsius, making it inconvenient for visitors to walk around Hoi An ancient town. Some people could be prone to heat stroke if they are too active during hot weather. 

2. The wet season (September – January)

The wet season starts from September to January. In this period, there are many prolonged rainfalls together with storms and sometimes floods. This is also not the peak tourism season, thus Hoi An is less crowded. However, rainy days are the best time for you to immerse yourselves in the peaceful beauty of Hoi An ancient town. It is also necessary for visitors to check the Hoi An weather forecast constantly and pick the appropriate means of transportation before the trip.

Hoi An ancient town on a rainy day

The peaceful beauty of Hoi An on rainy days


II. Hoi An travel guide to find the best ways of transportation.

1. Going to Hoi An

Traveling to Hoi An ancient town, there are a wide variety of modes of transportation for tourists to choose from. Hoi An travel guide is going to list out some of the most popular ways of transportation.

  • By plane: This is the fastest way to go to Hoi An. You should buy airline tickets to Danang international airport since this is the closest destination to Hoi An city (about 30 km). Keep in mind that if you want cheap tickets, you should book about 3 to 6 months in advance, especially during the peak tourism season.
Traveling to Hoi An by plane

Traveling by plane is the fastest way to go to Hoi An

  • By train: From other cities like Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi, you can choose to take the train to Da Nang station. To be more specific, you can experience the train from Hue city to Da Nang city to admire the majestic mountain beauty of Hai Van pass.  
Traveling to Hoi An by train

Hue to Da Nang Train – The most famous route in VietNam

  • By coach: Coach is a slightly cheaper option compared with traveling by airplane or train. However, it may take up to 18-20 hours for this journey if you are traveling from Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi.

2. Traveling around Hoi An

There are a few popular means of transportation that you should consider to explore Hoi An ancient town tourist area. 

  • Motorbike: It is the top-rated personal vehicle in Hoi An. Many tourists prefer to travel by motorbike because it only costs between 120,000 and 150,000 a day. 
Motorbike is the most popular private vehicle in Viet Nam

A unique experience journey with motorbikes

  • Taxi: If you come to Hoi An for the first time, a taxi will be the best choice, you do not have to worry too much about looking up the map and finding the right address of the place because of the enthusiastic support of skillful local taxis drivers.
  • Bicycles: It is highly recommended for you take a chill trip around the ancient town, enjoy Hoi An’s specialties or take beautiful pictures. Some accommodations even lend you bikes at no extra cost.
Hoi An's tourists cycling on streets

Cycling on Hoi An ancient town streets is the top-rated outdoor activity

  • Cyclo: Walking around Hoi An town by cyclo is an interesting and memorable travel experience that you should try. If you want, take a cyclo at Tran Phu or Phan Chau Trinh street, the price is about 150,000 VND / car/hour.

III. Impressive attractions to visit in Hoi An ancient town.

1. Hoai River

Hoai River is located downstream of Thu Bon River – the symbolic image of the rustic, simple land of Quang Nam and the hard-working indigenous people. There is no reason why you should not take a chilling boat trip on the Hoai River, relax your soul in the flow of water and immerse yourself in the shimmering beauty of colorful lanterns. You will be captivated by traditional folk songs and listen to the sounds of the residents’ bustling life living on both sides of the Thu Bon River.

It would be a waste if you go here, but you miss the unique activity – dropping lanterns. It is a cultural feature most impressed by tourists in Hoi An. The people here see it as an artistic feature with special meaning to them. Furthermore, full moon days (the 1st and 15th of the month according to the lunar calendar) are when “the old town trades its electric lights for traditional colorful lanterns”. 

Dropping lanterns in Hoi An ancient town

Dropping lanterns in Hoi An is a beauty with spiritual meaning for local people

2. Cantonese Assembly Hall

Located in the heart of Hoi An ancient town, the Assembly Hall of the Cantonese Congregation stands out with its unique Chinese architecture and combination of wood and stone materials, and exquisite carving details, which easily attract the attention of tourists’ attention.

Cantonese Assembly Hall - Hoi An ancient town

Cantonese Assembly Hall – Hoi An ancient town

3. Tan Ky ancient house

This most beautiful old house is considered a well-known check-in spot in Hoi An. With an age of more than 200 years, Tan Ky ancient house is honored as a National Heritage. In addition, it is a place to store antiques and typical architecture of Hoi An ancient houses.

Hoi An ancient town - Tan Ky old house

Tan Ky’s old house is a well-known check-in spot

4. Tra Que vegetable village

The Tra Que vegetable village is a quiet, tranquil, and lush green farming area. Lined with neat rows of planted herbs and vegetables. A far escape from the busy streets and incessant horn-honking just around the corner. 

Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An

Blue skies meet green fields at the vegetable village in Hoi An

5. Ba Mu pagodas

Located right in the center of the old town, Ba Mu Pagoda possesses elaborately carved golden walls and appealing unique ancient architecture that make visitors fall in love when they have the opportunity to visit. This pagoda has preserved the beauty of the long-standing traditional culture and beliefs of the Vietnamese people for a long time.

Hoi An - Ba Mu pagoda

Check in at 400-year-old Tam Quan Ba Mu pagoda in Hoi An

6. Japanese bridge Hoi An

Located in Hoi An Ancient Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is regarded as a beautiful reminder of the town’s long history. Although this place makes a strong impression on travelers because of its “Japanese bridge” name, the architecture is an ingenious combination of Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese culture, from the material, and design to patterns and decorations.

Hoi An - Japanese bridge

apanese Bridge Hoi An is an iconic symbol of Hoi An Ancient Town


IV. Wyndham Garden Hoi An Cua Dai Beach – Resort paradise in the heart of ancient town.

Wyndham Garden Hotel Hoi An Cua Dai Beach is located in the center of Hoi An ancient town, inspired by the classical architecture of the East. The combination of the primary colors white, beige and brown wood helps customers relax and recharge their energy. 

Wyndham garden Hoi An Cua Dai beach - An ideal destination for your peaceful excursion

Immerse yourself in the peaceful space in the heart of Hoi An

Unlike other hotels in the local area, Wyndham Garden Hoi An Cua Dai Beach stands out with a simple, cozy atmosphere while maintaining a luxurious and eye-catching space layout. This is an ideal destination for tourists who are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or burned out because of the heavy workload.  

Wyndham garden Hoi An Cua Dai beach - Elegant and sophisticated designs

The main materials, which correspond to classical architecture, are marble and Asian-style wood

Coming to Wyndham Garden Hotel Hoi An Cua Dai Beach, you will enjoy the highest-standard services including body care massage treatment, gym room, high-class bar, and restaurants,…

Wyndham garden Hoi An Cua Dai beach - Relaxing spa treatment

Experience top-notch quality spa services at the hotel

Wyndham Garden Hotel Hoi An Cua Dai Beach is honored to be a companion in the nostalgic journey of the ancient town. We hope you have a memorable time with your friends and loved ones on your upcoming trip to Hoi An!




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