A welcome respite from the big Vietnamese cities.
Hoi An is a beautiful trading port with many buildings dating back to the 15th to 19th centuries with a variety of styles from traditional Chinese wooden buildings to French Colonial.
Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and literally translates as “peaceful meeting place”.
Voted 17th in the 2020 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards Popular Destinations.
Hoi An has two distinct seasons, the wet “monsoon” season and the dry season.
Dry season is February to August although increasing temperatures means that June to August should be visited with caution as they creep towards average highs of 35°C/95°F.
February to May brings pleasantly warm temperatures and low chance of rain interrupting your visit.
The wet season runs from September to January although rainfall does decrease substantially in January, October and November are the wettest months.
December and January are the coolest months with lows averaging below 20°C/68°F but average highs temperatures are still around 25°C/77°F.
Cyclones and significant flooding are possible during October to mid-December.
Vietnam Airlines are the only airline flying direct from the UK to Vietnam, with flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The closest airport is Da Nang.
The vast majority of people will fly to one of the regional hubs on their way to and from Vietnam. There are good connections from Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Middle East.
Da Nang International Airport and Da Nang Railway Station are around 60 minutes away from Hoi An (depending on the time of day). Taxis are available and minibuses can also be arranged. There are also regular buses between Da Nang and Hoi An.
Hoi An is a relatively compact city with lots of routes that can be walked safely especially in the Ancient Town where motorised vehicles are banned for much of the day.
Bicycle- Probably the best way of getting around Hoi An. There are plenty of bike rental shops and many hotels also have bikes to rent or even loan. Traffic is mostly light and exploring is easy. There are also lots of opportunities to join cycle
Bus – Hoi An is not really a bus friendly town. There are public buses to Da Nang and intercity buses to other parts of Vietnam but they all have to call well ouside of main Hoi An.
Taxi – Available outside of the Ancient Town, generally more suited to longer trips rather than just around town.
Cyclo – With space for up to 2 passengers, a cyclo offers a relaxed option for a tour around Hoi An and the main sights.
Find out about where to stay in Hoi An.
Photo credit Di An on Unsplash
Hoi An is a beautiful place to visit both in the city and surrounding countryside.
Photo credit Benjamin Wong on Unsplash
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