With its pretty architecture and beguiling riverside setting packed into its neat size, Hoi An is small enough to stroll around and soak up its rich wealth of heritage.
Once an important port and trading town, Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s greatest cultural relics and a melting pot of Chinese, Japanese and French influences. Visit the atmospheric Old Town to see the Japanese Merchant Houses, the famed Japanese bridge, the Chinese temples, old tea warehouses, temples and traditional pagodas. Motorised traffic is banned from the town centre which has cemented Hoi An’s status as one of Vietnam’s most prized and pleasant towns. It’s especially romantic in the evening when lanterns light up the paved streets.
Let one of our expert local guides show you around some of the 844 UNESCO protected structures, not to mention its array of open-air craft shops, art galleries, museums and culinary corners.
Pristine white beaches lie just a short drive from the city if you would prefer to stay outside of Hoi An.
When to go
Being in central Vietnam the best months to visit Hoi An are January to August to avoid the rainy season.
What to do
- A foodie tour with cooking lessons.
- Wander the cultural and pedestrianized Old Town.
- Shop for tailored clothes at low prices.
- Visit the temples and tombs at My Son Sanctuary.