Yellow traditional houses and boats along the riverside in old town Hoi An Vietnam

Hoi An

A World Heritage town with fascinating ancient architecture and scenic countryside

As a former international trading port dating back to the 16th century, Hoi An today has transformed into one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations since earning recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage.

The ochre-coloured shophouses with low, tiled rooftops and the narrow streets adorned with colourful lanterns have become emblematic of Hoi An. Apart from the intriguing architecture, trendy boutique shops and cafes in the Ancient Town, there is much to explore in the outlying areas including Cua Dai Beach, and the farming and fishing villages of Tra Que and Cam Thanh.


  • Well-preserved architecture with Chinese, Japanese, and European influences
  • Pleasant for walking with its pedestrian-friendly streets closed to motorised traffic in the evening
  • Ample restaurants and cafes to enjoy a wide variety of local and international cuisine
  • Close proximity to the beach which can be reached by bicycle or a short taxi ride
Within Easy Reach Of...
Danang 45min drive
My Son 1hr drive
Hue 2hr 45min drive
Travel Tips
  • Rise early to observe the bustling activities at the central market with fewer tourists around
  • Try the local specialities including Cao Lau (special noodles with roasted pork), White Rose Dumplings, and the miniature, crispy ‘banh xeo’ (savoury crepes)
  • Take a half-day or full-day cycling trip to nearby villages to observe the local way of life and handicraft centres
  • Visit the organic farms at Tra Que and participate in a cooking class, learning how to create some of Hoi An’s most popular dishes
  • Twice a month on the 1st and 15th of the lunar calendar, the Ancient Town is lit only by lanterns

Hotels We Recommend

Anantara Hoi An Resort

Hoi An, Vietnam

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families

Bay Resort Hoi An

Hoi An, Vietnam

Suitable for:
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Four Seasons The Nam Hai

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Suitable for:
Couples, Culture Buffs, Families, Leisure

Hotel Royal Hoi An – MGallery

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Suitable for:
Couples, Families, MICE, Solo Travellers

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