Introducing the city

£1.00 | 28,929.9 ₫

GBP | VND

Gasoline £0.58 | 16,867.2 ₫

One-way ticket £0.24 | 7,008.7 ₫

Beer £0.69 | 20,024.7 ₫

Main Course £1.38 | 40,049.5 ₫

About Hội An

In the middle of Vietnam's serpentine east coast, Hội An is a picturesque city characterised by its pretty old town, diverse architecture and romantic riverside setting.

Forget being home alone in winter or visiting the cinema solo; there might be worse places to be when you're single and Hội An - one of Vietnam's most romantic cities - might just be one of them. This enchanting city sits on the Vietnamese coastline with a population of around 80,000 people but manages to attract 1.5 million tourists every year.

The ancient old town is extremely well-preserved and Hội An's star attraction is the collection of colourful lanterns that hang above cyclists who silently roll down the narrow streets. Along Thu Bon River is where you'll also find an array of delightful restaurants, Chinese shop-houses, French colonial buildings, Vietnamese tube houses and the beautiful Japanese Covered Bridge. Shops are plentiful, bars atmospheric and the beach is only a stone's throw away.

Hội An means 'peaceful meeting place'. So if you pay a visit to this city alone, don't be too disheartened; romance might be just around the corner.

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When Should You Visit?

The best time to visit Hội An is during the dry season between February and August. May is best for those who also like to visit the beach but want to avoid the searing summer heat.

Weather is warm the whole year round. In the summer months between June to August, temperatures can reach almost 40 degrees Celsius and in the winter temperatures can reach around 24. There are two main seasons in Hội An - dry and wet. Dry season runs from February to August and wet season is September to January. The wettest months are October and November.

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Travioor top tips

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Insider Info

  • Hội An is one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam, filled with colourful lanterns hanging in the streets and along the river creating a romantic ambience. Make sure you explore the old town in the evening when at its prettiest and book the riverside restaurants in advance as you could be waiting a while if you turn up on the night.
  • Many of the restaurants offer cooking lessons and there is a choice of cooking schools which are popular with tourists and a great way to meet other travellers outside of bars.
  • Be aware that there are many tailors, shoe and souvenir shops in Hội An and if you are recommended to one it is because whoever is pointing you in that direction is receiving commission. Products are quoted in dollars and this is usually a sign of inflated prices - so haggle!

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Food and drink

Main Course £1.38 | 40,049.5 ₫

3-Course Meal £12.11 | 350,433.0 ₫

Cappuccino £1.27 | 36,768.4 ₫

Beer £0.69 | 20,024.7 ₫

The Scene

Like in most places in the country, food is cheap especially if you stick to street/market food and dine on the tiny plastic furniture. One of the staples of the city is Cao lau (a pork broth with pork, fat yellow noodles, bean sprouts and green vegetables) which is believed to have originated here. Other specialities to look out for are Mi quang (another noodle dish) which also originated in the Quant Nam Province, and Com Ga Hội An (Hội An's take on chicken rice).

The quality of the diverse range of restaurants in the city is also evident and many of the most popular ones are found in the old town overlooking the river. Book your table earlier in the day though as you can experience a lengthy wait without booking. Away from the river there's a fantastic Indian restaurant called Ganesh.

Nightlife it's fairly subdued although a happening scene can be found in a couple of places such as Dive Bar or Q Bar where backpackers head for cheap local beer Bia Hội.

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History

Hội An’s Story

Hội An is said to have been founded over 2000 years ago during the Sa Huynh civilisation. Up until the 10th century the city's close proximity to the coastline meant it was a significant seaport for the Vietnamese Champa kingdom. The city's trade boomed centuries later and when a number of countries began to trade for various goods, most notably high quality silks.

The city was the first Chinese settlement in Vietnam and a sizeable ethnic Chinese population keeps traditions and customs alive. During the late 18th century Hội An was severely damaged by the Tay Son rebellion although it managed to rebuild itself and remained a trading port until the late 19th century, when the Thu Bon River became no good for use.

Despite this, Hội An remains one of Vietnam's most popular cities thanks to its well preserved old town that emerged unscathed from the Resistance War.

Language

Chào anh (M)/Chào chị (F) | Hello
Xin cảm ơn | Thank you

Vietnamese

The official language of Vietnam is Vietnamese. In Hội An you'll find that many people also speak a basic level of English, particularly tour guides, hotel and bar staff, waiters and shopkeepers. In less touristy areas you may find it a little difficult to be understood so some simple Vietnamese is appreciated. Take a look at some examples below:

  • Goodbye: Tạm biệt
  • My name is: Tôi tên là
  • I'm from: Tôi đến từ...

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Need to know

+84 Dialling Code
113 | 115 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Bicycles are a good way to get around.
  • Many of the ATMs in Hội An have a maximum withdrawal limit of 2,000,000 VND (around £68).
  • Scooters are cheap to rent and the roads are better to learn on than in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.


VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Vietnam here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Beaches

The An Bang and Cua Dai Beaches are beautiful spots to relax and are only a short bike ride from the city centre.

2. Old Town

Walk the historic old town which has some pedestrian-only streets and witness the incredible architectural influences at every turn.

3. Japanese Bridge

The Japanese Covered Bridge is one of Hoi An's most iconic symbols and can be found at western end of Tran Phu Street.

4. Thu Bon River

Head for the Thu Bon River which presents a romantic atmosphere in the evenings, lined by pretty lanterns, riverside restaurants and bars.

5. My Son Sanctuary

Accessible from Hoi An, My Son Hindu Sanctuary is a must for those who seek historic attractions on their trip to Vietnam.


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