Hoi An – a beautiful city in Vietnam – Part 3




Hoi An is a beautiful city in Vietnam which is just to the south of Da Nang.

Overview of Hoi An

• The Old Town of Hoi An is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
• Hoi An has a meaning “peaceful meeting place”.
• Hoi An also Faifo, is a city of Vietnam.
• This is located on the coast of the South China Sea which is located in the South Central Coast of Vietnam.
• It is situated in Quang Nam province.
• It is a listed World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
• Hoi An is an ancient Town.

Things to Do in Hoi An

1. Golden Land Tourist
• 265 Nguuyen Duy Hieu str, Hoi An town
• Email: sales@goldenlandtourist.com.
• Website: goldenlandtourist.com

2. Tra Que Village
• Around 2 km from Hoi An center
• This is a little green village.

Activities:
– Cycling
– Cooking class
– Preparing soil
– Planting and watering vegetables
– Be a Vietnamese farmer
– Take nice photos
– Learn about local life

3. Cooking lessons
• “Morning Glory” and “Red Bridge” offer a variety of courses ranging.
• Price from 16 – 55 USD.
• Hands on experience.

4. Rent a motorbike
5. Cham Island Diving
• The Dive Center and international team offer daily boat and speedboat tours to Cham Island.
• Enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling activities.
• Boat tours can be booked at our Dive Bar and restaurant in Hoi An old City.
• Diving and snorkeling team will be happy to help.

6. Karma Waters
• Hoi An Ancient Town opposite Anh Phu Hotel 213 Nguyen Duy Hieu.
• Tel. +84 510 3927632
• Focused on UNESCO culture tours.
Activities
– Kayaking
– Cycling
– Hiking
– Sailing Karma Waters
– Vegan cooking classes

7. Hoi An Eco Tour
• Learn how to catch fish.
• Row a basket boat with local fisherman.
• Learn about the historical, and living culture of the people of Hoi An.
• Drinks and great dinner included.

8. Gioan Riverside Restaurant Cooking Lessons
• 94B, Bach Dang Street (Along the river in Old Town)
• ? 0510. 3863899
• gioancookery@gmail.com
• Offers cooking classes that do not require an advance reservation.

9. Lifestart Foundation Tour & Craft Lessons
• 77 Phan Chu Trinh
• Take part in lantern making and art classes.
• $20 US.

10. The Kianh Foundation
• 140 Nguyen Truong To
• ? 0510 3917993
• Bicycle tour to Cam Kim Island with Hoi An volunteer student.
• Time duration: 3 hours.

11. Hoi An Love of Life Bicycle Tours
• 95 Phan Chu Trinh Str., Hoi An, Vietnam
• ? 84 510 39 39 399
• Time Duration: 5 hours.
• 19 USD

12. Heaven and Earth Bicycle Tours
• 57 Ngo Quyen
• ? +84 (0)510 3 864 362
• From 17 USD

13. Len Silk, 74 Tran Phu St
• nguyenthuyvi@gmail.com

14. Hoi An river tours
• 10 Hai Thuong Lan Ong, Hoi An city
• ? 0510 3623777
• US$ 39 – 49.

15. Hoi An Photo Tour
• 54 Nguyen Thai Hoc
• ? 090567198

16. Hoi An Festivals
• All through the year Hoi An hosts many festivals and events.
• They are unique to the city.
• Some of the festivals are celebrated all through Vietnam.
• Most of these festivals and events are based on the lunar calendar.
• These are as opposed to the Western calendar.
• A colorful festival unique to this city is called the Hoi An Legendary Night.
• This event is held on the 14th evening of every lunar month.
• The city lights are shut off during this event.
• The streets get illuminated by an array of colorful lanterns.
• Motor vehicles are not allowed in the city.
• Pedestrians walk the streets care-free, enjoying the relaxing mood.
• There is cultural music.
• Many activities and performances are available to people in the city.
• The Mid Autumn Festival is celebrated throughout all of Vietnam, including Hoi An.
• This event is held during the lunar calendar’s 14th and 15th day of the month equivalent to August.
Activities:
– Drumming
– Moon cakes
– Lion dances
– Unicorn dances
• The Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout all of Vietnam.
• It also has many unique and colorful traditions.

Best time to visit / climate

• Mild weather is limited to the season of May-June – end of August.
• This is when the seas are calm and wind changes direction.
• The wind comes from the South.
• The remaining year the weather is intermittent between rain & cold and hot and mild.
• Popular activities such as visiting offshore Cù lao Chàm islands are best during the short season of end of May or at the end of August.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

1. By plane
• The nearest airport is in Da Nang.
• It has domestic connections to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hue.
• There are some international flights to:
– Bangkok
– Singapore Siem Reap
– Cambodia (for Angkor Wat)
• There are charter flights to China.
• A taxi from Danang airport to Hoi An costs about US$22 using a taxi with a meter.
• The ride takes about 45 min.

2. By train
• There is no railway station in Hoi An.
• The nearest station is in Da Nang.
• This platform receives several trains a day from:
– Hanoi
– Ho Chi Minh City
– Hue
– Nha Trang
Most travel agents and hotels can book a train ticket for you.
Da Nang Railway Station
• 202 Hai Phong, Tan Chinh Ward, Thanh Khe District, TP Da Nang
• Phone: (+ 84 511) 3750666.
There are transfers available between Hoi An and Danang train station for 80,000 VND with Go Travel Vietnam.

3. By bus
• There are two different bus stations in Hoi An.
• The public buses to Da Nang leave from the station about 2 km north west from the center on Le Hong Phong.
• A xe om from Hoi An bus station to the old town should be around 10-15,000 dong.
• There is a public bus:
– from Da Nang bus station to Hoi An bus station
– 15,000 dong
– charge for foreigners 50’000 dong
– The bus passes through downtown Da Nang
– There are private buses traveling to and from from Hoi An to destinations such as Hue, Hanoi, Saigon, Dalat and Nha Trang.
• Open-tour buses run daily up and down the coast from Da Nang and Hue.
• 3.5-4 hours
• 60,000-100,000 dong
• For Nha Trang: 9-10 hours

4. By motorbike or taxi
• It is easy to take a motorbike or taxi to and from Da Nang via the Marble Mountains.
• You can catch a train on wards from here.
• This trip cost vnd 460.000 from Da Nang bus station, by the meter.

5. By boat
• Hoi An has a river system stretching hundreds of kilometers.
• This was the ancient transport network of the Cham Kingdom.
• They moved goods between the highlands and then thru Hoi An and onto China.
• Speedboats or traditional ghe nang sailing can be availed on the river or sea.

Some Travel Books on Vietnam

Vietnam (Country Travel Guide) DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Vietnam and Angkor Wat To Vietnam With Love

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at asiahotels.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org

Blogs / Sites about Hoi An – Vietnam

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at lonelyplanet.com
blogs at tripadvisor.com
blogs and reviews at hoianfestival.com

Images and photos of Hoi An – Vietnam

images at google.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at lonelyplanet.com
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