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Hoi An Ancient Town – An Extremely Attractive Destination In The Middle Of Vietnam

Vietnam is a developed tourism country with many wonderful landscapes of mountains, forests, beaches, islands and a depth of historical stories about the diverse cultures. Besides the beautiful beaches or majestic mountains, Hoi An ancient town is likely the difference as well as characteristic which attracts many travelers to visit in the whole year.  

Coming to Hoi An, you may love it because of its peaceful beauty combined with the diverse cuisine – Hoi An will definitely bring many interesting and memorable experiences to you in your trip.

Let’s see what makes Hoi An so famous and attractive in Vietnam.

Where is Hoi An in Vietnam?

Hoi An is a small ancient town in Quang Nam province which is in the Middle of Vietnam. It just takes about 30km from Da Nang city to Hoi An towards the Southern, so you can easily combine to explore this ancient town with the most livable city of Vietnam – Da Nang.

How to go to Hoi An?

From Da Nang city, you can easily take a bus to Hoi An within only 30 minutes.

Da Nang international airport has direct flights from many countries to this city, you can check which airport is convenient for your plan.

In addition, if you arrive Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh city) or Noi Bai airport (Ha Noi city), you can take a domestic flight to Da Nang city.

Besides that, you can also take a train or bus from every city in Vietnam, however, you need to spend a lot of time for transportation.


The climate in Hoi An

The most beautiful time to visit Hoi An is from January to August, the weather is so warm and nice with 30-35 Celsius degree.

From September to December, the Middle of Vietnam is affected by typhoons, it will be rainy all the time. However, there are also many interesting activities in this time while traveling to Hoi An, you can still visit here and see Hoi An in other perspectives.


Where to stay in Hoi An?

Hoi An is a small town. With only a bicycle, you can visit everywhere and enjoy its wonderful beauty. Therefore, you don’t need to stay somewhere in the central to be more convenient, just choose somewhere peaceful and different with the bustling atmosphere in the central of Hoi An – it will be still amazing.


Blue lake homestay – 2 Thanh Hoa street, Hoi An town.

This homestay just takes about 2km to visit the central. Besides great services, this area will bring local experiences to you with many places of local cuisine. With only 140.000 VND/dorm bed (6 USD) of 400.000 VND/private room (17 USD), you will have great time to stay here.


Where should you go in Hoi An?

Hoi An ancient town

Hoi An ancient town should be the first destination that you will be curious to explore a lot. Many travelers come to Vietnam and desire to visit this place. At night, Hoi An ancient town is so bright and beautiful because of many lantern lights – you will feel free to walk along and explore every ancient house, experience many local foods which are next to the river.

In addition, it will be great to take a boat and ride along the Thu Bon river to enjoy its peaceful beauty with the sunset. One more interesting thing you should join with local people is to play “Bai Choi” – a very funny game which is taken place every night in Hoi An ancient town, it will make you feel extremely excited to explore Vietnamese culture with Vietnamese people.

Hoi An ancient town is beautiful at night


Thanh Ha pottery village

In 16th decade, Thanh Ha is a very developed pottery village with many consumer goods such as vase, bowl, place… and transport everywhere in Vietnam. Here, you will have a chance to experience about how to make it yourself and understand more about Vietnamese cultures.

This place just takes 3km from Hoi An central, you can easily take a bicycle and ride here yourself. Thanh Ha pottery village will also bring many interesting experience to you. Don’t miss it.

Thanh Ha pottery village


Tra Que vegetable village

One extremely interesting place to visit is Tra Que vegetable village. You will feel so comfortable to be diving the fresh atmosphere and experience about how to be a real farmer. It will be more exciting to listen historical stories about this place from local people.

This place will definitely bring many new and strange experiences to you in the peaceful countryside like Hoi An.

Tra Que vegetable village


Cu Lao Cham island

Hoi An is luckily given a beautiful island as Cu Lao Cham. This island is not far from Hoi An, you can spend one day to visit here. With many interesting activities such as paragliding, diving into the water to see corals, visit beautiful beaches in Cu Lao Cham island…you may love Hoi An more and more because of its diverse beauties. Let’s combine explore Hoi An and visit this interesting place – Cu Lao Cham, you will experience and enjoy this land to the fullest and most interesting.


What to eat in Hoi An?

Com ga Hoi An – Hoi An chicken rice

Chicken rice is a famous local food that you should not miss in Hoi An. The chicken is from gardens and not fed as an industrial system in other big cities, so chicken meat is very delicious and tough. Rice is mixed with turmeric to make the characteristic yellow, and then combined with local fish sauce to make this food tastier. Its taste will make you feel so excited and enjoyable. Let’s find somewhere local to feel it.


Com ga “ba Van” – 21B Phan Chu Trinh street, Hoi An.

Com ga Hoi An – Hoi An chicken rice


Mi Quang – Quang noodle  

This is a very famous food in Vietnam and it is loved by many travelers in the world while visiting Vietnam. Coming to this ancient town, you will have a chance to try its original taste. Let’s experience this food in local places.


Mi Quang “Muoi” – 80 Hai Thuong Lan Ong street, Hoi An.

Mi Quang is a must-try food when coming to Hoi An


Cao lau – Hoi An Style Noodle with Pork and Greens

As its name, this food is the local special one in Hoi An. Everyone is so curious to experience this food while coming to Hoi An.

The main ingredients are tough yellow noodle which is made from rice. It is mixed with pork, some salad… The strange taste of this food will make you so excited and attractive. Let’s come to local places to experience it.


Cao lau Thanh – 26 Thai Phien street, Hoi An.

Cao Lau is a traditional food in Hoi An you should not miss


Phuong “Banh Mi” – Phuong bread

Banh mi is one of characteristic food in Vietnam. Mentioning about Vietnamese cuisine, many people will never miss Banh Mi. Banh Mi is loved by every traveler while visiting Vietnam from the South to the North.

And in Hoi An, there is a very famous Banh Mi place which will make you so excited because of its amazing taste – Banh Mi Phuong. However, you need to spend a little time to wait for your turn and buy it because of many people. If not, you can use “Grab” or “Foody” app to order this food, the drivers will come there, take away and ship it to you.

Address: 2B Phan Chu Trinh street, Hoi An.

Banh Mi Phuong is a famous branch name for those who love bread


Banh beo – Beo cake

Banh beo is totally different with others – this food is a change as a dessert after eating many foods in Hoi An. Banh beo is so famous everywhere in Vietnam and especially in the Middle. However, each region will bring the different feelings to you. Don’t miss this special food in Hoi An.

Recommendation: 77 Phan Dinh Phung street, Hoi An.


In Summary, Hoi An is always an attractive destination with a very diverse cultural history and cuisine. Not only Vietnamese people love it a lot, but also international travelers desire to visit here while coming to Vietnam. If you are not interested in big cities anymore, Hoi An is a great choice to change the atmosphere, step in the small and peaceful town to feel a very different beauty of Vietnam with others. Hope you will have great and memorable experiences in Hoi An.

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