Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2017
Full of history and natural beauty, Hoi An is known for its Japanese merchant houses, charming Old Town district and laid-back vibe. Travel out of the city centre and you'll discover terraced rice paddies, scenic bike trails and traditional Vietnamese villages that will take you on a trip back in time. Grand Colonial hotels line the riverfront area, while more humble accommodation on the outskirts offers budget-friendly options for those seeking cheap holidays to Hoi An.
Kick off your adventure with a wander through the winding streets in Old Town, making sure to stop for some snaps at the flower-covered Bridge Pagoda on the western end of Tran Phu Street. After breathing in the sweet scent, stop by the nearby Museum of Folk Culture, which houses traditional clothing, plaster sculptures and artwork that offers an insight into Hoi An's rich trade history.
Next, ditch dry land for the underwater world, because local reefs are tops for scuba diving or snorkelling. Rather hang out above the water instead of in it? Hire a private boat to sail you around Hoi An's many uninhabited islands—and change your first name to “Captain.” Back ashore, taxis and "cyclos" are on hand to transport you from place to place, but you’ll probably want your own set of wheels to get around on your own time—naturally, book one of Wotif’s Hoi An car hire options to get you on the move!
Shopaholics, ready your credit cards: Hoi An's Riverside Market is lined with handicraft stalls that are connected by neon lanterns. Pick up a cheap, custom-made suit from local tailors, or beat feet for the cloth vendors to load up on beautiful swaths of silk. Here’s a tip: Practice your smile and your bargaining skills, as these folks love a good haggle.
We hope you arrive for your Hoi An holiday with an empty belly, as curbside food stalls offer authentic spots to sample local delicacies, like pho, cha ca and banh xeo. Make a reservation and dine at one of the swanky riverside eateries for freshly caught seafood barbecued to perfection—yum! You can wash your meal down with an ice cold beer or rice wine at one of the chillout lounges in the Old City. The Vietnamese also love coffee, particularly the milky, iced kind, so be sure to indulge whenever you need a little caffeine jolt.
Get your party on at Cua Dai Beach the big entertainment venue there throws down bass-heavy beats and buckets of booze. If your head's a little sore in the morning, then sip on the water from a freshly cracked coconut the electrolytes should help re-hydrate you.
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