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Hoi An is a beautiful city located near Da Nang in the central coast area of Vietnam and a great place to spend a few days. The beautiful historical sites in Old Town can attract tourists for hours. Then for the shopper or fashion expert the city is also famous for its many tailors. Remember to haggle, and shop around because the best tailors tend not to advertise.
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Hoi An Full Moon Festival is held on every 14th day of the lunar month (Chinese Calendar). The festival starts around 6.00pm when the whole of HoiAn town is lighted with only dainty lanterns and everyone takes a stroll on the old narrow streets absolutely free from the sound of vehicles engine. Visitors can walkabout to wherever they feel like. Check the update full moon date 2012 at www.hoian-tourism.com.
Warm, humid and sunny, approximately 30 °C in September to December. Occasional brief showers occur during the early evening, which are welcome.
Hoi An does not have a domestic terminal, the nearest airport is in Da Nang (30 kilometres away from Hoi An), which has frequent connections to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and some international flights. There are two that service Vietnam's domestic routes: Vietnam Airlines and Jestar Airline.
From Da Nang you can travel by public bus, private car or taxi to Hoi an. You want to take local bus to Hoi An (US$2 per person). The bus stop is near from the airport and every 30 minutes, there's a bus from Da Nang to Hoi An during the day. It takes you about 1 hour to arrive in Hoi An by bus. Please be sure that you arrive to Da Nang airport in the day time, because after 7:00pm, there's no bus from Da Nang to Hoi An.
A taxi from the airport to Hoi An costs about US$15 thanks to the cartel. Be sure to have a fix price.
If you arrive late, you should arrange an airport transfer in advance if you don't want the taxi haggling hassles. You can book online or contact your hotel and the price is about the same.
There is no railway station in Hoi An. Most guests going to Hoi by train must stop at Da Nang or Tam Ky Railway Station. Everyday there are many domestic trains from Ha noi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Nha Trang etc. From Da Nang you can travel by bus, private car or can take a taxi to Hoi an. Da Nang Railway Station is located at 202 Hai Phong, Tan Chinh Ward, Thanh Khe District, Da Nang City.
The Ha Noi - Hue – Da Nang schedule is as followed:
The Ho Chi Minh- Da Nang- Hue schedule is:
There is a public bus #1 from Da Nang's bus station to Hoi An's bus station. The bus makes a loop through Da Nang and passes through downtown Da Nang as well. Your accommodation should be able to point you to the nearest stop. If you come from Da Nang airport, the closest bus stop on the route to Hoi An is at the roundabout where the streets Nguyễn Tri Phương and Điện Biên Phủ meet (a nice 10-15 minute walk; you can walk along the lake). This bus stop is clearly marked with a road sign. The bus stop closest to the train station is in front of 299 Lê Duẩn road (leaving the train station cross the square and walk down Hoàng Hoa Thám road and turn left at the next intersection).
On the return trip, the yellow bus passes within a block of the train station. Let the ticket collector know, and he can show you where to get off.
There are two different bus stations in Hoi An now. But the public buses to Da Nang leave from the Bus station, 67 Nguyễn Tất Thành (about 2 kilometres northwest of the centre on Le Hong Phong). A taxi om from Hoi An bus station to the old town should be around 10-15,000 dong.
There is no shortage of travel agencies and private buses travelling to and from Hoi An to destinations such as Hue, Hanoi, Saigon, Dalat and Nha Trang. Guesthouses can arrange tickets for a surcharge, although they may not release the ticket to you until after you formally check out.
Buses from Buon Ma Thuot or other cities in central Highlands going to Da Nang will drop you off just outside of Hoi An, at a stop along the highway if asked. From there it is a 15-minute motorbike ride to anywhere in town.
The old Champa way was to travel by the river system. The rivers of Hoi An cover hundreds of kilometres and offer an interesting and adventurous alternative to travelling by road. Get on a boat and you'll begin to see a whole lot more of Hoi An and the delta. You can charter boats for about USD1/hour.
Taxis can be found in the middle of Le Loi St, over the river in An Hoi or summoned by phone. When busy, taxis may refuse your fare back to your hotel from town if it is too close, opting for larger fares. Arranging a shuttle from your hotel may be a better option although prices may be higher.
Journeys around the city centre are best made on foot. The centre of Hoi An is very small and pedestrian-friendly, so you will be walking around most of the time. Motorbikes are banned from the centre of town during certain times of day (08:00 to 11:00, 13:30 to 16:30), but you should keep an eye out for motorized kamikazes, even in the most narrow alleys. The city government does not allow motorbikes to enter Old Town on the 14th and 15th of each lunar month. On those evenings, a lot of activities, including traditional games such as bai choi, trong quan, and dap nieu are held in all over the town.
Bikes are readily available for hire at a very cheap price for a day or half day (typically 4 or 8 hours).
You can ride down to the beach in about 15 minutes. There is a bike park there, where you can pay someone less than a dollar to have your bike guarded whilst you enjoy the beach.
Food in Hoi An is, even by high Vietnamese standards, cheap and tasty. In addition to the usual suspects, there are three dishes that Hoi An is particularly famous for:
If you are really adventurous, walk to the Central Market and have a local breakfast. Seating on stools, eating a bowl of cao lau with wooden chopsticks, and sipping the ice cold "white coffee with vinamilk" is an adventure. Beware though, prices will vary immensely, as shopkeepers swarm over you to sell you things, or even shove plates of food before you. Just keep declining politely and return the food you don't fancy. Keep small denominations of dong with you, as you probably won't get change if you give them US dollars. Also, confirm the prices before you eat the food. Prices range from about 7,000-10,000 dong for a bowl of noodles, and 5,000-7,000 dong for a coffee. The baguette is a nice snack, and should not cost more than 10,000 dong.
Walking along the river at night, you will find a lot of pubs. Beer is around 30,000 dong. Cocktails are 20,000-50,000 dong. There are some bar foods available, such as fried prawn crackers for around 15,000 dong a plate. Just walk into any pub and have a seat. However, Hoi An is not a real party destination and has a rather limited number of nightlife locations.
Hotels in Hoi An are fiercely competitive, which means plenty of choice and generally high standards. Budget options are slightly pricier than many other parts of Vietnam, with 6 USD being about the cheapest. Many are clustered around Hai Ba Trung St and "Ba Trieu" (formerly, Nhi Trung St), just north of the Old Town and within easy walking distance, and also along Cua Dai St, off to the east and a bit of a hike away.
Most of Hoi An's high-end hotels are located along the unbroken beach stretching from Da Nang to Hoi An. Closest is Cua Dai Beach 5 kilometres away.
|Ancient House Resort||61 Cua Dai road||HOTEL||-|
|Anhuy Hotel||30-Phan Boi Chau||HOTEL||-|
|Dai Long Hotel||680 Hai Ba Trung Street||Hotel||76|
|Glory Hotel||538 Cua Dai St., Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province Address 2 :||HOTEL||-|
|Grassland Hotel||22 Hai Ba Trung street||HOTEL||-|
|Green Field Hotel||423 Cua Dai St||HOTEL||69|
|Ha An Hotel||06 Phan Boi Chau Street, Hoi An Town, Quang Nam pr||Hotel||-|
|Hai Au Hotel||576 Cua Dai||Hotel||85|
|Hai Yen Hotel||22A Cua Dai Street||HOTEL||-|
|Hoai Thanh Hotel||187 Ly Thuong Kiet||Hotel||-|
|Hoi An Hotel||10 Tran Hung Dao||Hotel||-|
|Hoi An Lotus Hotel||Cua Dai Road||Hotel||-|
|Hoi An Pacific Hotel & Spa||321 Cua Dai Street||HOTEL||81|
|Hoi An Trade Union Hotel||80 Tran Hung Dao St.||Hotel||-|
|Hoi An Trails Resort||276 Cua Dai Road, Hoi An, Vietnam||Hotel||-|
|Hop Yen Hotel||694 Hai Bà Trưng street 103 Bà Triệu street||Hotel||78|
|Nhi Nhi Hotel||60 Hung Vuong Street||Hotel||85|
|Phuoc An Hotel||31/1 Tran Cao Van - Hoi An - Quang Nam Province 06. Le Loi - Hoi An - Quang Nam Province||Hotel||90|
|Phuong Nam Hotel & Villa||224 Ly Thai To street||HOSTEL||88|
|River-Beach Resort||05 Cua Dai Beach||Hotel||-|
|Riverside Resort Hoi An||175 Cua Dai Road Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province||HOTEL||-|
|Thanhvan Hotel||78 Tran Hung Dao St, Hoi an town, Quang Nam Provin||Hotel||-|
|Thien Thanh Hotel||16 Ba Trieu Street (34 Nhi Trung old)||Hotel||83|
|Van Loi Hotel||Cam Nam Village||Hotel||-|
|Vuon Trau Luxury Homestay||Thanh Nam hamlet, Cam Chau ward||Hotel||-|
|HOI AN LANTERN HOTEL||228 Nguyen Duy Hieu street||Hotel||-|
|Nhi Trung Hotel||700 Hai Ba Trung Nhi Trung||Hotel||89|
|Orchid Garden Homestay||382 Cua Dai Street||GUESTHOUSE||84|
|Vinh Hung Riverside Resort||111 Ngo Quyen An Hoi Islet||Hotel||-|
|Vinh Huy Hotel||203 ly thuong kiet Hoi An town||Hotel||68|
|Vietnam Village Resort||Xuyen Trung Cam Nam||Hotel||-|
|Agribank Hoi An Beach Resort||Lac Long Quan St||Hotel||-|
|Cua Dai Beach Hotel||Au Co St. Cua Dai Ward||Hotel||-|
|Sunflower Hotel Hoi An||397 Cua Dai Road Downtown||HOSTEL||75|
|Windbell Homestay Villa||Cam Nam Hoi An, Quang Nam||Hotel||-|
|Hoi An Glory Hotel & Spa||538 Cua Dai St||Hotel||-|
|Huy Hoang River Hotel||73 Phan Boi Chau St.||HOTEL||81|
|Vinh Hung 3 Hotel||96 Ba Trieu street Hoi An city Quang Nam province||Hotel||-|
|Le Belhamy||Hamlet 1, Dien Duong village Dien Ban district||Hotel||-|
|Cam Chau Homestay||157 Tran Nhan Tong||GUESTHOUSE||81|
|Bamboo Village Riverside Resort||83/09 Nguyen Duy Hieu St||Hotel||-|
|An Hoi Hotel||69 Nguyen Phuc Chu Str.||HOTEL||86|
|Loc Phat Hoi An Homestay||420 Cua Dai, Hoi An, Quang Nam||GUESTHOUSE||91|
|Hoa My Hotel||44 Tran Cao Van St||HOTEL||85|
|Sea And Sand Hotel||15 Cua Dai St Cua Dai Beach||HOTEL||-|
|GOLF HOI AN HOTEL||187 Ly Thuong Kiet street||Hotel||-|
|Sunshine Hotel Hoi An||02 Phan Dinh Phung Sreet||HOTEL||88|
|Hoa My I Hotel||201 Ly Thuong Kiet St||HOTEL||-|
|Tan Phuong Hotel||209 Ly Thuong Kiet Street||HOTEL||-|
|Hoa Binh Hotel||696 Hai Ba Trung Street Cam Pho Ward||HOTEL||-|
|Bach Dang Hoi An Hotel||Nguyễn 1 Tat Thanh||Hotel||-|
|Homeland River Homestay||Chau Trung Hamlet Cam Nam Ward||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Vinh Hung Emerald Resort||An Hoi Block||HOTEL||-|
|Huy Hoang Garden Hotel||87 Hung Vuong||HOTEL||84|
|The Earth Villa||380 Cua Dai Steet||HOTEL||-|
|Flower Garden Homestay||135/1 ly Thuong Kiet||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hao Anh Homestay||134 Ly Thai To Street Cam Chau Ward||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hoi An Green Field Villas||250/7 Nguyen Duy Hieu Street||HOSTEL||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
Vietnam's international dialing code is +84. To call to other countries from Vietnam, start with 00, followed by the international number, usually without the first 0. International and domestic phone calls are available in almost every hotel or internet café. International phone charges are high in Vietnam and hotels often add a mark up fee so it is smart to always check the rates before dialling. Public phones require phone cards, which are available at post offices.
Some common and useful phone codes are:
Vietnam Post is the government owned national postal service of Vietnam. Services are generally fairly reliable, cheap but not overly fast, except express services. Express Mail Service (EMS) ensures that letters and small parcels are delivered within 24-48 hours domestically. International EMS is associated with over 50 countries worldwide, with a delivery time ranging from 2 to 10 days. Regular services are cheaper but much slower. Most post offices keep much longer hours than most other official businesses, usually starting from 6:30am until 9:30pm and also open on Saturday and even Sunday. You can buy stamps here and they also offer other services like money transfers. You can also try other companies to send parcels, for example with DHL, TNT and UPS. There is a post office near the library in the centre of the town.
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