Located in the Center of Vietnam, Hoi An is considered as a must-see destination in all Vietnam holidays from classic Vietnam tours to luxury holidays, from family trips to honeymoon vacations. So the reasons why Hoi An is so attractive, the best time to visit, the ways to get there, what to see, what to do and where to stay in Hoi An? Let’s explore fully the beauty of Hoi An with Holidaytoindochina!
1. General information of Hoi An
First of all, before visiting this lovely town, you should have some general information of Hoi An like location, history, weather, etc.
History: Hoi An has more than 2,000 years history, and had been influenced by the culture of both China and Japan. The evidence is that there are a lot of ancient houses built based on both Chinese style and Japanese style that you still can see today.
Location: Hoi An locates in the Center of Vietnam, between Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. Hoi An is also near Danang and Hue, just far about 40km from Danang and 130km from Hue. This city has a long coastline with many beautiful beaches, especially Cua Dai beach. It’s very easy to check the location of Hoi An on the internet if you care.
Hoi An was well-known abroad since Hoi An Ancient Town was recognized as the heritage site by UNESCO in 1999.
2. The best time to visit Hoi An
You can visit Hoi An all time of the year but the best time to visit Hoi An is from February to April every year. In summer, from May to July, it’s very hot with high temperature. In rainy season, from October to November, Hoi An rains heavily all day. It’s not suitable for outdoor activities like biking, farming, swimming and taking boat trip.
If you are lucky to arrive at Hoi An on the 14th day of a lunar month, Hoi An will be much more charming with its Full Moon Festival and “Old Street Night” exclusively available on that day. So, don’t forget to check the weather and the lunar calendar before you go.
3. How to get Hoi An?
There are many ways to get Hoi An: by plane, by train, by car, and by motorbike.
- By flight:
It’s very easy to get Hoi An by plane because Hoi An is very near the Danang International Airport, just far about 30km. This airport can connect to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hue with Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar and VietJet Air and some international flights from Bangkok, Siem Reap, Hong Kong, Singapore, and charter flights from China. You can check the flight ticket online on the internet or with the ticket agency. To get a cheap ticket, you should book soon – 3 months to 6 months before you go.
- By train
Hoi An has not the railway station but you still can easily get Hoi An by train from Danang. From Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh, it takes about 14 to 20 hours to get Danang railway station by train, then take about 40 minutes to get Hoi An from Danang by taxi or bus. The price of train ticket is about 400,000 VND to 1,200,000 VND depending on the type of train and seat.
Da Nang Railway Station: 202 Hai Phong, Tan Chinh Ward, Thanh Khe District, Danang city, Phone: (+84) 511 375-0666.
- By Bus:
Traveling to Hoi An by bus is a cheaper way: about 400,000 – 500,000 NVD/ ticket/way. Lists of Buses: Hoang Long, Hlink, Mai Linh, Thuan Thao, duration: about 18 to 20 hours. This way is cheaper but also has more risk. So we recommend you should travel to Hoi An by flight or train. By train, you also can take a bus easily from Danang railway station to get Hoi An: Bus no 1 with the cost of 20,000 VND/Ticket. The whole trip takes about 40-50 min. If you come from Da Nang airport, the closest bus stop of the same route to Hoi An is at the roundabout where the streets Nguyen Tri Phuong and Dien Bien Phu meet (about 15 min walk, since you can walk along the lake). It’s very easy to check on the internet by Google Map.
- By motorbike:
If you are staying in Danang or Hue or Quang Binh, you can choose motorbike to get Hoi An. This is a beautiful way with many attractions to visit on the way to Hoi An: From Danang – Hoi An: you can visit Marble Mountains, From Hue or Quang Binh, you can visit Lap An Lagoon, Lang Co Beach, Hai Van Pass, Cham Museum.
To be continued…