Hoi An Ancient Town

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Hoi An Ancient Town
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Located on the banks of the poetic Thu Bon River, in central Quang Nam province, 30 kilometers south of Da Nang, Hoi An ancient town is an Eastern oriental classic captivation. With the strategic location on the banks of the great river, with one seaside border (East), it used to be one of the major trading centers in Southeast Asia during the 16th century due to the early western trader occupying period.
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Jennifer R
Johannesburg, South Africa66 contributions
Dec 2019
Hoi An is really beautiful, especially at night with the lanterns. There are some lovely art and other shops and we found many good restaurants and coffee shops in the old town and nearby.

The old town can be extremely busy when lots of tourist buses arrive, but you can always eat outside the hectic area. A boat ride with the lights on the river is very special and look out for the guy doing calligraphy next to the Japanese bridge - it's beautiful and can be customised for you.

If you are staying for a few days, I recommend Ylang Ylang Spa and taking a cycle/ride to the beach where you can enjoy food, cocktails and parasailing / jet skis at a good price.
Written January 2, 2020
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M_Lo_Hongkong
6 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
We were first attracted by the evening photos of Hoi An displayed at various tourism channels for Vietnam. To better understand the ancient town, we intentionally arrived at the town at 4pm to allow time to visit the historic places in the town (entry to which required tickets at a price). The highlight, however, came after sunset when the town was brightly lit by colorful lanterns almost everywhere. Boat trips were available (like gondola in Vienna, except without the part of singing). We were not particularly fanatic about boat trips and so decided to had dinner in a restaurant along the river. The food there was so-so, but provided ample time for.us to enjoy the scenic view of the colorfully lit town. Finally we left at 9pm. In fact, I would recommend visitors consider staying overnight in Hoi An to have even more time there.
Written January 4, 2020
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Roaming K9
2 contributions
Feb 2020
The day and night in ancient Hoi An is just that night and day. During the day it feels very fabricated and disneylandish, but when the night time hits it turns into a fury of excitement and wonder with all the activity and lanterns on the streets and in the water. I highly recommend visiting this area and sampling the street food and wares.

This being said buyer beware. When you come off the pedestrian bridge and go down the street to your right to the very end you will come to 4 or 5 vendors selling lobster and seafood. We stopped at the first one which was a husband/wife selling and serving seafood out of their house. There was no name on the restaurant to be able to tell you which one it was but the husband was unable to cook lobster.

When the raw lobster was brought to his attention he put it back on the grill and then brought it back to the table still raw and preceded to yell at us when we made him aware that it was still raw. They tried to tell us that there are brains in the lobster and that this is what was raw. I do agree with the fact that there are brains in lobsters but not in the body section. I have eaten and cooked lobster easily 250+ times and am intimently aware of what a raw and cooked lobster looks like.

The other vendors I am sure are better but just be aware of the vendor that is set up out of there house. They refused to cook the lobster more when asked and then demanded payment of 400,000 Dong for the uncooked lobster.
Written February 12, 2020
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Jenn_khsd
Luxembourg2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
The ancient city of Hoi An, merely 30km from Da Nang preserves rich history and culture of the past. Everything exudes so much warmth and joy. During evening the streets light up with vibrant colors, a visual delight for everyone. Indulge in window shopping, stroll around and soak in the pleasant breeze.
There are endless options to eat out at, shop, chill and have a great time. Its a town where you do nothing yet enjoy the ambiance. I like bread and Cao Lau
Written April 16, 2022
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Carla R
Hoboken, NJ48 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
It’s majestic here at night, the river lights up like nothing I’ve every seen. For pennies on the dollar one could purchase a lantern, make a wish, and send it down the river. It’s an amazing sight to see, the river at night!
This alone, make it worth the visit!
Written January 31, 2020
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Dr. Issa Abu-Dayyeh
Amman, Jordan2,986 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Beautiful visit to visit, 40 minutes from Danang.

It’s old center is a UNESCO world heritage site. Make sure you walk around and buy a ticket from kiosks that allows you to enter 5 sites for 120,000 dong, and use them wisely.

Make sure you try some of their traditional foods such as Cao Lau and check out their night market.

Hoi An at night has a very special character, make sure you sleep over to spend time in it at night, or if it is a one day trip, do not leave before sunset.

The city is also well know.m for tailors and leather products, so make use of that if you are a fan of leather, or want to get a dress or suit customized to size.

Beautiful town, totally worth a visit!
Written January 6, 2020
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swissgirl_7
Gilly, Switzerland229 contributions
Feb 2020
I actually want to give 1 star, but Hoi An, potentially is a 5 star destination and the houses, pagodas and riverboats are all there but can no longer be enjoyed because of incessant hawking, scamming attempts, rudeness of officials and the TRASH, and more TRASH, dumped in the river, abandoned on the roadside, batteries by the bagful tipped out by the beautiful bridges.

Obviously, managing the waves of tourists invading the town daily (of which I too am guilty) is too overwhelming for a small town like Hoi an. The ancient city is overrun and everybody is trying to make a buck.

The town council does its best, and there are lots of regulations for the boat owners, supposed to limit scamming, but nobody really enforces them, and for tourists, the amounts are too small to quibble over, it just leaves an unpleasant feeling. It’s the only place in a Vietnam where we were harassed by vendors, cheated by cafe owners and scammed by taxi drivers (fast meters). We bought the tourist ticket but ended up visiting only three places as it was all too much for us after two days.

We spent 5 days here, and thankfully found beautiful areas too. I’d recommend going as early as possible to avoid the crowds and spend more time exploring the areas of paddy fields and even the beach.
Written February 16, 2020
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Daria G
Oxford, United Kingdom72 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
When we visited during end-of-year holidays 2019-2020, there seemed to be more tourists than locals in the streets. There is a ridiculous amount of random silly stuff for tourists to buy. The buildings are very well preserved and curious to visit. Beware most of the ‘assembly halls’ of various Chinese groups have a thing for asking for your ticket twice and cutting it whilst pretending that they don’t understand English. The tickets are not expensive but leave you feeling fooled and annoyed. Several of the traditional houses that can be visited for example the Tran family house are also tourist traps selling everything from luck bringing coins to incense to statues. The combination of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese traditional architecture is quite similar across the different buildings. Worth a visit definitely !
Written January 11, 2020
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Yang
Da Nang, Vietnam2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
I went to Da Nang to visit alone. Luckily at the airport I met a very enthusiastic driver. He is both a driver and a tour guide for me. he is very attentive. know about all in danang. I write here hoping everyone can refer to choose a reasonable service to support you. If you know an enthusiastic driver, it will make your trip a lot more meaningful . He uses whatsapp if you need you can make friends with him via phone number 0934767915. the price he took I think is ok .
Written June 7, 2022
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ChicoRanMan
Chico, CA1,201 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
If you visit Hoi An, you can’t avoid going to the ancient city, but brace yourself for streets crowded with many, many tourists, a lot of motorbikes all beeping at anything that moves, sidewalks packed with everything but pedestrians (mostly scooter parking), and high tourist prices. Every street vendor will double the price for whatever they are selling, so be prepared to haggle with them.

There are some good restaurants and very good banh mi to be found. There are hundreds of shops including dressmakers and suit makers. Note that you can get equal quality clothing made outside of the ancient city for a fraction of the price.

Written January 18, 2020
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