Hoi An Ancient Town
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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  • India11
    Guildford, United Kingdom772 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place, especially early morning
    Recommend the Lune Theatre Bamboo Circus show. Worth every penny. No need to get top price seats. Also the Precious Heritage Art gallery for great portrait photos. Busy in the eve but a cheery atmosphere.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 17, 2023
  • beverley b
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hoi An ancient town at night
    Absolutely loved the ancient town, especially at night. The boats with the lanterns and floating candles was magical. The night market is interesting Only downside is it's a bit commercial but it's bound to be. It's a major tourist attraction so you can't expect to be the only ones there!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Estes
    Sydney, Australia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Vietnam
    If you're looking for a beautiful place to visit in Vietnam, you can't go wrong with Hoi An Ancient Town. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a charming and colorful destination that will make you feel like you've traveled back in time. You'll love exploring the old quarter, where you can admire the architecture, shop for souvenirs, and sample the local cuisine. Don't miss the chance to see the nice lanterns that light up the streets at night, creating a magical atmosphere. Hoi An Ancient Town is a must-see for anyone who loves history, culture, and beauty.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2023
  • Akouche
    Sydney, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute must-see destination in Vietnam
    It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is easy to see why it has been recognized as such. The town is full of colorful buildings, quaint streets and traditional markets. It is a great place to explore and capture some amazing photos. The old town is especially impressive, with its narrow streets, Chinese-style architecture and ancient houses. The Hoi An River runs through the town and provides a peaceful backdrop to the bustling streets. You can take a boat ride along the river to get a different perspective of the town. There are also many interesting temples and pagodas to explore. The atmosphere in Hoi An is very relaxed and peaceful, and it is easy to spend hours wandering around taking in the sights. Hoi An is a great place to experience the culture and history of Vietnam. It is definitely worth a visit for anyone looking for an enjoyable and unique experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Sade
    44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vibrant Energize Quaint Town
    Vibrant and full of energy ancient old town Hoi An, Vietnam. Tons of cafes to have great coffee. Many restaurants every few steps for delicious meals. Great place to go biking in town and especially around country side.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Malone
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect place
    The town is welcoming and friendly, with locals offering a warm smile and a helping hand. The streets are lined with colorful lanterns and buildings that are full of cultural charm. It's the perfect place to relax and take in the sights and sounds of Vietnam. The locals are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and the atmosphere is incredibly laid-back and relaxing. The food is delicious and the night markets are a great place to pick up souvenirs and handmade goods. If you're looking for a place to get away from it all, Hoi An Ancient Town is the perfect destination. It's like stepping back in time and discovering a hidden gem. Plus, the locals are so friendly that you'll feel like you're part of the family. So if you're looking for a place to kick back and relax, Hoi An Ancient Town is the place to be!
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 5, 2023
  • karen e
    Hoi An, Vietnam4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Attention AUSSIE review of Hoi an and accommodation stay
    Hoi An Acient town was our favorite destination thus far, this place just comes alive at night from around 6pm, we were here in May 3-7 over the lantern festival which made it extra special, lit with lanterns everywhere near the river, truly beautiful, my son aged 22yrs also loved it. But it comes alive most nights regardless of lantern festival l believe. Markets very close to the river, but you do get hassled a lot from vendors which does get a little annoying. Very hot here in May and muggy at like 70% humidity, you'll sweat through many clothes very quickly. No where near as busy as Dalat or Ho chi Minh, which was refreshing, so you can actually ride a bike or motor bike with relative ease without feeling like your risking you life. Watch out for restaurant vendors as we had a few try to charge us incorrectly or not bring back change, so know what you should be charge before they take away the menu or your bill. Recommend staying at Hoianian Central Villa in the suburb of Campho. 5 min walk to river, prime spot, it is a family run villa, very clean, lovely room, comfortable beds, breakfast was great, the family cannot do enough for you and greet you everytime you come back from a day trip out, felt very safe here, have nothing but praise for this place, and it was by far our cheapest stay almost by half with breakfast included. You will not regret a stay here, 10/10 by both my son and myself.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 5, 2023
  • JC W
    Greater Manchester, United Kingdom181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful traditional ancient town. Not to be missed!
    Hoi An has always been on my list of holiday destinations and I am not disappointed. We travelled by sleeper train from HCMC, arrived at Da Nang by early afternoon. We were picked up by our hotel car from Hoi An, the journey was seamless. Hour hotel was very near the night market with a lovely view of the river. The whole town and the river were light up by colourful lanterns and candles, it’s just magical. Street food abundance and delicious, people were friendly, lots and lots “stuff” to feast your eyes and taste buds. It’s just an fantastic experience. Don’t miss this pretty ancient town if you are touring Vietnam, highly recommended.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 7, 2023
  • SameerMan
    Mumbai, India109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very bright, colourful and beautiful
    I spent a couple of hours walking around the town. The first activity to do is the 20 minute boat ride during which you can release a lit candle into the river while making a wish. There are many boats in the river at the same time which makes it a pretty interesting experience. Make sure to walk around the local market and bargain for goods. It's worth trying out local food like freshly made Rolling ice cream. Plenty of options for street food. There are also street artists who keep putting on shows.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 8, 2023
  • Litzenberg
    Sydney, Australia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The traditional atmosphere of a centuries-old Vietnamese town
    The narrow streets are lined with colorful buildings and quaint shops, while the nearby river provides a beautiful setting. The town is most famous for its Ancient Japanese Bridge, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bridge is a symbol of the town and provides a stunning backdrop for photographs. Visitors can also explore the many temples and pagodas in the area, as well as the local markets and restaurants. The people of Hoi An are known for their friendliness and hospitality, making it a great place to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 2, 2023
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Daniel Clark
Sydney, Australia35 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A very beautiful place. This is my first time visiting here. There are a lot of activities, and the scenery is beautiful. But the reason I only gave 3 bubbles is because of the problem of soliciting customers here. Makes me feel I feel very uncomfortable and need better management of this problem
Written April 14, 2024
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Sexton
New York City, NY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The charming streets, the colorful lanterns, and the abundance of artisan shops made it feel like we'd stepped into a fairytale. However, be warned: tailor shops are more populous than pigeons in Venice! Every few steps was "Hello! You need suit? Dress?" We got measured for custom clothes just for the experience (and hey, the prices were great!). While dodging enthusiastic tailors, we discovered unique crafts, vibrant markets, and some of the tastiest street food we've ever had. Hoi An is an absolute gem - get ready to be charmed and possibly end up with a new wardrobe!
Written April 12, 2024
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HuddersT
Huddersfield, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We loved it in Hoi An, one of our favourite places in Vietnam, and the Old Town is amazing. There’s loads to see, and it’s next to the river, it’s very picturesque and has a lovely atmosphere. Great for sightseeing but also for shopping or just hanging out on a small café watching the world go by. We couldn’t see the Japanese Bridge unfortunately as it’s closed for refurbishment, but there was plenty else to see and do, including the ancient houses, assembly halls and cute shops and cafes. It was quite busy, especially in the evening, when it’s lit by lanterns and looks amazing.

A definite ‘must see’ place if you’ve visiting Vietnam.
Written April 10, 2024
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Isaac
Los Angeles, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We loved strolling through Hoi An Ancient Town. The mix of historic buildings, vibrant markets, and relaxed atmosphere made it a unique experience. We wandered the streets admiring the architecture, popped into little shops, and grabbed some delicious street food. Even with the crowds, there's something so charming about this place. It's the perfect spot to soak up Vietnamese culture with a side of laid-back vibes.
Written April 10, 2024
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Pioneer51300688341
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
What is this? Its terrible and overpriced in fake stores. You only meet scammers and see stupid tourists trying to get their lucky fake shot for instagram and sitting in vegan restaurants. Its terrible to see such tourists. The city is very boring and like Disneyland. There is nothing real.
Written April 9, 2024
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Harriet C
Sydney, Australia16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Hoi An is a must for any tourist to Vietnam. It's is bursting with tourists which is a pity but it's still very worth while. Hoi An is very pretty, situated on the river with old buildings and lanterns everywhere. There are plenty of museums and places of interest to see. We saw inside some of the ancient houses, the Folk Craft Museum and the Museum of Antiquities which I found the most interesting. Also there were hardly any people in the museums so it was a relief from the crowd. The Japanese Covered Bridge was under repair so we couldn't see it properly. You can buy a book of five tickets that allows entrance to five things that you want to see.

We stayed nearby at the Hoi An Corn Riverside Villa, which was very pleasant, on Cam Nam Island. It was an easy walk to the town. The bridge into town is a bit scary as it is very narrow. In the evening we made a good deal with a boatman to take us back to the island. The next day the boatman picked us up again at a prearranged time and took us into town which was fun. And then he took us back in the evening as well. So by then we were like old friends.

Hoi An has a lot of excellent tailors who will supply material and make clothes, or you can bring a favourite garment to copy. They will do this very quickly and cheaply. We were recommended to see Chum from Tho May Cua Toi Tailor located at 90 Phan Chau Trinh. 0827 656 275. Chum was utterly charming and did excellent work. I didn't even realise quite how cheap it was until I got home and saw the bill in Australian Dollars. I wish I had given her a huge tip. Email: themytailor@gmail.com

That's another thing. The money is very confusing because there are so many zeros. We didn't/couldn't really manage to work out what we were paying for things but as everything is very cheap in Vietnam compared to Australia we didn't really care to bargain too hard with any of the market stalls. We had a sense that the Vietnamese were very honest when they helped us work out which notes to give them, and giving us change. After what Australia and the USA did to them during the Vietnam War it amazed me how friendly and willing to help us they all seemed to be.

We definitely didn't have enough time in Hoi An. 2 days in not enough.
Written April 9, 2024
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Adventure39239978151
Peterborough, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Amazing place to visit with many wonderful restaurants. People very friendly.
Amira lanterna was an amazing place to stay, clean, good amenities and friendly staff
Written April 8, 2024
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CBFalls
San Diego, CA13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Tourist Trap! The town is picturesque, but the vendors are all selling the same cheap plastic crap and are very aggressive. You can't blame people for trying to make a living, but I felt like cattle being herded through a tourist hell. I wish I had just enjoyed the regular real town of Hoi An (which was lovely with amazing food) and avoided the Old Town tourist trap.
Written April 7, 2024
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Wonder A
Singapore457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Hoi An is an unique concentration of architectural monuments of living houses, assembly halls, communal houses, museums, pagoda shrine, temple, water well, market and more. The most significant upon entry into the old town is the Japanese covered Bridge which was built in the 17th century. These wonderful sightseeing places were lined up along the streets, forming palaces and giving a good example of symbolic oriental cities in the middle age. Visitors could also enjoy other street artistic activities, folk games and the buzzling night market.
Written April 6, 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,531 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
To beat the heat, I started early exploring the Ancient Areas of Hoi An. Along the way, I passed by tailor shops, restaurants, coffee shops, clothing stores, souvenir shops, lantern shops, etc. Great shopping aeeas here!

Periodically, I would see an ancient Assembly Hall and Temples. Please note that there are entrance fees for the latter, amounting to 120,000 dong for entry to 5 attractions.

Note that this area becomes more active after sunset and when it gets dark. Beautiful to watch the lighted lanterns, ok to ride the boat along the river.
Written April 4, 2024
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