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Hoi An Ancient Town
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Hoi An Old Town Food Tour by Night
Ranked #2 of 132 things to do in Hoi An
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 28, 2013

As a regular traveller to Vietnam, I would have to say Hoi An is a very expensive place. Expect to pay 5-6 times higher prices for a hotel or food than most other places in Vietnam. The locals would have to be the most unfriendly and unhelpful in all of Vietnam. My wife and I were almost assaulted and knocked of our bike by a young man who grabbed a baton from a local security man and came up to us, speaking English. Later that day some French tourists were ripped off in front on me and my wife (my wife is from Vietnam, overheard the local tour guide), they were overcharged and the food vendor would split the money later with the local tour guide after the tourists left. You have to pay to see all attractions, the attractions are not very well presented. The town had badly themed music blaring from the PA speakers everywhere. It is not an authentic Vietnamese town. Most of the shops cater to "Western" tourists, Russian tourists or other Asian tourists, there were too many souvenir shops selling the same cheap rubbish, which spoilt the atmosphere of the place. The lantern shops and the harbour were the only nice things there.

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

enjoy the Temples, visit the 200 year old houses and learn how they cope with flooding, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the daily life in the market

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Get up early and watch sun rise over the river, visit the food market, lots of really good restaurants .

Thank A13pea
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

A quaint and picturesque town which is quite charming. Take your time to stroll about and see the historical sites. It is saturated with tourists and photographers, yet a must if in central Vietnam. Try visiting at sunset or later when the town lights up with colorful lanterns.

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

It is a tourist trap and if you like going to touristy places, then Hoi An is the place to go. Just make sure that if you go to the shops/stores, negotiate the price.

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