Historic Hoi An stands in stunning testament to Vietnam's extraordinary cultural legacy.
Picturesque, atmospheric, and utterly romantic, Hoi An has long captivated travellers. Perhaps Vietnam's most attractive city, with its peaceful canals and glassy waterways plied by traditional wooden rowing boats, lined with colourful French colonial houses, and spanned by elegant Japanese bridges, its intense beauty is undeniable. An architectural marvel – a stunning welter of unique cultures, periods, and styles – graceful Chinese temples jostle for space with chaotic Vietnamese tube houses, archaic merchant shops, and crowded marketplaces. The whole place feels infused with the most beguiling, dreamy magic.
Located on Vietnam's east coast, some 30 kilometres south of Da Nang, the city's major draw is its incredibly well-preserved Old Town. Classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, in this majestic living relic every turn seems to shelter some fresh delight or hidden treasure. Tiny fishing boats crowd the harbour. Water puppet theatres and art galleries draw in tourists and locals alike. Pretty alleyways, bedecked with lanterns and overlooked by wooden-fronted shophouses, bars, street stalls, and restaurants, seem to lead everywhere. Almost untouched by traffic and pollution, this pedestrian-friendly district is fantastic to explore on foot. Lose yourself browsing and bartering in a night market for a fascinating insight into authentic Vietnamese life.
Hoi An is especially alluring during the Lantern Festival, which takes place on the 14th day of every lunar month. The Old Town switches off its lights, its peaceful riverside streets illuminated instead by flickering yellow candlelight and colourful lanterns. You can buy cardboard lotus-flower shaped lanterns from street hawkers, which are said to bring happiness, luck, and love when released down the river. The sight of the town lit entirely by lanterns is truly unforgettable.
Approx. 14 hrs 35 mins
Best Time To Go
February to August
As expected of a city in central Vietnam, Hoi An enjoys warm weather the whole year round with an average temperature of 29°C. There are two main seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The wet season spans from September to January, and these months see constantly heavy showers. It is best to visit during the dry season, specifically between February and May when temperatures are moderate and humidity is low. However, if you're a sun-worshipper, plan your trip for May or June.