Perhaps the prettiest town in Vietnam, UNESCO listed Hoi An remains beautifully well preserved on the banks of the peaceful Thu Bon River
Tours in Hoi An offer everything from beach relaxation and food culture to discovering the fascinating past of this historical town. Hoi An is also a great place to visit when travelling with kids in Vietnam.
Trade city of Hoi An
The beautiful city of Hoi An, with architectural features from many cultures, is the place to visit on your journey in Vietnam.
Merchants from many parts of the world (Chinese, Japanese, Dutch and Portuguese) have throughout history traded and settled in Hoi An.
But Hoi An as a trading town started when the Cham people ruled in the region. The Champa Empire became very rich in trade in spices from the 7th to the 10th century. During this period, Hoi An developed into the most prominent international port in Vietnam. In the 17th century, Hoi An was the most important trading port in the region and remained it until the 19th century.
The spice trade brought Hoi An prosperity and made it a maritime highway for the exchange of goods, styles and ideas. Today, they can see it as you walk around the car free city center. And at the same time you can enjoy the many colorful lanterns that illuminate the city every night.
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What to see in Hoi An
Activities in Hoi An abound. Step inside one of the wonderfully preserved ancient Chinese merchant houses for a glimpse of Hoi An’s rich history. Select from countless restaurants and street vendors serving Hoi An classics such as cao lau and my quang, making Hoi An a top culinary destination. Explore Hoi An by taking a stroll through the lantern-filled streets where you will find yourself in a photographer’s paradise.
The surrounding area offers craft villages hidden along sleepy lanes among rice fields, perfect for two wheeled exploration by bicycle on a Hoi An day tour. Small waterways which meander off the main river invite exploration, with kayaking in Hoi An offering visitors the chance to see daily life from a different perspective. Back on dry land cooking classes give an insight into culinary traditions and the chance to eat your own creations and are amongst the top things to do in Hoi An.
Enjoy the surroundings
A little further afield another UNESCO site, the Cham site of My Son is a beguiling collection of temples offering a window onto this ancient civilization.
Hoi An is also a great place to simply unwind – beautiful beaches are right its doorstep, with everything from simple open air eateries offering freshly caught seafood to beach bars serving craft beers and international cuisine.
Weather in Hoi An
Hoi An lies on the west coast of Central Vietnam. Here you will only experience 2 seasons, dry and rainy season, but with relatively stable temperatures year round. The wet season spans from september to january, making february to april the best time to visit Hoi An, as this time of year has the most pleasant temperatures and very little rainfall.
You can read more about the weather in Vietnam on this weather page.