THE 20 BEST THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN, VIETNAM – WANDERING WHEATLEYS

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Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s best preserved ancient towns and definitely our favourite spot lớn unwind & escape the hustle và hubris of the country’s larger cities. There are many things to bởi vì in Hoi An and our highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage ancient centre, Thu Bonh river at sunset (lanterns galore), cycling through lush rice paddies & some of the best damn ‘nam giới food.

We’ve sầu visited Hoi An a few times và have sầu compiled our ultimate guide to Hoi An:

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Best time of year to visit Hoi An

The temperatures in Central Vietphái mạnh stay warm throughout the year, averaging around 29°C (84°F). The dry season runs from February khổng lồ August with plenty of sunshine, low humidity và low rainfall.

The monsoons tkết thúc to lớn occur during the months of September through to January (with the heaviest rains of the season in October và November). You’ll find that the old town is prone lớn flooding so you may want to lớn avoid visiting during this time. Cheông xã out our top things khổng lồ vày in Hoi An on a rainy day blog.

If you vì chưng not lượt thích huge crowds then also try and avoid visiting Hoi An during major Vietnamese holidays such as Tet (Chinese lunar new year celebrated in Jan/Feb).

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How much bởi things cost in Hoi An?

We found Hoi An to lớn be a very cheap destination with street food meals costing around 30,000 VND ($1USD) & restaurant meals around 60,000 – 1đôi mươi,000 VND ($2-4 USD).

Glasses of local beer can be purchased for as low as 3000 VND ($0.15) in some places during happy hour, but usually around 10,000 – 30,000 VND (40cents – $1USD) per can or bottle in a restaurant.

Tours are also quite inexpensive sầu with many as cheap as $20USD – the best places lớn find bargain tours online include GetYourGuide & Klook.


Things to vì in Hoi An Old Town

1. UNESCO old town

The old town in Hoi An is simply gorgeous, adorned with pretty colourful lanterns và painted french-colonial houses. You can easily spkết thúc a whole day exploring all the attractions, gift shops & coffee houses here, & the old town is one of the best spots in Vietnam giới for travel photography.

However the old town is extremely touristy & sometimes feels just a bit too crowded (especially from 4pm onwards when busloads of tour groups arrive from hotels in nearby Da Nang). If you are keen to photograph the town in peace then you’ll need lớn be an early riser!

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Some of our favourite places khổng lồ visit using the ticket include:– Japanese Bridge– Fujian Assembly Hall– Quang Trieu Cantonese Assembly Hall

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Tourist ticket
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Left: Quang Trieu Cantonese Assembly Hall. Right: Fujian Assembly Halll
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Japanese bridge

2. River at day and night

The epicentre of Hoi An’s activities (và tourism trade), the river is best experienced at night when it comes alive sầu with boats adorned with brightly coloured lanterns, & lit candles are placed onlớn the water. Many vendors vye for your attention on the water’s edge so be warned it can get quite touty & we’ve sầu seen sellers arguing over customers (also see our Hoi An scam warning below). The main bridge over the Thu Bon River at night is the perfect place lớn watch the sunset reflections on the water (but watch out for the mopeds on the bridge).

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Thu Bon river at night

A WarningWe spent many an hour sitting in the bars và cafes directly overlooking the Thu Bon River and we picked up on quite a frequent Hoi An scam. You’ll likely be approached by one of several old ladies offering to place a harness with fruit baskets around your neông chồng in order for you to take a picture. Be warned that if you accept the fruit harness, the old ladies will then expect quite a large amount of cash & will keep hectoring you until they feel you’ve sầu paid sufficiently. If you don’t cough up, they may involve sầu a younger man on the sidelines (who they also give sầu their ill gotten gains to lớn on aregular basis, in a discrete manner).

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3. Central Market

Make your way past all the second-rate souvenir stalls around the outside ofCentral Market & head straight to lớn all the food stalls inside. The food here is crazy cheap, fresh and above sầu all, authentic. Each stall has several small seats – pull up a pew & point & piông chồng which ingredients you want, before watching your dish come khổng lồ live sầu before your very eyes (many stalls alsohave english menus và there are also lots of vegetarian options to be found here). Prices are around 30,000 VND for a bowl of noodles.