Hoi An means “peaceful meeting place”, and has earned a UNESCO World Heritage site recognition since 1999 for its well-preserved ancient town.
Exploring Hoi An is like stepping into a living museum, where centuries of history and a melting pot of cultures converge. Originating as a vital trading port controlled by the Champa people, Hoi An flourished from the 15th to the 19th century. This period shaped its unique architectural landscape, blending Vietnamese, Portuguese, Dutch, Malay, and Indian influences.
Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a photographer's paradise, thanks to its remarkable preservation. The city is adorned with vibrant, colorful lanterns that create stunning visuals throughout the day. However, it's in the evening when these lanterns are lit that Hoi An truly transforms. The illuminated streets offer a magical, almost ethereal atmosphere, casting the city in a whole new light.
Best time to visit?
Visiting Hoi An offers different experiences throughout the year. The ideal time is from February to March, with cool, dry weather, making it comfortable for exploring. I would avoid Hoi An during summer (May to August) unless you’re a fan of getting roasted under the sun.
The rainy season from September to January brings fewer tourists and lower prices, despite the potential for rain.
Getting Around in Hoi An
Navigating Hoi An is a delightful experience, thanks to its compact size and well-preserved old town. Once you're in the ancient heart of the city, everything is easily accessible on foot, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in its charming ambiance. For those looking to venture beyond the old town's borders, borrowing a bicycle or renting a scooter is an excellent way to explore nearby attractions. While the streets of Hoi An can be bustling with tourists, especially around popular spots, the real joy comes from leisurely wandering through its lanes, where every turn brings a new discovery.
Jeep Countryside tour
How to get to Hoi An
The best way to reach Hoi An is to fly into Da Nang Airport (DAD), then take a 1 – 1.5 hour drive to Hoi An. From the airport, Grab is easily available to reach Hoi An.