Hoi An Ancient Town, Hoi An

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A World Heritage Site dating back to the late 16th century, Hoi An Ancient Town remains an inhabited and historically preserved port village, with about 12,000 current inhabitants. The town displays remnants of the various nations who held stake in the spice trade run at its ports, including buildings of traditionally Chinese, Japanese, French, and Dutch architectural styles. Navigate the town on foot or by bicycle, and stop at one of its many restaurants for local specialties like "white rose" prawn dumplings. Using our world travel planner, Hoi An attractions like Hoi An Ancient Town can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A must to visit if planning a trip to Vietnam. We found the local folk very pleasant and always willing to assist. Quaint shops, pavement restaurants serving local and western food and beer at very af...  more »
  • The old town is fantastic to wander through with all the shops and old buildings. The river running nearby adds a great feature. The town is especially beautiful of a night time with all the lights an...  more »
  • Truly worth a visit. The old town of Hoi An is really charming, lots of activities, restaurants, shops and sightseeing to do. If you can, time to visit in the evening with the full moon festival. Defi...  more »
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  • It's really nice. The first time you go, it's magical. The second, third, and fourth times, it's less magical and you begin to notice how crowded it is. You DO have to pay for an entrance ticket (120,000 d/ person/ 2 weeks). They don't stop everyone to make sure they've bought a ticket, so for new tourists it seems like a scam when out of no where someone demands payment. But, it is not a scam, just a badly executed fund raising method. (The money pays for the restoration of the area.) Pros:
  • I am in love with this beautiful little city. Eventhough it has turned to be commercial place but the rich of culture still can be found here. Try to observe the small lanes, you will see more how local people live and spend their daily activity. Food is amazing there.
  • A UNESCO World Heritage ancient town, well preserved and beautiful. Sit along the riverfront and imagine the traders for centuries have been transporting their wares on these waters and the shore. You do get transported to another world. On a full moon night the place gets even more mystical as all the shops put out their paper lanterns.
  • Very Interesting Place. Lots to see and eat. Not many shops open in the day, more open during the evening. Besides shopping and viewing the pretty and colorful shops, you can take a river boat ride. The river runs right through the middle of ancient town.
  • I don't have words to explain how beautiful this little town is! 2 nights is a must here and if you are visiting with wife or gf then it would surely be a memorable one! Must visit if going to Vietnam! Danang is the nearest airport being around 10 km from this town! However it's recommended that you book your flight from/to hue for a breathtaking road journey which is very famous!

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Where to stay in Hoi An

While Hoi An offers a good selection of sleeping options in all price categories, only a few of them lie in the old town, probably the city's most popular tourist area. To stay near this historic neighborhood, look for hotels in the surrounding streets, especially Ba Trieu and Hai Ba Trung. If you can, look for rooms in the evening, when many budget hotels try to fill up by offering deep discounts. For the best choices and bargains, reserve as early as possible.
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