KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Hoi An’s ancient town is a well-preserved example of a 15th to 19th century South-East Asian trading port and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. Located on Vietnam’s central coast, this colorful seaside town is one you definitely won’t want to miss.
You’ll know you’re in Hoi An when you find yourself wandering lantern-lit streets filled with tailor shops, biking through rice fields, and testing your will power as you pass by famous bahn mi stands and restaurants serving up delicious local dishes like Cao Lau.
WHEN TO GO
The rainy season in Hoi An is from September to January with flooding typically occurring from October to December. From February to May, Hoi An experiences its dry season. In the summer months, the city becomes very hot and humid.
The Hoi An Tourism Board suggests that the best time to visit Hoi An is between May and June.
Hoi An has no airport or train station. The only way to get there is by road. Thankfully, there are several affordable (and fun) options that will get you there.
If you’re travelling from south to north, I’d recommend getting to Hoi An by bus.
On both of my visits to Vietnam, I was travelling from North to South. On my first visit, I took a train from Hanoi to Hue, and then travelled from Hue to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass on the back of a motorbike (read more about my trip with Le Family Riders here).
Another way to get to Hoi An is by flying into DaNang International Airport, located less than an hour north of the city. From there, the most convenient way to get to your accommodations in Hoi An is Uber. This shouldn’t cost any more than $30.