Travelling tips in Hoi An
Hoi An – the most featured destination in the central of Vietnam. This place is considered as a rustic, simple and poetic picture. Although day or night, Hoi An still has its own different beauty.
Beside the diversity culture values, Hoi An still preserves the intangible cultural platform that is quite bulky. The daily life with customs, religious activities, folk art, cultural festivities with romantic natural landscape and special dishes… make Hoi An more attract foreign tourist.
Best time to go
The climate in Hoi An is clearly divided into 2 seasons dry and rainy. Each season has its own specific characteristics. However, according to the travelling experiences, it will be great that you can go to Hoi An in 4 following durations:
- From February to April: In this time, the climate in Hoi An is specially cool and pleasant. It is suitable for travelers who want to come here for relaxing.
- From May to July: This is the dry season in Hoi An, it is the great time for travelling to the beach and Cu Lao Cham island.
- From October to December: If you want to get the feeling of sailing in the ancient town, you can come here at this period. Because this is the beginning time of rainy season in Hoi An and the ancient town is flooded in water, so that people have to travel by boat. However, your travel plans will be obstructed by rains. So think carefully before getting to Hoi An in this time.
- On the 14th every month in Vietnam lunar calendar: It is extremely interesting time if you go to Hoi An. In this time, all families in Hoi An will turn off the lights and use the lantern to lighten. Therefore, you will have chance to see the beautiful and fanciful scenery that you just have seen on TV before. Moreover, the festival and traditional music performances will make you not regret to come here.
How to get to Hoi An
Although Hoi An is located in Quang Nam province but the nearest airport is in Da Nang. Currently, there are many airlines like Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar, Vietjetair, they have many flights from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City… to Da Nang City every day. If you would like to buy cheap tickets, you should reserve about 3 to 6 months before your travel date.
- Bus or train
From Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang, the train tickets have price range from 400.000 - 1.200.000 dong depending on each type of trains and seats. You will have to spend about 14 – 20 hours to get to Da Nang from 2 above cities.
If you catch a bus to go to Da Nang, it is about 400.000 – 500.000 dong with many buses as Hoang Long, Hlink, Mai Linh, Thuan Thao and the duration is about 18 – 20 hours from Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang. In case you come from Ho Chi Minh and go to Da Nang by bus, it will reasonable if catching a bus going to the North or Da Nang and you could stop when passing through Hoi An.
As a transit destination to Hoi An, from Da Nang, it is easy to catch a bus or taxi for transferring to Hoi An.
Transportations in Hoi An
Hoi An has many kinds of transport service that such as: bus, taxi, motorbike taxi, cyclo, bicycle, etc. so that you can visit Hoi An by a taxi, motorbike, bicycle, cyclo or walking. If you choose to use a motorbike, remember to know clearly about some streets where the motorbikes are crossing prohibited.
The motorbike rental price is from 120.000 – 150.000 dong/day. But the most interesting way to travel around Hoi An is still walking and cycling with the bicycle, rental price is just about 40.000dong/day and you can go around to feel the special beauty of Hoi An.
In the evening, it will be great if you walk along the Thu Bon river to admire the stunning beauty of Hoi An at night. Another choice that you can go by a cyclo but when walking you can save your expenses and enjoy street foods here.