Summer is approaching. If you are going on a package tour in Vietnam, let’s feature Hoian city on the itinerary. It is undoubtedly the best shelter from the hustle and bustle of city life on scorching days. Imagine sitting on a rooftop café and admire the serene river with some scattering boats floating gently. How cool is that!
Scroll down to find out everything you need to know before traveling to Hoian.
What are waiting for you?
- 1 Best Time To Visit Hoian
- 2 Where To Visit In Hoian
- 3 What To Do In Hoian
Best Time To Visit Hoian
Hoian, located in the Central of Vietnam, was a prominent trading port between the 15th and 19th century. The cultural influence of both locals and foreigners has contributed to forming such a unique destination.
On the whole, Hoian town is basically a living museum. The city houses a wide array of traditional constructions, including shop-houses, Chinese temples, French-styled café, etc. Hoian was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1999.
Note that there are no airport and no train station in Hoian. The only transportation link is the road. Fortunately, as Hoian is a stone’s throw from Da Nang, you can book a taxi from the neighboring city to reach the ancient town with affordable prices.
Hoian is a city of two seasons with contrast weather conditions. The dry season spans the months from March to September, and the wet monsoon season dominates the rest. The average temperature around the year is 29 Celsius degree.
February To May
The weather is relatively mild, coupled with low humidity levels in this period. Rainfall is low as well, making these months the best time to visit Hoi An.
June To August
Visitors from cold areas may feel challenging to adapt to the temperature in these hottest months. The average temperature falls around 30 degrees Celsius, which does not decrease even at nighttime.
September To January
The rain seems endless in this period, unfortunately. There is even a risk of typhoons and floods; however, it is aslo quite good time to visit Hoian. If you already book the ticket, just make sure to request a room above the ground floor. Sometimes you will have amazing experiences during rainy days.
Where To Visit In Hoian
Hoian Ancient Town
Walk along the small streets in Hoian and admire a variety of traditional architectural styles here. The most common ones are wooden shop-houses with slanted roofs. Most of the shops run modern businesses, including tailors, art galleries, souvenir shops, etc. All of that make Hoian a perfect fusion of modern and ancient beauty.
Japanese Covered Bridge
The bridge built in the 18th century is a cultural imagery of Hoian ancient town. It is 18 meters long with three Chinese symbols above the entrance. On entering the bridge, you can see some intricate sculptures of two dogs and two monkeys, which honor the birth of the Japanese Emperor. Do not forget to take a photo here when going on your Vietnam tour.
An Bang Beach
An Bang Beach, which is a 10-minute drive away from Hoian city, is one of a few unspoiled beaches left in Vietnam. There is nothing better than diving in the crystal-clear water and sunbathing on the golden sandy beach in An Bang.
Hoian Museum Of History And Culture
The museum provides a detailed insight into the 200-year history of Hoian ancient town. You have a chance to witness photographs of traditional burial grounds, local architecture, as well as numerous Cham artifacts, for example, bronze temple bells.
What To Do In Hoian
Shop at Hoian Night Market
As night falls, over 50 vendors on Nguyen Hoang street begin to sell a wide variety of items, from snacks, clothing to jewels, and accessories. Illuminated by hundreds of colorful lanterns, the night market in Hoian is definitely a not-to-miss destination during your trip to Vietnam.
You can shop for touristy souvenirs such as T-shirts or keychains there, but note that some items are overpriced. Do not be shy to bargain, though.
Cruise along the river
During the 16th and 18th century, Hoian riverside was a popular stop for traders coming from all over the world. Until now, although the trading activities stopped, there is still a variety of boats chartering at the dock. You can hire one to cruise along the tranquil river or have an exciting fishing experience on the boat.
Try Traditional Foods
There are a number of local delicacies in Hoian that visitors must try in the tour. Grab a bowl of Cao Lau, for example, to have an authentic experience in the ancient town. Other well-known traditional foods include Quang Noodle, Banh mi, Banh xeo (Pancake), etc.
What are you waiting for? Pack your luggage now and head towards Hoian ancient town to spend the best summer vacation ever here. If you are still confused, contact us to help you customize the tour. All you need to do is enjoy the quality time in this beautiful land.