Vietnam 2016: exploring Hoi An

by | Mar 26, 2016 | International Travel, Travel

Hoi An’s Old Town is a UNESCO heritage site, and really quite beautiful and pleasant to walk around. It is clearly a tourist area, but in this case it doesn’t diminish the charm as much as I might normally expect. Notes about town:

  • You are supposed to pay for a ‘permit’ to cross into the old town, but it is poorly explained and seemingly not enforced. We never paid, though we always had 120k ready in case we needed it.
  • Free wifi is available throughout old town

Our hotel was quite close to the Japanese Covered Bridge, so we passed by it several times a day.

Japanese Covered Bridge

and at night:

Japanese Bridge at night

The Thu Bon river runs through the middle of town, and the spanning bridges have some nice views.

Hoi An

Hoi An  taking a break

At night (especially on the weekends) there are many vendors selling lanterns for the water.

selling lanterns

selling lanterns  lanterns

Since it had recently been Chinese New Year, there were special displays in the river too.

Hoi An  New Years decorations along the Thu Bon River

Hoi An is famous for hanging lanterns which are absolutely beautiful at night.


Hoi An

Hoi An wakes up slowly in the mornings, so few places are open before 8am, making it fairly quiet in town if you get out early.

Assembly Hall

Assembly House

As the day goes on the bustle increases, especially when buses arrive to drop people off at the perimeter.



Of course, most of the town is all about shopping, especially clothing.

Hoi An street scene

Since it really is an old town there are quite a few small back alleys to explore that can be quite photogenic.

green window

Some are little more than sidewalk width!

me in a narrow alley

Hoi An was a lot of fun to explore, with lots of sights, shopping and food – though touristy at times it is still well worth a visit.

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