I first visited Hoi An in 2005 in what was my first trip to Southeast Asia. With three weeks in the country it was a quick trip in comparison to how I travel now. I can barely remember what I thought of Hoi An on that trip. I travelled without a laptop (which seems incomprehensible to me now) and looking back at my photos it appears that I hardly took any. So this time around Hoi An felt like a different place.
Having now travelled extensively around Southeast Asia in between visits I would have to say that Hoi An is one of the most charming cities in Southeast Asia.
Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it has the crowds that go with it. On my last visit in 2015 the city has introduced a town tax, so when you walk into the old town you pass a booth and must pay 120,000 VND (about $6) to enter. I saw some Asian tourists try to pretend to be locals, but not speaking Vietnamese was a bit of a giveaway.
Despite the crowds, it is hard not to be charmed by the narrow traffic-free streets and the fishing boats on the river.
Hoi An hotels – Search for discount hotels in Hoi An.
Read my guide on where to stay in Hoi An.
Hoi An Town – Attractions, cuisine, and culture.
Hoi An Ancient Town – UNESCO World Heritage listing details.
3 days in Hoi An – The beautiful and vibrant ancient town – By bulbulonthewing.com.
Hoi An: The best city on earth – Wanderlust readers voted Hoi An as their favourite city in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2016.
[Tourist boats along the waterfront of the old quarter in Hoi An.]
Hoi An Photo Gallery – Photo gallery of my visits to Hoi An.