Vietnamese woman cycling alongside a bright orange wall in Hoi An old town.

Hoi An

Hoi An is a picturesque and friendly port town with an old quarter dating back to the 15th century which seeps with charm, history and contentment.

Visit Hoi An and experience its bustling historic centre where merchants once traded precious goods and left traces of their many different cultures.

Between the 17th and 19th century it was considered to be the most influential port in the whole of South-East Asia. Today, Hoi An charms visitors with ancient buildings, a lively art scene, enchanting local restaurants, handicraft and souvenir shops, all mixed with everyday life in a small but bustling provincial town.

Bridge Pagoda, Hoi An, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam

A little more about Hoi An

The small city located in the central region of Vietnam has much to offer passing travellers, from the impressive fish market at the Hoang Van Thu Street Dock in the morning to the quiet pedestrian-friendly streets of the old town. In 1999 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and it has thrived from the sudden tourism interest it has received.

Hoi An is both a sleepy and romantic town and a shopper’s paradise, its recent interest has seen a flourish of small hotels develop and it is a charming stop on any Vietnam holiday itinerary.


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Train and railway on Hai Van pass, Bach Ma mountain, Hue, Vietnam

The Vietage Train

Board The Vietage train, travelling in the Anantara Hotel & Resorts private carriage, and embark on a beautiful and pampering six hour train journey through rural Vietnam, between Danang and the Bay of Quy Nhon. Enjoy a sumptuous meal and even a spa treatment, or just relax and watch as paddy fields and water buffalo give way to mountains and beach life.

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My Son Sanctuary, Vietnam

My Son Cham Temple

Explore the abandoned Hindu temples of My Son Cham – located close to Hoi An, these atmospheric ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Fisherman silhouetted with his net being thrown as the sun sets

A Traditional Fishing Lesson

Visit a local fishing village near the mouth of Thu Bon River and join fishermen on the water to learn about their community and try out traditional fishing techniques using their round nets.

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Vietnamese booking in a traditional wooden boat on the Thu Bon River in Hoi An at sunrise.

Cruise the Thu Bon River

Depart Hoi An on a sunset cruise along the Thu Bon River.

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Spring Rolls, Vietnam

Vietnamese Cooking Class

Learn how to cook in true Vietnamese style on a cookery class in any one of the countries main cities.

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Harbourside at Night, Hoi An, Vietnam


Wander around the UNESCO town of Hoi An, a perfectly preserved example of a 17th-century trading port.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Four Seasons – The Nam Hai £££££

  • Vietnam
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The Four Seasons Resort – Nam Hai is situated on a private kilometre stretch of China Beach, once voted by Forbes as one of the best beaches in the world. The resort reflects the heart and soul of Vietnamese culture. All 100 ocean-facing villas – ranging from one to five-bed-roomed luxury home from homes, have outdoor garden showers, some have private heated swimming pools and direct access to Ha My Beach. Families are well catered for with eight villas offering separate en-suite children’s rooms.

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Anantara Hoi An Resort £££££

  • Vietnam

The Anantara Resort, found on the doorstep of Hoi An, is a smart, colonial style property. With 94 split level rooms, all with a balcony or terrace, a charming riverfront pool and a decor which is light and airy with a nod to the French colonial era. From the pretty shady pool, dining options which include a smart restaurant to relaxed poolside pizzas and an intimate spa, offer guests a comfortable and stylish option for Hoi An.

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Fusion Maia Da Nang £££££

  • Vietnam
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Fusion Maia offers a fully inclusive spa menu on this stretch of white sand beach. The villas, all with private pools and walled courtyard gardens allow for absolute privacy. The unique concept of gourmet breakfast anywhere anytime creates an intimate boutique feel. Base yourself at this picturesque riverside setting to explore the World Heritage sights of Hue and Hoi An. The Fusion Maia offers a complimentary shuttle bus running you between Hoi An and the beach and while in Hoi An the Fusion Cafe and Mojito Bar is a great base to explore the town.

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Victoria Hoi An Resort £££££

  • Vietnam
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Victoria Hoi An Resort is located on a stretch of white sandy beach and is designed to resemble a traditional fisherman’s village. Accommodation is in small houses with clay-tiled roofs, decorated with silk lanterns and surrounded by ponds. Found just outside Hoi An, the Victoria has a lovely beachside pool and good food and drink options. Perfect for those wanting to incorporate some beach time with the buzz of Hoi An.

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Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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