Best homestays for couple in Hoi An (part 2)

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Homestays in Hoi An, one of the top romantic getaways in Vietnam, are plentiful and spread all over the city. Some give couples a unique dose of local culture while others serve as a romantic getaway in Vietnam. Deciding which one to pick on your Vietnam honeymoon can be difficult since they are all so appealing. However, there are a few stunning places to keep in mind.

Here are 5 of the best homestays for all couples in Hoi An to consider, in no particular order.

Jordi’s House

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Jordi’s House

Various choices of ideal homestays for couples in Hoi An blend homeliness with luxury and connect traditional structures with modern amenities. Jordi’s House can be rated high among these properties. It is a home away from home for many couples, both newly-weds on their honeymoon tours in Vietnam and regular married couples who are celebrating their wedding anniversary in Vietnam. What makes it a fabulous option for couples? It is the simple and clean yet fully equipped rooms and the kitchen with a fridge where you can make a breakfast in bed for your sweethearts. 

  • Address: 95 Le Thanh Tong, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Telephone: 090 577 89 39
  • Price range: VND 300,000 – 800,000 (USD $13-$35)

The Hoi An Hippie House

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The Hoi An Hippie House

A homestay situated away from the main town of Hoi An, the Hoi An Hippie House can be the best suited to couples who prefer nature – palm trees, ocean breeze, sun kissed hair – over traditional sightseeing. What sets The Hoi An Hippie House apart from other homestays for couples in Hoi An? It is a gateway and base camp of An Bang Beach – the most scenic natural beauty surrounding the area with the hippie style that can impart an enchantment to all visitors.

  • Address: An Bang, Cam An, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Telephone: 0125 348 3356

Le Bleu Hoi An

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Le Bleu Hoi An

While searching for the most famous homestays for your Vietnam honeymoon, if you are searching for some basic accommodations with the familiar folk style of the old Vietnamese village, then Le Blue Hoi An can present an interesting option for you. One of three branches of Le Annam Homestay stretching from Hanoi capital to Saigon, Le Bleu Hoi An with its rustic architecture and full facilities is sure to win your heart. This property offers no such activities that can be mentioned here, wander and explore every corner, cook and have your own meals, and happily spend time together is the simple yet exciting routine that you can follow.

  • Address: Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Telephone: 098 931 6314

Maison De Tau

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Maison De Tau

Homestays in Hoi An offer all sorts of varieties and flavors; and if you are traveling on a shoestring budget and wish to increase your stay by few days then Maison De Tau is a great choice. A base camp to explore the wild nature and wild things, the eco-friendly and budget homestay of Maison De Tau is considered as a vintage abode amidst the nature designed for the nature lovers. Come and experience a place that really feels like a home away from home!

  • Address: Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Telephone: 0163 397 6052
  • Price range: VND 200,000 (~USD $10)

An’s Bed & Breakfast

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An’s Bed & Breakfast

Feel the pulse of Western European style and enjoy your tours for couples in Vietnam amidst all the necessary amenities that have become a habit for you. Termed as one of the luxurious homestays in Hoi An, An’s Bed & Breakfast has a different kind of flavor to offer. A kind of sophisticated abode with all rooms offering stunning views of the waterfront of An Bang Beach, An’s Bed & Breakfast is completely different from other Hoi An homestays.

  • Address: An Bang, Cam An, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Telephone: 090 229 40 45

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Best homestays for couples in Hoi An (part 1)

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An affordable accommodation alternative, a homestay with a Vietnamese host family in Hoi An is such a great way for independent leisure travelers of all ages or anyone seeking a real and genuine travel experience to experience life in Central Vietnam in the home of an individual host, host couple, or family. Here’s a list of the 5 dreamiest in Hoi An homestays for couples, away from the chaotic world and perfect for a romantic getaway in Vietnam.

An Bang Beach Hideaway Homestay

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An Bang Beach Hideaway Homestay

A 10-minute walk from An Bang beach, An Bang Beach Hideaway Homestay is an attractive form of accommodation for stays from 1 day to 1 week during your tour for couple Vietnam. This stunning accommodation in the fishing village of An Bang Beach draws couples’ attention for its ideal location only footsteps from the beach but wins their hearts for the simple, comfortable, and modern garden view bedrooms nestled among the lovely, airy garden and always full of sunshine, wind, and fragrance of plants.

Whether it is Dolphin House – a refurbished traditional Vietnamese house, An Bang Hideaway Villa – a refurbished three-bedroom fishing bungalow, or Chi Villa with its own private pool, An Bang Beach Hideaway Homestay makes you satisfied with its sophisticated simplicity.

  • Address: Block 7, An Bang Village, Cam An Ward, An Tan, Hoi An, Quang Nam 00005
  • Phone: +849 3531 0875
  • Price: about USD $100 per night

Heron House

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Heron House

A lovely French-colonial-styled villa situated among the vast fields of rice paddies, Heron House is amongst the best Hoi An homestays for couples on Vietnam honeymoon offering modern facilities and class-apart experience without burning a hole in your pocket. This loneliness with nature together with the subtle and simple arrangement, decoration has the power to add a soothing quiet in your relaxation routines to make your honeymoon in our S-shaped land more delightful.

  • Address: An My, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Phone: 091 611 09 87
  • Price range: USD $120-$140 per night

Hoi An Lemongrass Homestay

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Lemongrass Homestay

A scenic location right among the vast fields of rice paddies, Hoi An Lemongrass Homestay is a place where you can explore the town as you enjoy a relaxing stay in the incredibly ideal homestay for couple in Hoi An in the middle of the majestic grandeur that lets you check out nature in its full glory and its purest form.

  • Address: 163 Nguyen Trai Street, Hoi An City
  • Phone: +84 (235) 3926 789 (reception) or +84 (235) 3919 277 (reservation)
  • Price range: USD $40 per night

Under The Coconut Tree Hoi An Homestay

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Under The Coconut Tree

Snuggled in the serene environment, this homestay 3-minute walk from An Bang Beach offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding nature with complete privacy in the dormitory rooms with coconut thatched roofs. This charismatic beachfront homestay exceeds your expectations by offering the finest services like campfire and BBQ party. Look for a place to stay during Vietnam honeymoon in Hoi An? What can be better than a colorful treat of wild where proximity with nature and green space mesmerizing you and colorful interiors and exteriors adding an exotic flavor in the selfies stored by you two like Under The Coconut Tree?

  • Address: Under the Coconut Tree, An Bang, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Phone: (+84) 0235.6516.666 or (+84) 168.2455.666
  • Price range: USD $30 per night

Old Yellow House

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Old Yellow House

 If you are seeking a solace in solitude then this homestay – an old-fashioned Vietnamese house modestly located in a small alley at the heart of Hoi An Ancient Town can become a regular Adobe for you on your Vietnam honeymoon.

  • Address: 51/5B Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An Ancient Town, Quang Nam
  • Price range: USD $25 per night

The chosen 5 in this list of best homestays in Hoi An invite all urban-dwellers who wish to take a break and relax in the tranquil and peaceful beauty of Hoi An, especially couples. Choose a homestay and enjoy your Vietnam honeymoon!

Vietnam South Central Coast | Travel with your family in a week

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Traveling up and down the length of this S-shaped country may take you at least 2 weeks straight to somehow get to know what Vietnam basically is. However, what if you are only allowed to take a Vietnam family seven-day tour and must save the rest of the trip in other neighboring countries and it seems like you strive for a diversity in just one trip? If this sounds like you, it’s time to go for this advice. Check out what the South Central Coast can offer.

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Hoian tofu with syrup

South Central Coast is the term given for a long narrow area lasting from Danang to Bình Thuận. Its Eastern side faces the giant Pacific Ocean, while the Western direction is enclosed with high and medium mountain ranges named Central Highland area feature a diversity of ethnic communities and their spectacular tribal customs. Because of such, South Central Coast is able to bring you a wide range of experiences within just 7 days. It can be culinary, aqua-related activities, trekking, picnic, festivals and cultural sightseeing. That is the reason why you should not skip this land without a single hesitation.

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Cliff of stone plates in Phú Yên

Embarking at Danang seems like a perfect idea. You can choose to tie it up with Quảng Nam Province in a package, or spend half a day exploring the city itself featured its main attractions then start arriving in Quảng Nam. From here, spend 2 days and 1 night in the province itself. Find a good accommodation within the area of Hoian Old Quarter in order to take a walk around Hoian when night falls and get a sightseeing trip out of town. Consider spending the first day in Hoian and its surrounding whilst the second day moving further to Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary. Various Vietnam tours offer daily excursions including all these two cities so you do not have to worry about mapping out a perfect plan.

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Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary

During the rest of the trip, take a train or a sleeping bus further down South to Bình Định – Phú Yên or Khánh Hoà. As you are taking a Vietnam family tour and kids get involved, moving too much does sound that nice. Hence, either Phú Yên or Khánh Hoà is enough. If you are that type of traveler who likes to see what is regarded as sensational and everybody is so into, Nha Trang City in Khánh Hoà Province is a good choice. Otherwise, I strongly recommend the Bình Định – Phú Yên douce, two lesser-known coastal cities with not so many tourists gathering, making them possible to maintain the initially pristine beauty.

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Ô Loan Lagoon

Now, your time may have roughly 4 days in its budget. You can choose to either sign up for a local family tour in Vietnam to roam the two cities of Bình Định and Phú Yên mentioned above or spending all four days in Nha Trang with tons of diversified activities. For the group of Bình Định and Phú Yên, besides the spectacular natural sites, authentic delicacies you should go for are Quy Nhon fish roll noodles, Tây Sơn cow intestine, King Crab, Lamprey, coconut rice paper, Bàu Đá wine and the list goes on. While in Nha Trang, there is no need to give any more words as the city has become extremely well-known in both the local wanderlust community and foreign travelers. Mud bathing is a unique type of experience you can consider checking out, apart from its side relaxing selections such as spas and massage.

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Bình Định King Crab

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Mud bathing

So, what is in your mind at the moment? Have you been clarified on what you should do during your upcoming trip to Vietnam with your beloved ones? If not yet, no worries, local operators are here to give you the finest Vietnam family tour choices covering all of the places I mentioned above in just one package, and you have zero fear about what to do, what to eat how to transfer from place to place. The deep blue sea may seem to be a focal point that makes Vietnam South Central Coast stand out imposingly, yet the strange topography, native delicacy, historical values and untold stories that only locals know brought that reputation to this place.

Taking Vietnam Tours Within 2 Weeks

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Although Vietnam was ravaged by war various times in the past, nowadays it becomes an attractive destination for traveling in the center of Southeast Asia. This is a spotlight where tourists were welcomed to mingle with the hustle and bustle life of Vietnamese and rural life in smaller villages as well. With the 2 week Vietnam itinerary, you can anticipate experiencing the best things such as street food, visiting the biggest cities, landmarks. These are areas that we would love to introduce to Vietnam family tours.

Ho Chi Minh City ( 3 nights)

It is said that the biggest city in the South of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, is the best place to start Vietnam tours. It used to be the capital that somehow is commonly referred to as Saigon. Coming here tourists will have a chance to try the street food which is one of the most special things to try in the vibrant and buzzing city.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Church

Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk, also kind of thing you should give a try before heading to other destinations. Walking down these walking streets to get to know how Vietnamese young generation enjoys their spare time. The beautiful streets in District 1 will lead you to the projects, buildings of the colonial French, Notre Dame Cathedral Church. Also, the Financial Tower, Reunification Palace, or War museum for those who are keen on history.

Cu Chi Tunnels (1 day)

To explore an amazing experience in Cu Chi tunnels you can take only a half day trip, which helps you summarize the incredible hardship of war and the doggedness of the Vietnamese. Cu Chi tunnel is the long complicated system which is excavated when The French invaded Vietnam. In that period, locals just used bare hands and simple stools to dig it.

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Inside Cu Chi Tunnels

 These days, many tour guides are always willing to operate tours from the city to the tunnels in one day or a half of day.

Nha Trang ( 2 nights)

Nha Trang is known as home to beautiful beaches in Vietnam. It is an ideal spot to unwind for some days of your 14 days in Vietnam. In addition to absorbing the sun from white sand in Bai Dai beach, you can contemplate the Yang Bay Waterfalls.

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Nha Trang Beach

Hoian (3 nights)

Situated on the famous central heritage road, Hoian Ancient Town attracts many domestic and foreign tourists to visit. Travel to Hoian visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the old town through the architectural features which are old rustic, simple and poetic. Whether it is daytime or nighttime, this place is always attractive with its beauty.

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Hoi An

Arguably if tourists travel to Vietnam and miss out on visiting Hoian that means they skipped the most wonderful place here.

Hue (2 nights)

For the first day in Hue, tourists should visit the tomb of King Khai Dinh, the 12th king of the Nguyen Dynasty. Then you can tour to Tu Duc Tomb where King Tu Duc was buried, built by himself during alive. The mausoleum is unique and the landscape is charming, thus it becomes one of the most beautiful tombs of the Nguyen emperor.

In the night time, after finishing your dinner, dropping light flowers on the Huong River or enjoying the Hue folk music are things that visitors should do.

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Hue from high above

 On the second day, in the morning visitors can visit the tomb of Minh Mang (Hieu Lang) – built by King Thieu Tri from 1840 to 1843 to bury King Minh Mang. On the afternoon, let visit the Imperial Palace (Imperial Palace of 13 kings of the Nguyen Dynasty, the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam: Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Cam Tu Thanh, The Temple, Hien Lam, Cuu Dinh. Do not forget to go shopping at Dong Ba Market.

Ha Noi (3 nights)

Hanoi is a city with shady streets, hundreds of small lane filled with the ancient temples or French colonial history mark which recorded many historical stories. Modern life mixed with ancient features is attractive beauty creating a gentle and mysterious capital of thousand years of culture. Therefore, when touring to Vietnam, outbound visitors should not miss out this place.

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A breath-taking view in Hanoi

There are many ways to explore the capital of Vietnam, but some must-see destinations in Ha Noi consist of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where is the final resting place of the president Vietnamese, Ngoc Son Temple. Despite being a buzzing city, there are also many peaceful spots such as Hoa Kiem Lake and the Lenin Statue & Park.

So there are just two weeks and you can tour the length and breadth of Vietnam. Hope you guys will have memorable Vietnam tours in the future.

Interesting Culture Tours In Vietnam

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Many operators are setting up Vietnam culture tours to promote Vietnamese culture for everybody everywhere.          

Besides these types of tourism such as eco-tourism, medical tourism, adventure tourism, educational tourism, the cultural tourism has recently been recognized as a unique product of developing countries attracting many global tourists. Cultural tourism is a trend in developing countries because it brings great value to the social community. Vietnam culture tours mainly include traditional ethnic festivals and religious customs to create the attraction for domestic and foreign tourists. For tourists who have researched, explored traditions and indigenous customs, cultural tourism is an opportunity to satisfy their needs.

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The cultural tourism in Vietnam           

With the multi-layer, multi-color cultural depth, Hoi An is considered the living museum of architecture and urban lifestyle of Vietnamese people. The cultural values of Hoi An Ancient Town are beauty which must be stored and preserved. Many tourists who want to participate in the Vietnam culture tours cannot ignore  this place.

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Travel to Hoi An Ancient Town           

Situated on the Central Coast, Hoi An is a peaceful and romantic haven, situated next to Thu Bon River which flows into the sea. For a long time, Hoi An is a meeting convergence and harmony place with the international culture which is full of humanity. Therefore, architectural works and cultural values in Hoi An Ancient Town are gathered from different cultures.        

Hoi An is famous for the beauty of traditional, harmonious architecture of old houses, walls, and roads. Along with the ups and downs of history, the ancient town of Hoi An still retains the ancient beauty through tile roofs, bricks, tree rows. It is the idiosyncratic character in the essence of the local people. The most common type of housing is the tubular house with one or two floors with the narrow width and very long depth.

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The old house – the typical architecture in Hoi An ancient town           

The houses are made from materials with high strength and durability because of the harsh climate here. On each side, there is separating walls by the brick wall and the wooden frame which divides the house into three compartments with a central walkway.

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The section of an old house in Hoi An           

And when visitors come to Hoi An in Vietnam culture tours, they cannot miss the unique destination which is some famous ancient houses here such as Tan Ky ancient house, Quan Thang.           

Tan Ky House is one of the most prominent houses among the ancient houses in Hoi An. This house was built by Tan Ky shopkeeper trafficking- Chinese people at the end of the 18th century. This place is the home to seven generations in a family. Tan Ky ancient house was built nearly 200 years ago, bearing typical architecture in Hoi An with furniture. The house is divided into many rooms. Each room has its own function, built from traditional materials. The house still has many signs to prove the prosperity of foreign trade,   from the 18th century to the first half of the 19th century which the wealthy merchants built magnificent houses.

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Tan Ky ancient house           

Besides, Phung Hung ancient house also is one of the destinations which cannot miss the best tours to Hoi An in Vietnam. Located at No. 4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Hoi An town, Phung Hung ancient house is the place where many generations of Phung Hung family live. It has been built for over two hundred years. Phung Hung ancient house is the most beautiful model of traditional architecture with high cultural value in Hoi An. Phung Hung is an architectural synthesis of three schools of architecture: Vietnam, Japan, and China. System balconies and shutters of Chinese, the roof in the middle with the four directions called the four seas is the architecture of Japanese.

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Phung Hung ancient house           

In addition, Phung Hung ancient house is the largest and highest house in the area. The frame system with 80 pillars from the ironwood is placed on the foot of the stone to prevent moisture by avoiding contact between the pillar and the ground. There is a trapdoor through with the upper floor so that when the flood occurs, people can move goods upstairs.

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Visiting Duc An ancient house in Hoi An           

Finally, people cannot ignore this ancient house named Duc An when coming to Hoi An. Duc An ancient house is a 180- year- old house. When visiting here, tourists will feel the old and the quiet existing in the space of the house, on each of the simple furniture of the family such as tables and chairs, the oil lamp. They have had hundreds of years old. Moreover, this place is also the contact base, revolutionary activities and the secret stop of the comrades’ key leaders of Hoi An at that time.

How to spend 17 hours on a train?

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Referring to Quang Nam, people often think of Hoi An – a small city on the Thu Bon River. Not only knew by tourists in the country, Hoi An ancient town is also an ideal destination for foreigners. There are many means of transportation to bring visitors to Hoi An such as airplanes, cars, motorbikes, coaches … but perhaps most interesting and interesting is to travel Hoi An by train.

Hoi An city has no railway station. Most visitors to Hoi An by train must stop at Da Nang station or Tam Ky. From the station, tourists can take bus, private car or taxi to Hoi An city.

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Sunrise on Ancient Town of Hoi An

Train ticket price from Hanoi to Da Nang is about 300,000 – 650,000 VND, depending on the type of seat. Travel time is around 17 hours. Although the train travel time is quite long, in return, visitors have many interesting experiences on a tour to central Vietnam:

1/ Enjoy the wonderful view

When flying at a height of more than 9,000 meters, you will not have the opportunity to view mountains or valleys. However, through the window of the train, the scenery along the way is even more worth a visit. You will be relaxed throughout your trip instead of sleeping on the plane. The train passing through Hai Van pass is a very enjoyable experience in this Vietnam tailor-made tour. From the windows you can admire the beautiful scenery of Lang Co Bay, then the sea borders Hue and Da Nang. At night, the surroundings became quiet, with only a few lights on. Watching the night on the train is very cool and peaceful.

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Beautiful Lang Co Bay

2/ Opportunity to make new friends and spend time with old friends

A journey on the train will be an opportunity to spend time with old friends, without having to watch a movie on the plane or be disturbed by car horns when driving. You will be able to chat with friends, even answer the questions from curious children on the train during the trip. This is a gift that tailor made tours in Vietnam always try to bring to tourists.

In addition, carriages are also a place to meet and make new friends. Seats on the train often face each other, very easy to talk. On the plane, the bar area is reserved for VIPs, otherwise, on the train, the dining hall is for everyone to eat and drink.

3/ Relax moment

Seats on the plane are often very narrow, while the space on board is much more comfortable. You can even get up and walk whenever you want without having to wait for the safety LEDs to turn off like on an airplane.

You can also lay a bed, which is much cheaper than a first-class plane ticket to have a comfortable bed. When waking up, a beautiful scene may be waiting for you outside the window of the train.

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A room on a train

When sitting for a long time and feeling tired, you should go around the train to explore, it will be very interesting. If you are lucky, you can even meet an artist who brings the guitar on board and enjoys free music.

4/ Ideal workspace

If you are on an airplane, you may be annoyed because people are too noisy. On a train, you can stand up and find another place. Empty seats on the train are often more on the plane. In other words, the train has more space and fewer annoyances. Also, you can watch the scenery outside the train, the vast space as wide as before. Also, you can watch the scenery outside the train, the vast space is spread out in front of your eyes. It will be a very memorable thing.

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A train crossing Hai Van Pass

The bus station is not located in the train station, so visitors need to move to the station to catch the bus to the city. The Da Nang-Hoi An bus route will take about 20 minutes, operating from 5 hours 30 minutes to 17 hours 30 minutes, ticket price about 20,000 VND / person/ticket.

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Da Nang train station

If you want to travel by taxi to Hoi An, you can pick up the car at the station, the cost ranges from 100,000 to 200,000.

If traveling by motorbike, tourists can travel along Highway 1 to the South about 27km to Vinh Dien, turn left to Huynh Thuc Khang. Then, visitors will go straight to the ancient town of Hoi An.

For transportation to Hoi An, tourists can be assured that the means of transportation here are diverse and cheap. To explore the ancient town of Hoi An and surrounding areas, guests can walk, rent bikes, motorcycles, pedicabs, taxis or even boats.

What to buy in Hoian, away from the tourist traps

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You have had a great time in Hoi An and now it is time to purchase some souvenirs to match. With the impact of an on-going tourist number, shopping at some locally-owned businesses is a good way to avoid the mass-produced and the cliché.

Mekong Quilts

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Mekong Quilts bag and purses (Source: Internet)

The store offers an amazing range of skillfully made quilts by Vietnamese ladies. Local materials and techniques are infused to create unique and original designs that can blow you away. The clothing, quilts, bedding, and tableware are at a great price in comparison with their quality and expertise that goes into the products. All purchases are vacuumed packed to fit in your luggage and they even post them home for you if you wish. The proceeds of the stores are ploughed into supporting remote areas in Vietnam and Cambodia so you will buy something for the store with the knowledge that your purchases are helping a whole community.

Reaching Out

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Reaching Out cute stuffed animals (Source: Internet)

If you wonder where to go in Hoi An to have unique souvenirs, Reaching Out will be an ideal spot. This is an excellent fair-trade gift shop that employs artisans with disabilities. All items on display in the store are handcrafted and have a Vietnamese sensibility. Reaching Out sells an array of goods from silver jewelry to children clothing. Visiting during working hours and you can see the artisans making the souvenirs. They even explain what they are making and the materials used if you ask.

Village craft Planet

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A Hmong sling bag (Source: Internet)

Here you can find interesting homeware and fashion made in hill tribe motifs and with natural materials. Village craft Planet is another fair-trade shop that sells artisanal products sourced from the tribes of Hmong, Lolo and Black Thai.

The night market on An Hoi Islet

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Silk lanterns at Hoi An night market (Source: Internet)

This is the cheapest place to pick up a souvenir in Hoi An. The prices there are so low that you barely need to bargain. Prepare to see miniature soup bowl key chains, hand-painted ceramics, and pop-up cards everywhere. Incense and green tea are also available at every turn. However, the star of the market is Tiger Balm. It seems like you cannot go anywhere without someone trying to sell you these tiny pots. If you have finished a Hoi An cooking class, it is time to put those skills into practice. Head to the market to shop for some clay pots, cooking utensils, and jars of Hoi An’s sweet and hot chili sauce. Getting out of the tourist zone before purchasing anything might be one of the best tips when traveling in Hoi An.

Simon the tailor

Grabbing a custom-made outfit might be one of the most exciting things to do in Hoi An. The town is well-known for tailoring and Simon the tailor is a go-for address. The tailors are extremely meticulous in measuring and even take customer’s standing posture, chest and bust types into consideration. The saleswomen are helpful and accommodating too as they will let you have all the time in the world to decide on types and colors. They are knowledgeable and speak excellent English so do not be hesitated to ask them for some suggestions.

Couleurs d’Asie Gallery

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Couleurs d’Asie Gallery (Source: Internet)

It is a sweet small gallery full of vibrant portraits and scenes from Vietnam, India, and Cuba. Each photo has its own interesting story on how the photographer first met the ethnic tribes, their tradition, and culture. Also in the same building is a museum that displays traditional costumes that the photographer has gathered in his various trips around Vietnam. Once you have stepped into the gallery, it is hard to resist the temptation to take home some photos and postcards. Paying a visit to this art oasis is a not-to-miss experience on your list of things to do in Hoi An.

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Hoi An – a worth-visiting destination in Central Vietnam

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As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An Ancient Town is among the top tourist attractions in Vietnam. Anywhere in Hoi An is worth visiting; however, you cannot explore every single part of that town just in few days. The following article from hoianreviews.com will list out some Hoi An Tourist Attractions that you should not miss when visiting Hoi An.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An Ancient Town is among the top tourist attractions in Vietnam. Anywhere in Hoi An is worth visiting; however, you cannot explore every single part of that town just in few days. The following article will list out some Hoi An Tourist Attractions that you should not miss when visiting Hoi An.

1. Old House of Tan Ky

Located at 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street in the Old Quarter, Tan Ky Old House is an almost perfect instance of residence of the 18th century in Hoi An. Although it is not the oldest house in town, Tan Ky is the most well-preserved one. The details of this house such as the storage area, the outside structure which was made of bricks and tiles and the floor that is covered with Bat Trang bricks still remain unchanged after centuries. 

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Tan Ky Old House, Hoi An (Source: Internet)

Tan Ky Old House represents the cluster of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese culture. Oriental philosophy features are clearly displayed in the house, such as the triple-beam structure, the five-round blocks, and many decorative carvings on the furniture. It is absolutely an ideal place for exploring the cultures of Eastern countries.

2. Chinese Assembly Halls

Another interesting thing to do in Hoi An Vietnam is to visit the Assembly Halls of Chinese people. When they immigrated to Hoi An, they decided to build some Assembly Halls to socialize as well as to preserve their traditions. 

There are totally 5 Chinese Assembly Halls (Fujian, Chaozhou, Hainan, Cantonese, and Chinese). Though not all of them remain the original look, these halls have become popular Hoi An Tourist Attractions.

Fujian Assembly Hall

Fujian Assembly Hall (Source: Internet)

All the Halls follow the same formula: a grand gate, a beautiful garden with ornamental plants, a main hall, and a large altar room. These are decorated with lots of statues, murals, and lacquered boards. However, each Hall worships different gods and each Chinese Community has different beliefs.

3. Japanese Bridge (Chua Cau)

Japanese Bridges are well-known for their spectacular design, and the one in Hoi An is not an exception. It well represents the impact of Japanese culture on Vietnam.

Legend has it that the bridge was constructed to deter the monster called Mamazu, whose head was in India, tail in Thailand and back in Vietnam, from causing earthquakes and natural disasters. In fact, the Japanese commercial community built it in the 16th century to connect with Chinese people on the other side of the river. 

Japanese Bridge, Hoi An by night

Japanese Bridge, Hoi An by night (Source: Internet)

The Japanese Bridge is famous for its unique decoration. Additionally, there is a small temple on the north side of the bridge. Night on the bridge is even more poetic.

With its historical background and beautiful architecture, this is considered a must-visit place for any Hoi An tour.

4. The Tran Family Chapel

Among the top Hoi An attractions stands the Tran Family Chapel – one of the oldest houses in the ancient town.

It was built in the 19th century by Tran Tu Nhac – a highly-respected mandarin under Nguyen Dynasty before he was sent to China as the King’s envoy. The house was originally used as a worshipping place for his family’s ancestors. It is also a reminder about the tradition of his family to the next generations. 

Altar at Tran Family Chapel

Altar at Tran Family Chapel, Hoi An (Source: Internet)

As a typical example of Eastern architecture, the house has a main gate, a big garden surrounded by high walls. There are different parts which serve different purposes in the house: one for worshipping, one for housing the family leader and his guests, and one drawing room.

Members of Tran Family still gather in the house every year to worship their ancestors. It is also a chance to educate the future generations about the traditions of their family.

For those wanting to experience the historical atmosphere of Hoi An, the Tran Family Chapel is absolutely a perfect choice.

5. Thu Bon River

It is a river flowing alongside Hoi An Ancient Town. Travelers can take a boat tour along the river to watch the beautiful scenery and visit some craft villages. 

Thu Bon River at dawn

Thu Bon River at dawn (Source: Internet)

Thu Bon River is incredibly beautiful at dawn and by night. It is a lot of fun to spend your time watching the romantic scenery of the river filled with lanterns by night.

Not only do travelers visit Hoi An to explore the stunning scenery but also to sample Hoi An cuisine, which is renowned for delicious dishes. While traveling around the town, you can drop by some street vendors to try Hoi An specialties such as “Cao Lau”, “Mi Quang”, and “Banh Mi Hoi An”. All these tasty dishes will make your trip even more wonderful.

With its tranquil scenery and historical value, Hoi An Ancient Town would be a great choice for anyone who has strong desires to explore the culture and nature of Eastern nations in general and Vietnam in particular. 

Hoian day tour or what to do in the tourist town

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Whenever traveling to a new country, no matter how similar the culture is to his home country, one always seeks opportunities to maximize his local experience to the fullest and tries to avoid the foreigner crowd as much as possible. If the statement sounds true to you, Hoian might be crossed off your sightseeing tours in Vietnam.

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town (Source: Internet)

This little ancient town in central Vietnam is extremely crowded even in monsoon season and especially on every 15th day of lunar calendar when the locals celebrate the full moon festival by releasing lanterns into the river to worship the beauty and wish a good luck for the upcoming months.

Yet there is a conventional wisdom among international travelers that even though Hoian is a touristy town, it is still one of the must things to do Vietnam. You have to give it a go for your own sake! Well, in order to assess the validity of this common belief, let’s walk through recommended Hoian day tour to see what makes Hoian special in the eye of visitors.

But before doing so, let hoianreviews start off by giving you a brief instruction on how to get to the town. The nearest city hub to Hoian is Da Nang. Getting to the city never gets any easier. Flying to Da Nang to observe the beautiful coastline from the bird’s eye view or taking the local train to found yourself waking up in the middle of a strange land surrounded by local strangers, it is up to you. From Da Nang to Hoian, you can either take the local bus for only 20.000 VND or rent a motorbike for a much higher price in compensation for greater flexibility.

Phuong baguette

Phuong Baguette (Source: Internet)

Food tour

One of the must things to do when in Hoian is to try every local food. From the main course like Cao Lau Noddle, Banh Mi Phuong (Phuong Baguette), Banh Xeo (Sizzling cake), Com Ga (Chicken rice) to desserts like sweet cakes, Tao Pho (Soft tofu pudding), Che (Vietnamese pudding), tropical fruit (esp. soursop) smoothies. Either on a food stall on the street or a fancy restaurant, you can taste the most amazing street food in Vietnam until your stomach begs you to stop.

Japanese covered bridge

Japanese Covered Bridge (Source: Internet)

Heritage Trail

Classified as a National Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, this traditional trading port and commercial center in Indochina peninsula reflects exceptionally well-preserved architecture complex ranging from wooden Chinese antique houses (e.g. Old House of Tan Ky) and temples (e.g. Quan Cong Temple, Assembly Hall Of Fujian Chinese) to iconic Japanese Covered Bridge and its adjacent temple, with a twist of European influence during French colonization during 18th-19th century and the Vietnamese tube houses. With this sightseeing tour in Vietnam, you will have a chance to emerge yourself into this diversified cultural site.

An Bang beach

An Bang Beach (Source: Internet)

Natural tour

Adjacent to UNESCO Cu Lao Cham Biosphere Reserve and Top 25 Asian beaches according to 2017 Travels’ Choice by TripAdvisor – An Bang Beach, you can soak up the sun, go snorkeling or diving, swim or sometimes even surf in rough sea day. Or a relaxing paddle boating on Thu Bon River to experience the town from a different angle. If you are not the fan of water, beautiful local villages nearby such as reachable-by-bike-only Cam Nam village await to be explored. Joining local tour guides would expose you to several new challenges such as making sleeping mats or rice paper sheets.

Nevertheless, despite the fact that you can do the town in one day, spending at least one night there is strongly recommended. With the bustle night market, lantern lit up on almost every street, you will see a different aspect of Hoian by night. Magical, romantic, laidback with a cup of coffee on the rooftop cafe and restaurant overlooking the whole town would mark a perfect note for your trip.

Top things to do in Hoian for couples

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Hoian is home to wondrous landscapes, iconic buildings, and tasty local dishes, getting you exhausted to behold every single piece of the ancient town’s quintessence. If you’re dating your soulmate, hoianreviews will show you why the ancient riverside town can bear witness to your unshakable love.

Shoulder to shoulder with your sweetheart around ancient streets

Once a vibrant trading post, Hoian Ancient Town has it glory when being declared a UNESCO world heritage. The very attraction of Hoian lies at its centuries-old buildings, such as Chinese temples, wooden shop houses, French-colonial architectures, and notably a Japanese-styled bridge. Getting around lantern-lit a corner at night with your soulmates is so much atmospheric and romantic.

Hoian street by night

Hoi An Street by night (Source: Internet)

Your feast won’t be disturbed by any pushy vehicles as traffic is prohibited. Passing through magnificent landmarks including Chinese assembly halls, the historic-cultural museum or Tran chapel and capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments with your partner will give more things to reason your affection. Couples can have a much more pleasant area to exchange confidences by seeking their way to rooftop terraces. Drinking and opening their hearts amid the windy atmosphere is all the more exciting.

Sun-bathing in Cua Dai Beach

Packed with soft sands and clear emerald water, Cua Dai Beach is within easy reach from the central town. Just 5km away from Hoian, it isn’t a bad idea to accompany your lover on a walking tour. A visit to Cua Dai Beach is just like a perfect escape from the noise and gets you closer to your own paradise of love and tranquility.

Sunbathing in Cua Dai Beach

Sunbathing in Cua Dai Beach (Source: Internet)

You won’t resist the appeal of the blue water so just cool off the hot summer days. If swimming isn’t your thing, you can rest your back on palm leave-roofed bungalows, sipping cocktails while beholding an endless stretch of blue waves. It’s much more stunning if you arrive at Cua Dai Beach at sunrise as you’ll be treated to postcard-perfect moments of fishing boats selling their fresh catch. At sunrise, you’ll be dazzled by breathtaking views, prompting you to be hurry to capture best photos. For many visitors, the best time to travel around Hoian is at sunset and at sunrise when they are exposed to an impeccable combination of things.

Hoi An Rooftop bars

Hoian rooftop bars (Source: Internet)

Discovering Hoian’s rural life over the handlebar

When it comes to Hoian couple tour, you shouldn’t miss the chance to get an authentic touch of Vietnam’s rural life. Wandering around ancient streets to behold the charm of years-old buildings is just tip of the iceberg and means you’re missing truly incredible hands-on experiences. Couples in love particularly favor cycle tours to Hoian Ancient Town’s vicinities. Not on four-wheels or motorbikes which are doing badly to the local environment, but on bicycles, visitors can cycle along idyllic countryside roads. Green paddy fields, buffalos on grasslands or locals in conical hats are irresistible views to make your camera work restlessly.

Cycle Tour to Tra Que Village

Cycle Tour to Tra Que Village (Source: Internet)

Pedal your way to Tra Que Vegetable Village to learn about traditional techniques of growing fresh and clean herds without using chemicals or pesticides. Then, you can call it a day in this green village to join cooking classes with master chefs. How many times do you and your lover prepare meals together? Partake a cooking class gives you valuable moments of belonging and sharing. If having more time to kill, you can cycle to traditional craft villages such as Thanh Ha Pottery Village or a silk-making village. At the end of the day, it’s so lovely to leave Hoian with exquisite handicrafts as souvenirs for your family and friends.

As a charming land, Hoian won’t ruin lovely holidays of couples in love. Opulently lantern-lit streets, lush countryside landscapes, and pristine beaches are perfect enough to tailor a dreamlike backdrop from which couples can fabricate well-worded love stories and paint masterpieces of their own stuff. Hoian couple tour will be the next tick on your travel bucket list, won’t it?