Hoi An Guide
World AIDS Day and HIV in Vietnam
World AIDS Day. 23.3 million people are still living with HIV but more efforts are needed—particularly for children and adolescents diagnosed with HIV.
Hoi An Weather
So when is the best time to visit Hoi An?
Most agree February to May is best – after the wet and cold and before the big, enervating heat of high summer. During these months the days are sunny and warm and free from the debilitating heat and humidity that comes in July – August.
Hoi An Shuttle Bus Adds Even More Magic to Hoi An
The electric powered Hoi An Shuttle Bus is an environmentally-friendly way to see Hoi An – it’s also huge fun. Do one of their four tours or use it as a taxi or bus, a ride in this is open door, cartoon bus is not to be missed.
Vietnamese Independence Day – 2 September
The 2nd of September 1945 commemorates Independence Day. It’s the day Ho Chi Minh declared the nation independent of French Colonial rule.
Traveling with Infants and Children
When you travel with your children, it’s a great experience that’s more likely to be positive if you prepare these easily-anticipated illnesses.
Healthcare in Vietnam
Healthcare in Vietnam has come a long way, with many hospitals comparing well to those in the West. Check out this guide to medical care & more in Vietnam.
Tet in Vietnam
Tet (Lunar New Year) in Vietnam is the country’s greatest festival. It is both spiritually important and a time to really let your hair down.
Vietnam Travel Safety
Safety and Scams: Welcome to the Guide. Here you will find answers to all your questions, curiosities and confusions. So let’s get down to Safety and Scams.
Beaches Hoi An
Hoi An’s beaches are an essential stop during the roasting summer months. Whether you want to boogie the night away to live tunes at a beach bar or simply relax and enjoy the rhythm of the waves, beaches in Hoi An have it all.
Hoi An Markets
At the heart of many a town’s culture is its central market, and Hoi An is no exception. To some, a morning spent traipsing around stacks of material and pungent foodstuffs is an ideal excursion; to others, markets are their idea of hell. But if you’re interested in a slice of real ‘Hoi An’ life, and of joining the locals in their search for the freshest produce, you’ve got to play the market game.
Vietnam Road Rules
Rules of the Road in Vietnam. Here you will find out how to stay alive during your Vietnam travel.
Bike Hire in Hoi An
Many hotels and Homestays offer complimentary bikes for their patrons. But should this not be the case for you, below is a list of places for bicycle and electric bike hire and costs per day. You can sometimes negotiate cheaper prices for weekly or monthly rentals. Booking vehicles through your hotel or Homestay is convenient but it will most likely be more expensive.
Motorbike rental is pretty easy in Hoi An, you just have to walk outside your hotel. However, not all have good reputations. Below is a list of places for motorbike hire and the cost per day.
About Hoi An
Welcome to Hoi An Guide. Here you can find the answer to all your questions, curiosities and confusions. So let’s tell you about Hoi An.
Prices in Hoi An
Welcome to the Hoi An Guide. Here you will find everything you need to know about your Vietnam travel and Hoi An. Vietnam is a country where negotiation (or barter) is normal practice. For many tourists this causes frustration as we are used to having price tags on everything. To this end, here is a very basic price guide for common items around Hoi An. Keep in mind that prices will likely be more expensive at hotels, resorts, and in the heart of Hoi An Ancient Town.
Hoi An Private Car with Driver
Car rental with driver: below is a list of drivers you can hire for trips to and around Hoi An. Whether you need picking up or dropping off at the airport or want a day trip to one of Hoi An’s attractions such as Ba Na Hills, My Son or Vinpearland Nam Hoi An, car rental is a really reliable, cheap and easy way to get there. Costs include picking you up at your hotel and dropping you back.
Bus from Danang to Hoi An
Bus services Da Nang to Hoi An, Da Nang airport: Below is a list of the various bus services between Hoi An and Da Nang / Da Nang Airport. Check the timetables for updated information.
Transport in Hoi An
While Hoi An is a small and very walkable town, at some stage in your Hoi An trip you will probably need some form of transport. Luckily, travel options in Hoi An are reliable and very affordable.
Hoi An Street Food
One of Hoi An’s most famous street food dishes is Cao Lau. But what other dishes does Hoi An have to offer? Put together by Hoi An Food Safari, this Guide to Hoi An Street Food provides an instructive take on many of the different foods you’ll come across in Hoi An.
Vietnamese culture is intriguing for foreigners, its varied influences rendering it quite mysterious and unpredictable. Even the large number of expats who’ve lived here for a while still find it so. But if you get better acquainted with the culture of Vietnam it’s a fascinating, rewarding and extremely helpful experience that will enable you to integrate and establish sturdy local relationships.
Frequently Asked Questions
How far is Hoi An from Da Nang? How do I get from Da Nang to Hoi An? Is it safe to get taxis from Da Nang airport and will they overcharge? Is Hoi An safe for foreigners?
Banks & Post Offices in Hoi An
Post Offices and Banks in Hoi An hours and addresses
Tips & Essentials
Welcome to your Hoi An Guide. Here you will find everything you need to know for your Hoi An, Vietnam travel.
Whilst some countries are visa exempt, most tourists to Vietnam will probably need a 1 – 3 month single or multiple-entry tourist visa. There are three ways to get a Tourist Visa:
Supermarkets in Hoi An
There are many supermarkets in Hoi An but which ones are the best for foreigners and where are they? Welcome to the Hoi An Guide. Here you will find everything you need to know to make the most of your time in Vietnam, Hoi An.
Do I Have A Cold or Flu ?
People get sick every year, both young and old. The question that usually comes to mind when they start sneezing, coughing or having general aches is “Do I have a cold, or is it flu?”
Vietnamese language is a tricky one to master, but it’s a good idea to try. There’s no guarantee that you’ll be understood (accent is everything!), but you’re sure to get a smile for trying. Also, using a little bit of Vietnamese is one way to save yourself from getting charged higher prices.
Exploring The Mid – Autumn Festival in Vietnam
For the first time in months there is a chill in the air. The unpredictable rains of September keep the people of Hoi An in tune with nature, sensitive to the changing seasons. The recently harvested rice fields are still smoldering in the distance, the smoky haze floating in over the street like an apparition.
Hoi An Old Town Map
Map of Hoi An Old Town
The Hungry Ghosts Festival and the 7th Lunar Month
At the beginning of the 7th lunar month I lost my ATM card and my office manager said, “that’s normal’. She quickly added: ‘you’ll be lucky if that’s all that happens to you.’ She herself had just had her helmet stolen and was resigned to it. ‘I need to be much more careful this month – the hungry ghosts, the forlorn ones with no family, the sinners are all around,’ she added as she pulled a visitor’s bike inside the gate for safe-keeping and checked the lock on the side door.
Vaccinations While Travelling to Vietnam
If you’re travelling to a foreign land, you’re exposing yourself to a host of new organisms that thrive in different environments around the world.
Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) When Traveling
Immobility is known to be one factor that can contribute to the formation of blood clots in the deep veins—so-called “deep vein thrombosis” or DVT. Research has shown that DVT can result from prolonged immobility; for instance, during long-distance travel by car, bus, train or air.
Digital Nomad Hoi An
There are a growing number of people who are taking their online jobs ‘to go’, fulfilling their wanderlust and funding it at the same time. Others have manoeuvred their work so that their traditional office jobs can be completed at home or away.
I had been thinking for a few weeks that I wanted a leather bag made to replace my rucksack but I had no idea where to start. There are plenty of shops all over the Old Town advertising ‘real leather!’ or ‘bespoke for you!’ but I wanted to make sure I was getting a good deal. And it wasn’t helpful seeing leather goods advertised as ‘real!’ (usually in a loud, colorful font) – when I see that I’m immediately suspicious. When you’re looking at prices from $100 to $200 USD, you want to make sure you’re getting the real deal.
Ly Son Vietnam
At noon, the sun bears down on the narrow, largely deserted, streets of Thôn Tây – the harbor village of An Vĩnh commune on Ly Son’s big island. Prudently, most locals are taking a mid-day nap.
Get a Shot: Avoid The Dots!!!
Recently an outbreak of chickenpox, affecting both children and adults was announced in Vietnam. Chickenpox in general is a mild disease, but it can cause severe complications—especially in babies, adolescents, elderly people, pregnant women and people whose immune system is compromised (e.g. those under steroid treatment, cancer therapy, who have certain genetic disorders, or who suffer from HIV).
The Truth About Flu
Millions of people around the world get sick with the flu every year. In tropical regions like Vietnam, influenza may occur throughout the year, causing outbreaks to be more irregular than they are elsewhere.
A First-Timer’s Guide To Tet
This quick guide to Tet in Hoi An is for for those who haven’t been before. But before jumping into the tips and advice let’s set the scene a little.
Tet Food Delicacies
You might have heard of the special Tet food that Vietnamese prepare to eat and offer to guests during the Tet holidays: Banh Chung and Banh Day.
Vietnamese Zodiac: The Dark Side
Ever wonder why zodiacs all over the world only have good things to say about everyone? Even faults are seen as positives as everyday reality goes out the window. You have to wonder where all the misery, war and poverty in the world comes from when reading these ‘fairy tale’-like descriptions where everybody is smart, compassionate and talented. This is a good marketing ploy that sucks in readers but it’s not much use to anyone.
Spring into The New Year: Tet in Hoi An
The Vietnamese new year, or Tết Nguyên Đán (commonly shortened to ‘Tet’), is the biggest event on the Vietnamese calendar. Also referred to as the ‘Spring Festival’ to typically mark the beginning of Spring, Tet is a grand affair, filled with ceremony, tradition, family reunions, and, of course, food. It falls at the same time as Chinese New Year (in correlation to the lunar calendar) however there are various Tet customs that are unique to Vietnam.
Full Moon Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival occurs each full moon. Many tourists flock to Hoi An to experience its magic and have an evening of celebration.
How to Prevent Common Diseases During Rainy Season
The weather is changing and the traditional November rain has arrived. We can feel the cool breeze and the quality of the air is improving. However, high rainfall can cause widespread flooding, and stagnant water can be a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria as well as mosquitoes, increasing the transmission of a number of communicable diseases.
The Lunar Calendar and the Full Moon Lantern Festival
Although the moon takes 27.3 days to orbit the earth it takes 29.5 days to complete its phases (because the earth is moving too). This makes it a bit tricky to nail down exactly on which date a full moon occurs, even in the lunar calendar. To cope with this some lunar months are 29 days and some are 30 days. In the wash-up the full moon usually occurs on the 15th or 16th day of each lunar month but not always.
Health Hazards in Vietnam
Over the past year there has been an alarming amount of dengue fever cases among expats in Hoi An – so make sure you take precautions against tghis escalating health hazard.
Cervical Cancer Screening
Cervical cancer was one of the most common causes of cancer death among women worldwide several decades ago. This situation significantly improved over time however, primarily due to the use of Pap tests – a screening procedure that can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops.
Cosmetic Surgery in Hoi An
‘Cosmetic tourism’ is big business in Vietnam. While we at Hoi An Now cannot vouch personally for any of the clinics below, we do know that for cosmetic surgery those in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have great reputations and deal with many overseas clients.
Laser Eye Surgery Vietnam
Whilst many minor eye complaints are fine in reputable eye hospitals in Vietnam, it is unanimously regarded that for treatments such like laser eye surgery (also known as LASIK) the only place to go is the American Eye Center in Ho Chi Minh City.
Diarrhea in Children
Just as in other major cities in Vietnam, Danang and Hoi An are packed with street food stalls and restaurants selling all manner of local delicacies.
Sunrise With Sup Monkey
Sunrise with SUP Monkey is a serene but physically engaging way to see the sunrise and explore the coastline along An Bang Beach and the Cham Islands.
Vomiting in The Pediatric Age Group
During the summer season, many kids are brought to clinics or hospitals because of vomiting. Due to the heat, kids often want to drink too many fluids—cool refreshing drinks such as fruit juices or shakes—or, sometimes while at the beach, they can unconsciously put a foreign object in their mouth, such as a small toy, some nuts, or even a pebble, and eventually swallow it.
By the end of February 2017, nearly a year after the very first cases of the Zika virus were discovered in Vietnam, there had been a total of 233 reported cases.
Trucks and buses are God. They own the road. They can be in the middle of the road, off the road, on your side of the road or coming on to the road.
Hoi An’s Hidden Beach
Kept apart by a few kilometres of golden coastline and brought together by the less idyllic Lac Long Quon highway are the two main beaches of Hoi An, Cua Dai to the south, and An Bang to the north. However, in between these two lies another beach, one so well hidden they named it just that – Hidden Beach.
Cham Island: An Unspoilt Paradise
Cham Island is one of the few places where a way of life centuries old is preserved and development has been kept at bay. Well worth a visit!