Where is best area to stay in hoi an, vietnam?


I recently received an e-mail from a reader planning khổng lồ visit Vietnam. He asked me about a possible 2 weeks itinerary (by the way had a read lớn my itineraries on my Vietnam guide)

Iwas surprised by one of his questions: “Is Hoi An worth visiting?”


This is, in my opinion, a must-visit place in Vietnam, in my vị trí cao nhất 3 together with Hanoi (read my guide here) & Ha Giang.

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Of course, there are lots of tourists around. It’s nothing lượt thích 20 years ago but this does not make it a place khổng lồ avoid, on the contrary, it’s a must-visit site that should be in anyone’s itinerary.

Following is a map with my best 5 areas khổng lồ stay in Hoi An. I really suggest booking your accommodation based on the type of stay you are looking for.

For example, your trip will be different if you stay in the old town or at the beach in Hoi An.

Best areas to lớn stay in Hoi An

Top 5 areas lớn stay in Hoi AnStay in domain authority Nang or Hoi An? That is easier to lớn answer. Domain authority Nang has a different hotel offer, probably more sophisticated, with more luxury và usually in tall buildings. Hoi An is more of a boutique destination with usually family-run accommodations providing a small number of rooms.Best organised experiences in Hoi An

Check availability for Airport Shuttle city Tour by a local My Son & Marble Mountain

The Japanese Bridge, or Cau Chua Pagoda at night

Video of the best areas of Hoi An

In this video, I show you all of these areas with more suggestions I have not covered in this guide.

Hoi An Old Town main street in the early morning, the best time khổng lồ enjoy it without a crowd of people around

Staying in the old town, or around it, means you will enjoy the real character of Hoi An with historic details all around you. At night you will have some of the best street food in Vietnam besides a drink along the Thu Bon river.

However, if you are looking more for a relaxing break, in a nice resort with a pool, maybe a gym và sea view than the beach is the best place to lớn stay in Hoi An.

The beach is a great option if you have small kids. You can have some fun at the pool or playing with the sand during the afternoon, the hottest part of the day.

You can always book your accommodation in town & explore the beach, và vice-versa. Just keep in mind the distance, from 5km to lớn 10km. You can rent a bike (sometimes for miễn phí at the resorts), take a xe taxi or book a Grab (my suggested choice, taxi drivers always tend to ask twice as much).

Best place to stay in Hoi An old town

The Old Town is absolutely the jewel of Hoi An. A well-preserved port town that will make you think you are suddenly in the 16th century.

Cycling in Hoi An through the beautiful historical buildings

It’s literally an open-air museum, you will be open-mouth at every corner.

Surprisingly enough, the old town of Hoi An does not offer a wide choice of accommodations. In fact, just a bunch of small hotels, mostly family run.

The old town is more of a place to lớn visit than a place lớn stay. Keep in mind that if you stay on the island of An Hoi or in Cam Pho, you will easily walk here usually in less than 15 minutes, sometimes even 5 minutes.

The only place I would suggest here is the Nu Ni Homestay. Very clean, spacious và inexpensive. And the best comes now. It has a large pool too, very unusual in this part of town.

Check the khuyễn mãi giảm giá at Nu Ni

Nu Ni Homestay

To enter the old town you need a ticket (valid for 10 days) at the cost of 120,000VND (approx $7). You will be given a maps with a menu of attractions. Five of them, as well as an art show, are included in the ticket.

Please, lưu ý that you can possibly trick the system and explore the old town without paying the ticket however this is all money that goes to lớn the Cultural Center that use it khổng lồ restore và improve the area.

TheCau Chua Pagoda, the Japanese Bridge, is the place lớn start your tour. This is the over 500 years old bridge that used lớn connect the Japanese khổng lồ the Chinese district of the city. Keep walking to lớn the Buddhist Temple ofPháp Bao and just wander around with the maps included in the ticket.

For dinner, I suggest visiting the Streets Restaurant, a social enterprise that trains và run with disadvantaged people an amazing restaurant. It’s more of a cultural project, however, vì not think that the chất lượng is not there. On the contrary, it’s actually one of the best eateries in Hoi An.

Where to stay in Hoi An beach – great for families

The beach is the perfect spot to stay in Hoi An if you are after a mixed experience of culture, sun và sea.

It actually works great if you are travelling with kids as you can spend the morning in the Ancient Town và the afternoon (the hottest part of the day) at the resort, with the pool và the beach.

Cam An beach, off Hoi An và close to da Nang

As I previously said, the beach is not walking distance from the old town and you really need to pay attention lớn where you book your accommodation.


A couple of reasons:

a few hotels advertise themselves as located on the beach side of Hoi An. The reality is that the beach is almost 30km long, so double kiểm tra on the bản đồ the accommodation location as you may over up a really long way from the old town.beach erosion is an issue, another sign of global warming. A few hotels are indeed on the beachside however they vị not have any beach at all, instead just huge rocks used to lớn protect the khách sạn land from erosion. Again double kiểm tra before booking

I may just add that the beach here, as in most of Vietnam, is not that idyllic. It’s nothing to lớn call trang chủ about, which is fine because the old town of Hoi An is the real gem, that’s the main reason khổng lồ travel here.

I would personally suggest a couple of beach areas:

The KA Villa is one of my favourite places khổng lồ stay in this part of Hoi An. It’s great for families & also for couples. The breakfast is fantastic and, included in the price, you have the laundry (so handy) và the sunbeds at the beach (so practical). The pool is a great bonus too. Just perfect

Check the value for money at KA Villa

KA Villa, view from the top

For a lãng mạn stay in Cam An, I suggest the An Bang Hideaway, the interior is absolutely fabulous. It is a step back to the Indochina time. The rooms are absolutely immaculate và you are literally just meters from the beach.

Check availability at An Bang

An Bang Hideaway

Both areas are around 5-7km from the Hoi An centre.

Best place khổng lồ stay in Hoi An first time – An Hoi island

The island of An Hoi is the best place khổng lồ stay in Hoi An for first-timers. This is where you will have everything a step away from your accommodation. Lovely restaurants, xinh đẹp cafes and a great choice of shopping, especially for clothes.

Walk through the small bridge và you are in the old town

And at dark, you could launch your personal lantern in the water.

Yes, true, you vày not need khổng lồ wait for the Lantern Festival (every month at full moon). Every night the festival is on.

Night photography in Hoi An – Old lady selling lanterns

And if you wonder if it’s only for tourists, probably you may guess already the answer, yes.

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We always talk about not polluting the water & probably this festival, although being truly beautiful, is not the best idea, especially considering the sea is just 4km away. Guess where the lantern will go.

Most of the nightlife is on this island too. Not like there is an incredible nightlife, however, you will be very likely to lớn find a place khổng lồ have a drink till late.

On the south side of the island, you can also find a few resorts with a pool, which come very handy in the hottest part of the day, just after lunch.

The Quynh Chau Homestay is a great place lớn stay in Hoi An on a budget. Meters from the action and the market, however miles away from any kind of noise. Just a real family-run accommodation, with a great breakfast included in the price.

Check the latest khuyễn mãi giảm giá at Quynh Chau

Quynh Chau Homestay

If you are looking for a pool, then it can’t get better than the Hoi An Silk Marina Resort & Spa. This is one of the best hotels in Hoi An for both location, service and facilities, of which the swimming pool is just outstanding, right on the river bank. Very popular, book well in advance.

Check availability at the Silk Marina

Hoi An Silk Marina Resort and SpaWhere to stay in Hoi An on Budget – Cam Pho

Located north of the Old Town, Cam Pho is a quiet area of Hoi An meters away from the old town.

Hoi An, the city of lanterns

If you are on a budget then Cam Pho is the best area where you should look for your accommodation.

It does not have the character, neither the facilities of the previous districts however, on average, the khách sạn prices are lower.

On peak season, where everywhere else seems booked out, Cam Pho is where you will be more likely khổng lồ find a bed.

New cozy restaurants and cafes are starting opening so you don’t really need lớn walk far for dinner.

For more action at night, you just need a 10-15 minutes walk lớn the Ha Noi island.

The Minh Phat Homestay is a great place to lớn be based. It’s clean and well maintained, besides being one the cheapest accommodations in Hoi An. They do offer the bike for không tính phí which is a great bonus.

Check the latest giảm giá khuyến mãi at Minh Phat

Minh Phat HomestayBest place khổng lồ stay for a thắm thiết stay – Cam Chau

Cam Chau is a great place to stay on your second or third visit. It’s located between the old town & the beach. Right in the middle

It’s also a fantastic place lớn stay in Hoi An if you are after a more relaxing experience, in the countryside.

Walking in the Cam Chau countryside

Do not expect any hills, just flat green land with plenty of rice fields.

Even if you vì not decide khổng lồ stay in Cam Chau, I personally suggest lớn rent a bike and have a ride around. It’s a great experience, besides a good place for photos.

You can organise a full day where you have a ride through Cam Chau to arrive at the beach.

Cam Chau is in this respect the green option, the relaxing option, in the land between.

The Hoian Tranquil Lodge is a brand new khách sạn right next khổng lồ the rice fields in a super quiet place. It has a great pool & a fantastic interior design. Breakfast is perfect for an awesome start of the day. Free bikes too, very handy. Lovely service & probably the best value for money in Hoi An.

Check the value at the Tranquil Lodge

Hoi An Tranquil Lodge

Attention, since the construction of the Cau Cua dai bridge the ferry route, starting from the Cua dai pier, does not work anymore (although Google map still shows it as active).

How to lớn arrive in Hoi An

The easiest way to lớn arrive in Hoi An is by flying to the domain authority Nang Airport, about 30 km away. There are plenty of services khổng lồ take you lớn the old town, all waiting for you at the arrival level.

If you catch a xe taxi just remind the driver lớn start the meter, in case they don’t bởi it. Expect khổng lồ pay $15-$20 for the trip.

There are buses from da Nang town to lớn Hoi An (~$10) however I vì chưng not find it a convenient option, especially if you travel with someone else.

If you arrive by train then you will kết thúc up at the da Nang Station(there is no train stop in Hoi An) & from there by taxi to lớn the old town.

And lastly, from anywhere in Vietnam you can catch a bus directly to the Old Town. Hoi An is actually one of the most popular stops on the North-South route. The advantage here is that you will be left directly in the Hoi An.

Lady selling flowers at the Hoi An Market

Moving around Hoi An

The easiest way to lớn move around Hoi An is on foot. It’s all quite close to lớn each other.

Once you want khổng lồ explore the outskirts of the town then you can rent either a bike or a scooter. Sometimes the hotel provides bikes for free, otherwise expect $2/day.

You can also take a cyclo (tuk-tuk), book a driver or take a taxi.

Keep also in mind that there are a few tours organised in town. From city tours lớn Vietnamese Food preparation.

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