Originally known as Faifo and more than 2000 years old, Hoi An is a beauty city just in from the coast about 17 miles south of Danang. The Old Town here is a perfectly preserved ancient town that has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Access is gained across the Japanese Bridge a unique 400 year old wooden structure. It was originally the deepest sea port in the country but as Danang increased in importance the port here silted up, leaving almost a ghost town. The dry sea air caused all the old buildings to remain ion near perfect conditions. For the holiday maker it makes a near perfect base. The town is picturesque and packed full of fascinating things to see and do. The restaurants here, particularly down by the riverside, serve some of the finest food in the country.
Known for the manufacture of paper lanterns, they are hung everywhere presenting a delightful light show in the warm evening air. It really is an exceptionally pretty place. There are many tailor shops in Hoi An and tourists flock here to have exquisite suits made in just 24 hours or a little longer if you have the time. The prices are almost beyond belief, cheap. It seems when walking round that every other shop is a tailor shop, occupied by two or three old ladies who take your measurements and give you tea and water whilst you browse through the endless samples of material. The beaches, just a few miles out of town are fantastic. Golden sand and clear blue waters. The addition of the Cham Islands just off the coast makes for a more interesting view than for most beaches. Local cafes and restaurants serve good food and cold drinks to sun seekers all day long.
Flights arrive at Danang from most major towns in the country and international departures are being added all the time. As with most cities in Vietnam tours, Vietnam Airways and Vietjet take care of many of the internal flights. Taxi into Hoi An takes around 45 minutes, but prices are reasonable. Vietnam Airlines customer service: +84 (0) 20 3263 2062 Vietjet customer service: +84 (0) 1900 1886
There is no station in Hoi An. Danang is on the Reunification Line and as such receives trains from Hanoi and Saigon daily. The station at Danang can be found at: 202 Hai Phong. Phone: + 84 511 375-0666.
There are now two main bus stations in the city. The old one on Hung Vuong Street and the new one about a mile out of town to the west. Buses run from all major destinations. Hoi An is on the main route along the east coast of the country and all major tour and public buses travelling north to south or vice versa will take in Hoi An.[/tab]
Hiring a motor bike is great fun in Hoi An. The ropads are pretty quiet and this gives the traveller an incredible amount of freedom. Bike hire in Vietnam tours cheap and available throughout the town. Taxis are cheap and again readily available. Once in the Old Town, everything is within walking distance.