Hoi An is a coastal town famous for is history as a major fort for Vietnam. Its fusion of Vietnam, French and Chinese culture makes it a great place to stay and visit. Walk around the old city and look through the Chinese style shop houses or cross the Japanese themed bridge.


As the sun goes down the lanterns start appearing in the shop fronts and along the river. It is truly a magical place.

Hoi An


How to get to Hoi An


There is an airport close by to Hoi An which is in the town of Da Nang. You can fly in from Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi.

You can also get in to Hoi An via Bus company. There are many tour agencies in Ho chi minh and Hanoi where you can book your tickets, these busses will be night buses and take between 12-15 hours to arrive. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Getting from Da Nang to Hoi An

  • Taxi – You can get a taxi from the main taxi queue. They taxi driver will try to fix the price. Always switch the meter on. It will work out cheaper. Do not get into a taxi where the person approaches you at the terminal offering a cheap price. There are also private taxi companies in the terminal you can pre-pay and they will take you to a waiting car.

  • Hotel Transfer – Contact your hotel prior to arriving and they will arrange a pickup with I driver holding your name, his option is more expensive, but at least you know where the driver will be taking you.

  • Grab – This is Asia’s version of Uber, you can book cars or Motorbike pickups. You can book on behalf of other people and make payment in cash.

  • Motorbike – If you are travelling light you can jump on the back of the many motorbike taxis. It’s cheaper and faster to get to your destination. Traffic in Hoi An is miles apart from Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Uber – There is a very good uber network here. Uber allows you to pay via your Uber account so you don’t have to worry about getting your money out. Uber also gives you an estimate on the fare and it’s pretty accurate.

  • Car Rental – There a rental car companies in the arrivals terminal. Be sure to check if you can drive here prior to booking. You can also reserve a car online via Rentalcars.


Where to stay in Hoi An 

With Hoi An being such a small town the best way to see this town is by Bike or motorbike. We prefer Bicycle as they can provide you with a child seat at the back. We were lucky enough that our home stay provided us we complimentary bikes


  • Hoi An Centre – Hoi An centre is not that big so accommodation is pretty easy to find. There are lots of homestays here to a really good standard. They almost look like villas with huge swimming pools. You can stay in the hustle and bustle of the old town but we preferred slightly out.

  • An Bang Beach - Stay about a 15 minute car ride out of Hoi An near the An Bang beach, this is long stretch or beautiful sand. Here you will find the more luxury hotels.


What to do in Hoi An with Children


As mentioned above Hoi An is pretty small so you can walk to the centre and see the main historic sites. But here are also other things you can do by either hiring a motorbike or a private driver for the day

  • Japanese covered bridge – Japanese inspired walking bridge with intricate carvings. Very nice day or night

  • Boat ride - Take a boat ride on the Thu Bon River. As soon as you see the river touts will come up offering you a boat tide, it takes around 20 minuits and takes you up the river and back.

  • Night markets - Visit the markets by night, you can’t miss it as you walk down, and you see the Chinese style lanterns. The streets are is lit by chines lanterns and is pretty amazing to see.

  • An Bang Beach - Relax by the ocean at An Bang beach, the water is cleat and sand is white, they have restaurants lined up on the bank, but they all serve the same food. They operate a sun lounger policy where you can have it for free as long as you eat in their restaurant.

  • Marble Mountains - Marble Mountains is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngũ Hành Sơn District, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam. The five mountains are named after the five elements: Kim, Thuy, Moc, Hoa and Tho. The mountains house giant Buddha statues in natural formed caves.

  • Phong Nha caves – There are 14 different cave systems here, take a guided tour and see them.

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