Undoubtedly one of Vietnam’s most atmospheric towns, Hoi An is an historic delight. A former port on the Thu Bon River near Da Nang, its old merchant houses have been converted into stylish restaurants, art galleries and tailors. The best places to stay in Hoi An are ideal for exploring both the town itself and the surrounding area.
In 1999, the old town was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in an effort to preserve its core of historic architecture, a stunning mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, and European styles. Though it has since become one of the nation’s wealthiest and busiest tourist towns, it is almost entirely saved from the modern blights of traffic and pollution, meaning this cosmopolitan melting pot retains its easy going provincial demeanor.
- Fancy a wardrobe update? Tailors will happily sew you up a new suit or gown from inside one of the photogenic Chinese-style shop houses. We suggest you bring an old favorite to have copied.
- In the family: The Tan Ky House is two centuries old and lovingly preserved through seven generations. Keep an eye out for signs of Japanese and Chinese influences and see how Vietnamese merchants lived more than 200 years ago.
- Kodak moment: the picturesque Japanese covered bridge is a veritable emblem of old Hoi An, with wonderfully detailed Japanese carvings and statues it makes for a particularly romantic photo opportunity.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Hoi An feature a luxurious beach side resort and a serene riverside boutique.
Hoi An (Quang Nam Province,)
Delightful boutique hotel on the banks of the Thu Bon river, in a historic part of Hoi An. Light and airy rooms feature separate seating areas, private balconies and jacuzzi tubs. There is an inviting outdoor pool and spa plus fine dining at Lanterns restaurant. A stylish city setting.
Hoi An (Quảng Nam,)
Equal parts immaculate and stylish. A beach hotel that's great for families or couples. Contemporary Vietnamese artwork adorns the walls alongside hand spun silks & polished local wood. Rooms are palatial with state of the art bathrooms. Plus three pools, four tennis courts, a spa and fine dining.