Hoi An - Tourist Information, weather, seasons
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General information about Hoi An
Hoi An is a small town in the central part of Vietnam, on the coast of the South China Sea. It is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Hoi An is one of Vietnam's popular tourist destinations. The city is located 25 kilometers south of Da Nang, on the banks of the Thu Bon River, a few kilometers from the coast. See Hoi An on the map of resorts in Vietnam.
Hoi An, also known by its ancient name Faifo, was an important and very busy trading port in the 16th and 17th centuries. Later, the center of trade moved to Da Nang, but in the heart of Hoi An-the Old Town, the spirit of an old trading city has been preserved.
Hoi An, more than any other place in Vietnam, preserves the atmosphere of the past centuries and is a favorite tourist destination. In 1999, Hoi An was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site as an example of a Southeast Asian trading city of the 15th-19th centuries.
Hoi An is sometimes referred to as an open-air museum city. To date, there are 844 officially recognized buildings of historical significance in Hoi An. Among them are ancient Chinese houses, Cham temples, shops, public buildings, graves. Here you will spend hours walking through the ancient quarters of the city, visiting the numerous meeting rooms of Chinese communities, charming ancestral homes, some of which are already the fifteenth generation of the same family. We can confidently say that Hoi An is one of the most romantic resorts in Vietnam. The city is also known for its traditional and souvenir shops, a large number of sewing workshops.
You will not stay here without a great beach holiday. Hoi An Beaches they are located a few kilometers from the city center, but it is easy to get there by bike or motorcycle, taxi or free shuttle bus. Or you can even stay in one of Hoi An beach hotels. The quality of the beaches here is excellent. They are sandy, sparsely populated and very clean. In places, palm trees lean along the beaches near the water, and in some places beautiful casuarina trees. Here, right on the beaches, the real round fishing boats of the Vietnamese with gear are stored.
Another type of recreation in Hoi An is diving. Of course, you will not find diving in the city itself, but on the nearby Cham Island there is a whole diving school, and its prices are among the lowest in the world.
Hoi An cuisine is generally a separate conversation. In the numerous cafes and restaurants that light their lights for visitors in the evenings, you can taste incredible delights. After all, this is a city of artists and craftsmen. And the cooks here are artists too. And most importantly, everything you eat and drink will cost a mere penny. Only in Hoi An restaurants you can drink a mug of beer for 2000 VND (currency of Vietnam), and eat to the brim for 40,000. By the way, if Vietnamese cuisine you will like, in Hoi An there are many courses for tourists (the so-called cooking lessons), after which you will learn how to cook popular Vietnamese dishes.
Well, when it comes to shopping, some here just can "tear down the roof". The city is famous for its sewing workshops, shops for the manufacture of shoes and hats, souvenir shops. And Hoi An is famous for all this not for nothing. As soon as you get into the hands of one of the local masters, without buying you will not leave him. In each sewing shop you will be presented with a choice of such a number of possible models of clothing from catalogs, which you will not find even in an Italian factory. And most importantly, the next day you will be delivered your order directly to the room, and if something does not fit, immediately sew and customize.
Over the past few years, Hoi An has become very popular with Russian tourists, most of whom come here for a few days as part of an excursion from Nha Trang. Today, almost every fourth tourist in Hoi An is Russian – speaking, although three years ago it was almost impossible to meet Russian in the town.
The tourist infrastructure in Hoi An is well developed. There are a large number of hotels: from the most budget for $ 15 per room for two and up to five-star for $ 500. There are a huge number of restaurants and cafes where you can eat very budget. And although there is no abundance of noisy evening entertainment in the traditional concept of active tourists, you can always find something interesting to do and where to go. There is no public transport in Hoi An, but it is mostly not needed here: you can move around the city on foot or by bike. In each hotel you can buy excursions or tickets for the plane, train (from Da Nang) or bus to other tourist cities. There are several small supermarkets where you can buy semi-finished products, ready-made products, drinks and booze. There are no nightclubs, discos and noisy bars in Hoi An except for a few restaurants with a dance floor that work late.
Hoi An weather, tourist seasons
Hoi An, along with Da Nang and Hue located in central Vietnam, and accordingly, these cities are characterized by the weather of central Vietnam. This is a year-round resort, but in some periods of the year there is a time when rest may not be very comfortable.
The high tourist season lasts in Hoi An from January to August, and the ideal time to visit is from May to August.
The period from September to January is not considered a popular time: it is hot at this time, but there can be frequent but short-term rains (the rainy season is from September to December, and most precipitation falls in October and November). It is in the period from September to January that you can seriously save on a trip, as hotels sometimes drop prices up to 30%.
The hottest period is from August to September, when the average temperature is 33 & deg;C-34°C. The lowest average temperature from December to February is 18°C-19 & deg;C, but during the day during this period it is still hot and even more comfortable than in other periods, and only at night the temperature drops.
Sometimes in September-October, typhoons, heavy rains and floods can hit the coast, so this period is not recommended to visit for a purely beach holiday.
Tourist seasons in Hoi An*
*best time to visit;
acceptable time to visit;
not recommended time to visit
Current weather in Hoi An and forecast for the near future:
Hoi An time
In summer and winter, the time in Hoi An is +4 hours ahead of Moscow time.
|Москва: +4||Самара: +3|
|Казань: +4||Нижний Новгород: +4|
|Екатеринбург: +2||Новосибирск: 0|
|Иркутск: -1||Владивосток: -3|
Useful tips for Hoi An
Unsettled beaches in Hoi An. If you decide to get to the beach in Hoi An by bike or motorcycle, then you will have to leave it at the paid parking lot in front of the beach (from 20,000 VND). Even with a bicycle on the beach you will not be allowed. But you can easily find a non-equipped beach, driving a kilometer or two along the road along the beach. There you can bring your transport almost to the water, and no one will take money from you for this.
City maps. walking around the city in many places you can see large maps of the city, made in the form of stands. These maps are quite accurate, and also show your current position. If you get lost in the city, just look up and look for the big map stand. Most likely, he is somewhere nearby.
Where to buy alcohol? You won't have any problems buying beer or something stronger in Hoi An, but if you want to find it cheaper, go to Hoang Dieu Street, which turns into Cam Nam Bridge next to local Hoi An market. There, in the rows of shops selling clothes and shoes, you will find several shops resembling our wholesale shops, where beer, strong alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are sold at very low prices. In the market itself, you can find very cheap local whiskey on sale.
Hoi An shopping. In Hoi An you will not find large shopping centers, there are only a few modern grocery supermarkets. Shopping in Hoi An can be done either in the Central Market or in the many shops on the street.
Maps Of Hoi An. If you arrive in Hoi An via Da Nang Airport, then at the airport information desks you can find Hoi An maps and useful information about Hoi An in Russian.
Internet in Hoi An. The city has a free urban Wi-Fi network for Internet access. Even if you somewhere can not use this network because of a weak signal, you can find free Wi-Fi near hotels, cafes, travel agencies.
Tailoring. If you order tailoring from local sewing shops, be careful. Although deliberate" throwing " of customers is not common here (this is when on the last day before your departure it turns out that the suit does not suit you, and the deposit is not returned to you because it went to buy fabric), it is very easy to run into poor-quality tailoring here. Do not order tailoring of serious things like suits, they just do not know how to sew quality here. You can order something simple, for example, a dress, skirt, trousers. The same applies to the manufacture of shoes: serious strong shoes are made only in factories, here you should order a maximum of beach slippers or flip-flops.
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