Choosing where to stay in Hoi An depends on who you are
Far from the tourist crowds and hustle and bustle of big cities, Hoi An is an amazing place for both world travelers and expats. The town is rather small and peaceful, known for its slow-paced, calm lifestyle. It has a rich history and plenty of tourist attractions so visiting it is on many globetrotters’ bucket lists. Since it was a melting pot of many historical events, you will notice not only Vietnamese influences but Japanese, French, and Chinese as well. Hoi An is known for its delicious cuisine, wonderful nature, and picturesque countryside. Its pristine beaches are not crowded with tourists so you can unwind completely while sunbathing and enjoying an ice-cold beer. Hoi An is also an amazing place for long term stay, and it was named one of the 20 best cities in the world for expats.
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Transportation in Hoi An
Hoi An is a small town so moving around is pretty easy. There are no crowds and traffic jams, and the town has a decent public transport system. Still, most people prefer walking or renting Vespas and motorbikes. Bicycles are also an incredibly popular way of transport.
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5 best neighborhoods to stay in Hoi An
Hoi An is a small town so wherever you decide to stay, you will reach the center with ease. Still, each neighborhood has its distinctive culture so some areas will suit you better than others. To help you figure out which neighborhood is the best for you, we have selected top places where to stay:
- Old Town
- An Hoi
- Cam Chau
- Cam Pho
- Cam Thanh
Our picks were based on the following criteria:
- Cultural and historical value
- Interesting things to see and do
- Overall vibe and culture
|Where to stay in Hoi An|
|Best for your first visit||Old Town||The epicenter of tourist attractions and entertainment|
|Best for nightlife||An Hoi||A lively island full of bars and restaurants|
|Best for bohemians||Cam Chau||A relaxing neighborhood where you can get a taste of the local culture|
|Best on budget||Cam Pho||Affordable area close to the center with many accommodation options|
|Best for long-term stay||Cam Thanh||A safe and peaceful community in a more rural part of the city|
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Where to stay in Hoi An for the first time—Old Town
Hoi An’s Old Town, also known as the Ancient Town, is the historical and cultural center of the city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to major tourist attractions. As such, it is the best place for first-timers. The neighborhood is rather small, so you won’t have to waste money on a taxi—you can get anywhere on foot. You can spend your day sightseeing, unwinding in one of Old Town’s many cafes and restaurants, or roaming around its beautiful alleys lit with lanterns. Shopaholics will fall in love with traditional, colorful shophouses.
What do see and do in Old Town
If you decide to stay in Old Town, you surely won’t get bored. There are so many fun places to visit. If you need help deciding where to go first, check out our top picks:
- Japanese Covered Bridge
- Ha Ha—Art in Everything gallery
- Central Market
- Cau Chua Pagoda
- Phung Hung Ancient House
- Quang Trien Assembly Hall
Japanese Covered Bridge
Your trip to Hoi An wouldn’t be complete if you missed seeing the city’s main tourist attraction: the Japanese Covered Bridge. The bridge was built in the early 18th century and is a fascinating representative of Japanese architecture. It is covered with gorgeous carvings and sculptures that will enthrall any art lover.
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Where to stay in Old Town
Old Town is a fantastic place to stay in but finding accommodation in this area is not easy. It doesn’t offer as many hotels and AirBnBs as its surrounding neighborhoods. If you have difficulties finding a place to stay in, check out our top picks:
Budget option: this affordable room in a beautiful villa.
Midrange option: this room in a family-owned hotel.
Luxurious option: this elegant apartment.
You can find more accommodation options here.
Where to stay in Hoi An for nightlife—An Hoi island
An Hoi is an island located in the Thu Bon River, connected to the city center with a small bridge. Peaceful during the day but wild at night, the island is ideal for nightlife lovers. Although the clubbing scene is not rich, this tropical island is the epicenter of An Hoi’s bars and restaurants. There are also many cultural attractions and entertainment options.
Where to go in An Hoi
The island offers a variety of restaurants and bars so it all comes down to your taste. Here are some places you shouldn’t miss:
- The Hoi An Night Market
- Backpackers Bar
- An Hoi Sculpture Garden
- The Wild Street
The Hoi An Night Market
An Hoi is where you will find the most vibrant and joyful place in the city: the Hoi An Night Market. This 300 meters long street is the most crowded and liveliest night spot in Hoi An. You can experiment with local specialties and roam around while sipping the local beer. It is the best place for buying gifts and souvenirs as the offer is truly unique. Of course, the highlight of the market are the lantern stalls where you can find magnificent lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colors.
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Where to stay in An Hoi
Unlike Old Town, An Hoi is full of nice, affordable AirBnBs and other accommodation options. Here are our top picks:
Budget option: this uplifting cheap room.
Midrange option: this beautiful villa.
Luxurious option: this fantastic double room.
You can find more AirBnBs here.
Where to stay in Hoi An: bohemian edition—Cam Chau
You will find Cam Chau area right between the center and the beach, which makes its location perfect. You can easily get anywhere you want to go on foot. This neighborhood is not as urban as others, so it’s fantastic for those who want to enjoy the tropical beauty of the city and experience the authentic Vietnamese culture. You can explore traditional cuisine and trendy bars or rent a bike and drive around gorgeous river shores and rice paddies.
What to do and see in Cam Chau
Whether you are into culture and history or natural adventures, you will find something interesting to do in Cam Chau. Make sure you don’t miss these places:
- Tra Que Village
- Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum
- Aubergine 49 Restaurant
Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum
This fascinating gallery is home to Réhahn’s Precious Heritage Collection. It offers an insight into the tribal culture and the authentic lifestyle of all parts of Vietnam. This museum is not only free but also one of a kind as you can’t find these photographs anywhere else in the world. If you want to experience genuine Vietnamese history and culture, make sure to visit the Precious Heritage Art Gallery Museum.
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Where to stay in Cam Chau
Cam Chau has plenty of cool, affordable places to stay in. Take a look at our top picks:
Budget option: a room in this gorgeous, unbelievably affordable villa.
Midrange option: this whole amazing villa.
Luxurious option: this wonderful suite
You can browse for more AirBnBs here.
Where to stay in Hoi An on a budget—Cam Pho
Cam Pho is the most affordable neighborhood in Hoi An which is why it is ideal for backpackers and budget travelers. It is within walking distance to the city center so you won’t have to spend money on transport. Cam Pho is relatively small and not as busy and crowded as some other neighborhoods. There aren’t many entertainment options there but it is close enough to Old Town.
What to do in Cam Pho
If you don’t feel like walking to the city center, there are some places in this neighborhood that are quite interesting. Check out our top picks:
- Com Ga Huong street
- Thanh Cao Lau
Com Ga Huong street
Cam Pho is a place that will swipe even the fussiest eaters off their feet. This area is notable for its many restaurants and food stalls where you can try local snacks. The most popular places are located in Com Ga Huong street where you can get the best com ga (chicken rice) in the world.
Where to stay in Cam Pho
On average, one night in Cam Pho costs around $30, which makes it backpackers’ favorite part of the city. Check out our top picks:
Budget option: this super cheap house.
Midrange option: this cozy room with a balcony.
Luxurious option: this cute room near the center.
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