June 26, 2015

Hoi An

World of Wanderlust Hoi An is located on the central coast of Vietnam, meaning a visit here is likely to be a little out of your way, no matter which direction you’re coming from.

'If you’re eager to see more of Vietnam beyond the capital, Hanoi, or busy Ho Chi Minh City, then a trip to the quaint and charming city of Hoi An is the right choice for you.

'If you haven’t heard of Hoi An, you’re not the only one. This is one of Southeast Asia’s best kept sort-of-secrets. Those who have had the pleasure of visiting are bound to brag about this little gem, with its’ exceptionally well-preserved Old Town and streets lined with colourful lanterns. If you find yourself on a tiki tour of S. E. Asia, you’re gonna want to put this little gem on your trip itinerary.

'Many leisure travellers also choose Hoi An for its’ many beach resorts, just a short drive from the city centre itself. The coastline of Vietnam has only become a hotspot in recent years so you can expect much more development, as it is occurring at a rapid pace.

'Getting here is reasonably seamless once you’re in Vietnam, though there are a few rare flights available from nearby Bangkok, Singapore, and Siem Reap. If you’re flying in from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh you can score a deal with VietJet (budget airline) or opt for Vietnam Airlines, should you prefer.

'The nearest airport is Da Nang – just North of Hoi An, around a $22 USD cab ride away on the meter. Another option is to travel via land – a popular choice among budget travellers coming by train or bus. Getting around is easy as the city is compact and best explored on-foot. Alternatively, bike rentals are available and a cheap option should you wish to explore further beyond the Old Town itself.'

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