Historically, Hoi An has been one of Southeast Asia’s chief trading ports, a place where people and culture converge. As such, it is not surprising that this quaint town has remained a paradise for buyers and sellers. Hoi An is a commercial centre, a market and a melting pot, all rolled into one tastefully attractive cornucopia of commercial products.

Hoi An is both an interesting city and a great beach location. There is so much to see and do here. The Ancient Town is of historical interest and is of course a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beaches are lovely, with great restaurants lining the shore and the Cham Islands providing a picturesque backdrop.

The increased flow of tourists has created a new market for traditional handicrafts and artistic creations in Hoi An. With new demands and desires, the combination of ancient customs and contemporary creativity pushes new boundaries and results in dazzling products. Don’t miss the signature lanterns or original jewelry designs crafted with silver and a variety of precious gems.

The lantern making industry, for which Hoi An is famous for, sees thousands of brightly coloured lanterns lit in the evenings. The restaurants down by the waterfront provide the picturesque views. The local cuisine is generally accepted to be among the best in Vietnam, and visitors will never struggle to find good food.

Beyond the souvenirs, there are high quality crafts and elegant clothes. If you have a design in mind, bring in your ideas and see them come to life. Otherwise, peruse the selection and pluck the perfect piece.

Of course, the main shopping attraction in Hoi An is the large number of custom tailors waiting to make you the perfect outfit. Whether you’re in the market for a Western styled suit, a traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai or anything in between, there is a boutique with the fabric and expertise necessary to bring your ideas to life. Prices are extremely competitive and the quality is excellent. Most hotels will recommend a certain shop with which they have a connection, but truth be told most of the garments are made at the same centralised location. It doesn’t matter which shop you choose the quality and price will be the similar.

Hoi An is one of the best locations in Vietnam, it has just about everything necessary for an interesting holiday.

Premiere venues in Hoi An

The Nam Hai

The Nam Hai

About 15 minutes along the beach road to Danang, The Nam Hai occupies 35 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens with 1.5km of private beach. Architecture and design of the most luxurious resort in the Hoi An area reflect feng shui philosophies and the grandeur of Hue. Enjoy serene and understated splendour around two expansive infinity pools and a 50-metre lap pool. Indulge in royal treatments at the spa or gourmet cuisine infused with herbs from the organic garden. As befits a resort of this standing, the service and facilities are as good as it gets. Visit The Restaurant at The ...

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Hoi An Beach Resort

Hoi An Beach Resort

An oasis of peace where the river meets the ocean, the Hoi An Beach Resort is a four star resort situated between the De Vong River and famed Cua Dai beach. The luxurious Vietnamese style villa rooms have all the amenities expected of an international resort. Facilities include two swimming pools, restaurants, a beach bar, spa, billiards meeting rooms and a variety of sports equipment for hire. One of the most established beach resorts in Hoi An, this 121 room hotel lives up to its fine reputation.

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Phu Thinh Boutique Resort & Spa

Phu Thinh Boutique Resort & Spa

Located just minutes from Hoi An’s Old Quarter, this boutique hotel exudes a sense of serenity in a rustic setting. Set in attractive surroundings, the hotel has 60 airy bedrooms with a variety of services and facilities. The lobby opens to lush gardens with bonsai trees, tropical flowers and plants. Nestled around the Lily Restaurant and Bamboo Bar is a lotus pond where you can try and catch dinner (100,000 VND for a fishing rod, bait, beer and a snack). There is a spa in a traditional Vietnamese house where you can rejuvenate after a long day of shopping. The ...

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Hoi An Lantern Hotel

Hoi An Lantern Hotel

The Hoi An Lantern Hotel is close to the centre of Hoi An and only a five-minute walk from the central market. It has 62 well-equipped rooms. There is an open-air breakfast area and restaurant on the top floor, where guests have a panoramic view across Hoi An and can order Asian and western dishes. The bar next to the restaurant has similar views and is a pleasant spot for a drink or two. The hotel also has a swimming pool, a salon and tour services available.

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Hoi An Chic

Hoi An Chic

Offering views of green rice fields, Hoi An Chic features contemporary rooms with free Wi-Fi and free private parking. A free 2-way scheduled shuttle bus service is available to Hoi An Ancient Town, which is 2.5 km away.

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Enjoy Restaurant and Ice Cream Bar

Enjoy Restaurant and Ice Cream Bar

A slice of western food in Hoi An’s Ancient town.  Serving western staples such as burgers, pastas, salads and soups along with local Vietnamese specialities such as Cao Lau and Banh Xeo. Don’t forget to save room for dessert. The restaurant offers the largest choice of ice cream in all of Vietnam with a staggering 54 flavours. They also serve nutella crepes, waffles, and a decadent chocolate fondant. Finish up your meal with a Lavazza coffee. 

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Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen

Ease your spirit and delight your taste buds at Soul Kitchen, a beachfront bar and restaurant at An Bang Beach with a changing menu of tasty dishes from around the world. The charming French/Belgian owners ensure an enjoyable experience, and the constant rotation of locals and travellers makes for an interesting collection of characters. Enjoy a pre-dinner apéritif from the well-stocked bar while local and expatriate musicians play daily from around 4:30pm to around 7:30pm - or later on Sunday which tends to be the busiest day. At other times, Soul Kitchen provides a great selection of recorded music from ...

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Good Morning Vietnam

Good Morning Vietnam

One of the oldest Italian restaurants in Vietnam and also one of the very best, Good Morning Vietnam serves homemade pasta and imported Divella dry pasta from Italy. The tagliatelle, ravioli, gnocchi and lasagne are made fresh every day. Have a glass of wine with the inviting owner, Luca, and enjoy the warm atmosphere and Italian specialities that don't come more authentic than this - the risotto ai porcini (mushroom risotto) for instance, or the homemade gnocchi al Gorgonzola. The pizzas are great, too. Good Morning Vietnam is also present in Nha Trang, and is part of La Hostaria restaurant ...

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Ancient Faifo Restaurant

Ancient Faifo Restaurant

Let your culinary and artistic appetites be fulfilled as you dine in an ancient house that was once inhabited by two generations of prominent Vietnamese artists. Faifo is the old European name for Hoi An, and the menu at Ancient Faifo is a culmination of old and new - a reinvention of grandmother’s fare with an infusion of modernity. From the complimentary cumquat/lime welcome drink (called "sweet and sour") to the seasonally changing set menus and à la carte options, you'll dine like a royal to the soothing tunes of a pianist and other live music. Have a look at ...

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GAM Cafe & Lounge

GAM Cafe & Lounge

This cafe and lounge just a short walk away from the Japanese bridge is part of the GAM Gemstone Art Museum, and serves refreshing drinks in a tranquil setting. Cool down with a spritz and take a moment to check the gemstone art works on display.

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Sunrise Beach Bar

Sunrise Beach Bar

Relish the pristine white sand while enjoying a signature drink at the open-air Sunrise Bar at Sunrise Hoi An Beach Resort. The location at Cua Dai Beach makes it perfect for an afternoon on the coast or the beginning of a long evening. Cool tunes spun by international DJs and magnificent views of the Cham Islands complete the relaxing experience.

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Before and Now

Before and Now

Owned by three brothers and frequented by travellers, Before N Now has a wide Western menu and a free flow of drinks all night. Happy hours go late, a mix of classic rock and modern hits soundtrack the evening and street art canvases add a post-modern flair to the proceedings.

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The Bar at The Nam Hai

The Bar at The Nam Hai

A temple of Vietnamese design above The Restaurant, The Bar at The Nam Hai is illuminated by lanterns and a grand chandelier. Slip into decadent surroundings and enjoy a glass or three or sumptuous liquors, wine and cocktails, prepared by a professional service team. The balcony features sweeping views over the East Sea.

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Cargo Club

Cargo Club

Enjoy a cup of coffee with a divine cake or pastry or enjoy a fusion or Western meal at Cargo, a combination cafe and restaurant. The interior is inviting and the terrace along the river is perfect for a break in sightseeing. For more terrific food from the same team, check Morning Glory and Mermaid Cafe, two longstanding Vietnamese restaurants in town, and The Market, a food-court-type establishment.

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Metiseko - Organic Lifestyle

Metiseko - Organic Lifestyle

Bringing a Western sensibility to Asian design, Metiseko creates playful prints inspired by the Vietnamese way of life to collections for the home, kitchen and wardrobe. Every design tells a story without being overpowering, and won't seem out of place after you take it home. All products are certified organic from growing through to manufacture, with each step of the process scrutinised for its environmental and social impact. Metiseko's handmade quilts are a perfect blend of comfort and quality, and its 'eco chic' clothing exudes a simple yet sensual style. Metiseko also has store in Hanoi.

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Duong Jewelry & Objects

Duong Jewelry & Objects

This boutique inside the GAM Gemstones Art Museum, offers exclusive jewellery and gemstone objects. An Italian architect was responsible for the tasteful design of the venue. Peruse the gallery and sip your favourite beverage from the onsite cafe. All items on display are made by Milan-based designer Nga Duong and are handcrafted in her workshop in Hanoi. Attention to detail is of utmost importance, so she oversees the entire production process to ensure the highest quality end products are achieved.

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Papillon Noir Nature

Papillon Noir Nature

Nature, simplicity and butterflies are the source of Uyen’s creative inspiration. Papillon Noir’s unique designs and color techniques are the hallmarks of this elegant and funky shop in the Old Quarter. All collections are ready-to-wear, hand made and hand painted, using pure silks, soft linens and natural pigments. Uyen blends traditional techniques from around the world, generating a natural beauty and style that speaks to the artist inside all of us. Papillon Noir is socially responsible, training marginalised people to gain meaningful employment in the fashion industry.

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Viet Made

Viet Made

If you’ve travelled to Hoi An before, you will probably already know Viet Made brand. Centrally located in Hoi An, Viet Made features one-of-a-kind products hand-made by children and people with disabilities. Creations include clothing, handbags, stationery, homewares, art books and fashion accessories. The products consist of highquality and environmentally friendly cotton fabrics, custom-made just for the shop. Free shipping can be arranged for overseas customers for orders above USD200. Don’t miss out on Viet Made’s organic soaps and oils.

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Vanda Tailors

Vanda Tailors

Vanda Tailors started as one of the largest wholesale menswear factory in Hoi An. Today, they prides itself as one of the few tailors in Hoi An that runs its own production. With massive know-hows as a suit and shirt factory, Vanda is also able to source for the same high-quality fabrics as your favorite designer labels.  With more than 15 years of experience and vast network, Vanda is able to bypass the middle men and hence offer high quality clothing at surprisingly low prices.

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Kimmy Tailor

Kimmy Tailor

Kimmy Custom Tailor has been serving international clients for over 15 years and was featured in several Australian documentaries about Hoi An. Owned and run by a Vietnamese-Canadian, Kimmy prides itself on understanding Western styles and sensibilities. It is one of the very few tailors in Hoi An that runs its own workshop with dedicated staff and doesn't outsource production. As a result, Kimmy keeps full control over quality at very reasonable prices and excellent customer service with over 5000 sample fabrics to choose from. If you visit in person, the turnaround time is two to three days on average, ...

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Friendly Leather Bags

Friendly Leather Bags

The first dedicated bag shop in Hoi An, Friendly Leather Bags has a bag for everyone. Just like their other location Friendly Shop, Friendly Bags has a “No Like = No Pay” policy. The shop uses genuine leather for their bags with over 200 kinds and 50 different colours to choose from. Choose from their catalogues or use their inhouse computer to choose your bag. The shop can also customise the pockets and sizes. Turn around time is very quick with most bags completed in less than one day.

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Yaly Couture

Yaly Couture

Renowned custom-tailor boutique Yaly Couture is among Hoi An’s most reputable. Not only can you have custom-made designs to specification, you can choose from a wide selection of textiles and patterns. While the finished product is usually well worth the cost, the dedication to customer service that the shop employees offer is unbeatable. It’s not hard to see why it is one of the most prolific and patronized tailor shops in town.

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Shopping in Hoi An

Shopping in Hoi An

Particular choices in The Ancient Town While Hoi An is known for its UNESCO protected status, it is equally famous for its shopping. It’s easy to fill up your wardrobe by wandering in Hoi An’s Ancient Town and at first you will feel a bit overwhelmed by its bustling activity. There are shops every single corner in this little town that offer premade clothes, accessories, shoes, tra...

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Top things to do in Hoi An, Vietnam

Top things to do in Hoi An, Vietnam

This picturesque town is a wonder and a beautiful example of a Southeast Asian trading port straight out of the fifteenth century. Hoi An has something for every kind of traveller: UNESCO World Heritage Sites, custom tailoring, unspoilt beaches, gourmet restaurants, traditional crafts and much more. So far the authorities have avoided the temptation to allow modern development to intrude on Ho...

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Family trip in Vietnam - episode 3: Hoi An ancient town

Family trip in Vietnam - episode 3: Hoi An ancient town

Kathleen Brown, her husband John and their two adopted children, Peter Quang and Claire Xuan, are touring around Vietnam during their Christmas holiday. Kathleen is a long-time television producer and /media consultant for humanitarian agencies and her husband, John, a professional photographer. Every couple of days, they will post a story along with photos on their travels and adventures. F...

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Kathleen Brown, her husband John and their two adopted children, Peter Quang and Claire Xuan, are touring around Vietnam during their Christmas holiday. Kathleen is a long-time television producer and /media consultant for humanitarian agencies and her husband, John, a professional photographer.Every couple of days, they will post a story along with photos on their travels and adventures. Cr...

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Stay in a Stunning Ethnic Village

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Kathleen Brown, her husband John and their two adopted children, Peter Quang and Claire Xuan, are touring around Vietnam during their Christmas holiday. Kathleen is a long-time television producer and /media consultant for humanitarian agencies and her husband, John, a professional photographer. Every couple of days, they will post a story along with photos on their travels and advent...

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Kathleen Brown, her husband John and their two adopted children, Peter Quang and Claire Xuan, are touring around Vietnam during their Christmas holiday. Kathleen is a long-time television producer and /media consultant for humanitarian agencies and her husband, John, a professional photographer. Every couple of days, they will post a story along with photos on their travels and advent...

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Cocobox - The First Modern-Rustic Cafe

Cocobox - The First Modern-Rustic Cafe

The aim with Cocobox is to create the kind of place that they always love to discover on their own travels around the world, but never really found in Central Vietnam: a friendly café with passion for organic and local produce, creative juices, excellent coffee and the shelves filled with products from a handpicked selection of local producers. At Cocobox, you can sit down with a Vietna...

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Vietnam Vespa Adventure Hoi An

Vietnam Vespa Adventure Hoi An

From the back of a vintage Vespa, explore the roads less travelled and experience local life in the slow lane with two fascinating half-day adventures. Or by night, taste the flavours of Hoi An with the foodie tour. Enjoy “The Ride Of Your Life” with Vietnam Vespa Adventures.

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Jeep Tours Hoi An

Jeep Tours Hoi An

Tour Hoi An and the surrounding sights in a vintage American War era Jeep. Let their guides use their 7 years of experience to give you real insight into the area. Feel the wind in your hair while driving the narrow lanes of Hoi An or cruising beside lush green rice paddies.

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Hoi An Photo Tour & Workshop

Hoi An Photo Tour & Workshop

Hoi An Photo Tour & Workshop is the most comprehensive photography workshop in South East Asia. With 4 years of experience working in Hoi An, they have taught photography to over 3000 people, from beginners to semi pro photographers.

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