Hoi An, Vietnam: A Perfect Weekend – Budget Travel Guide

Hoi An, colourful and multi-cultural city in Vietnam is one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia. Whether it be 48 hours or 72 hours, this blog post will show you how to spend a weekend in Hoi An.

Whilst I’m a budget backpacker, I’m going to cater this blog post to all types of travellers looking to spend a weekend in Hoi An.

I’ve visited Hoi An during my time in Vietnam in March 2019. Which means I have some travel tips to share with you guys!

For a more comprehensive look at Hoi An then be sure to check out my “Vietnam Travel Guide PDF”. 

The Ultimate weekend guide to hoi an, vietnam

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Where To Stay in hoi an

Hostels

Where I stayed in Hội An – Backhome Hostel, Hoi An.

Hoi An is full of party hostels, technically, this being one of them. 

However, this is one of the more relaxed options in Hoi An.

I’d highly recommend this hostel for its breakfast alone. It was incredible.

The location is excellent too.

They offer free bike rental to help you get to the beach in Hoi An.

I highly recommend you consider staying at this hostel.

I have a few other recommendations for accommodations based on friends experiences…

Hostel 2 – The seaside bungalow hostel and bar.

Hostel 3 –  Tribee Kinh hostel and bar.

As mentioned earlier, nearly every hostel in Hoi An are considered party hostels. These two are no different from that rule. 

There is one key difference between them.

As the name would suggest, the seaside bungalow hostel is at the beach and offers a private section of the beach. 

Given that, it does make it approximately 5km away from the ancient town. 

Any hostel with the name “Tribee” is a party hostel. This one is the most popular out of the chain of hostels. 

In Vietnam, you will find the majority of hostels are in the same price range ($3-7 per night).

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Airbnb

Airbnb’s are the way to go when you’re in Vietnam. 

They’re cheap and stunning.

Airbnb 1 – A Double Room with Breakfast & Pool. 4.87 stars out of 5 with 545 reviews. Rare find. Superhost. £17 per/night. 1 bed. Up to 2 guests. Excellent location.

Airbnb 2 – Tropical Home. 4.96 stars out of 5 with 50 reviews. Rare find. Superhost. £34 per/night. 1 bed. Up to 2 guests. Excellent location.

Airbnb 3 – Ancient Trang An House4.94 stars out of 5 with 18 reviews. Rare find. Superhost. £31 per/night. 3 beds. Up to 6 guests. Very good location. This one is very much on the luxury side of things.

Hotel

Hotel  – Hoi An Sunny Pool Villa

This is a private room in a boutique villa with a shared swimming pool. 

Located just 500m away from the ancient town, this luxury villa is a perfect location.

For just £16 per night on Airbnb for 2 people.

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Things To Do in hoi an

Key Highlights

Hoi An Lantern Festival – If possible, try and plan your trip to Hoi An around the world-famous lantern festival. They occur once a month on the night of a full moon. You can check the dates for each month online.

Relax at one of the many beaches – Hoi An has many beautiful beaches approximately 3.5km away from the ancient town. Bãi biển Cửa Đại, An Bang and secret beach are the three most popular options. Most hostels will offer free bike rental to help you get there.

Enjoy a banana pancake – I know this sounds slightly strange, however, bare with me. The banana pancakes you can get from Hoi An are out of this world. You will see a lot of stalls selling them, however, try and check out the one shown below.

Slow down – Hoi An is very different to a lot of Vietnamese cities. The ancient town is a UNESCO world heritage site. Meaning it is preserved and very calm in comparison to most cities in Vietnam.

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Food & Drink

Breakfast:

  • Most hostels and hotels will offer free breakfast in Hoi An. It seems to be a tradition throughout Vietnam. Part of the famous Vietnamese hospitality. 
  • Rosie’s cafe was a spot I loved in Hoi An. It is a small cafe located just inside the ancient town. The coffee is out of this world, like most places in Vietnam. 

Lunch:

  • Phi Bahn Mi was my go-to spot for lunch in Hoi An. Local food, small plastic furniture, cheap prices. That’s what travelling Southeast Asia is all about.
  • The banana pancake stall is also another great option for lunch on the go. 

Tea/Dinner:

  • Restaurant & Cafe Tuan is a place you have to check out for your evening meal. Delicious Vietnamese food. Exactly what you want when in Vietnam. 

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Travel Tips for hoi an, vietnam

Prices

$1 = 23,000VND

Egg Coffee – 15,000VND

Black Coffee – 10,000VND

Banh Mi – 10-20,000VND

Banana Pancakes – 40,000VND

Bowl of Pho – 15-20,000VND

Local beer (1 can) – 15,000VND

1.5l bottle of water – 10,000VND

Average Hostel Price – $3-7 per night.

Bike Rental – Free.

Bike parking at the beach – 10,000VND

Bed hire on the beach – 20-30,000VND per person.

Public yellow bus to Da Nang – 18,000VND

The bus journey to the Marble Mountains – 18,000VND

Travel SIM card – 100-250,000VND

Laundry per kg – 10,000VND

Safety

Vietnam is an incredibly safe country to travel. 

Hoi An is considered one of the safest cities to travel in the country. 

The ancient town is considered very safe due to its status as a UNESCO world heritage site. The area is well preserved and protected by authorities.   

However, please remain aware of your surroundings and use common sense.

Don’t do anything you wouldn’t do at home.

Check your government’s official website for the most accurate information on safety in Vietnam.

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ABOUT ME

Hey! I’m Aaron Jarvis. I’m a budget backpacker and online content creator. 

For the past 3 years, I have slowly been backpacking around the world and sharing my adventures on YouTube and more recently on my blog.

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