Hoi An and Hue Holidays: An Overview

The ancient town of Hoi An, 20 miles south of Danang on the coast of central Vietnam, is an enchanting, sleepy riverside town that offers a glimpse of a bygone era.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The charming town of Hoi An is one of the few places that wasn't bombed during the war, so it's untouched and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. It's wonderfully laid back and peaceful, with fantastic shopping and culture on offer - if you can drag yourself away from the beach, that is
  • The town and surrounding area are best explored by bike - cruise around the vividly colourful markets and nearby farming land to see the way of life of the locals
  • We recommend taking a cooking class with a local teacher while on holiday in Hoi An - you'll be able to enjoy the delicious fruits of your labour for lunch afterwards, and take home some new skills, too

Luxury Holidays in Hoi and Hue: The Detail

In a country so ravaged by war, Hoi An managed to escape untouched and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of the town is extremely well preserved, with traditional wooden houses, bridges and temples surviving in their original form. Hoi An is a wonderful holiday destination for seeing the Vietnam of a bygone era.

In the 16th century, Japanese and Chinese traders built a commercial district at Hoi An, and the town became one of the major trading centres of Southeast Asia. As a result, Hoi An has a distinctly Sino-Japanese flavour, with these cultural influences visible in the elaborately carved wooden facades, narrow streets and tile-roofed houses of the Old Quarter that have survived for centuries. The Japanese Bridge, built in the 17th century, is an outstanding example of Japanese architecture.

Adding to Hoi An's old-fashioned charm, on the 15th of every lunar month, modernity takes a back seat. On these evenings, street lamps, neon signs and televisions are switched off, leaving the Old Quarter bathed in the warm glow of traditional silk and paper lanterns of various colours. Wandering through the old streets in the ensuing quiet is a special experience.

North along the coast from Hoi An is the old imperial capital of Hue, set on the banks of the Perfume River. Hue was the country's political, cultural and religious centre from 1802 to 1945 and its citadel is an old palace complex from where the Nguyen emperors ruled Vietnam.

Hue is also an important centre of Buddhism, and the city and its surrounding area are dotted with dozens of pagodas and temples. Just downstream, and also worth an excursion, are the tombs of the last emperors of Vietnam.


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Original Highlight

Have a fitting for a new bespoke wardrobe at one of the many, many tailors in Hoi An, and enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh fish in banana skin while you wait for the results.

Rosie, Original Traveller

A note on price

Direct flights cost from £700 per person, but once there, Vietnam is pretty good value – a good 10-day itinerary (staying in four star accommodation) costs around £2,000 per person including guides and domestic transport. Those with a bigger budget should expect to easily spend around £5,000 per person. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 20°C / 68°F
  • Rainfall — 1cm / 0.6 inches
Flight from London

11:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +7 hrs


Top picks for Hoi An & Hue

Tailor-made Hoi An

Tailor-made Hoi An

Hoi An & Hue

Original Travel can arrange a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What to do

Hoi An Street Food Tour

Hoi An Street Food Tour

Hoi An & Hue

This street food tasting tour is an entertaining and informative way to see Hoi An through its food. Visit a local market off the tourist map then sit down to sample a 36 local delicacies - from sweet to savoury, noodles, sticky rice, myriad spring rolls, tropical fruits and dishes only found in Hoi An.

What to do

La Résidence Hotel & Spa

La Résidence Hotel & Spa

Hoi An & Hue

The hotel was once the governor’s residence and has been restored to offer all the comforts and atmosphere of a classic colonial villa.

Where to stay

Hue by Bicycle

Hue by Bicycle

Hoi An & Hue

Discover the hidden backroads of Hue by bicycle on a day trip spent meandering along country roads past craft villages, shrines, tombs and pagodas and taking a local ferryboat across the Perfume River with the locals. The route starts with a visit to Dong Ba food market, then along the northern bank of the Perfume River to the old town of Bao Vinh and to the famous Citadel and Imperial Museum to learn about the lifestyle of the royal family and aristocrats of the Nguyen Dynasty. Next up is one of the finest examples of garden houses of Hue, the An Hien garden and finally the Heavenly Lady Pagoda, one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas in Vietnam.

What to do

Boat Trip on the Perfume River (Hue)

Boat Trip on the Perfume River (Hue)

Hoi An & Hue

Original Travel can organise a private guided boat trip on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Imperial Citadel.

What to do

Nam Hai

Nam Hai

Hoi An & Hue

As well as a stretch of private sandy beach, facilities at the Nam Hai include three swimming pools, tennis, badminton and basketball courts, and a health club with a gym, steam room and sauna.

Where to stay

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