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From its postcard-perfect covered bridge over the Thu Bon river to the casual pace of its gorgeously preserved old town, Hoi An is Vietnam at its most soft and scenic. Start your morning visiting surrounding little villages by bike. Spend the afternoon roaming the old city neighborhood of crumbling tea warehouses, 17th-century streets, and attractive pagodas. End the evening with cao lau noodles in Central Market, or walk near the riverfront until you find a pub for a cold drink.

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Blissfully untouched by bulldozer modernity, this UNESCO World Heritage town preserves its grandiose architecture along with a leisurely feel that makes it absolutely ethereal. Absorb the moving atmosphere of this old port town on walks around the historical riverfront. Head out into the countryside and bike around the villages, learn about traditional customs, and get culinary lessons from locals. For outdoor activity, nothing beats the sublime snorkeling spots in the nearby Cham Islands. And while Hoi An is not famous for its beaches, there are precious spots like Cua Dai and An Bang.


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  • We just wanted to provide feedback about our wonderful trip - we enjoyed it greatly. Tour guides, the hotels, transportation, everything, thank you for putting together such a wonderful itinerary.

    Mrs Jennifer Wideberg & Family (Vietnam, May 2013)

  • Your holiday plan gave us a fantastic view of Vietnam, all arrangements were perfect. The hotels, food and travel were excellent. your drivers were most helpful.

    Hugh & Alison Suffern (Vietnam, Feb 2014)

  • Regarding the tour, I have to tell you that it was WONDERFUL... beyond our expectations! The service was the best from the beginning. The guides and drivers really amazing, polite, and happy.

    Ms. Violeta Brown (Vietnam, Nov 2014)

  • I had an amazing time ... the homestay was excellent! Very hospitable and great food! Basically I give it 100% PERFECT!

    Mr. Stasinos (Vietnam, April 2015)

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Some Questions

about our Tours of Hoi An

Make your bespoke Hoi An vacation stress-free by brushing up on the basics with Backyard Travel’s guide. Get answers to FAQs about cuisine, etiquette, and notable highlights.

Yes, most nationalities will need a visa to enter Vietnam; however passport holders from UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Japan and South Korea can enter Vietnam visa-free for 15 days or less. All other nationalities can apply for a tourist visa at any Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Alternatively, we can pre-arrange a “visa on arrival” for you—please contact our Travel Specialists for further information. One last detail to note: your passport will have to be valid for six months after the end of your holiday in Vietnam.

Vietnam is a very long country that spans roughly 15 degrees of latitude, and the climate differs from the north to the south. In the north, it tends to be cool from November to March, warm and dry from March to May, and rainy from June to October. The hottest time of year is June to August.

Vietnam’s central region, from around Hanoi to Hoi An, can be subject to surprise showers year-round, but it tends to be mostly dry between February and September and bright, sunny spells are not uncommon. August is the hottest time of year, and October can be stormy with infrequent typhoons.

In the south, around the region of the Mekong Delta, temperatures are a bit more predictable. It stays dry from December to May, and it rains from June to November in short, daily downpours. It does get hot and humid in the south, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) from March to May.

This depends on what part of Vietnam you’d like to travel to, but we love Vietnam in all its climates and attitudes. We at Backyard Travel believe there is no ‘wrong’ time to go to Vietnam. However, as a general rule, temperatures and sunshine tend to be at their most pleasant from October to March, though northern Vietnam can be quite cool, and even cold, during these months. There are also cultural events and festivals year-round, with the biggest, Vietnamese New Year (Tet), falling in February. To find out what time of year would be best for the perfect trip to Vietnam, contact one of our Vietnam-based Travel Specialists.

If you’d like to veer off the beaten path in Vietnam, you won’t have far to look. North of Hanoi, one of Vietnam’s main entry points, is the rugged and remote region of Ha Giang. Few tourists venture here, but it offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Vietnam. This region’s terraced rice paddies are home to many Vietnamese hill tribes who lead fascinating lives steeped in tradition. We offer customized Vietnam homestay tours that give you a chance to mingle and stay with the local White Thai, Hmong, and Dao people.

Or, perhaps you’d like to see the Mekong—Southeast Asia’s lifeblood—from a different perspective on a Mekong river cruise. Or take a jaunt out of Ho Chi Minh City’s hustle and bustle to discover Sa Dec, a river port in the Mekong Delta that is home to the novel The Lover. Here, you’ll find neighborhood floating markets that you won’t find in the city, and we can arrange a homestay that will give you a true taste of local life. Just contact one of our local Travel Specialists who can customize a Vietnam tour off the beaten track just for you.

Certainly. Vietnam truly does have it all: this culturally and historically rich country boasts some of Southeast Asia’s most colorful and interesting cities, as well as white-sand beaches, quaint fishing villages, terraced rice paddies, karst topography, the UNESCO-listed Halong Bay, and one of the biggest cave systems in the world. And the food—just wait until you try it! The Vietnamese are also very child-friendly and welcoming of families. A family vacation in Vietnam promises a lot to experience and discover, and we can help you tailor a family-friendly trip to Vietnam that incorporates everything on your wish list.

You can purchase a local Vietnam SIM card nearly everywhere, including at the airport on arrival. They’re cheap and ubiquitous, and you’ll easily find SIMs with 3G, too. Four major mobile operators carry data plans: Mobifone, Vietnamobile, Vinaphone, and Viettel. A SIM card costs about 80,000 dong (US$3.50), and top-up credit is available as you go.

As a coastal country that is home to the vast Mekong Delta and many rivers, Vietnam offers numerous fantastic options for overnight boat trips. From the verdant karst islands of Halong Bay to the local floating markets of the Mekong Delta, there are plenty of ways to experience a Vietnam boat cruise.

Of course, Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has some incredible options. We recommend a 2-night cruise or an overnight trip—we at Backyard Travel offer a relaxing overnight cruise, where you can soak in the Halong Bay sunset and participate in early-morning tai chi classes.

The Mekong offers the iconic, lazy river cruise as well as exciting river adventures with kayaking and other activities built in. Explore the river in a range of Mekong boat styles—your choice—from the deluxe boats that travel to Cambodia to the rustic cabins that ply quieter waters. Just contact one of our Vietnam-based Travel Specialists to have them customize a Vietnam boat cruise for you.

Although more and more high-end hotels, restaurants, and bars in urban centers such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are accepting credit cards, it’s still a good idea to carry dong, especially if you are traveling to rural areas or smaller villages. Many mom-and-pop establishments such as cafes, convenience stores, and souvenir shops, even in urban areas, will not accept credit cards. ATMS are everywhere in the larger cities, and most will take international ATM cards.

Vietnamese food is one of our favorite cuisines here at Backyard Travel. Similar to Thai food, regional Vietnamese dishes vary greatly from province to province, but there are some common threads, such as the widespread use of nuoc mam, or fish sauce, and the juxtaposition of delicious barbecued meats with fresh herbs and greens. There is very much a northern, central and southern style of cuisine, with the food in the south tending to be much sweeter than the rest. One of the must-try dishes is pho, a beef noodle soup that is considered Vietnam’s national dish. You should also try bahn mi, a Vietnamese sandwich that perfectly weds Vietnamese flavors and textures with the French baguette. These are available on almost every street corner, and we’ll wager you’ll become an instant fan.

Although tipping in Vietnam is not generally practiced, you’ll want to tip your guide and driver at the end of each tour. We recommend tipping your guide about US$10 to $15 per group per day, and about $5 to $8 per group per day for your driver. If you’d like to tip the wait staff at a restaurant, we recommend leaving about 5 to 10% of the bill. Porters at hotels would appreciate about $1 per piece of luggage carried. However, remember that these are all rough guidelines and tipping hospitality staff other than your guide and driver is completely optional.

Hotels in Vietnam run the gamut from 5-star luxury and boutique hotels to quaint, family-run inns and rustic lodges. Choices will seem limitless in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, but the farther out into rural areas you get, the humbler the accommodations tend to be. The wonderful thing about Vietnam, however, is that you’re not strictly limited to hotels. With a diversity of river cruises and homestays available, you can experience some truly unique accommodations in Vietnam. If you’d like to inquire about some different options, contact our local Travel Specialists. They would be happy to arrange an overnight boat trip on the Mekong Delta, a multi-day Halong Bay Cruise, a homestay in a hill tribe village, or perhaps something else that you’ve dreamed up.

No vaccinations are required to travel to Vietnam, except for Yellow Fever if you are arriving from a country where the disease is present (namely parts of South America and Africa). We do, however, advise inoculation against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A and B, tetanus and polio. Malaria is present in parts of Vietnam, though it is rarely contracted by tourists. We recommend talking to your physician about precautions, especially if you’re planning to stray off the beaten track. We also recommend being covered by comprehensive health insurance that includes evacuation. Please check your government’s travel advisory on Vietnam for the most up-to-date information.

Dress modestly and respectfully. Cover bare skin from the shoulders to the knees, especially when entering places of worship.

Always show respect for Vietnam’s religious sites and objects by avoiding sitting or posing in front of them. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

If traveling into forests, caves, or other undeveloped areas, please respect the ecosystem and manage your impact as much as possible. This may mean refraining from littering, straying off the established trails, or disturbing the natural habitats. Be sure to follow the instructions and requests of your guide.

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Sights & Experiences

Not sure what you want for your bespoke Hoi An holiday? Check out our blog for recommendations about what to see, eat, and do in Hoi An, and find out why this little town facing the sea is worth the stop.

 

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In the 17th century, Hoi An was one of the most important trading centers in Southeast Asia, linking routes between Japan, China, India, and the Middle East. The city’s virtual abandonment a century later preserved much of its distinctive feel and architecture to present day, now ready to be explored on your bespoke Hoi An vacation.

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CHARACTER

Though a noteworthy tourist center, Hoi An preserves much of its country charm. Residents, especially in the surrounding villages, tend to be relaxed, curious, and amenable.

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CLIMATE

Hoi An is a year-round destination. For balmy weather but the best snorkeling conditions, visit between May and August. The rest of the year brings cooler temperatures and fewer tourists.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Take a break and sip an icy drink in a stylish lounge, sample drool-worthy local treats like sizzling banh xeo crepes, or head into a spa for some pampering.

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CULTURE

With Japanese folklore, Chinese temples, and French-infused cuisine, Hoi An was truly a dynamic, multicultural trading hub. The Museum of Folk Culture and the Museum of Sa Huynh Culture give a worthy introduction.

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LANGUAGE

Vietnamese is the most commonly spoken language among locals. Some residents speak French, while English and Chinese are usually spoken in tourist amenities and attractions.

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HISTORY

Political turmoil and advancing river silt deposits combined to take Hoi An off most trading maps in the late 18th century, preserving much of its architecture. An evening stroll in the old city is a must.

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Meet the Vietnam Team

We’re not your average Vietnam travel experts. We live here! Our local, insider tips will give you the edge on affordable, authentic travel. Let’s chat about what you can do on your tailormade Hoi An vacation.

Nguyen Thi Tam

Vietnam Travel Specialist

My love of travelling since my teenage years helped me to decide on studying tourism, to become a professional guide.

Diep Tuong Vi

Vietnam Travel Specialist

I travel because it makes me feel improved, by exploring new things, and challenges; it helps me to connect to people and cultures.

Truong Thu Lan

Vietnam Travel Specialist

Travelling has taught me many lessons, and in the end it all comes down to one‘s spirit, how people are living, respecting their life.



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