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“Hoi An ancient town or big shopping mall? ”

Ranked #1 of 139 things to do in Hoi An
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located on the banks of the poetic Thu Bon River, in central Quang Nam province, 30 kilometers south of Da Nang, Hoi An ancient town is an Eastern oriental classic captivation. With the strategic location on the banks of the great river, with one seaside border (East), it used to be one of the major trading centers in Southeast Asia during the 16th century due to the early western trader occupying period.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I was disappointed with Hoi An. I had heard so many great things and really all the Ancient Town has are a bunch of stores and restaurants! It's difficult to appreciate the ancient architecture when all you see are clothes and souvenirs!

1  Thank Corie K
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"lovely town"
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We came here many years ago, and it’s certainly a busier than it used to be. There are a plethora of restaurants (some better than others, food wise and price wise), coffee shops, gift shops, bags and shoe makers and of course, tailors. The town hasn’t lost any of its’ charm, despite the hoards of tourists.

Thank Chowfam3
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The night lighting and riverside night market with street food, bars and coffee shops are an unforgettable experience.

Dream come true for window shoppers and people who value money over compulsion to by branded merchandise for leather bags, shoes, artificial jewelry and made to measure tailored clothes.


1  Thank Vikas M
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I wish I would have visited here 10 years ago. I’m sure it would have been so much more beautiful. The problem with quiet beautiful places is they get found out and then everyone wants to visit. Walking through the old town at night sometimes felt like being on a conveyor belt. Buses of different nationalities seemed to pass us in droves. But on the positive it offers respite from crowded cities such as HCM City. There are plenty of restaurants to cater for all tastes and lots of shopping to be done.

Thank Amanda C
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

A fantastic little town, filled with thousands of lanterns at night. Will definitely return. We did several tours -- food and countryside by bicycle, which we would recommend.

Thank calrd
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