Hoi An is one of the most pleasant and ancient towns in Vietnam. The city was once a major port and features beautiful architecture and an attractive riverside setting. Today the city does not have any shops docking because the Thu Bon Riversilted in the 19th century and since then the port in the town became inaccessible. The Old Town area of Hoi An is the main attraction of the city as it has several beautiful ancient houses that are impressive. Not far from the city is the Cua Dai beach where adventure lovers can have a great time.
There are several museums in hoi An that depict the culture and history of the area. The Hoi An Museum of History and Culture is definitely worth a visit. The other museums on the city that offer an insight into the culture include the Museum of Folk Culture,Museum of Sa Huynh Culture, etc. The Hoi An Handicraft Workshop is where one can witness the folk culture of the area. There are several small villages within close reach of Hoi An that make excellent detours. A visit to the Cham ruins at My Son is worthwhile.
Hoi An offers wonderful shopping, visitors can buy beautiful souvenirs and clothing in the city. Some good places to shop in Hoi An include the street markets in the historical city center, customized tailor and shoe shops across the city.
The closest airport to Hoi An is in Da Nang, the airport caters to domestic flights and also a few international flights. From the Da Nang Airport visitors can take taxis to Hoi An. A one-way trip to Hoi An from the airport costs around USD 22. There are airport transfers available from the airport to Hoi An, the costs are similar to taxi costs but the cars and service are better as compared to regular taxis.
There are very few halal restaurants in Hoi An. If visitors are unable to locate halal restaurants they can opt for vegetarian food easily available in the city. However before eating it is important for visitors to ask the restaurant staff before dining. Some places where visitors can expect to find halal food in Hoi An are Omar Khayyam's Indian Restaurant, Ganesh, etc.
There are no mosques in Hoi An.