The centre of Hoi An is really narrow and small that not take so much time to travel and get around. Because it is really quite and ancient, the most favourite and suitable vehicle to travel is bike. The tourist can make a flexible choice of vehicle to get around Hoi An. But going on food or by bike are always encouraged. One thing the travelers should pay attention when visit and travel in Hoi An that motorbike is banned in the ancient city on the 14th and 15th of each lunar month. On those evenings, a lot of activities including traditional games such as bai choi, trong quan, and dap nieu are held in all over the town.
Hoi An is one of five cities that is the most suitable and incredible to travel by bicycle in Vietnam. Nowhere is suitable for travel by bicycle as Hoi An, from wandering in the small streets that is full of blooming flowers along the path of Thu Bon River to Cua Dai beach under the cool shade of a tree or dirt roads through immense fields, running through the village. Hoi An meets interesting journey of discovery for your bike trip. When you are tired of riding the bike around, be turned into a cross of a restaurant at any junction and enjoy some delicious and cool drinks as soy milk or tofu.
The price of bike for hire is really cheap that costs only 20,000 – 30,000 VND/day.
* Some references for hiring a bike:
- Mr Trung
Address: 15/1 Tran Hung Dao street, Hoi An city
Contact number: 0905 892 315
- Ms Anh
Address: 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Hoi An city
Contact number: 01695 102 268
- Ms Loan
Address: 129 Tran Hung Dao street, Hoi An city
Contact number: 0905 710 907
- Ms Yen
Address: 617 Hai Ba Trung street, Hoi An city
Contact number: 0905 397 138
- Ms Tram
Address: 56 Ba Trieu street, Hoi An city
Contact number: 0935 969 576
Motorbike is always a convenient vehicle everywhere except Hoi An. It is banned in the walking street at the late afternoon to 9:00 p.m every day, and on the 14th and 15th of each lunar month also. Hiring fare for a motorbike is usually about 80,000-100,000 VND/day, or it cost a little more expensive in hotels. ‘
* Note: Foreign International Driving Licenses are not valid in Vietnam, and the driver with invalid license will be at fault and have to pay if they drive here. Personal insurance is invalid also with the driver who does not have a valid license.
Cyclo is also an useful and convenient vehicle in Hoi An. It cost likes a taxi to travel, however it can go to many places and corners of Hoi An that a taxi can not. The tourist choose cycle to move will have opportunity to watch slowly the ancient streets and city that will impress them strongly about a peaceful and quiet city. Futhermore, discovering Hoi An together with cyclo driver is an interesting thing also, because most of them have a very well-known knowledge about the ancient city, some of them even can speak English or French to communicate with foreign travellers.
The tourist can look for a taxi on Le Loi street or contact them by phone. Sometimes they can refuse to pick you up if the routine is so short when they are busy. A local minute taxi is about 60,000 VND.
Motorbike taxi is also a good choice for vehicle. Because the tourists can avoid invalid license when they drive thekmselves here, and can go everywhere they want without fear to be lost their ways.
Some shops have electrical bicycles close to the centre usually cost 75,000 VN/day.
The rivers of Hoi An lasts hundreds of kilometer that engages an interesting and adventurous trip for the tourist. The most popular boat in Hoi An is “traditional ghe nang”.
You can go to Cham island by high speed boat at the location of Cua Dai port. It may takes about 30 minutes to get there. And boat fare is about 150,000 VND – 250,000 VND/one way ticket. The tourist can buy the ticket at Hoi An travel agent, hotels or online.