Planning a Trip
By Plane or Train -- Major transport connections go through Danang. From there, you can take a car to Hoi An for between $8 and $25 (#4.45-#14).
By Bus -- Hoi An is a major stop on all open-tour-cafe buses. Connection with Danang is just $3 (#1.65).
Hoi An is so small that you'll memorize the map in an hour or two. Most hotels and guesthouses rent out bicycles for 5,000 VND to 7,000 VND (35?-45?/#0.20-#0.25) a day, a great way to explore the outer regions of the city or head out to Cua Dai Beach. Motorbikes are 45,000 VND to 75,000 VND ($3-$5/#1.65-#2.75) per day and are not difficult to drive in this tiny city or out busy Cua Dai Road to the beach, but going by foot or on a bicycle is the best, quietest option for touring this historic town, and increasingly the streets in the heart of the old city are forbidding motorbike traffic (not that anyone follows the rules). Cyclos are here and there; 10,000 VND (65?/#0.35) or so should get you anywhere within the city. Car rental is available anywhere. Try Faifoo Travel for a car by the hour or for the day (tel. 0510/914-580) or contact Mai Linh Taxi at tel. 0510/914-914.
Visitor Information & Tours
- The Hoi An Tourist Guiding Office, with offices at 01 Nguyen Truong To (tel. 0510/861-327) and at 12 Phan Chu Trinh St. (tel. 0510/862-715), sells the entrance ticket to the Hoi An World Cultural Heritage Organization attractions. A one-ticket purchase offers limited admission to all of the town's museums, old houses, and Chinese assembly halls. For more information about the ticket, visit www.hoianworldheritage.org.
- Hoi An Tourist Service Company, inside the Hoi An Hotel, 10 Tran Hung Dao St. (tel. 0510/861-373; fax 0510/861-636), books every type of tour of the city and surrounding areas, including China Beach and the Marble Mountains, and is a reliable operation.
- The Sinh Cafe IV, 18B Hai Ba Trung St. (tel. 0510/863-948; www.sinhcafevn.com), provides bus tours and tickets onward.
- An Phu Tourist has scaled down its office at 722 Hai Ba Trung St. (tel. 0510/862-643; www.anphutouristhoian.com), but the skeleton crew can do the same work (book onward bus connection or local trips) as at their new location in the An Phu Hotel, just out of the town center toward Cua Dai (288 Nguyen Duy Hieu St., away from town toward Cua Dai Beach; tel. 0510/914-345; fax 0510/914-054; www.anphutouristhoian.com). Same prices as Sinh Cafe.
Banks & Currency Exchange -- The Vietcombank branch at 4 Huong Dieu St. has an ATM, exchanges most major currencies, and does credit card cash-withdrawal transactions. Hours are Monday to Saturday 7:30am to 7pm. Hoi An Incombank has offices with exchange services at 09 Le Loio St. At 4 Hoang Diet St., Exchange Bureau #1, across from the Hoi An Hotel at 37 Tran Hung Dao, has exchange services and an ATM. There is also an ATM at the post office . You'll find a Western Union outlet at Vinh Tours (26 Tran Hung Dao).
Internet -- Along Le Loi you'll find service at prices of about 100 VND per minute (50? per hour), but access is generally slow. Min's Computer, at 125 Nguyen Duy Hieu, on the northern end of town (tel. 0510/914-323), is as good as it gets and so popular now that if they are full, just pop into one of the copycat shops that has opened up on the same street (try 123 Internet next door). There's also good Internet service right next to the post office at 4B Tran Hung Dao (tel. 0510/861-635).
Post Office -- The post office is at the corner of Trang Hong Dao and Huong Dieu streets and is open Monday to Saturday from 6am to 9:30pm.
Telephone -- The city code for Hoi An is 510. You can place international phone calls from the post office listed above and from most hotels.