Accommodation in Hoi An

Living in Hoi An

If you have been researching Vietnam recently, no doubt Hoi An has popped up as a great place to go. You might be considering moving here, but are unsure of the accommodation prospects in the little town.

Hoi An is located in central Vietnam and is cut through by canals. It is home to the Ancient Town which is a protected UNESCO world heritage site, and with its pleasant weather and charming atmosphere, it’s no wonder so many expats are drawn to the town.

Features of Hoi An

Hoi An has a lot to offer. Being a quaint down on Vietnam’s coast, Hoi An attracts people from around the world who seek a slower pace of life, with wonderful surroundings and people to match. With lanterns lining the majority of streets, corner cafes, antique shops and markets, this town has something to offer to everyone.

However, life in Hoi An is not for everybody. If you are more drawn towards the fast-paced hustle and bustle of city life, this little town might not be for you. Many expatriates move to Hoi An under the false impression that it is ‘the new Chiang Mai’, which is not true. There are no malls, cinemas, or skyscrapers. Nearby Da Nang, just a 20-minute drive away, would be more suitable for a faster pace of life.

Real estate in Hoi An

Hoi An offers many types of accommodation, catering to most needs. There are hostels and hotels in the town centre which are better for short-term stays. There are also guesthouses and homestays in the surrounding areas.

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For a quiet and affordable option, opt for a homestay if you are only in Hoi An for a short while. You will be supporting a local family and will have exposure to the inner workings of a Vietnamese home, all whilst being surrounded by nature and located a stone’s throw from many activities. You’ll also likely be located nearby a local fresh market where you’ll be able to do your grocery shopping.

For longer-term stays in Hoi An, there are villas, apartments, and houses available for rent or purchase. Rental is still affordable in and around the town, and you won’t struggle to find a suitable spot. If you choose to live further out of town, in the rice paddy areas, for example, it is recommended that you have suitable transportation to be able to get around.

Finding accommodation in Hoi An

To find accommodation, it can help to chat to those around you and see if they know of anything if you’re already in the city. Like with all modern searches for accommodation, turning to the internet can help, especially if you are hoping to find a place in advance.

Do note that Hoi An can flood during the wet season. Be sure to familiarize yourself with flooding protocols and check flood maps of the town before committing to an accommodation.

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