1. Overview about Hoi An Ancient House

1.1. Introduction about Hoi An Ancient House

Situated in Quang Nam province, Hoi An historic town is roughly thirty kilometers away from Da Nang city. According to certain old Western records, the historic town of Hoi An is also known by the name Faifo, which was influenced by the West. Along with the historical evidence of the busiest trading port of the 17th century, Hoi An Ancient Town is another artifact demonstrating the influence of East and West cultures. For this reason, the historic town of Hoi An was honored when UNESCO designated it as a piece of world cultural property in 1999.

You may visit more than 1,000 historic architectural remnants in Hoi An when taking the Hoi An to Hue tour. The clubhouses, little homes, long roads, etc. are examples of that antiquity. You can also take in the serene and romantic surroundings. Additionally, you can partake in exclusive events found only during Hoi An tourist or savor specialized dishes.

1.2. The best time to move to Hoi An Ancient House

In each different season, Hoi An has its own beauty that captivates people’s hearts. However, to fully enjoy the beauty of the old town, February to April is the most ideal time for visitors to start their complete Hoi An tour. Check out the tourist months of the year in Hoi An ancient town

  • February to April: It’s the time of year when the old town has exceptionally cool and lovely weather. It’s a very dry, mildly rainy, and comfortable weather for people who need to unwind. March, on the other hand, is arguably the most picturesque month because it surrounds the entire city with gentle sunshine and a refreshing wind. It’s perfect for sightseeing, touring, and taking in the surroundings of this historic city.
  • May to July: This time is near the end of the dry season in Hoi An, considered the season of beach tourism. Although the temperature may be a bit high, if you intend to visit the old town combined with traveling to Cu Lao Cham or the beaches, this is a great time. But May – July is also the peak season so the number of visitors will be very crowded. Families and groups of friends should plan ahead and book services in advance.
  • October to December: Hoi An is currently approaching the rainy season, which will make traveling difficult and interrupt your trip. One fascinating aspect, though, is that the water level in the Thu Bon River surged for a few days, flooding the entire ancient town and forcing residents to commute by boat for many days. This is a unique opportunity for you to experience the sensation of swimming in a boat in the rain while admiring the ancient houses and landscapes on both sides.

2. Overview about Hue city

2.1. Introduction about Hue city

Dubbed the “land of poetry” or the “land of the gods,” Hue travel never fails to enthrall visitors with its peace, leisurely pace of life, and historic buildings. Hue, which was the Nguyen Dynasty’s political, cultural, and religious hub, still has many historic structures, including palaces, mausoleums, and pagodas, nearly all of which are still intact.

When exploring the Hoi An to Hue tour, not only can you immerse yourself in the antiquity of Hoi An, visitors also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the old space, stroll on the banks of the Perfume River and enjoy unique Royal style dishes in Hue. By 1993, Hue was recognized as a World Cultural Heritage, attracting millions of domestic and foreign visitors. If you love nature, beauty, elegance and delicious food, Hue is the first name that comes to mind.

2.2. The best time to move to Hue city

Da Nang attracts the largest number of tourists in the summer months with its breathtaking sea views. Let’s take a look at some ideal times to visit Hue in the section below!

  • April – May: Hue has not yet reached the hot season at this point. It’s a very nice and mild day, perfect for any enjoyable activity. Specifically, Hue hosts a very big and distinctive Festival at the end of April every two years. It would be fascinating to visit during this festival, which honors traditional cultural values. 
  • Rainy season: Although not very favorable for sightseeing, the rainy season in Hue has an irresistible attraction. This city has been very clever in turning rain into a specialty. During the rains, old buildings and garden houses suddenly become poetic and romantic. Especially, if you go during this season, the number of tourists is very small, you don’t have to crowd or wait.
  • Hue flower season: You can visit throughout the lovely flower seasons if you’re a flower lover. Hue has a few common flower species, however not as many as in Moc Chau or Hanoi. March and April is cornflower season; April, May, and June are red poinciana flower months; and May through August is lotus bloom season. Every floral season offers Hue an exceptionally distinct beauty.

3.  How to travel in Hoi An to Hue tour 

Currently, the route from Hoi An city center to Hue city center is more than 120 kilometers long. This is not a short distance but also not too long so you can travel to both places at the same time. It will take you about 3 hours to go all the way from Hoi An to Hue (or vice versa).

  • Train

In fact, there are no train tickets from Hoi An to Hue. You have to go to Da Nang station to buy tickets or book online Da Nang – Hue tickets. Ticket prices vary depending on seat type. However, not too expensive, only from 90,000 VND to 150,000 VND.

The benefits of rail travel include safety and the opportunity to take in a broad panorama of breathtaking scenery. In addition, you can reserve a private sleeping compartment when taking the train. It will be a lot of fun if you attend in a group. In addition, the ship provides snack vendors, drinking water, and bathrooms.

  • Passenger cars, service buses

The first means of transport that many tourists choose when traveling from Hoi An to Hue is bus or passenger car. You can search for reputable bus companies, call to make a reservation or go straight to Hoi An bus station to catch a bus to Hue.

Having cozy beds or seats is a benefit of using the bus or passenger car. You can recline and take a little nap if you start to feel sleepy while walking. In addition, the buses of today are often pretty clean and usually not overly crowded. The bus from Hoi An to Hue is a great and safe way to go, especially for the many women or older tourists who are not sure how to drive.

However, if you travel by passenger car, you must pay attention to being on time. Because the passenger car departs from the station according to the trip and has a specific schedule. If you are late, you will have to wait. On the other hand, for people who are car sick, the smell of gasoline is an “obsession”. In particular, buses and passenger cars often go through tunnels, so visitors do not have the opportunity to see the natural beauty like going through passes.

Some Hoi An to Hue coach routes that tourists can refer to:

  • Huetourist (Phone number: 0913 458 464 – 0914 775 005)
  • Anh Minh Limousine (Phone number: 02363 722 227 – 02363 722 227)
  • Hoang Duc Limousine (Phone number: 1900 888684 – 1900 888843) 
  • Motorbike

The trend of backpacking from Hoi An to Hue and vice versa from Hue to Hoi An is loved by many people, especially young people.

The advantages of traveling by motorbike are: 

  • Visitors can proactively and flexibly arrange a suitable schedule.
  • Tourists can stop whenever they want to enjoy the scenery, check-in or rest and drink water along the way.
  • Tourists have the opportunity to conquer the enchanting beautiful pass, known as “the most majestic landscape in the world”.
  • Tourists can immerse themselves in the journey from Hoi An to Hue because there are many beautiful landscapes such as Lang Co Bay, Canh Duong Beach, Hai Van Quan,…

Besides the advantages, traveling from Hoi An to Hue and vice versa by motorbike also has many disadvantages. Specifically:

  • There are a lot of big vehicles on the route, there are a lot of sharp twists as you drive up the pass, and it gets very slick after rain. You have to be a solid driver if you decide to ride a motorcycle.
  • You must check and fill your tank before heading up the pass since there is no gas station.
  • Don’t overload your car with stuff.
  • Taxi/Grab

In addition to motorbikes and buses, you can choose to go from Hoi An to Hue by taxi. However, the taxi price from Hoi An to Hue is quite expensive. So if possible, you should take a bus or train to Hue. Thus, you have the opportunity to visit more beautiful and attractive tourist destinations along the way.

4. Suggested entertainment itinerary in Hoi An

4.1. What to do in Hoi An

4.1.1. Visiting Cau Pagoda

The old town of Hoi An has the Covered Bridge positioned right in the middle of it. If you examine the Covered Bridge closely, you will see that it’s roof is formed like a sword and has a Japanese-style design. This sword emblem is intended to pierce the back of the fierce species known as Mamazu, which is responsible for earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural calamities. When the Japanese built this bridge in the seventeenth century, their intention was to bring peace to this commercial port region. As a result, you may hear locals refer to the Covered Bridge as the “Japanese Bridge” when you visit it while on the Hoi An to Hue tour.

  • Address: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Minh Khai Ward, Hoi An Ancient Town

4.1.2. Exploring Phung Hung Ancient Church

The historic Phung Hung home was constructed by a prosperous merchant. It is known as the Phung Hung Ancient House because the merchant wanted his family to always be prosperous and successful in business. Perhaps for that reason, when you visit, you’ll experience an incredibly somber and opulent environment befitting the wealthy.

Phung Hung ancient house was built 100 years ago, later than other buildings. Therefore, this ancient house has a more modern beauty. In addition, Phung Hung ancient house is also a harmonious synthesis of three cultures: Japan China Vietnam. That’s why any tourist who sets foot in Phung Hung ancient house will admire its impressive beauty.

  • Address: No. 4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Minh An ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam

4.1.3. Exploring Tan Ky Ancient House

The nobles of the Le family lived in the original Tan Ky ancient home, which was built in the style of traditional Hoi An architecture. Each dwelling in this architecture will serve a different purpose and has a multi-room layout. There’s the main lobby first. The homeowner can showcase their goods and commerce here. This brings us to the back. The purpose of this storage warehouse is to enable the import and export of commodities by being connected to the river wharf.

Tan Ky ancient house was recognized as a national cultural heritage in 1990. At the same time, this is also the only place to welcome heads of state in Hoi An. So, you don’t miss the opportunity to visit this Tan Ky ancient house when traveling to Hoi An.

  • Address: 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Minh An ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam

4.1.4. Releasing flower lanterns on the Hoai River

If you do not go boating on the picturesque Hoai River during your visit to the historic town of Hoi An, it would be a mistake. A stroll beside the Hoai River only costs between 50,000 and 100,000 VND. Admiring the old town with its vibrant lights is undoubtedly made easier with a trip along the Hoai River while floating. Taking pictures of lanterns floating on the water is another crucial task that you should not overlook while sailing the Hoai River. When you visit Hoi An, this might be the most picturesque time of day.

4.2. What to eat in Hoi An

In addition to immersing yourself in the ancient features as well as the nostalgic beauty of old times, visitors cannot miss the cuisine of Hoi An ancient town. Let’s take a look at some dishes that you should definitely try when visiting here. 

4.2.1. Cao Lau Hoi An

Suggestion for some delicious Cao Lau Hoi An addresses in Hoi An:

  • Cao Lau Ba Be Restaurant (Address: Hoi An Market Food Court, Tran Phu Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province; Opening hours: 14:00 – 22:00)
  • Trung Bac Restaurant (Address: 87 Tran Phu, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province; Opening hours: 09:00 – 21:00)
  • Cao Lau Ty Ty Quan (Address: 176 Hai Ba Trung, Minh An Ward, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province; Opening hours: 08:00 – 23:00)

4.2.2. Mot Hoi An

Delicious Mot Hoi An address in Hoi An:

  • Hoi An Mot Nuoc (Address: 150 Tran Phu, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam; Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00)

4.2.3. Phuong Bread

Delicious Phuong Bread address in Hoi An:

  • Phuong Banh Mi Hoi An (Address: 2B Phan Chu Trinh, Cam Chau, Hoi An; Opening hours: 06:00 – 21:00)

4.2.4. Mi Quang

Suggestion for some delicious Mi Quang addresses in Hoi An:

  • Quang Ong Hai Noodles (Address: 6A Truong Minh Luong, Hoi An, Quang Nam; Opening hours: 06:00 – 22:00)
  • Auntie Hat Quang Noodles (Address: 81 Phan Chu Trinh, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam; Opening hours: 17:00 – 22:00)
  • Ba Minh Quang Noodles (Address: 137 Phan Chu Trinh, Minh An Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam; Opening hours: 07:00 – 21:00)

5. Suggested entertainment itinerary in Hue

5.1. What to do in Hue

5.1.1. Visiting Dong Ba market

Established in 1899, Dong Ba market is a quintessential representation of the historic capital, teeming with shoppers and vendors throughout the year. With thousands of stalls, the market spans from the Gia Hoi bridge to the Truong Tien bridge. As you go into the market, the vibrant ambiance of a Hue market will greet you. Visitors come here to eat wonderful food at their leisure or to browse the stores selling unique clothing, textiles, hats, fish sauces, cakes, and other items that can only be purchased in Hue.

  • Address: Phu Hoa, Hue city, Thua Thien Hue

5.1.2. Visiting Hue National School

Since King Thanh Thai’s rule ended in 1896, this is Hue’s first high school to be constructed. Right in the middle, at 12 Le Loi Street, is where you’ll find the school. The school is distinguished by its rows of old, year-round green trees and its vivid red paint. Due to the vastness of the Hue National University campus, you can see the historic French architecture, take memento photos, and wander through the corridors, classrooms, and schoolyard at your leisure.

You should visit the school at noon around 11:30 or after 17:00 to visit and take photos when there are no students. The school has many large trees that are very cool. If you go early in the morning, security guards won’t let you in because it’s during student class time. The parking fee to enter the school is 5,000 VND.

  • Address: 12 Le Loi, Vinh Ninh, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue

5.1.3. Visiting Hue Citadel

Hue Citadel has more than 100 outstanding architectural works such as Ngo Mon, Thai Hoa Palace, Dien Tho Palace, Truong Sanh Palace, Hung Mieu, The Mieu… Because the Hue Citadel campus is very large and the weather is hot in the summer, you should come early in the morning right when it opens at 7am and bring a hat to avoid the sun. You need at least 3 hours to visit the ruins. Tickets to the Citadel cost 200,000 VND per person. When visiting attractions in Hue, visitors can rent a Nhat Binh shirt to take photos to transform into an ancient queen, concubine, or princess.

  • Address: Phu Hau, Hue city, Thua Thien Hue

5.2. What to eat in Hue

Hue cuisine is famous for being cheap for tourists. Coming to Hue, in addition to exploring the poetic and lyrical landscapes, visitors should definitely not miss the unique and diverse cuisine here.

5.2.1. Bun Bo Hue

Suggestion for some delicious Bun Bo Hue addresses in Hue:

  • Bun Bo Hue Ba Tuyet (Address: 47 Nguyen Cong Tru, Hue city; Opening hours: 06:00 – 13:00)
  • Bun Bo O Phung – uncle Vong (Address: 14 Nguyen Du, Phu Cat, Hue city; Opening hours: 14:00 – 20:00)
  • Bun Bo Hue Ba Gai (Address: No. 11A Hanoi, Vinh Ninh, Hue city; Opening hours: From 15:00 to sold out )

5.2.2. Rice dumpling cake

Suggestion for some delicious rice dumpling cake addresses in Hue:

  • Quan Thuy (Address: 16 Pham Hong Thai, Hue City; Opening hours: 12:30 – 20:00)
  • Trung Bo Restaurant (Address: 16 To Hien Thanh, Hue City; Opening hours: 10:00 – 19:00)
  • Mu Cai Cake Shop (Address: No. 9 Kiet 475 Chi Lang, Hue City; Opening hours: 14:00 – 21:00)

5.2.3. Mussel rice, mussel vermicelli

Suggestion for some delicious mussel rice addresses in Hue:

  • Ba Cam Mussel Rice (Address: 49 Tung Thien Vuong, Vy Da Ward, Hue City; Opening hours: 06:00 – 20:00)
  • Quan Nho (Address: 28 Pham Hong Thai, Hue City; Opening hours: 06:00 – 10:00)
  • Com Hen – 17 Han Mac Tu (Address: 17 Han Mac Tu, Vy Da Ward, Hue City; Opening hours: 07:00 – 21:00)

6. Conclusion

Above is the entire experience of exploring the Hoi An to Hue tour that Metta Voyage suggests to tourists. Hopefully with the above useful information, visitors will have a complete and memorable trip. For all travel details and related information, visitors can contact Metta Voyage for the most complete information and guidance.

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