Foreign Exchange in Hoi An
For currency usage, it is advisable to bring US currency to Hoi An. US currency is widely accepted at all places in Hoi An. Yet it would be a good idea to change some of the currency to Vietnamese dong (VND). Do remember that the local authority is also encouraging the locals to use VND. With VND, there is also more room for bargain!
In Hoi An, it is easy to find banks everywhere. The exchange rate alters frequently but the gold shops always give the best rate.
Try get smaller notes in both currency as there are people who always try to rip off . Eg: catching a motorbike to a certain location might cost $30,000dong, but the driver say she has no change etc…
USD are to buy souvenirs in proper shop, pay for your hotel rooms, always ask how much they charge in USD, because if they tell you in VND, they will eventually convert them into USD at a lower rate.
In Hoi An, other currencies are accepted at banks – GBR, THB, SGD, AUD, etc. Do not try to change too much VND at one go – remember that you cannot use VND elsewhere!
4-sight tour ticket
The standard way of seeing Hoi An’s sights involves buying a 4-sight tour ticket (around US$5). This ticket allows you to enter four places, picking one place from each of: 3 museums, 3 assembly halls, 4 traditional houses and the Japanese Bridge.
The Japanese Bridge is a public road and no ticket is necessary, but it’s on the list anyway. It is possible to see a traditional house without the ticket by paying about 10,000VND to the house owner, though some will charge more. To enter more than one place from each group, show the used ticket and pay an extra 10,000VND.
Easy Walking – Get a Map
The old town of Hoi An is relatively easy to walk. Also, map of Hoi An is easily available in all hotels. Do get a copy and start your walking adventure in Hoi An!
Do note that a number of roads within the Old Town are closed to motorcars. This makes walking easy for many people.
The best time to go
February and April are among the best time to visit Hoi an when rainfall is low and temperatures are pleasant. The temperatures can get hot during summer time and during the rainy season, particularly during October and November, rains can be frequent and heavy.
If you can, time your visit to Hoi An for the full moon during on the 14th day of the lunar year each month for the Full Moon festivals, when the town becomes the stage for traditional songs, dancing, games and food, with lanterns lining all of the streets.
It’s really great if you can have time hanging out with the lovely, enthusiastic, funny and smart guides from Hoi An Food Tour on an evening walking food tour. During the tour, you will be able to not only enjoy best Hoi An’s local food but also play some Hoi An’s traditional games and have time to go on a boat releasing small paper lanterns on the river which is very interesting. Details are available at http://hoianfoodtour.com/holiday/evening-walking-food-tour/
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