Hoi An Among the World’s Top Destinations for Solo Travelers

The historical city of Hoi An has been placed among the top ten best destinations for solo travelers, as per a listing released by the website Smoky Mountains in the United States.

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According to the website, Hoi An has a crime rate of 6.25, making it significantly lower compared to Lima Peru, which has the highest crime rate of 84.51.

Smoky Mountains noted that for those traveling solo, feeling safe can make or break a tourist’s experience.

“You shouldn’t have to worry about being pickpocketed, assaulted, kidnapped, or harmed during your trip. Luckily, there are an array of locations that have safety measures and precautions so that you can feel and be safe during your visit. Hoi An is one of those destinations,” it stressed.

Nestled along the central coast of Vietnam, Hoi An emerges as a captivating destination that effortlessly bridges the gap between the past and the present. Photo: CTV/ Vietnam+

In addition, the ancient city is also considered to be one of the cheapest cities in Asia with an average cost for a tourist of less than US $800 per month.

Nestled along the central coast of Vietnam, Hoi An emerges as a captivating destination that effortlessly bridges the gap between the past and the present. Its rich cultural heritage and diverse attractions make it a haven for travelers seeking an immersive and enriching experience.

Hoi An is rich cultural heritage and diverse attractions make it a haven for travelers seeking an immersive and enriching experience. Photo: CTV

The ancient town invites exploration with its fascinating array of old architectural works that tell stories of its historical legacy. The streets create a charming network of narrow, winding pathways. Traditional two-story houses like Tan Ky Old House exhibit a timeless design characterized by wooden frames and brick walls. As you stroll through the town, you will encounter historical treasures such as the Japanese Bridge, Fujian Assembly Hall, and Cantonese Assembly Hall, each echoing the diverse cultural influences that have shaped Hoi An over the centuries.

Hoi An is a haven for solo travelers, as the town is known for its low crime rates. There are many no-vehicle zones in the town, which create a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. The local community is hospitable, so feel free to ask for their help whenever you need it along the way. Engaging in cultural activities, trying the local cuisine, and exploring historical treasures will be enriching experiences for those exploring Hoi An on their own.

Hoi An earns its reputation as a culinary haven, enchanting not only locals and travelers but also acclaimed chefs like Anthony Bourdain, Luke Nguyen, Cameron Stauch, and more. A visit to Hoi An ensures you won’t go hungry, thanks to many dining options from morning to night. The bustling streets showcase all sorts of renowned dishes, including Hoi An chicken rice, Vietnamese pancake, mi Quang, cao lau, etc. The street food in Hoi An is a treat for sweet tooths. You can indulge in tube ice cream, sweet soups, tofu pudding, mango cakes, etc. Beyond its gastronomic diversity, Hoi An also offers budget-friendly prices, making a culinary journey here undoubtedly worth experiencing.

Young people experience local craft villages. Photo: CTV

Calm, mild weather is now limited to the season of May/June to the end of August when the seas are calm and the wind changes direction and comes from the South. For the remainder of the year, the weather is alternately rainy and cold, and hot and mild. Popular activities such as visiting offshore Cu Lao Cham islands are only guaranteed to be likely from the end of May to the end of August, which is the high season for domestic tourism.

The beach, which is home to fishing villages and provides a romantic setting for couples, is best enjoyed between May and September and has been raved about by leading global travel magazines.

For many, Hoi An is not just a collection of 16th-century houses for which the former port city has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. A cuisine particular to the ancient town, influenced by many different cultures including Japan, China, and Portugal, is a major part of its attraction, too.

Charlotte Pho