Hoi An is a popular place to visit in Vietnam. Travellers come from all over to enjoy it’s beautiful old town, relaxing beaches and stunning lanterns. You may be wondering ‘is Hoi An expensive?’
This post will discuss the prices in Hoi An for various different things helping you budget for your trip. This includes accommodation, transport, food, drink and more.
Contents – Is Hoi An Expensive?
This guide is divided into the following areas.
How Expensive is Accommodation in Hoi An?
Hoi An is fairly cheap when it comes to accommodation.
Of course prices for hotels will vary significantly depending on if you go for budget, mid-range or luxury accommodation.
For a budget hotel, prices start at $7 per night. There are plenty of great budget options under $20 per night. Some excellent choices in this price range include:
- Bill Ben Homestay Hoi An is an excellent budget hotel with private clean air-conditioned rooms and free wifi.
- Hai Dao Tourist Villa – Another super popular budget option is Hai Dao Tourist Villa which has air-conditioned rooms and a terrace.
- Green Sand Homestay is a great place to stay as it is located right in the heart of Hoi An near to the Japanese Covered Bridge.
For a mid-range hotel in Hoi An, you can expect to pay anywhere between $40 – $80. Some excellent choices within this price range include:
- Shining Riverside Hotel & Spa – this top rated hotel is perfectly located in the centre of Hoi An with excellent facilities and amenities.
- Almanity Hoi An Wellness Resort – this modern resort located in the heart of Hoi An, sits around the hotel’s central purified salt-water swimming pool and luscious zen garden. It has a spa, yoga classes, sauna and much more.
- La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa – this stunning resort features both a salt-water and fresh water pool. It is split into 2 wings with each offering air-conditioned rooms with a balcony overlooking the pool.
- The Blue Alcove Hotel – This hotel has free bikes, a garden, lounge and outdoor swimming pool. You can relax in an air-conditioned room filled with all the things you’ll need.
- Eco Lux Riverside Hotel & Spa – located close to Thanh Ha Village, this 4* hotel features both a restaurant and a spa. You can also spend time in their fitness centre.
For a luxury 5* hotel in Hoi An, you can expect to pay between $350 – $450 per night for the top luxury hotels.
The Four Seasons costs even more at just over $800 per night. Some excellent choices in this price range include:
- The Four Seasons The Nam Hai – This top hotel is pricey but worth it. It’s location on the shores of Hoi An Beach is to die for. You’ll be able to relax in the luxurious villas by one of the hotel’s multiple beachfront pools.
- Flora Hoi An Boutique Villa – This hotel sits in a stunning location, amongst luscious green rice fields and a lotus pond. Just 15 minutes from Hoi An’s main beach, you can relax in a villa or take a ride on one of the bikes provided by the hotel.
- Anantara Hoi An Resort – This hotel is another top choice if you’re after luxury accommodation. It is set upon the Thu Bon River and features French colonial architecture and the hotel offers a range of fun activities for it’s guests including Vietnamese lessons or yoga classes. Each room has impressive views and a private porch.
You can get an Airbnb private villa in Hoi An for around $400 for a whole month. The nightly price ranges from between $15 – $40.
I’ve selected a few great Airbnb’s that are all clean, comfortable and reasonably priced.
Take a look:
How Expensive is Food & Drink in Hoi An?
Street Food/Local Food
You can get cheap Vietnamese meals such as a banh mi, pho etc for between 15,000 and 30,000 VND ($0.65 – $1.30). These would tend to be local restaurants or street food vendors.
You’ll pay a higher price in the big tourist areas so my advice for getting the best price would be to venture away from these areas.
If you go to an indoor local restaurant you may pay a little more, for example, a large bowl of Pho may cost between $1.30 – $1.70.
If you opt to go to a more higher end restaurant then you will pay a lot more.
For a meal and drink in a good restaurant, you’ll pay between 100,000 and 200,000 VND ($4.30 – $8.60).
You’re looking at around $15 for a meal out for 2 people.
Drinks are fairly cheap here too.
Beer is pretty cheap with the local brand La Rue being the cheapest option, costing between $0.50 – $1.
Imported beers will cost a little more, around $1.30. You may also pay a higher price if you opt for a fancy bar.
Other drinks such as cocktails will cost a bit more, you’re looking at paying between $1 – $3.50 for a cocktail, depending on the type of bar you go to. Many bars have a happy hour or buy one get one free offer so look out for these to save money.
Other Drinks e.g. coffee, water
A coffee will cost around $1.30 in Hoi An but this will vary depending on the type of place you buy it from. You can get a coffee as cheap as $0.65 from a local vendor but if you opt for a nice coffee house, you’ll pay a little more.
A can of coke or lemonade will cost between $0.40 – $0.65.
Unfortunately you can’t drink water straight from the tap in Vietnam so you will have to buy bottled water. Luckily bottled water is really cheap in Hoi An, you can get a 1.5 litre bottle for around $0.40.
How Expensive are Phone Plans in Hoi An?
If you want to get a phone plan whilst out in Vietnam then expect to pay around $9 – $10 per month. This should give you about 4GB per day. This should give you enough data to get around in Hoi An.
Generally, the best place to purchase your phone plan would be in the airport when you arrive in Vietnam but there’s plenty of places all over where you can buy a SIM.
Mobifone is a reliable company to use and you’ll see their stores around.
How Expensive is Transport in Hoi An?
Transportation costs in Hoi An are pretty low.
If you want to hire yourself a motorbike, expect to pay around $5 – $6 per day. You will get a discount on this if you hire the bike for a longer period. To hire a bike for a whole month, this would cost around $40.
If you want to hire yourself a bicycle instead, the daily rate is around $1.30.
Grabs are reasonably priced in Hoi An.
Grab operates in Vietnam and the prices with Grab tend to be a bit cheaper than regular taxis. Grab is essentially the same as Uber but operates in Southeast Asia. There are 2 main options with Grab, either Grab Car or Grab Bike.
Grab Car is exactly how it sounds, you will get a car, however with Grab Bike you get to jump on the back of a motorbike! Grab Bike is much cheaper than Grab Car.
For example, if you took a Grab Car from the ancient town to An Bang Beach (4.8km), you’d pay around $3. This price will drop to $1.20 if you opt for the Grab Bike option rather than a car.
A Grab Car from the ancient town to Cam Thanh (4.4km) would cost around $2.80. With Grab Bike, this would cost $1.
You’ll pay under $1.50 for most rides around the old town with Grab Car, of course, this varies depending on the distance travelled. With Grab Bike, you’re looking at around $0.50.
I’d suggest downloading the Grab app to your phone and you can input your location and destination and the app will generate a price for you before booking.
For a taxi, generally the meter will start at 10,000 VND ($0.40) and go up by 15,000 VND ($0.50) every kilometer travelled.
Mai Linh (the green taxis you’ll see all over Hoi An) are the most popular taxis in Hoi An. They are a very reputable company.
A 3km taxi ride in Hoi An would cost around $2 – $2.50.
Travelling from Da Nang to Hoi An (29 miles) by taxi will cost between $15 – $20. This would be slightly cheaper with Grab and you’d be paying between $11 – $13.
How Expensive are Activities in Hoi An?
Many popular activities in Hoi An are free such as wandering around the ancient old town and seeing the sights. You can also relax on An Bang Beach for free. If you want to hire a sunbed then you’re looking at paying between 15,000 and 40,000 VND ($0.65 – $1.70) for the day.
Another popular activity is hiring a bicycle and exploring both the old town and the surrounding area. As mentioned above, you will pay around $1.30 to hire a bicycle for the day.
Something that Hoi An is famous for is it’s tailor made clothing. Many travellers who visit Hoi An want to purchase custom-made clothing for this reason. Hoi An is actually one of the cheapest places in the world to buy custom-made clothing.
Prices for tailor made clothing vary quite significantly depending on the item of clothing and the shop you go to. There are many high end tailors that cost a lot but there’s also lots of cheaper places too.
For example, if you went to a casual clothing tailor shop you would pay between $15 – $20 for a simple summer dress, shirt or blouse. You’ll pay a little more if it’s more detailed.
Pants/trousers will cost a little more between $20 – $35. Prices are similar for both men and women.
If you’re looking to get an evening dress/gown or a tailor made suit then you’ll pay a lot more. At one of the cheaper stores, you’ll pay $40 – $65 for a woman’s gown and between $50 – $90 for a men’s 3 piece suit.
Thanks for reading this guide on prices in Hoi An. Hopefully it answered your question of ‘is Hoi An expensive?’
Hoi An is a fairly cheap place to visit, similar to many other countries in South East Asia. Your visit to Hoi An definitely won’t break the bank.
Visiting Hoi An and not sure what to do? Check out my guide on the top non-touristy things to do in Hoi An.