Hoi An, Vietnam

Not too long ago, we took a 4 day trip to Hoi An and surprised how convenient it was. There’s a direct flight by SilkAir to Danang. From there its a 1hr drive to Hoi An.

As we were staying with the Essence Hotel in Hoi An, we negotiated for the hotel transfer. It’s important to tell them the exact number of bags. As the hotel sent us a pick-up for 4 adults and 2 children without space for one extra luggage which had to be tied to the top of the vehicle.

Our hotel is not on the main shopping area. It’s next to a rice padi field which is quite therapeutic from the hustle and bustle.

Padi fields next to the hotel.

But we need to take a taxi about US $1 to the UNESCO heritage site or shopping area or wait for the free hotel shuttle. As we have 4 adults and 2 children, it’s totally worthwhile as there are taxis which can accommodate all of us at the same price. Or you can cycle with the free bikes as many Caucasians do.

So, yes, Hoi An Essence has a great location beside the padi fields, nice comfortable rooms, and a breakfast spread that I look forward to every morning with pho, springrolls and fruits. When things go wrongly unexpectedly, you want a safe pair of hands to guide the polite and courteous local staff. I’m very pleased to note that one of the staff who spoke good English was trained in Singapore.


Essence Hotel
132 Hung Vuong , Hoi An, Vietnam


Metered taxis are available for low cost. Most popular taxi companies are Mai Linh (0511-356-5656) and Taxi Xanh ((0511-368-6868)

Delicious springrolls and noodles pho every morning with tropical fruits. The western spread is not fabulous but it didn’t matter to me.

Relaxing ambience at the hotel which charged something very reasonably at about $120 per night. Rates change according to season.


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