Dangers & Annoyances
Hoi An is one of Vietnam's safer towns, but there are infrequent stories of late-night bag-snatching, pickpockets and (very occasionally) assaults on women. If you are a lone female, it may be advisable to walk home with somebody you know. Many street lights are turned off from 9.30pm. There have also been reports of drinks being spiked in some bars, so keep a close eye on your glass. It's also a good idea to call for a taxi when leaving a bar and not relying on the local xe om mafia.
The ocean and waves can get rough east of Hoi An, particularly between October and March. Many local people get into trouble in heavy seas, resulting in regular fatalities. Lifeguards now work the beaches, but be cautious.
Hoi An’s riverside location makes it particularly vulnerable to flooding during the rainy season (October and November). It’s common for the waterfront to be hit by sporadic floods of about 1m, and a typhoon can bring levels of 2m or more.
Main Post Office On the edge of the Old Town.
Tourist Information Office Helpful office with good English spoken.
Coast Vietnam (www.coastvietnam.com) Lots of eating, drinking and activities information from savvy Hoi An expats. Look for the free Hoi An Travel Guide map too.