There are plenty of options to get from Da Nang to Hoi An. However, such options are unknown to travelers.
Below are some of expats favourite airport transfer options (arranged based on popularity):
1. Private Cars
Range of private cars vary widely. If you book direct, it will usually cost 200k dong. Sometimes, you will be quoted 220k or 250k dong. If you book from any average hotel, it should generally cost 300k. Pickups will usually be Toyota or Honda Sedans.
Below are a couple of contacts:
Mobile (or Zalo and Viber): (+84)090655541
Mobile (or Zalo and Viber): (+84)09159938302
In Vietnam, metered fares accelerate at the later part of the drive. So locals generally agree upon a fixed fair for airport transfer from Da Nang to Hoi An.
Reputable taxis are Mai Linh and Vinasun. They can be easily found at the airport.
An acceptable fare is 320k-350k dong or maximum 400k dong. Of course, it differs if your plane arrives at wierd timings like 2am.
In Hoi An shopping can easily get out of control. Historically part of Silk Road, Hoi An offers plenty of souvenirs, silk products, local delicacies and tailored clothing.
The core shopping scene in Hoi An is in the midst of the beautiful well preserved buildings. Tailors make up the latest number of shops and Manequins displaying latest styles of suit and dresses are everywhere.
With so many similar shops, competition is so fierce, it has become a consumer market.
Here are our top 5 shopping tips:
Never believe a local too easily
Everybody in Hoi An will be very enthusiastic in recommending you something. This can be a tour guide, hotel receptionist or some stranger.
It is part of Vietnamese culture to get huge commissions for every sucessful referral. So when you hear some raving review by a local. It is not because the restaurant or tailor shop is good or that they care about you!
Take these recommendations with a pinch of salt. Spend some time to do research online. This way, you will increase your chances of getting better deals.
Always ask around for the best price
Many shops in Hoi An do not list prices. So when you intend to buy standard items like silk scarves or souvenirs, do check around for the best price.
Chances are many of these standard stuff are bought from the same wholesaler. You will be surprised at the difference in prices quoted.
When patronizing street food stalls, always ask for the price before buying any food. Not after you eat! Do be cautious and get a fair deal which brings us to the next point.
You pay for what you get
Rule of thumb in Vietnam: When an offer is too good to be true, it most probably is. Items like fabrics (i.e. silk) or even food (i.e. coffee) may be cheaper in Vietnam, but prices are not ridiculously low like what some foreigner think it is.
For tailor shops, it is easy to find a cheap suit or shirt. However, chances are the cheap suit is made from cheap material and outsourced to some sweatshop.
Using this example, buying a reasonably prices yet good quality suit is better than buying a dirt cheap suit you will never wear!
End of the day, compare value rather than comparing prices.
You do not always pay for what you get!
Contradictory? When you pay a high price, it does not always mean you are getting a great deal.
Hoi An shopping scene is fiercely competitive as many sell similar stuff. Hence, many shop-owners scrape for low margins. However, when they spot an unsuspecting customer, they are sharp enough to over-quote prices. This is how they pay rent!
There is a reason why many shops (including big ones) do not list prices!
Support ethical production!
Many shops (mainly tailor shops) rely on cheap outsourcing. All they do is pass fabrics to sweatshops