Da Nang and Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An: Thu Bon River, Old Town, Cẩm Kim

Flickr: Loi Nguyen Duc

Hoi An is a bustling, popular destination, known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. This route is a guideline for exploring the most runnable sections along the Thu Bon River, with optional spurs to two small islands and a return via Old Town.

There is a decent road, with occasional pedestrian path, along the north side of the river, starting 1 km east of Hoi An Old Town, and then continuing west along the river for up to 4.5 km to the Chợ Thanh Hà market. It’s possible to continue west for another ~1 km to the Thanh Ha Pottery Village, with a brief section on a busy, somewhat unpleasant road. The route is a combination road and path, generally runnable. In some areas, the surface is broken and uneven, and some sections can be crowded with shops and scooter traffic. For the return, retrace your steps, with an option to run through Hoi An Old Town (we prefer Trần Phú Rd.) instead of the river.

Options: Explore the small island where the Hoi An Night Market is located, and then the Cầu Cẩm Kim Bridge over to the island of Cẩm Kim, which has a quiet, ~1 km waterfront road/path. This adds ~4 km to the route.

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Essentials
  • Full route is 12.4 km (7.7 miles), including ~4 km 'island' option; Can add ~1 km east along river to Pottery Village
  • Flat
  • Hoi An Old Town or the start of the river road, 1 km east of Old Town