When traveling to Hoi An, it is necessary to be covered by comprehensive travel insurance, primarily because there are no international hospitals in the city. The coverage should include the possibility of medical evacuation to a nearby city or country that is better equipped in handling emergency or serious medical situations. Tourists should watch their health in Hoi An, not because it is a health-hazard or health-risk tourist destination, but as a simple precaution since this tiny city is not ready for major medical emergencies.
As a rule of thumb, travelers should check with their doctors before flying to a far-away country, especially to a different continent where everything is different – food, drinks, weather, temperature, language, culture, and day-to-day local practices.
There are always health concerns when in a tropical country. In a hot and humid climate, dehydration can always kick in. If unchecked, it could lead to vomiting, nausea, and the weakening of muscles. Simply put, it could ruin anyone’s vacation. To remedy this situation, tourists can simply bring a bottle of mineral water wherever they go and take a sip at the very first sign of thirst. There tons of stores and small grocery shops in Hoi An that sell bottled water. Dehydration should not be a problem.
Another health concern is that in humid areas, bacteria easily build up on cuts and wounds. It is necessary, therefore, for people in Hoi An to quickly and thoroughly wash after being cut. Ask a local drugstore for any disinfecting solution.
And third, there are always bugs in a tropical country, and the most feared kind is the mosquito. Dengue fever is common in Hoi An, and so travelers must avoid mosquito-infected regions, normally dark and damp areas. There have been many cases of death among little children affected by this fever.
Vacationing in Hoi An or anywhere in the world must never be disturbed by any kind of illnesses or health accidents. It is important to remain healthy and safe while in a foreign land. Travelers are advised to practice healthy habits – avoid smoking, drugs, too much alcohol, and lack of sleep while vacationing. Tourists must not get carried away by the beauty and charm of Hoi An and become careless in watching their health. For travelers with known medical conditions, never forget to bring enough supply of prescription medicines. One must not rely on local drugstores or pharmacies to sell the necessary medicines all the time.
There are two hospitals in Hoi An: Hoi An Hospital on Tran Hung Dao Street (84-510-3-861365) and Pacific Hospital on Phan Dinh Phung (84-510-3-921656). There are drugstores on Nguyen Thai Hoc, Tran Phu, and Bach Dang streets.
Hoi An is a wonderful city to visit. It is steadily becoming a top tourist draw in Vietnam. Its Old Town has recently been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historic artifacts and ancient homes and streets. The place is basically a living museum. The top attractions are the My Son ruins, Cham Islands, Marble Mountains, China Beach, Da Lat, Japanese Bridge and Cua Dai Beach. To see and enjoy all these amazing sites, it is necessary to maintain good health in Hoi An.