Hoi an bucket list: 21 things to do in vietnam's ancient town

     
Hoi An is easily one of the most beautiful destinations in Vietnam: discover the đứng top 15 things to vị in Hoi An and have an awesome time!

It’s no wonder that Hoi An is one of many tourists’ favorite destination. It’s hard, very very hard not to lượt thích the town, & it’s also really hard to lớn run out of things to lớn see in Hoi An. From the beach khổng lồ the lanterns, from the shopping lớn the boat trips, here are some of the best things to bởi in Hoi An.

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1| Soak Up The Sun at the Beaches of Hoi An

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Hoi An is not only its ancient town: given its prime location on the coast, Hoi An has plenty of beaches to choose from, so there’s nothing stopping you from grabbing your beach towel và heading down khổng lồ the sand.

An Bang beach is 3km from the old town, while Cua dai Beach is a 4km ride away, and they are considered some of the best beaches near Hoi An & generally in Vietnam together with Mui Ne beaches.


Alternatively, if you want total peace & quiet, take a boat trip out to lớn Cham Island for your own private tropical getaway- even if it is yours just for the afternoon!

I went to An Bang beach by bike, & it was a very nice ride by the paddy fields. I was surprised to lớn find such an organized beach, with umbrellas, deckchairs và restaurants. I’m not sure it’s the best beach in Hoi An, but sure it’s convenient!

When you get khổng lồ the beach, walk khổng lồ the right và skip the first few lidos, that are known lớn rip off the clients. Keep walking khổng lồ the fourth or fifth lido called “Paris”, where grabbing a beach umbrella & chairs is không lấy phí as long as you drink or eat something: more than fair enough! The coffee & the food at the restaurant are very good, & the prices are fair.


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2| Eat, Eat, Eat at These Hoi An Restaurants

Hoi An, Vietnam, is often considered one of the food capitals in the country: in fact, I found the Vietnamese food here to be better than most places.

One of the specialties of Hoi An is white roses, shrimp dumplings made fromtranslucent rice dough, & made in a way they look like roses. There’s only one place in town that knows the original, secret recipe, so skip all the other Hoi An restaurants và come khổng lồ White Rose. They only have two choices in their menu, so choosing a plate will never be easier.


Other favorite restaurants in Hoi An that you have khổng lồ try are:

Morning Glory: you’ll find this restaurant in any Hoi An guide, and it’s not a case. The traditional Vietnamese food is beautifully presented. Try the My quang quẻ noodles & the Ban Xheo pancakes, they are both delicious. Morning Glory is more expensive than most restaurants in Vietnam, but you can still have a delicious meal for under $10. <106 Nguyễn Thái Học, Minh An, Tp. Hội An – xuất hiện 11am to lớn 9.30pm every day>

Mango Mango: the second restaurant in town by chef Tran Duc, Mango Mango specializes in Vietnamese fusion cuisine that combines the traditional elements with fun ingredients such as chocolate or fruit. The cocktails are delicious, as well as the views over the Japanese Bridge all lightened up at night: reserve a table upstairs for the best view! <Nguyễn Phúc Chu, An Hội, Minh An, Thành phố Hội An – open 9am to lớn 10pm every day>

Streets Restaurant Cafè: Streets is a non-profit association that trains disadvantaged young people in the restaurant & gives them the tolls for a better future. Streets serves both international and Vietnamese food, and reinvests all the profits in the association. <17 Lê Lợi, Minh An, HoiAn City, xuất hiện 12pm to 10pm every day>.

If you’re looking lớn skip the meat, check out also this list of vegan restaurants in Hoi An.

3| shop For a Custom-Made Suit or Dress

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Feeling like shopping? If you must pick a place for splurging on clothes, shoes and bags, make it Hoi An, Vietnam. There is an endless number of tailor shops (over 400!) , so many that you really won’t know which one to choose, so this is really a must do in Hoi An.


Some of the shops are really cheap, but remember that you usually get what you pay for. I’ve asked around & these seem to lớn be the best tailor shops in Hoi An when it comes to good chất lượng and reasonable prices:

BeBe: It started as a small family business và expanded to the point where BeBeis one of the most famous shops in Hoi An. Bebe has 3 showrooms in town, where you’ll be greeted with cordiality. You’ll notice teh attention lớn the details right away. The prices are very reasonable too. <11 Hoang Dieu St. Hoi An, xuất hiện 8am to lớn 9.30pm every day>.

Yaly Couture: This is probably the most expensive tailor shop in Hoi An, but if you’re looking for the highest quality, Yaly Couture is where you want to lớn go. The tailors are highly skilled và will be able lớn make very elaborated items. Yaly Couture has 4 showrooms in town. <47 Nguyen thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Town, open 8am to lớn 9.30pm every day>

Bao Khan Silk: Once featured in The Sunday Time Travel as the best tailor siêu thị in all of Vietnam, Bao Khan Silk provides good quality and it’s also incredibly cheap! You can even find dresses for $20 here! So, this cửa hàng is definitely worth a visit. <101 Trần Hưng Đạo, Phường Minh An, Hội An, mở cửa 9am to lớn 9pm every day>.

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4| Take a Day Trip from Hoi An to lớn Danang

Not only is there plenty lớn see in the city, but given its location, there are also plenty of things to bởi around Hoi An, Vietnam. First on your to-do các mục should be da Nang, one of the largest cities in Vietnam, và one which has benefited massively from the country’s modernization program.


You’ll therefore find a chất lượng mix of old & new in Danang- stroll along the beachfront and you’ll be met with modern buildings và hip young locals, but venture deeper into the city to uncover hidden treasures like the dragon Bridge and the Cao dai Temple.

How to lớn get to da Nang from Hoi An

Da Nang is only 45 minutes to an hour apart so it’s easy to reach domain authority Nang for a day trip.

Depending on your travel style and the amount of time available, though, sometimes it’s worth considering taking a day tour to lớn Danang that also packs other destinations such as Marble Mountain.

5| Explore the Paddy Fields và the Countryside

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In Hoi AnI finally found the Vietnam I was looking for. The Vietnam I imagined, the Vietnam I dreamt of before coming here…. And you will too.


If when you think of Vietnam you imagine rice paddy fields, a great xanh sky & water buffalos, you’ll find all that in Hoi An, và if you only have one day in Hoi An (but whyy??),make this the priority.

This is one of the đứng top things to bởi vì in Vietnam in my opinion: just grab a bike and ride outside town towards the beach: you’ll find out thatthe real Vietnam is just around the corner.

Don’t get scammed: Along the road, among the regular workers, you’ll see at some point a water buffalo with a man, và another man on the road who invites tourists to lớn get closer: if you want lớn go và take your picture with the water buffalo, know it won’t be for free. Make sure lớn haggle a price beforehand, cause I’ve heard of people being asked even 10 dollars for a picture afterwards!! Yikes!

If you prefer to join an organized tour, you can opt for a morning countryside tour by bike, or a farming and fishing tour which includes a countryside xe đạp tour and a river cruise. Or also this countryside sidecar tour!

Check out this amazing đoạn clip about Hoi An must sees; it gives me goosebumps and makes me want khổng lồ go back asap.


6| See the Japanese Bridge

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This is a Hoi An must vì that should definitely be on your Hoi An itinerary. While Hoi An has a rich heritage, it’s also not ashamed of its liên kết with other cultures. Way back in the 1590s, the Japanese community here wanted to lớn create better links with the Chinese quarters of town. They decided the best way to do that was to build a bridge that would cross the river, & bring the two sides together.


The charming covered bridge has been remarkably well preserved over the centuries, is one of Hoi An vị trí cao nhất attractions, & is somewhat of an emblem for the city’s sense of inclusiveness. Be warned, though- the bridge is due to be renovated in the near future, so catch it while you can!

You can join a half-day guided walking tour through Hoi An’s ancient town, or explore it at night when it becomes even more magical.

7| Have Some Very Special Tea at Reaching Out Tea House

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What to vị in Hoi An that gives back lớn the community? I always try và ask myself this question when I land in a new destination. Và Reaching Ot Tea House must also be the most tranquil location I’ve found in Vietnam.

The perfect place khổng lồ sip some delicious Vietnamese coffee và enjoy some cookies or light snacks, và my top recommendation for unusual things to vì chưng in Hoi An.

But Reaching Out Tea House, located in the Old Town of Hoi An, is more special than this because it’s different from all other must dos in Hoi An: it’s in fact owned by a local fair trade social enterprise that employs deaf & physically impaired people.

On each table there are a notebook and a pencil, and a few words written down, & that, together with the smiles, is how you communicate here. Please put this wonderful place in your Hoi An to do list .. Your coffee will really make the difference.

8| Go For a Day-Trip lớn the My Son Ruins

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One of the great things about Vietnam is the fact that this part of the world has an incredibly rich history. In fact, you’re never too far away from some amazing ruins, và if you’re staying in Hoi An, it would be a shame to lớn miss out on one of the most spectacular sites in the country: the My Son ruins.


This complex of abandoned Hindu temples dates back khổng lồ the fourth century, and for hundreds of years it was the temple of choice for the kings of the Champa dynasty, as well as the final resting place for many of them.

While it’s not as well known as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, My Son is very much the Vietnamese equivalent, và the sense of peace and tranquility to be found here is something that will stay with you for a very long time.

Sadly, a significant chunk of the architecture at My Son was destroyed by carpet bombing during the Vietnam War, but the remaining ruins are still a sight to be beheld. Best of all, the site is only about an hour away from Hoi An, so a visit khổng lồ the ruins it’s definitely one of the best day trips from Hoi An.

The easiest way to tour the ruins, & the one I suggest, is definitely joining a tour. Luckily, there are million options out there lớn visit them. You can join a classic (and super affordable) half-day tour, or get up at 4.30am for watching sunrise over the countryside and visit My Son before the crowds arrive.

Other cool tours to lớn My Son include:

– Hoi An to My Son Half-Day Cycling Tour, that combines the ruins with a great ride through the Vietnamese countryside and paddy fields.

– My Son Sanctuary Private Countryside Jeep Tour: this tour gives you the flexibility of being private, và combines the ruins with a visit lớn a bustling market & a traditional village via Jeep.

– Full-Day My Son Sanctuary Heritage Tour by Vintage Vespa, where you’ll ride a vintage Vespa through villages và markets on đứng top of visiting the site.

If you are staying in domain authority Nang, some Hoi An tours also include a visit khổng lồ My Son: highly recommended.


9| Take a Cooking Class

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During your time in Hoi An, you’ll discover for yourself just how delicious Vietnamese cuisine really is. If you’d like to bring a little of that flavor back trang chủ with you, then you’re in luck: a cooking class is a great way khổng lồ learn how to lớn whip up these delicious dishes for yourself & one of the top things to vày in Hoi An, Vietnam!


This market tour và cooking classis a great place lớn start, since not only will you learn how lớn cook a range of tasty treats, but you’ll also be taken on a tour of some of the city’s hidden culinary gems – for less than $30 per person.

Two other cooking classes that are worth checking out:

– 6-hour Vegetarian Cooking Class Tour, ’cause some of the best Vietnamese delicacies are vegetarian

– Hoi An Walking Tour và Cooking Class – Small Group, that mixes history with delicious food.

Kiman Hoi An Hotel, where I was staying at (more below!) offers a free cooking classa few days a week, và I cannot recommend enough to lớn take advantage of it.

The experience starts with a tour of the local market, where guests help vì chưng the shopping for the ingredients needed for the cooking lesson.

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I had decided khổng lồ cook chicken with cashew nuts and veggies, & the cooking class in itself led by the hotel chef was very easy even for me who I am a terrible cook!I was given a recipe lớn replicate the dish at home, and I finally was able lớn eat: yummi!

The cooking class is không tính phí of charge, you only pay for the foodyou decide khổng lồ cook. Trust me, even if you are not a big fan hâm mộ of cooking, I found this one of the most fun things to do in Hoi An… I was so proud of my plate!

10| Go for a stroll khổng lồ the Lantern Market

Hoi An really comes alive at night, and an Hoi An must see is the spectacular Lantern Market. Every evening, the 300-meter-long Nguyen Hoang Street is transformed into a sea of color, as vendors set up stalls selling everything from handmade jewelry and clothes lớn delicious snacks.

The whole thing is topped off- & takes its name from- the hundreds of different colored lanterns that decorate the street and illuminate the stalls. If you’re looking for an authentic Hoi An experience, then the Lantern Market is not to lớn be missed!


11| Find the best Banh My

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Banh My Phuong is supposedly the best place in town for banh my, which are crispy baguettes with veggies, herbs, eggs và any kind of meat.


This little place has become famous after Anthony Bourdain filmed here an episode of “No Reservations”, andof all Hoi An restaurants, this must be the most incuspicuous. I can’t say if this isthe best banh my you can have, but it’s indeed very very tasty… và super cheap too!

Banh My Phuong:2B Phan Châu Trinh, Cẩm Châu, Hội An, open 6.30am lớn 9.30pm every day

To really try out all the food, kiểm tra out this street food tour by xe đạp or this night food tasting tour. I don’t know about you, but food tours are absolutely my favorites!

12| Sip Egg Coffee

Now we know what you’re thinking- egg coffee sounds a little weird. However, it doesn’t just involve cracking an egg into a coffee cup. Instead, it’s something close to a tiramisu or egg custard, with plenty of sugar added for a real sweet kick.

According khổng lồ one story, the recipe was originally created when milk was hard lớn come by in Vietnam. One savvy café owner decided to lớn try replacing with egg, & hey presto- a local delicacy was born!

It takes skill khổng lồ get it just right, but when done properly, egg coffee is a one-of-a-kind culinary experience và one of the unique things to vày in Hoi An.

You’ll find it on pretty much every café menu in Vietnam, so whether you’re enjoying it on its own, or as the perfect kết thúc to a meal, egg coffee is something you simply have to try while you’re in Vietnam.

The best place to lớn try it is Hoi An Roastery: there are six locations around Hoi An, so you’re never too far!


13| Relax By the River

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Hoi An originally grew thanks lớn its ideal location for international traders. Situated at the mouth of the Thu Bon River, it made for the ideal gateway lớn the rest of Vietnam, while also being in a prime spot khổng lồ stop off at on the way to china and Japan. A lot of that wealth seeped into the surrounding areas of the city, which means that the Riverside district is home to some of the most beautiful buildings in town.


There are plenty of pretty cafes lớn stop off at and rest your legs while sipping one of those egg coffees we mentioned earlier and enjoying probably the most famous of Hoi An sights.

It might be cause I’m Italian và we have it in our blood, but relaxing by the river & see the daily life going by is one of my favorite Hoi An things lớn do.

If you feel like it, you can even take a sunset river cruise with dinner or a tour that combines a river cruise with a cooking class.

14| Explore the nightlife in Hoi An

Like most big cities, Hoi An really comes alive at night- giving travelers the chance to see how people in Vietnam like to party. Naturally, there’s a huge array of restaurants to lớn choose from, so just follow your nose khổng lồ pick whatever you think smells the tastiest. Once you’ve filled your tummy, wander down to the Hoi An Ancient Town and Riverside districts, where most of the things to bởi vì in Hoi An at night are located.

For instance, you could stop by Q Bar, a hip, modern bar that serves up plenty of great cocktails. Alternatively, white Marble Wine Bar is housed in a refurbished heritage building, và allows you khổng lồ sip on your drink while gazing out at stunning views of the river.


15| Get a massage

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While Hoi An has a lot to lớn see và do, it can sometimes get a bit too much. If you find that the heat và crowds of the đô thị are getting you tense, then why not relax with a soothing Vietnamese massage? It’s a great way to relax và unwind!


While Vietnamese mát xa originally developed from Chinese techniques, it has been refined over the centuries to become very much its own thing. It mostly focuses on kneading và working out knots in the muscles, so while it can be a little strenuous while the mát xa is taking place, it really does leave your body toàn thân feeling refreshed và reinvigorated.

If you’re looking for the best places lớn get a massage in Hoi Ann, then both Heaven Garden in Nguyen Phan Vinh, và My Chi spa chăm sóc sức khỏe và làm đẹp in tung An Ward both come highly recommended. What’s more, they are open until well into the evening, so they are a great place to wash away the stresses of a busy day!

You can even combine a 1.5 hour herbal bath and body toàn thân massage with a candlelit sunset dinner cruise – romantic! check it out here.

FAQ – All You Need khổng lồ Know About Hoi An

What Is The best Time to Go khổng lồ Hoi An?

The best months khổng lồ visit Hoi An are February lớn May, when the temperatures are warm but not too hot & humid. Keep in mind that it can get VERY hot & humid between June & August.

On the other hand, the rain season lasts from September to lớn January. It can be annoying, the temperatures are at their lowest, but prices are definitely lower and there are less tourists around.

Is Hoi An Worth Visiting?

A big fat YES! I wasn’t a big fan hâm mộ of other parts of Vietnam to be honest, but Hoi An really conquered me. Its charming old town all lightened up at night, the boutique shops, the cobbled streets were some of my favorite Hoi An highlights. Hoi An NEEDS to lớn be in your itinerary.

How Many Days in Hoi An?

When people ask me how long to lớn stay in Hoi An, I always reply as long as you can. Can you tell I feel in love with this town? No, but seriously, I recommend staying for at least 3 nights.

But what to do in Hoi An for 3 days, you ask? Plenty! Go explore the city, go on some Hoi An day trips, try a cooking class, cycle by the paddy fields and relax at the beach. You can even vì a homestay in Hoi An if that’s your thing. If you have time, stay even longer, you won’t regret it.

What lớn Buy in Hoi An?

In my opinion, after a month trip in Vietnam, Hoi An is the best place in Vietnam to shop for souvenirs. From custom made suits lớn lanterns for friends và family lớn artisanal souvenirs, make sure you leave some space in your luggage.


How khổng lồ Get to Hoi An

Easy! Hoi An is very well linked. No matter where you are coming from, you can choose between bus, train (even sleeper train) or plane.

You can search down here the best way to lớn get to your destination:


Coming from domain authority Nang: BOOK HERE the shuttle, bus or private transfer to Hoi An

Coming from Hanoi: BOOK HERE the bus from Hanoi lớn Hoi An

Coming from Nha Trang: BOOK HERE the bus from Nha Trang to lớn Hoi An

Coming from Dalat: BOOK HERE the bus from domain authority Lat to Hoi An

It’s worth checking out Vietnam Airlines site for plane tickets: even just a couple of days before, you can easily find tickets for $30-40 from Ho bỏ ra Minh. From da Nang Airport khổng lồ Hoi An, it’s only a 45-minutes lớn 1 hour drive.

BOOK HERE a shared shuttle or private transfer from the airport lớn your khách sạn in Hoi An for as little as $7 per person.

Where to lớn Stay in Hoi An

Hoi An provides all kinds of accommodations for every budget, but if you are wondering about Hoi An hotels, I have a few recommendations for you. Book your accommodation by using the maps below⬇

Luxury and Boutique Hotels

Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort: Situated on the co Co river, it’s one of the finest riverside resorts in Hoi An. Some of the suites feature xuất hiện air bathrooms và private pools. Take advantage of the không tính tiền bikes to go to An Bang Beach, only 1,5 km away.Check out rates & availability forSilk Sense Hoi An River Resort.

Allegro Hoi An. A little luxury khách sạn & spa: Located in the historic Old town, this luxury khách sạn features beautiful rooms with bath tubs, a great buffet breakfast và an outdoor pool. Everyone raves about the incredible service và the faultless staff.Check out rates & availability for Allegro Hoi An.

Luxury for less:

Aira Boutique Hoi An hotel & Spa: If you prefer khổng lồ stay by the beach, Aira Boutique is located by the white-sand An Bang Beach, features a private beach area & 2 outdoor pools. The Old Town is 5 km away. kiểm tra out rates and availability forAira Boutique Hoi An hotel & Spa.

Ha An Hotel: An island of tranquility amidst the hustle và bustle of the historic Old town. Spacious rooms with tubs, & beautiful grounds with a lush garden và a pool. Complimentary bikes.Check out rates and availability for Ha An Hotel.

On a Budget

Lavini Hoi An Boutique Villa: In a tranquil location by the paddy fields, this 3-star khách sạn is only a 5-minutes xe đạp ride to the Old Town. Very nice rooms and beautiful outdoor pool.Check out rates & availability forLavini Hoi An Boutique Villa.

An Bang Beach Villa: With a score of 9.7 on Booking, you can tell this place is great value for money. 200 metres from An Bang Beach, spacious & nice rooms, & an outdoor pool.Check out rates and availability for An Bang Beach Villa.

Kiman Hoi An hotel & Spa: A pool, búp phê breakfast, and không tính tiền bikes for $20 a night. Scroll down for a full review!

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I stayed for two night at the 3-star Kiman Hoi An khách sạn & Spa, và it was a great pick.My room was a DeluxeRoom that features a balcony, a seating space & a coffee maker.Rooms are simple yet very comfortable and tastefully decorated; I liked the black & white prints on the wall and theroom didn’t lack anything.


If you are planning to lớn both visit the old town and spend some time soaking up the sun at the beach, Kiman hotel is located in a great location, not far from all the best places to visit in Hoi An … and getting around Hoi An is so easy!The Old Town is only 1km away, and you can eaily reach it by walking or biking, while Hoi Anbeach is just a 20-minutes bike ride away and one of the vị trí cao nhất things to vì chưng in Hoi An.

Good news! Bikes are available lớn guests miễn phí of charge!

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A complimentary breakfast is served each morning until 10 am, & there’s a good choice of items: fresh tropical fruit và baked goods, Asian dishes such as dim sum và there’s a cooking station where you can order eggs & omelettes cooked at the moment.

The khách sạn offers khổng lồ its guests a pool, which is not hugebut trust me, you’ll love khổng lồ jump in it in one of those hot, humid days.


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Rates on Booking.com start at $25 for a deluxe double room, which includes breakfast, và it’s honestly a steal for the service offered!So, where lớn stay in Hoi An? I would definitely go back to lớn Kiman Hoi An hotel & Spa!

CHECK OUT PRICES and AVAILABILITY AT KIMAN HOI AN

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