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20 Best Things To Do In Hoi An

 
  • Get the taste of some traditional, cultural and historic touch as you visit this delightful town Hoi An in Vietnam. This amazing town boast of a grand architecture and mesmeric riverside setting which makes the place more appealing. Hoi An is one of the wealthiest towns today and is visited by the people all over the world. The town has various many Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temple and some old warehouse which is loved by the tourist.

    There is also a great sightseeing option here where you can learn about the culture and heritage. The best thing about this place is that it is very easily accessible on foot or cycle in the friendly streets. Hoi An has a number of beaches where you can go and relax for some time. You can also visit the local villages and interact with the local people.

    Now here we bring you the list of things to do in Hoi An:

  • 01Hoi An Ancient Town

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    If you are visiting Vietnam then this is a must visit for anyone who is looking forward to learning more about its culture. Hoi An Ancient Town is placed very conveniently on the sides of a river and if you want to take in the picturesque scenery then walking would be the best option for you. Both sides of the streets are filled with beautiful ancient building. Just walking around the place will fill you with an old world charm. The place is full of hawkers. If you are looking to buy things that are significant to the Vietnamese culture than this is the place for you. But be sure to bargain well or you will be made a fool quite easily. The place also has many different food halts and restaurants that you can stop for some authentic Vietnamese. Hoi an ancient town is definitely one of the best places for a walking tour.

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    Best time to visit: In between February and April
  • 02Thuan Tinh Island


    Knowing about the cuisine and the food in a particular city is the best way to learn more about the city. If you are in Hoi an in Vietnam then the best option to learn about the cuisine will be to take up a cooking class in Thuan Tinh Island. You will first be met with a guide cum chef who will be taking you to the local market. They will help you to understand the different types of produces available there. You will also be introduced to some of the produces that are indigenous to Vietnam. The best thing about this place is that you can take a small cruise to the actual island where you will be made a part of the cooking class. This is definitely a wonderful experience for foodies and cooks alike. If you want to have a nice tour as well as learn something new, then is the place for you.

    Location: Thon 1, Cam Thanh Village, Hoi An, Vietnam
  • 03Hoi An Night Market

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    When in doubt go shopping! This is actually a statement that definitely goes well with destination. This Hoi An Night Market is a must stop spot for all the shopaholics. If you want to pick up some souvenirs that are traditional to the Vietnamese culture then you are definitely at the right place. You can be sure that you will find something of interest in this huge space that is filled with shops on different sides of the streets. The hawkers and the shop owners are extremely friendly. The shops are all number for your convince. You will be required to haggle a bit in most of the shops but if you are lucky you will get a steal deal in some of them. There are thousands of different varieties of products available in the markets. The jade figures sold in some of the shops are a must have from this market. 

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    Timing: The market is open from evening 7pm till 12 midnight
  • 04Yaly Couture-Tran Phu branch

    When you are visiting a place you would definitely want to purchase something that is very parallel to their culture. This Yaly Couture-Tran Phu branch shop will not only help you pick up an apparel that is in their traditional form but you can actually get it tailor made for you. The shop also offers the option of choosing your own fabric and getting a dress or shirts made from it at very short notice. The different fabrics on offer are beautiful and most of them have the famous Vietnamese designs on them. The staff in the shop is very patient and warm. They will make sure that you can pick up the exact fabric of choice by showing you many different options. They will also help you to choose the cut that will be best for you. The best thing about this shop is that they are very fast and will deliver your apparel within the stipulated time.

    Location: 47 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, Vietnam
  • 05Tra Que Vegetable Village

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    If you are looking for some quite time in Vietnam then this is the best place for you. If you can reach the village early in the morning then you are in for a treat. From the quite peaceful walk to the bustling to village life once the morning sets in, you can enjoy it all. A big attraction to Tra Que Vegetable Village is the cooking classes that are held here. Their corn pancakes bring locals and tourists alike from all over Vietnam. You can do hands on cooking class or just enjoy the tasty delicacies. Another very good thing about this place is that the roads are quite empty and you can enjoy a nice bicycle ride with your loved ones. Though there is a bus service available for the tourists, it is recommended that you take a bicycle and move around at your own pace, to enjoy the most.

     

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    Location: Cam Ha Commune, Hoi An 51000, Vietnam

    Best time: 7am or 5pm
  • 06An Bang Beach

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    Vietnam is not exactly known for its beaches. So, most people have very low expectation when they are visiting beaches in Vietnam. But when you are visiting this beach, in the interiors of Vietnam, you can be sure that all your expectations will be exceeded. An Bang Beach is one of the best beaches in Vietnam. You can have a wonderful swim in the clear water and then hang out on the beach. It is good for sun bathing as well. It is not exactly a very quiet spot as a lot of different locals meet here but if you are looking for some quality beach time then you can definitely visit this place. Another very good thing about this beach is that there are many small shops surrounding the perimeter of the beach, where you can shop till quite late in the night. This is one of the throbbing areas of the city.

    Best time: The best time to visit the beach is somewhere in between March and September
  • 07Japanese Covered Bridge

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    If you are planning on sight seeing the different historical places in the city then this Japanese covered bridge is one of the must go to places in Vietnam. The best thing about this place is that you will get to travel between two different markets on both sides of a river by crossing this bridge. So when you actually visit the bridge you can plan on some shopping as well. The beauty about the bridge is the lovely architecture. You can be sure that you will not have any problem in getting to the place as it is quite in the heart of the city. You will e required to purchase a ticket in order to enter the bridge. The place is throbbing with people who are visiting this historical place and even taking pictures from all around. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Hoi An.

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    Location: Tran Phu St. | At the West end of Tran Phu St., Hoi An, Vietnam
  • 08Fukian Assembly Hall

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    Fukian Assembly Hall was constructed for Chinese visitors in Hoi an, who could spend some time in the place. This is situated in the heart of the city. The main hall is beautifully decorated and the public is allowed to visit it. There is a beautiful Golden temple inside the complex that houses the Chinese deity of the sea. Since it is located in the city main you can expect a lot of hustle bustle outside the complex. But as soon as you enter the complex you will be met by an environment of absolute tranquility. It is a beautiful place that you can stroll around in. There are places you can sit for a while and take in the beauty of the place. The dragon sculptures are the biggest attraction in this place. You are allowed to take picture but you have to wait for a while for the crowd to disperse a bit before you take a snap.

     

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    Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00-17:00

    Location: 46 Tran Phu Street
  • 09Central Market

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    Central Market is the go to place in Hoi an if you are looking to get a taste of the different items available in the Vietnamese markets. This particular place is very well known among the locals as the place where you will get anything. Since it covers a large area, you will get access to shops selling different kinds of fruits, vegetable and even live produce. This is one of the best places for fresh stock. One of the best things about this particular place is that you are bound to see things that are authentic to Vietnam, things that you have likely never seen before. So it is a very good option to just walk around these lanes in order to get a glimpse of the market culture in the city. But if you are in the mood to buy anything be sure to haggle with the prices!

    Location: Nguyen Hue and Tran Phu Streets, Hoi An, Vietnam
  • 10Scuba diving

    Cham Island in Hoi An is one of the gorgeous places, apart from the other 7 equally qualifying islands, where you can do scuba diving. The weather is as pleasant as it can get and the temperature of the water bids soothing warmthwhichis perfect for trying out an extensive Scuba Diving course. Cham Island is bursting with good Scuba Diving Centres, professional enough to make you a skilleddiver within stipulated time period. The courses are offered by PADI guides. You can also indulge yourself into a certified course.

    Location: Cham Island

    Top Reviewed Diving Centres: Blue Coral, Cham Island Diving Center, Rainbow Divers

    Best Time: January to September (however the June to Aug segment is ideal for diving).

    Additional Info: Courses offered in English, French, Vietnamese, German, Spanish and Italian

    Difficulty level: Open water Diving Course for Beginners to Master Divers.

    Avg. 
    price: VND 12, 26,309to 15, 60,758 per person
  • 11Snorkeling

    Hoi An’s Tropical climate offers tourists an ideal location to enjoy snorkelling off the coast line. Hoi An’s Cu Lao Cham Marine Park has in total of 8 islands with magnificent water bodies, home to hundred varieties of corals and other exotic tropical water marine lives. Amongst the 8 islands, the most thrilling and bursting with highest beach activities is Cham Island. Many well established activity centres proffer snorkelling as picnic packages or one day trip to the visitors. Snorkelling is not a difficult sport. It is done in the shallow clear water guided by PADI instructors.
    Top Reviewed Snorkelling Centers: Blue Coral, Cham Island Tours and Cham Island Diving Center.

    Location: Cu Lao Cham Marine Park

    Best Time: June to September

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Price: AvgVND8, 91,861– 12, 26,309per person

    Additional Info: Gears etc will be provided by the centres
  • 12Aobaba Cloth Shop

    Aobaba Cloth Shop is a moment of ecstasy but a lifelong reminiscence of beautiful Vietnam. Hoi An is a shopper’s paradise, the streets thronged with tailoring shops of all shapes and sizes showcasing a lively and colourful side of Vietnamese culture.Aobaba is a generation old family business that focuses mainly on tailoring clothes. The 400 odd tailors can copy and replicate any kind of garment whether be it a picture or some celebrity designer wear; anything and everything within an affordable price. And also, be rest assured of the quality of the fabric; they are good enough to pass as any good brand.As you walk down the street you will encounter with many energetic shop owners trying to lure you in their shop. But the trip is worth everything.

    Location: Tran phu St, Hoi An

    Hours Open: 8 am to 10 pm

    Best Time: Festivals of Vietnam

    Avg. Price: Can be as cheap as VND 7, 80,379for a dress and VND $44, 59, 308for a Suit
  • 13Kim Bong Carpentry Village

    You can witness Vietnam’s beautiful and ancient side through its nurtured handiworks, one such being the Kim Bong Carpentry Village in Hoi An. The carpentry village is owned by the Cam Kim Commune, a boat ride on the Thu Bon River away. Carpentry was a major occupation of the town folks and the Kim Bong Carpentry developed its niches in three categories namely – Civil wooden furniture, ship building and Ancient architectural construction. The carpenters still follow age old techniques inherited from their fore fathers. They mostly use their hands to give a new meaning to clay designs and architecture. However their techniques are as skilled as building ships and exporting them.

    Additional Info: You can buy wooden Kim bong souvenirs from the shops and take a tour to various artisans’ workshops to observe their skills.

    Location: Boat ride from old town and across the Thu Bon River

    Best Time: Jan to Sept san the monsoon

    Hours open: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • 14Alibaba Tailor

    There are more than 600 tailors in Hoi An. But only few can be denoted as an exciting touring spot. You may wonder how we can call a tailoring shop a tourist place. But wait! Have you visited Alibaba tailoring company? Alibaba Tailor is one of the greatest shoppers stops in Hoi An with more than 100 varieties of fabrics and innumerable types of tailoring techniques. Alibaba hosts a group of tailors who design and stitch made to order clothes in a most affordable price. Silk is their major trade and their workmanship can surpass any veteran tailor handiwork. Alibaba can be credited with the best custom made boutique in Vietnam.

    Tourists can also take a guided tour in the premises and observe the techniques and craftsmanship of the tailors.

    Tour Duration: 1 hour

    Location: Tran Hung Dao, Hoi An

    Hours Open: 9 am to 10 pm
  • 15The Old House of Phun Hung

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    Get to know the older and quainter version of Vietnam and Hoi An by visiting the old house of Phung Hung, which is nothing lesser than a historic book, yellowed with so many memories and facts of the town’s cultural significance. A tour in the house will take you through the town’s ancient business, trade and local flavours and values. It is one of the architectural buildings of Hoi An and is recently been noted as World Heritage Site. The house is built with 80 columns and is two storied. Each column stands on a lotus base so as to stay clear from fungal or termite growth.
    Built in the 18th century few notable features the ancient house homes are Yin Yang Style architecture, especially the convex roofs and the Chinese interiors and furniture which run throughout the house.

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    Location: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street

    Hours Open: 8: 30 am to 6 pm on all days.

    Admission: Free
  • 16Hoi An Handicraft Workshop

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    Hoi an Handicraft workshop is a 200 year old Chinese business house where typical handmade produces and handicrafts such as lantern making, embroidery and other eccentric works are part of the main trade. It again is a colourful museum that depicts various cultural characteristics of the region. The place not only holds eccentric and aesthetic architectural works but also demonstrates very many culinary traits.
    The front part of the campus is taken by the local musicians and singers organising cultural events (Quang Nam) for the tourists through dance and drama show. The Hoi An Handicraft workshop is a blend of modern and sophisticated technical sculpture and more than 12 forms of traditional handicrafts.
    Few of the classic souvenirs you can take along from the place are furniture, pottery, art lanterns, embroidery works, woven fabric, weaving, bamboo products, kitchen wares etc.

    Location: Nyugen Thai Hoc

    Best Hour: 10:15 amd to 3:15 pm

    Price: Local town ticket admission 
  • 17Quan Kong Temple

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    Built in 1653 and gone through many renovations since then, the Quan Cong Temple stands out as one of the beautiful and charismatic Chinese architecture. The temple is named after a Chinese rebellion from the Han Dynasty who had been deemed as victorious hero because of his loyalty, devotion and sincerity towards his mother land. At the entrance of the temple, two dragons entwined in clouds greet you. The temple is built with red bricks and is adorned by green, gold and red at work. The statue of Quan Cong is perched on top of a centre pedestalinside the main hall. The statue is made from papier-Mache`. There are two more statues set on either side of the war hero- General Chau Xuong, one of his guardians and a beautiful horse called QuanBinh, ridden by Quan Cong.

    Location: 24 Nguyen Hue, Hoi An

    Hours Open: All day

    Admission: Free, Donations accepted
  • 18Hoi An Garden Palace & Spa

    If you want to feel the groove of a luxurious and majestic experience in the quaint town of Hoi An Garden Palace and Spa might be the ideal place for you. Hoi An has lots in store and to relish this effervescent town of glory and colourful architecture, you would be needing the perfect place to dump your worries and belongings. There’s nothing more alluring than Garden Palace, a 4 star hotel which also has the necessary amenities to guide you through the entire town of Hoi An seamlessly.
    Being set in the centre of the city, the Garden Palace and Spa poses as an easy access point. The hotel has 49 guest rooms accompanied by world class services such as private beach, outdoor pool, fishing, recreational spas, Wi Fi, fax system and fitness centre.

    Location: Cua Dai Street, Cam Chau

    Price: starts at VND14, 26, 978/ person per night (Junior Delux room)

    Cuisine: Chinese, Vietnamese and Continental
  • 19Golf Club

    Golf is a very sophisticated and elegant game and Hoi An, with its quaintness and all, knows to offer a comprehensive experience through its never ending amusements. Vietnam is known for its championship golf courses and Hoi An has two of them nestled in its lap. Golf Clubs in Hoi An offers outlandish courses and adheres to high standard amenities. Both the courses are available on rental basis and include restaurants and club houses.
    Danang Golf Club – has a spectacular sea side view with clear landscape. The house has a bistro, shopping complex, clubhouse and a practice area. The Golf course contains 18 holes.
    Montgomerie Links – yet another brand new course designed and built by Colin Montgomerie. Surrounded by marble mountains and a short walk to the beach make this club even more enthralling. It also proffers a link –style 18 holes course.

    Location: Quang Nam Province

    Best time: Jan to Sept, and during the weekdays 
  • 20Visit Ben Thanh Market area

    Visit Ben Thanh Market area: Situated in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, bustling Ben Thanh Market in District 1 is a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Here, you’ll find eating stalls in the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much. The market is big, difficult to navigate at times and certainly best avoided during the hottest part of the day, but all the same its well worth a look. When the night falls, restaurants around the perimeter of the market opens their doors creating a vibrant street-side scene filling the air with the scents of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish, and meats. One of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentic Vietnamese. For shopping heaven head of the market, preferably early morning to pick up some bargains including lacquer ware, bamboo goods, and arts and crafts. Also on sale are clothes, textiles, luggage, watches and an assortment of electronic goods. Spices, nuts, and local fruits heavily scent the air, which is also filled with the chatter of tourists and the locals haggling for bargains.