10 Best Things To Do In Hoi An, Vietnam And Much More


Hoi An has a reputation for being one of the prettiest cities in all of Vietnam & the Old Town here has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks khổng lồ its 800 historic buildings. There is a definite ‘old town’ feeling here which is like stepping baông xã into the Vietphái mạnh of ancient times, và the đô thị is also famous as it was never bombed during the Vietnam giới War.

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Hoi An is also located on the Thu Bon River which is flanked by bars, cafes và local markets & you can walk along the banks at night & take in the views across the rippling water. When you walk around the city, you can take in spots such as museums, ancient homes và pretty temples, và Hoi An also has a delicious local food scene. As if that wasn’t enough, the surrounding countryside of Hoi An is equally scenic & you can easily take a day trip out lớn glorious beaches or ruined cities.

Here are the 25 best things lớn vì chưng in Hoi An

1. Get a suit made


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Hoi An Tailor Store

Hoi An is famous across Vietphái nam for its textile industry and one of the reasons many people come here is lớn get clothes tailor made for them.

To that kết thúc, you will find amazing tailors all over town and you can choose from a plethora of silks, others textiles & patterns khổng lồ make your own personalized creations.

chú ý however that you will probably need lớn leave around three days to get your clothes made if the kiến thiết is simple & up to a week for more complicated pieces so plan accordingly khổng lồ avoid disappointed.

The tailoring industry here is also highly competitive sầu so you will be expected to bargain hard and it pays to shop around so that you get the best khuyễn mãi giảm giá.

2. Walk around the Old Town


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Old Town, Hoi An

Hoi An is something of a rarity in Vietnam as it managed to lớn escape most of the bombing that razed many other cities to lớn the ground during the Vietphái nam War.

This means that the beautiful buildings here were spared, và so you will still find some gorgeous architecture here in the Old Town which makes the perfect place to lớn go for a walk and take in all the sights.

The Old Town has now been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site và is said to lớn date bachồng some 2,000 years.

Suggested tour: Hoi An Old Town: Night Food Tasting Small Group Tour

3. Shop for local handicrafts


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Hoi An Handicraft

If you like local arts and handicrafts then you will be spoilt for choice on a visit to lớn Vietnam giới.

Hoi An is known across Vietnam giới for being a hub for beautiful locally made products & you will be able to cửa hàng for these in places lượt thích the main central market.

There are also a number of handicraft villages dotted on the outskirts of the town & you can usually take a tour to lớn these where you can learn about the historical and cultural background behind the making of these items.

Many of these are made by local minorities & make excellent gifts or souvenirs.

In the handicraft villages you can also take classes such as ancient weaving or calligraphy.

4. Learn to cook Vietnamese food


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Pho Bo Vietnamese Soup with Beef

Hoi An is known for having a number of cooking schools where you can get stuck in và learn all about how to lớn make some local dishes.

One of the more famous schools is the Gioan Restaurant và Cooking School và you can choose between either ordering something to lớn eat here in the restaurant or you can sign up for a class.

These usually include a trip lớn the local market where you will learn all about the ingredients used in Vietnamese cooking và some of the dishes that you will get lớn prepare include pho noodles as well as spring rolls & banh xeo which is a kind of Vietnamese pancake.

Recommended tour: Hoi An Floating Cooking Class And Cruise: Half-Day Tour

5. Admire the Japanese Covered Bridge


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Japanese Covered Bridge

The Japanese Covered Bridge is located in the centre of the city & is also one of its focal points.

The bridge spans some 12 meters and is famous for its ornate carvings, many of which are in the shape of monkeys & dogs.

This is also a very popular place for amorous Vietnamese couples who come here to take photographs as the bridge is considered a top lãng mạn spot in Hoi An.

6. Visit Hoi An Museum


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Hoi An Museum

If you want to know more about the history of Hoi An then you need to lớn come to its main museum.

Here you will find a huge range of pieces that tell the story of the area including antiques that date from the Cham period as well as the colonial period.

There are a number of galleries here that are filled with drawings, ceramics, paintings và photographs & you can also kiểm tra out signature pieces like large bronze temple bells.

7. Visit Hoi An Silk Village


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Hoi An Silk Village

The Hoi An Silk Village is the place lớn come if you want lớn get outside the city và check out the ancient weaving techniques for which this part of Vietnam is known.

The village is located in Quang Nam Province which is around one kilometer from the centre of the city and you will find a quaint village with homes built in the traditional style.

The village is filled with artisans who will teach you how lớn make beautiful silk pieces & you can even feed the silkworms here và help to lớn unravel their cocoons.

This is also a great place khổng lồ buy some traditional silk pieces which make great gifts & souvenirs.

Related tour: Half-Day Hoi An Silk Tour with Lunch

8. Tour the Tan Ky Family House


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Tan Ky Family House

The Tan Ky Family House is one of the most historically significant buildings in Hoi An và is located in the Old Town section of the city.

The family trang chủ was built in the 18th century and would have belonged lớn a family of merchants.

The architecture here is a phối of Japanese, Chinese và traditional Vietnamese thiết kế motifs & you can now take a tour of this amazing property.

Some seven generations of merchants lived in the home và you will still find their original furniture và memorabilia here which will give you an idea of how people would have lived in Hoi An in the days of old.

9. Grab a coffee


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Hoi An Coffee

Vietnam is a country that is famous for its delicious coffee và Hoi An is no slouch when it comes lớn its own brews.

One of the best places khổng lồ try the coffee in Hoi An is at Mia Coffee who roast their own beans & serve sầu up some of the most delicious espresso in the city.

The coffee varieties on offer here vary according lớn the season and all the beans here are handpicked to bring you the freshest and tastiest cups of coffee around.

You can even buy bags of beans here khổng lồ take home page as a souvenir.

10. Shop at the Lantern Market


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Lantern Market

The pretty Lantern Market is located in An Hoi which is across the river from central Hoi An.

This is one of the most scenic markets in Vietnam giới và, as the name suggests, you can buy traditional lanterns here which come in all different shapes and sizes.

Many of these are made of gorgeous Hoi An silk & you can walk around at night & take in all the amazing illuminated lanterns which come in a range of different hues.

11. Sunbathe on An Bang Beach


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An Bang Beach

Hoi An has a number of beaches, but locals will tell you that An Bang is one of the best around.

This beach is less crowded than many of the more famous strips of sand in the area và you will find pristine Trắng sands that back on to the water.

If you come here for the day then you will also find a number of charming beachside restaurants here that serve up some delicious seafood.

If you are planning to lớn stay by the beach a little longer then you can also rent a beachside villa here.

12. Sample Cao Lao


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Cao Lau Noodles

Vietnam, as you would expect, has a huge number of different kinds of noodles.

If you want to try the regional Hoi An variety, then you need lớn try Cao Lao which are brown rice noodles that are mixed with lye water.

This is ash from the lye that comes from the wood on the Csi mê Islands which are around 12 kilometers from the coast of Hoi An.

The noodles are hvà cut and then topped with pork, rice crackers & fresh herbs, all soaked in a delicious meat broth.

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One of the best places to lớn try the noodles is at Cam Ga Huong which is located off Le Loi Street.

13. Take a trip lớn the My Son Ruins


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My Son Ruins

If you want lớn take a day trip out of Hoi An then head for the My Son Ruins which consist of a collection of Hindu temples that were built from the 4th khổng lồ the 13th century.

The temples are located khổng lồ the west of Hoi An và it is possible to come here for the day from the city.

My Son is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it has been preserved và restored after the temples were abandoned for centuries.

The site sprawls over 140 hectares và you can learn all about how Hinduism would have been a key part of Vietnamese culture in the days of old.

Recommended tour: Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Boat Tour with Lunch

14. Shop at Hoi An Central Market


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Hoi An Central Market

Lying along the lush banks of the Thu Bon River is the Hoi An Central Market which is the best place to cửa hàng for handicrafts while you are in town.

You will find a huge mixture of products here including silk pieces & other textiles as well as local foodstuffs and aromatic spices.

Another key reason to lớn come here is lớn try the toothsome street food which is sold out of carts in the market.

15. Visit the Fujian Hall Assembly Hall


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Fujian Hall Assembly Hall

One of the most opulent buildings in all of Hoi An is the Fujian Assembly Hall which dates from the 17th century.

This was built by the Fujian Chinese community in Hoi An và is considered a sacred space.

The main hall here is covered in carved figures that feature around a gateway which is etched with carvings of mythical Chinese creatures.

There is also a large courtyard here và legkết thúc has it that if you pray in the Assembly Hall then you will be lucky when it comes khổng lồ conceiving children.

This is down khổng lồ the presence of the 12 Midwives which are carved fertility statues that stand in the grounds of the hall.

16. Explore the local countryside


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Hoi An Rice Fields

Hoi An is famous for being surrounded by lush emerald green countryside.

As such, if you are staying in the đô thị then make sure that you don’t miss a trip here so that you can take in the rice paddies, hills, & dainty villages firsth&.

You can sign up for a number of tours such as a cycling or trekking tour và you will get to discover pretty secluded beaches, mountain passes & much more.

Suggested tour (by bike or minivan): From Hoi An: Interactive Rice Farming Tour

17. Admire Quan Cong Temple


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Quan Cong Temple

Quan Cong Temple was founded in 1653 and is dedicated khổng lồ Quan Cong.

This was the name of a famous Chinese general who was worshipped in Hoi An và revered thanks khổng lồ his qualities of justice for all, loyalty, integrity and sincerity.

At the temple you will find a wood and papier mabịt statue of the general which is partially gilded & stands on a central altar.

You can make an offering khổng lồ the general and a lone caretaker will strike a bronze bowl khổng lồ commemorate the moment.

18. Try the local barbecue


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Hoi An Barbecue

One of the things Hoi An is famous for is its delicious barbecue.

The best place to try this is along the north ngân hàng of the Thu Bon River và if you go there after dark you will find dozens of small charcoal grills phối up which sell tasty barbecued skewers.

You can choose from different options including pork, prawns, or chicken, và the skewers are served with herbs và some rice paper wrappers which you can wrap around the meat or seafood.

The barbecue also comes with a delicious spicy peanut sauce mixed with tomatoes & sesame seeds.

19. Visit Phung Hung Old House


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Phung Hung Old House

If you are visiting the Japanese Covered Bridge then you can also combine this with a trip khổng lồ the Phung Hung Old House at the same time which is just a few doors down.

The house is known for its ornate và colorful entrance hall which is covered in lanterns & embroidered wall hangings.

There is a pretty balcony here with some spectacular views and a charming suspended altar.

20. Chechồng out the nightlife


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Hoi An Nightlife

If you are looking for some nightlife in Hoi An then the best thing lớn vị is head over the central footbridge that will take you to lớn An Hoi islet.

Here you will find a number of bars & cafes along the river which serve up ice cold beers or other drinks.

If you want to try the local tipple than ask for the locally brewed larger which is called bia hoi và which makes a crisp and refreshing choice after a hard day of sightseeing.

21. Take a boat to Cam Kim Island


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Cam Klặng Island

Cam Kim Island is located around 30 minutes away from Hoi An and you can catch a local ferry over from D Bach Dang.

The main reason people come here is lớn check out the artisan woodcarvers who are known for having carved some of the most famous public buildings in Hoi An.

You can find the historic homes of many of the master carvers in the village of Kyên ổn Bong on Cam Klặng Isl& và you can also pick up some woodcarvings here that make great souvenirs of your trip.

22. Visit Tra Que Village


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Tra Que Village

Hoi An is known for its delicious fruit & vegetables & with that in mind you can come lớn Tra Que Village và kiểm tra out the source in person.

The village is located between Hoi An & An Bang Beach and is made up of a local farming community who grow most of the produce that you will eat during your time in Hoi An.

On a trip lớn the village you can visit spots such as Water Wheel which has cooking classes so you can learn how the local produce is used, or you can have sầu lunch at places lượt thích Baby Mustard which uses the freshest local ingredients.

23. Visit the Museum of Trading Ceramics


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Museum Of Trading Ceramics

Located in a scenic restored wooden home, the Museum of Trading Ceramics is known for housing a collection of artifacts that come from all over the world.

Some of the pieces here originated in Egypt, và you can learn all about the history of trading in Hoi An in the days of old.

There is also an exhibition here which tells you about the restoration of old buildings in Hoi An which is great if you are interested in ancient Vietnamese architecture.

24. Take a trip lớn Da Nang


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Da Nang

Da Nang is located just 40 minutes away from Hoi An, so if you want khổng lồ get out of the city then this is an excellent choice.

Da Nang is mainly known for its gorgeous beaches, & it is less crowded và more rural than Hoi An.

As such, you can spover the day sunbathing here, or try some water sports like swimming & snorkeling.

You will also find a plethora or seafood restaurants here which are worth the trip alone.

25. Visit Tra Kieu


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Tra Kieu

Tra Kieu is known as the Lion Citadel & used lớn be the capital of the Kingdom of Champa from the 4th lớn the 8th century.

Now you can travel here from Hoi An and kiểm tra out the ramparts & also explore other spots in the area such as the Mountain Church which is located at the top of Buu Chau Hill.

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You will also find Tra Kieu Church here which dates from the 19th century & there is a museum which has some Csi mê artifacts on display.