Discover Hoi An, Vietnam: Top 10 Things to Do

Posted: 15th March 2024
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Nestled on the central coast of Vietnam, Hoi An is a charming town that captivates visitors with its well-preserved Ancient Town, vibrant lantern-filled streets, and serene riverside setting.

This UNESCO World Heritage site is a melting pot of cultures, showcasing a blend of indigenous and foreign influences.

Whether you're a history buff, a food enthusiast, or an adventure seeker, Hoi An offers a plethora of activities to explore.

Here are the top 10 things to do in Hoi An, Vietnam:

Wander Through the Ancient Town

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HOI AN IS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS WELL-PRESERVED HISTORIC TOWN

Hoi An's Ancient Town is a beautifully preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century.

Its buildings and street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Hoi An Ancient Town is bursting with character, from its unique architecture to its vibrant community.

Enjoy the Lantern Festival

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The Full Moon festival is held each month

Every month on the full moon, the town switches off its street lights and basks in the glow of silk lanterns.

The Lantern Festival is a magical time to visit, with the streets, bridges and boats illuminated with colourful lanterns.

If you're planning to visit Hoi An, we recommend being here during the full moon to experience this magical evening.

Cruise Along the Thu Bon River

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The river is a historic and cultural treasure in Quang Nam

Take a leisurely boat ride on the Thu Bon River, especially enchanting at sunset.

It's a peaceful way to see the countryside and observe local life along the riverbanks, and really get to appreciate the natural beauty of Hoi An.

Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge

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ALSO KNOWN AS CHÙA CẦU OR PAGODA BRIDGE

The iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, dating back to the 18th century, is an iconic symbol of Hoi An. It's a beautiful example of the Japanese architecture that has influenced the town.

The bridge appears on the 20,000 VND note, so you're likely to see many people holding it up while posing beside the bridge itself.

Explore the Local Markets

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From food to handmade gifts

Hoi An's markets are bustling with activity, offering everything from fresh produce to handcrafted souvenirs.

The Central Market is a great place to sample local dishes and shop for spices, silk and crafts.

Treat Yourself to Tailor Made Clothes

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Hoi An is famous for its tailoring services

With a plethora of tailors to choose from, you can have custom made clothing ready within hours.

It's a unique opportunity to get something tailor made for you, and to treat yourself to a completely unique souvenir.

Take a Cooking Class

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Vietnamese cuisine is well-loved across the globe

You'll find a great choice of cooking classes around Hoi An. Participate in a Vietnamese cooking class to learn about the local cuisine and bring home some culinary skills.

Many classes include a market tour, so you can hand-select your own fresh ingredients.

Relax at An Bang Beach

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One of Vietnam's most beautiful beaches

Just a short ride from the town centre, An Bang Beach offers a serene escape with its soft, white sands and clear waters.

It's perfect for a day of relaxation or water sports, when you fancy a change from the bustling ancient town.

Visit the Tra Que Vegetable Village

Tra Que Vegetable Village

A paradise just 3km from the centre of Hoi An

Experience rural life at the Tra Que Vegetable Village, where you can learn about traditional farming practices and even try your hand at farming.

The vegetable village is famous for its high quality fresh vegetables, fertilised by seaweed from the De Vong River to create its own unique flavour.

Discover My Son Sanctuary

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These impressive remains of ancient tower temples date from the 4th to the 13th centuries

A day trip from Hoi An, the My Son Sanctuary is an impressive archaeological site dating back to the Kingdom of Champa. It offers a glimpse into Vietnam's ancient culture and unique Hindu heritage.

The source of the Thu Bon river is here, and it flows past the monuments, out of the basin and through the historic heartland of the Champa Kingdom, draining into the South China Sea at its mouth near Hoi An.

Where to Stay: Full Moon Apartments

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A haven in the heart of Hoi An

For those seeking a comfortable and convenient place to stay in Hoi An, Full Moon Apartments is an excellent choice. Offering spacious accommodations with modern amenities, it's an ideal base for exploring the town and its surroundings. The friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere make it a perfect retreat after a day of adventure.

Find out more or book online now.

Hoi An is a town that promises an unforgettable journey through its rich history, vibrant culture, and breath taking landscapes. Whether you're exploring its ancient streets, enjoying its culinary delights, or soaking up the natural beauty, Hoi An is a destination that truly has something for everyone.

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