THE 10 BEST THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN

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Get ready to travel back in time to the Vietnam of centuries past. The quaint streets decorated with hanging lanterns, colorful historic homes, and cozy coffee houses set the scene for this impressive fishing village. Even though Hoi An is relatively small, it’s a remarkable town guaranteed to make your senses come alive.

If you want to make sure you enjoy and explore all the gems of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, keep reading to learn about all the best things to do in Hoi An and much more.


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Best Things to Do in Hoi An

There hundreds of things to do in this beautiful ancient town but below are what we consider some of the best things to do in Hoi An, Vietnam.

1. Wander Through the Hoi An’s Old Town

Old Town is very unique and has gorgeous scenery. Stunning ancient houses, designer boutiques, and art galleries line the colorful streets of Hoi An just waiting to be visited and photographed. The amazing coffee culture makes it easy to find a delicious coffee house around every corner. One thing that always makes the list of sights to see in Hoi An is the landmark Japanese Covered Bridge, one of the most photographed bridges in all of Asia.

Because of its UNESCO status, more than 800 historic buildings have been preserved in Hoi An, so wandering through Old Town is like taking a trip back in time. 22 historic buildings or museums are open to the public, but they require a ticket costing 120,000 VND ($5.27 USD) that will get you into five places of your choice. With such a lively culture and charming atmosphere, Hoi An’s Old Town is not to be missed.

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2. My Son

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most common day tours from Hoi An. The 4th century temple complex is thought to be the longest inhabited archaeological site in Indochina. The Cham built temples to honor Hindu divinities, and as the political and religious capital of the Champa Kingdom, it remains one of the most important Cham sites in Vietnam. These impressive ruins are filled with motifs and designs representing Hindu symbolism and mythology.

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The on-site museum is a great introduction to the historical significance of the ruins and it’s a great place to start, especially if you’re not taking a guided tour. Other wonderful Cham ruins are scattered throughout Vietnam’s coast, but My Son is surely the cream of the crop.