THE 15 BEST THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN

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Hoi An has a reputation for being one of the prettiest cities in all of Vietnam and the Old Town here has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to lớn its 800 historic buildings. There is a definite ‘old town’ feeling here which is lượt thích stepping back into the Vietnam of ancient times, và the city is also famous as it was never bombed during the Vietnam War.

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Hoi An is also located on the Thu Bon River which is flanked by bars, cafes & local markets & you can walk along the banks at night and take in the views across the rippling water. When you walk around the city, you can take in spots such as museums, ancient homes and 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 to lớn glorious beaches or ruined cities.

Here are the 25 best things to bởi vì in Hoi An

1. Get a suit made

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Source: Sam DCruz / shutterstockHoi An Tailor Store

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

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

Note however that you will probably need to leave around three days to get your clothes made if the design is simple and up lớn a week for more complicated pieces so plan accordingly to lớn avoid disappointed.

The tailoring industry here is also highly competitive so you will be expected lớn bargain hard & it pays to shop around so that you get the best deal.


2. Walk around the Old Town

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Source: amadeustx / shutterstockOld 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 the ground during the Vietnam War.

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

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

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

3. Cửa hàng for local handicrafts

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Source: R.M. Nunes / shutterstockHoi An Handicraft

If you lượt thích local arts & handicrafts then you will be spoilt for choice on a visit khổng lồ Vietnam.

Hoi An is known across Vietnam for being a hub for beautiful locally made products và you will be able to shop 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 và you can usually take a tour 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 lớn cook Vietnamese food

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Source: Lisovskaya Natalia / shutterstockPho Bo Vietnamese Soup with Beef

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

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

These usually include a trip to lớn the local market where you will learn all about the ingredients used in Vietnamese cooking and some of the dishes that you will get to 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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Source: Richie Chan / shutterstockJapanese Covered Bridge

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

The bridge spans some 12 meters và 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 vị trí cao nhất romantic spot in Hoi An.

6. Visit Hoi An Museum

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Source: archer10 (Dennis) 145M Views / FlickrHoi An Museum

If you want to know more about the history of Hoi An then you need to 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 and photographs & you can also kiểm tra out signature pieces lượt thích large bronze temple bells.


7. Visit Hoi An Silk Village

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Source: www.hoiansilkvillage.comHoi An Silk Village

The Hoi An Silk Village is the place to come if you want lớn get outside the city and kiểm tra 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 and you can even feed the silkworms here and help to unravel their cocoons.

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

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

8. Tour the rã Ky Family House

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Source: jejim / shutterstockTan Ky Family House

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

The family home was built in the 18th century và would have belonged to lớn a family of merchants.

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

Some seven generations of merchants lived in the home and you will still find their original furniture and 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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Source: Dmytro Gilitukha / shutterstockHoi An Coffee

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

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

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

You can even buy bags of beans here to lớn take home as a souvenir.

10. Shop at the Lantern Market

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Source: LeQuangNhut / shutterstockLantern 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 and, as the name suggests, you can buy traditional lanterns here which come in all different shapes & sizes.

Many of these are made of gorgeous Hoi An silk and you can walk around at night và 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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Source: Chris Howey / shutterstockAn 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 & you will find pristine trắng sands that back on lớn 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 khổng lồ stay by the beach a little longer then you can also rent a beachside villa here.

12. Sample Cao Lao

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Source: K. Nakao / shutterstockCao 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 khổng lồ 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 Cham Islands which are around 12 kilometers from the coast of Hoi An.

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

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One of the best places 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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Source: salajean / shutterstockMy Son Ruins

If you want to 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 to lớn the 13th century.

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

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

The site sprawls over 140 hectares and 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 & Boat Tour with Lunch

14. Shop at Hoi An Central Market

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Source: steve estvanik / shutterstockHoi 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 shop 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 & 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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Source: Netfalls Remy Musser / shutterstockFujian 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 and 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 & legend has it that if you pray in the Assembly Hall then you will be lucky when it comes to conceiving children.

This is down to lớn 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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Source: HeadSpinPhoto / shutterstockHoi An Rice Fields

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

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

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

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

17. Admire quan lại Cong Temple

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Source: Lukiyanova Natalia frenta / shutterstockQuan Cong Temple

Quan Cong Temple was founded in 1653 và is dedicated lớn Quan Cong.

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

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

You can make an offering to the general và a lone caretaker will strike a bronze bowl lớn commemorate the moment.

18. Try the local barbecue

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Source: JA Series / shutterstockHoi An Barbecue

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

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

You can choose from different options including pork, prawns, or chicken, and 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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Source: GJDuggan / FlickrPhung Hung Old House

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

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

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

20. Kiểm tra out the nightlife

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Source: mikecphoto / shutterstockHoi An Nightlife

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

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

If you want khổng lồ 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 lớn Cam Kim Island

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Source: gregw66 / FlickrCam Kim Island

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

The main reason people come here is to kiểm tra 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 Kim Bong on Cam Kim Island & you can also pick up some woodcarvings here that make great souvenirs of your trip.

22. Visit Tra Que Village

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Source: Tonkinphotography / shutterstockTra Que Village

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

The village is located between Hoi An and An Bang Beach và 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 to 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 lunch at places like Baby Mustard which uses the freshest local ingredients.


23. Visit the Museum of Trading Ceramics

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Source: Seen_World / FlickrMuseum 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 to domain authority Nang

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Source: Richie Chan / shutterstockDa Nang

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

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

As such, you can spend 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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Source: Le do / shutterstockTra Kieu

Tra Kieu is known as the Lion Citadel và used to 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 check 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 Cham artifacts on display.