Under the appearance of a modern city, Hoi An is still a peaceful and slowly city. This one of the most famous Vietnam destinations that is ideal for an endless vacation.
Wandering on the streets in ancient architecture, cycling along the poetic Hoai River, or enjoying a romantic scene in the light of lanterns are among great experiences, also best things to do in Hoi An for tourists.
1. Wandering around Hoi An old town
For every visitor, the first thing to do in Hoi An Vietnam is walking around the old town to fully enjoy the peaceful and ancient atmosphere here.
Hoi An is famous for its flower-lined streets, old walls with green moss and ancient roofs.
Visiting Japanese Bridge Temple (Chua Cau) by Hoai river (Quang Vu)
Most of alleys in Hoi An are follow-through to each other, so it is extremely convenient for you to visit every single interesting corner. So one of things to do in Hoi An old town chosen by many tourists travel is rent a bike to freely explore the beauty of every road and alley here.
Renting a bike to freely explore the beauty of every road (instagram/hoaian_2010)
A corner of Hoi An (instagram/faifocoffee)
Specially, when night falls, Hoi An becomes a bit static and hauntingly. This is the ideal time to walk on streets, see ancient scene of colorful lanterns.
Hoi An at night (instagram/huyduonghien)
2. Going to Cua Dai and An Bang beach
This is among top things to do in Hoi An Vietnam every tourist comes to this city should do.
Cua Dai is a beautiful large beach with blue water and white stretching sand. Specially, you can enjoy fresh seafood with cheap prices.
Enjoy the time at beautiful Cua Dai beach (instagram/yukoxx8)
An Bang beach in Hoi An is also regarded as one of the top 50 most beautiful beaches on the planet. An Bang beach is suitable for those who is in search of peaceful atmosphere. You can enjoy sea waves, clean water and sunbathe under the brilliant sunshine.
An Bang beach is suitable for those who is in search of peaceful atmosphere (instagram/_sseojii)
3. Visiting Cu Lao Cham
Located about 18km from Cua Dai Beach, Cu Lao Cham is also considered as a favorite place in Hoi An. This island is famous for its biological diversity. Tourists can travel by boats or canoes to arrive here and possibly come back on the same day.
Dive to see coral (namunamu)
Arriving in Cu Lao Cham, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches and dive to see coral as well as enjoy delicious seafood dishes.
4. Exploring traditional trade village
Among things to do in Hoi An, visiting traditional trade villages will give you a chance to know more about Hoi An people and life.
Some famous trade villages that can be listed out are Tra Que vegetable village, Kim Bong carpentry village, Thanh Ha pottery village, Cam Ha flower village and Thanh Nam fishing village.
Beautiful bowls in Thanh Ha pottery village (Almut Albrecht)
Arriving in every village, tourists will have the opportunity to explore and experience unique characteristics of each village.
5. Seeing sunset in Thu Bon River
Along the banks of Thu Bon River, there are antique houses, gorgeous sand dunes, farm scenes, picturesque mountains.
Boating in Thu Bon River is a really interesting thing (instagram/faifocoffee)
When the night falls, the Thu Bon River is fanciful with the light from lanterns in the old houses. Enjoy the poetic scenery and listen to folk song are among best things to do in Hoi An, Viet Nam.
Thu Bon River is fanciful with the light from lanterns (Declan Keane)
It’s more interesting to boat around the river and drop flower garlands and colored lanterns down the dreamy river.
Dropping flower garlands and colored lanterns down the river (namunamu)
6. Enjoying cuisines in Hoi An
Other key that makes this beautiful city attractive is its traditional street dishes such as Cao Lau (Hoi An traditional noodle), dumplings, Vac cakes, chicken rice and well-known Vietnamese baguettes.
Hoi An has many street foods along roads (Jasmine Rozanc)
Vietnamese baguettes in Hoi An are famous in the world (namunamu)
In addition, apart from the familiar dishes, visitors can enjoy some other dishes with no less attractive like duck soup, roasted duck, grilled veal, or fresh seafood near the Cau Pagoda.
Besides, Hoi An is also famous for noshes like lotus porridge, corn porridge, coconut tofu, etc. It’s really worth trying these things to do in Hoi An old town.
7. Shopping for souvenirs in Hoi An
There are all kinds of souvenirs in Hoi An from silk clothing to small yet pretty and impressive gifts that you can buy in market, shops in Hoi An ancient town with moderate prices.
In particular, you will definitely enjoy tailored clothes or a pair of shoes especially made for yourself just within one day. This is one of the Hoi An things to do you can refer to.
Have your clothing tailored within one day (namunamu)
Especially, if you want to keep good memories here, you can choose to buy lanterns made beautifully by Hoi An craftsmen.
You'll have many choices for beautiful lanterns there (Ferimand mul)