Top 10 things to do and see in Hoi An
17 May 2019 By Lily Pham
Located in the central of Vietnam, Hoi An has well-known for its beautifully preserved Old Town with distinctive architecture. The UNESCO-listed centre is home to some 800 historical buildings where display the city's unique heritage with Chinese temples, Japanese architectural designs and European-style buildings. A visit to Hoi An is easily accessible on foot or cyclo due to there are restrictions on modern development with no cars or motorbikes allowed in the Old Town. Hoi an is also one of the best ideal for exploring by bicycles from picturesque rice paddies to the organic herb farms of Tra Que Village to the amazing An Bang and Cua Dai beaches and also a famous place for getting tailor made clothing, funky art galleries, locally made handicrafts.
Here is our recommendation of what to do and see in Hoi An.
#1 Explore Hoi An Old town
Exploring the old town is one of the best thing to do in Hoi AN, just spend a few hours to wandering around the winding streets and alleys that hosting a beautiful collection of old architecture combining Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and even European influence. The ancient town used to be a merchant heaven but most they had long moved elsewhere. Despite, Hoi An has been successful in preserving and restoring its charming roots. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1999.
#2 Boat ride on Thu Bon river
As a major port of the ancient Cham Kingdom between the seventh and 10th centuries due to its advantage location on the banks of the Hoai (also known as Thu Bon now) River. There are several travel companies offer boat trips ranging from one hour to half-day trips, however you also can wander along the river on Bac Dang street and make a negotiate with the boat owners there.
#3 Tailor shops
Hoi An is also famous for its tailor shops with over 400 tailors and rows of shoemakers. Just come armed with a favourite outfit to have copied, or you also browse through magazines or Pinterest on the shops’ iPads to choose your style. Tailors and shoemakers work swiftly and can complete an entire wardrobe in a day.
#4 Cooking class
Hoi An is a great place to learn how to cook real Vietnamese cuisine. There are a number of cooking schools that offering fun half-day to full-day classes that often include a shopping trip to the local market with plenty of hands-on participation. Contact us to learn more Hoi An Cooking Class
#5 Relaxing An Bang beach
An Bang Beach is one of the few stretches of beach in Hoi An that’s relatively unspoiled by development which making it’s more popular with travellers than Cua Dai beach. It also houses an array of beachfront resorts, bars, seafood restaurants with stunning views of the neighbouring Marble Mountains, Cham island and Da Nang Bay
#6 My Son sanctuary – UNESCO site
My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a great sample of the ancient Champa civilization with the numerous Hindu temples were built between the 4th and 14th centuries, a unique culture in Vietnam with spiritual roots tied to one of India's most important religions. Learn more:
#7 Biking and Cycling
Leave the old town behind, Hop on a bicyle and cycling through the paddy fields, learn how to plant vegetables at tra que village, and ride a water buffalo…etc. All excursions will give you the chance to really get up close and personal with some of the more rural villagers to see how they live from the land. This tour is completely MUST in Hoi An if you are traveling to Vietnam with your kids. Learn more Cycling Tours in Hoi An.
#8 Farming, Fishing Tour & Local Market
Fun and educational are what im talking to type of this tour. Visiting a fishing village and experiencing the life of a fisherman is a key cultural experience. Learn how to cast a fishing net from a traditional fishing boat and how to steer the round bamboo basket boats. Also recommended for Vietnam Famly Holiday with kids
A visit to Hoi An Central Market, one of Vietnam’s best, where there is a vast array of foodstuff for sale that including spices such as: saffron and cinnamon, fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh fish..etc. Besides, you also find out dress, shirt, jacket to souvenir and local handicraft
#9 Visiting Lantern and enjoy the night life in Hoi An
Hoi An is one of the beautiful place of Vietnam no matter the time of the day but it’s especially spectacular at night when the streets of Hoi An turn into a sparkling display of colorful lanterns, as well as folk dance and live music performances.
#10. Golden Bridge in Bana Hill – Da Nang
After opening in June 2018, the golden bridge is becoming one of the best tourist attration in Da Nang. It takes one hour from Hoi An Ancient Town if you wish to visit this place. Learn more Golden Bridge in Bana Hills
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