Hoi An is a charming, character destination in central Vietnam. It has a beautiful timeless old town, sun drenched beaches and great nature. Whether your travel is for leisure or adventure, Hoi An has something to offer you.
To soak up the best of this Unesco Heritage Site, here are the top things to do in Hoi An
Witness Hoi An lantern making
People love to photograph Hoi An partly thanks to its colorful lanterns hanging in all the street. This traditional work has been handled from generation to generation in the town for centuries.
There are many places you can observe how people make lanterns including shops and factories.
Observing or even participating in a lantern making class is one of the premier hand-on experiences you should soak up.
Take a Street Food Tour
Street foods in the ancient towns are recommended by all well known foodie magazines. From Cao Lau to Rice dishes, from seafoods to mouth washing deserts, there are so many things to samples.
Afternoon till evening is the best time to walk down in the streets, making stops for traditional food shops.
Cycle the Backroads
To soak up the true delights of Hoi An surroundings, there is no better way than taking a bike ride. Since all the attractions are not so far from each other, having a day out on bike is just perfect.
Within half day, there are possibilities to reach An Bang beach, friendly residence along the river banks and fishing villages.
Visit the Vegetable Village
Most of the local meals served in Hoi An are supplemented with fresh greens that are worth to taste. From hefty taro root to fine spring onions, all ingredients supplied to the local markets come from Tra Que, a vegetable village placed amid An Bang beach and Hoi An city. You can visit the area to see how these herbs are grown and meet the farmers.
Attend One of the Cultural Shows
Once the rendezvous for many cultures, Hoi An isn`t lack of cultural activities. One of the most enjoyable shows you should attend is A O show. There are mainly three shows you can choose from, and these include Hoi An memories, Lune productions and the famous water puppet show.
Kayak Thu Bon River
You`ll not regret to adventure out of the touristic trail a little bit with your paddle in Hoi An. Along Thu Bon rivers, sites to capture are plenty. With a kayak, there are more chances to see the hidden palm groves, uninhabited islands, small fishing houses.
The kayak rental fee starts around $ 20/ 2 hours.
Explore Silk Village
This is an interesting stop in Hoi An to learn about the traditional way of making silk from worms in Hoi An. It showcases the rich tradition of Silk industry as well explaining why Hoi An is a great place to buy clothes.
Eat Cau Lao
Vietnamese cuisine is hard to ignore when listing the top yummy local dishes in Asia. The country stars different foods in its cities; Hoi An is renowned for Cau Lao, a delish noodle specialty. It is found in almost every town’s restaurant, often served with fresh herbs, spices, crunchy rice crackers and sliced pork.
Boat Ride along the Thu Bon River
Without doubt, Boat rides along the Thu Bon River add to the list of top pursuits you should partake for beautiful moments in Hoi An. It is a must for everyone on the boat to put on a life jacket. The cruise confers awe-inspiring views of the riverside scenery and sunset/rise.
Hoi An has some of Vietnam’s top beaches, and this is the reason why it is widely visited by beachgoers. There are four beaches in place, but An Bang is the most notable. It consists of unspoiled shorelines that are flanked by turquoise waters. Besides swimming, visitors enjoy other activities like boat rides, jet skiing and more.
Did you know that An Bang and Cua Dai Beaches are listed in our Vietnam Best Beaches as well ?
Pamper Yourself at a Day Spa
After a long day of hustle (such as walking around the Old town), no any other way you can regain your normal health strength than a spa treatment. The treatment usually includes head and foot massages along with laser hair removal.
Visit the Old Town
Amongst the top things to do in Hoi An, it is incomplete to not mention about the main town. The town is full of beautiful places for travelers to explore. Whether you are here to sample the Unesco Heritage Wonders, seeking for a slide of culture, enjoy museum visits or capture the Vietnam-China-Japanese architect, you`ll find all.
It is not mentioned the fact that Hoi An town turns extremely romantic at night with lantern, candles and sparkling rivers.