Hoi An was one of the nicest and chilled out places I visited in Vietnam. And there is so many things to do in Hoi An. Hoi An is a UNESCO ancient town with more than 2,000 years of history.
- Quick Information on Vietnam
- Things To Do in Hoi An
- Explore The Old Town
- Relax At The Beach
- Admire Quan Cong Temple
- See The Monthly Full Moon Lantern Festival
- Visit The Temples Of ‘MY SON’
- Visit Phung Hung Old House
- Get Tailor Made Clothes
- Check Out The Central Market
- Where To Stay in Hoi An Vietnam
- Wrapping Up
Back in the 15th century, it was known as Faifo to the Eurореаnѕ. And Hoi An was once an important trade center been one of the biggest ѕеароrts in the country.
Today, the old part of the town is full of a wonderful mixture of architecture buildings from different cultures, food, and history.
There are loads of tailor ѕhорѕ, café and restaurants in the old town.
Quick Information on Vietnam
- Currency: Vietnamese Dong
- Language: Vietnamese
- Population: Over 92 million
- Capital City: Hanoi
- Best time to visit Vietnam: Visit north Vietnam regions is between March and May and from September to November Between. And south Vietnam regions is between December and April.
- How to get there: You can enter by land through Cambodia, Laos, and China. Or fly into Vietnam as there are flights to most major cities in Vietnam.
Things To Do in Hoi An
With so much to do in Hoi An, here is our list of main things to do in Hoi An.
Explore The Old Town
The ancient town of Hoi An is small but is a UNESCO town. It was once the main trading port in the area so has a mix of different cultures from Chinese to the Europeans.
When wandering the streets of the ancient town, you will see the clear mix of different cultures from the street buildings to temples.
The old town is closed to motorbikes at certain times of the day normally between 9 am-11 am, 2 pm-4 pm, and 6.30 pm-9 pm.
Note, there is an entrance fee about US$6 to enter the old town. You should keep the ticket when entering the old town.
They do not check it every time but it’s easier in case. This is not well advertised, it’s not the most professional setup nor are the people you are collecting the money and they don’t act it either.
Relax At The Beach
There are two beaches in Hoi An and with the temperature averaging around 25°C which is a comfortable temperature.
The first beach is Cua Dai beach that is about 5 km from the town center, it’s the popular beach in Hoi An but for that reason, it is a little more expensive and busy.
Cua Dai beach has a 3 km stretch of white sand and gentle waves, the beach is relatively quiet most of the time apart from weekends and public holidays.
The deck chairs on the beach are generally owned by the restaurants to use these you will have to pay a fee or at least buy dinner there.
The second beach is An Bang beach this is not as busy as Cua Dai but it’s about a 10-15 mins drive outside of Hoi An.
It’s relatively unspoiled but with restaurants available when necessary. Taking a deck chair is also free but the nearby restaurants expect that you buy at least a drink or dinner.
Admire Quan Cong Temple
Founded in 1653, this small temple that is dedicated to three famous generals.
With Quan Cong in the middle and the other two guards. Then Chau Thong the civil mandarin on the right and Quan Binh the administrative mandarin on the left.
The three symbolise bravery, loyalty and virtue.
See The Monthly Full Moon Lantern Festival
Every 14th day of each lunar month, Hoi An’s old town center changes where lanterns provide the old town with light, creating colorful candlelit lanterns.
For the lanterns festival the street lights are turned off and the streets become traffic free.
Locals do this to honour their ancestors outside their homes by burning fake dollars.
Visit The Temples Of ‘MY SON’
Yet another UNESCO heritage site in Vietnam, it’s roughly about 50 km outside of Hoi An, it took us roughly 1 hour to get there.
My Son temples is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century.
During the Vietnam war, this site was heavily bombed, almost all temples are partly destroyed. It’s no Angkor Wat which is well maintained, so you can’t compare My Son temples to it. But My Son temples won’t disappoint.
Buying a ticket allows for entry was 120,000 dong which allows you to visit five historic attractions. There are several meeting halls and ancient houses to look through.
I would recommend getting a group to gather and get a taxi and spread the cost. 2 hours is plenty of time and if you can, get there early to avoid the crowds. Plus, take plenty of water.
Visit Phung Hung Old House
The house is over 200 years old and has 80 columns on Marble bases. The columns and wood of the house are still in their original condition.
The house floods every to about 1.2 to 1.5 meters and as such, they have a trap door on the 2nd floor to bring their things upstairs when it floods.
The family that lives there now makes and sells embroidered table cloths and gifts to visitors to the old house.
Get Tailor Made Clothes
There is a lot of tailors in the old town that can make custom clothes. If you are not backpacking or traveling for an extended period of time, maybe worth considering.
Plus, getting a tailor-made suit in Hoi An will be a lot cheaper than in Europe or North America.
Hoi An has a load of tailors to choose from that can make everything for you, from suits, dresses, shoes, and bags.
But beware, the price and quality can vary between different shops. So it’s best to check Tripadvisor first!
Check Out The Central Market
Vietnam is full of markets and Hoi An is no exception. The Central market is in the Old town. There are always bargains to be found in the market, don’t be afraid to barter.
As a rule of thumb, half whatever price you initially get from the street traders and haggle from there.
You can pick anything up from local street food to fragrant spices, tropical fruits to small souvenirs, and even clothes.
Where To Stay in Hoi An Vietnam
Hoi An has a good supply of guest houses, hostels, and hotels. Here are a few places to give you an idea of what is available if you are planning to visit Hoi An Vietnam.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits your interests while traveling.
Flame Flowers Homestay
Rating 9.9, Prices start from $25 for Double room
Flame Flowers Homestay offers rooms feature tiled flooring and a TV. En suite bathroom comes with a shower and washbasin. Free WiFi access in the entire property.
Quynh Chau Homestay
Rating 9.5, Prices start from $21 for Double room
Quynh Chau Homestay offers air-conditioned rooms and comes with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. All rooms have a private bathroom equipped with a bath.
Cashew Tree Bungalow
Rating 9.4, Prices start from $26 for Double room
Cashew Tree Bungalow offers a garden and air-conditioned accommodation with a patio and free WiFi. All rooms come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.
Finally, as you as see there is a good range of things to do in Hoi An Vietnam such as visiting the beach to go exploring the old town. All you have to do is to choose the stuff you prefer and start enjoying what Hoi An has to offer.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on things to do in Hoi An Vietnam has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.