Ask any traveller and they will tell you that Hoi An is one of the prettiest towns in Vietnam. Need a lantern in your life? Hoi An is lantern land capital. Craving something healthy after weeks of rice and noodles? Healthy foodie cafes and restaurants are dotted all over the city. Need a top up for your tan? Cycle to Hoi An beach for sunrise and spend the day lounging beneath the palm trees. Here is a list of the top 12 things to do in Hoi An.
DINE ON A RIVER BARGE
Walk down the river one evening and find a river barge to have dinner on. Something different, great view of the sunset and delicious food. What’s not to like?
GET CLOTHING MADE
The ladies in Hoi An make incredible clothing – get something made! Suits, summers dresses, trench coats, winter boots, a pair of shorts – you name it they can make it. And well!
GET TO THE BEACH FOR SUNRISE
The beach faces east so is the perfect setting for sunrise. It is about 3km away from the main town so either jump in a taxi or rent bicycles if you’re feeling active!
DRINK COFFEE AT HOI AN ROASTERY
If you are partial to a good coffee head to Hoi An Roastery for your morning caffeine fix. The cafe sources all its beans locally and also does great healthy brekkies.
WANDER THROUGH THE LOCAL MARKETS
Take a trip down to the hustle and bustle of the local markets and make friends with some of the women selling fruit and veg.
The streets are dotted with souvenirs and boutique shops selling pretty silk scarves, painted coconut bowls and colourful lanterns.
ADMIRE THE LANTERNS
Don’t forget to look up! There is a reason Hoi An is known as lantern land…
GET YOUR MOPED ON
Rent mopeds and bike the Hai Van Pass to Hue, or vice versa. Be prepared for a lot of traffic!
GO FOR DRINKS AT THE CHEF
Have a few drinks at The Chef – a rooftop restaurant / bar that is hidden above a bookshop in the centre of Hoi An.
MARVEL AT THE ANCIENT CITY
Spend some time walking around Hoi An Old Town admiring the gorgeous Vietnamese buildings and structures.
Rent a couple of bicycles and explore the surrounding areas. Take a camera to snap the rice terraces, water buffalo and crazy traffic.
TAKE A BOAT TRIP
Don’t ignore the women on the river asking if you want a boat ride. They are asking you for a reason…its beautiful!
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