Hoi An is one of the most popular destinations in all of Vietnam. There are many things to do in Hoi An such as exploring the pristine beaches, taking a self-guided walking tour in the historic old town and visiting the UNESCO site in the majestic mountain ranges. I recommend putting Hoi An in your top 10 places to see in Vietnam.
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WHERE IS HOI AN VIETNAM & HOW TO GET THERE
Hoi An is 900km north of Ho Chi Minh and 800km south of Hanoi, basically the halfway point on the east coast of Vietnam.
Most people plan their trip throughout Vietnam by traveling from the north to the south or vice versa. There is no shortage of sleeper buses available from every main town or city costing you no more than $15.
If you are planning to fly to Hoi An, the closest airport is in Da Nang City, 45 minutes north of Hoi An. Flights are approximately $50 one way from Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh.
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You can then take a taxi directly from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An which will cost you anywhere between $15 – $30. Alternatively, take a taxi to the central bus station in Da Nang and jump on a local bus to Hoi An that costs only $1.50. Buses run every 20 minutes between 6am and 9pm.
Drone shot of Old Town Hoi An Vietnam
TOP 4 THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN
1. HOI AN OLD TOWN
Exploring Old Town is one of the top things to do in Hoi An. The architecture in Old Town is influenced by the French, Chinese and Japenese cultures.
There are colorful buildings around every corner, the streets are decorated with stringing lanterns and beautiful canals cut through the center of the Old Town Hoi An.
There are many shrines, temples and pagodas dotted throughout the streets of the Ancient Town Hoi An and a Japanese inspired wooden bridge that can be found on the northern end. Most of the Hoi An attractions are free of charge, and some others require a small fee of around $2 to enter.
For food and drinks, you will be spoilt for choice with countless restaurants and bars or you can head to the central market for cheap and easy local cuisine and a refreshing fruit juice. My favorite local food is Bahn Mi, (similar to a subway) or a bowl of Pho (pork noodle soup).
Also in the list of top things to do in Hoi An Old Town is to get some clothing tailor-made from one of the dozens of tailors throughout the town. I recommend choosing a tailor off the main street and down one of the smaller alleyways for a much better price on custom made clothing.
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Exploring the streets of Old Town Hoi An
Central Market in Old Town – Hoi An Attractions
The Japanese bridge in Hoi An Old Town
Temple in Hoi An Old Town – Hoi An Things To Do
2. MY SON SANCTUARY IN HOI AN VIETNAM
The My Son Sanctuary is a cluster of ancient Hindu temples that were constructed in the emerald hills in the Duy Xuyen District between the 4th and the 14th century. The abandoned temples of My Son Sanctuary is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is the most popular attraction in the region that draws in thousands of visitors every year.
The My Son Sanctuary is located 40km west of Hoi An, Vietnam. The journey time is approximately one hour from Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary.
The My Son Sanctuary is open Monday TO Sunday from 6:00am to 5:00pm and the entrance fee is 150,000 dong.
As you enter the gates to My Son Sanctuary there is a courtesy buggy that will transport you from the main gate of the park to the start of the walking trail.
The trail at My Son Sanctuary is very easy to navigate and it will lead you through the abandoned complex of the magnificent Hindu ruins. There are a total of 71 temple structures that are impressively older than the Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia.
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The main complex of temples at My Son Sanctuary
My Son Sanctuary – What to do in Hoi An
My Son Sanctuary – Hoi An What To Do
3. HOI AN BEACH
The best cure after a long day exploring the Old Town and My Son Sanctuary is to head down to Hoi An beach to cool off and enjoy the shade underneath the cluster of coconut palms that line the beachfront.
As busy as Hoi An can get with locals and tourists combined, you will be sure to find your own little private beach spot along the pristine stretch of white sand coastline, making it one of the top things to do in Hoi An.
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Drone shot of Hoi An Beach
Sunrise at Hoi An Beach – Things to do in Hoi An
4. BAMBOO BASKET BOAT RIVER CRUISE
Never have I ever seen anything like these hand-crafted bamboo baskets that are used as fishing boats by the local fisherman in Hoi An.
Take an hour-long cruise down the river and canals in one of these uniquely constructed, bamboo basket boats.
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Bamboo Boat Cruise
WHERE TO STAY IN HOI AN
Hoi An has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Hoi An to suit budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: ANANTARA RESORT
MID RANGE: HA AN HOTEL
BUDGET: HAPPY MONKEY HOSTEL
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The best time to visit Hoi An is in the dry season, February – September.
The best mode of transport around Hoi An is on a bicycle or by scooter. The majority of the accommodations will rent out bicycles for free when you book and stay with them.
Alternatively, you can rent a scooter for $5 a day from one of the many scooter rental shops dotted throughout the town of Hoi An.
There plenty of ATMs around town, so if you need to take cash out the option is there.
MAP OF HOI AN VIETNAM
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Another option for accommodation in Vietnam is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Vietnam.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about things to do in Hoi An, please drop me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
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