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 historical 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.
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 travelling 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. Click HERE to book your flights with Skyscanner. 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 HOI AN ATTRACTIONS
1. HOI AN OLD TOWN – THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN
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 colourful buildings around every corner, the streets are decorated with stringing lanterns and beautiful canals cut through the centre 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 favourite 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.
Exploring the streets of Old Town Hoi An
Lunchtime at the Central Market in Hoi An Old Town
The Japanese wooden bridge in Hoi An Old Town
A local woman selling fruits outside a temple in Hoi An Old Town
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 – Sunday from 6:00am to 5:00pm and the entrance fee is 150,000 dong ($7).
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.
Click HERE to see the full blog post of My Son Sanctuary.
The main complex of temples at My Son Sanctuary
Drone shot of My Son Sanctuary
Entering a temple at My Son Sanctuary – Hoi An Vietnam
3. HOI AN BEACH – THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN
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.
Drone shot of the beach and the river in Hoi An Vietnam
Incredible sunrise at Hoi An beach
4. BAMBOO BASKET BOAT RIVER CRUISE – THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN
Never have I ever seen anything like these hand-crafted bamboo baskets that are used as fishing boats by the local fisherman of Hoi An. Take an hour-long cruise down the river and canals in one of these uniquely constructed, bamboo basket boats.
The cost for a one-hour bamboo basket boat river cruise in Hoi An is 200,000 dong ($9).
There is no shortage of accommodations in Hoi An, ranging from luxury resorts to budget homestays.
To look and book accommodation in Hoi An click HERE to check rates and availability.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO – HOI AN VIETNAM
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. 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 a plenty of ATM’s around town, so if you need to take cash out the option is there.
MAP OF HOI AN VIETNAM
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