Hoi An, nestled between rivers, rice paddies, and beaches, offers an array of captivating things to do. Its iconic yellow shop houses, blooming flowers, and lush countryside provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable experience. If you’re exploring this former trading port, make sure to check out these 10 inspired things to do in Hoi An.
Explore the Countryside by Bicycle
Hoi An offers excellent opportunities for bicycle exploration
Rent a bicycle from your hotel or a rental shop (around VND 30,000 per day) and ride from the Ancient Town to Cam Thanh and Cam Chau. You’ll witness Vietnamese countryside life, leafy vegetable gardens, duck ponds, and repair shops.
Tip: If you don’t want to cycle, take a vintage sidecar tour with Victoria to explore Tra Que’s vegetable village, Cam Chau’s rice paddies, and An Bang Beach’s sand dunes.
Take a Boat Cruise
A boat trip on the Hoai River, Hoi An
Don’t miss a sunset cruise on the Thu Bon River. Negotiate at the ferry quay for a half-hour trip (about VND 150,000 – VND 200,000). Depart just before sunset for the best views.
Tip: Early risers can try sunrise stand-up paddleboarding at An Bang or join a kayak tour to explore more waterways.
Enjoy a cup of coffee at a local cafe in Hoi An
Enjoy a Beach Day
The pleasant An Bang beach
Shop for Souvenirs
Metiseko, fashion and accessories shop in Hoi An
Try Local Dishes
Cao Lầu, a regional Vietnamese noodle from the city of Hoi An
Explore the Ancient Town
A lantern shop at night in Hoi An
Visit the UNESCO-listed Ancient Town during the day and night when lanterns light up the streets and the Thu Bon River sparkles.
Learn About Hoi An's History
Japanese bridge in Hoi An
From the 15th to 19th centuries, Hoi An thrived as a trading port. Explore ancestral houses and pagodas in the Ancient Town, including the Japanese Bridge, Tan Ky House, and Phuc Kien Assembly Hall.
Take a Cooking Class
Hands-on cooking class in Tra Que vegetable village
Experience Hoi An’s cooking classes, where you’ll learn local techniques and enjoy the results.
Tip: Consider the Red Bridge cooking school.
Experience the Nightlife
Enjoy the evening at Mango Mango
Teh Dar – Vietnamese Bamboo Circus in Hoi An
Lune Production hosts world-class circus, dance, and musical performances. Watch “The Mist” at their new performance centre for an authentic Vietnamese experience. Check schedules and ticket prices on the Lune Production website.