Hoi An at a glance
How long in Hoi an?
You only need 3-4 days to explore the whole Hoi An including the beaches and villages. Everything is easily accessible in Hoi An and only a short bike ride away.
Cycling is the most convenient way of getting around most places. You can easily rent a bicycle from your hotel or at one of the bike rental stores for 1USD a day!
Taxis Faifoo and Mai Linh are two reliable companies in the region. A 45-minute taxi ride from Da Nang International Airport to Hoi An costs between VND 250,000 and 350,000 (US$ 10-15). Take a taxi if you’d like to go beyond Hoi An.
Motorcycles will give you more freedom to explore rural villages, the coastline, and even as far as Da Nang’s Marble Mountains. Motorbike rentals charge 100,000 onwards.
Cyclos offering a leisurely cruise along Hoi An’s friendly streets. Most cyclo operators usually offer a history lesson about the Ancient Town’s landmarks and culture. A standard fare costs about VND 22,000 per KM. Ensure to negotiate at a fixed rate.
The Japanese Bridge is a prime attraction in Hoi An. Constructed in the 1600’s, the bridge remains a symbol of the significant influence the Japanese had in the region at that period. At night the bridge comes alive attracting tourists and locals. Anyone can photograph the bridge, but crossing the Hoi An Japanese Bridge requires a coupon included in the entry fee.
Sip egg coffee at the Hoi An Roastery.
Visit My Son Sanctuary
Explore ancient architectural ruins in the middle of the forest. The site of My Son may not have the same awe-inspiring effect as Ayutthaya in Thailand or the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia would, but the ruins of My Son sanctuary in Vietnam are extraordinary for its mystery.
Eat the best Banh My in town
Banh My Phuong serves crispy baguettes with veggies, herbs, eggs and any kind of meat
Sip cocktails at Hoi An’s calm beaches
Not only is Hoi An ancient town charming, it is also a beach destination just 4kkm away. Although don’t expect clear blue waters and soft sand, Hoi An’s beach is calm, quiet and alluring in its own way. Hoi An’s resort hotels offer the luxury traveler comfort and a beach style holiday.
Visit a tailor
Bebe, Yaly Couture, and Bao Khan silk quality and affordable ready to make clothing.
Take a round wooden boat to Cam Thanh water coconut village. Have a local experience by learning about the daily life of local fishermen, their families, and the community.
Visit the Central Market
You cannot leave Hoi An without visiting the Central Market. You will get a sense of how people of Hoi An live and understand the local culture. The market is a lively place with vendors selling everything from clothing, fresh fish, fruits and vegetables and so much more! Be prepared to haggle!
Wake up early to see local vendors and fisherman start their daily work shift
Get to the morning fish market at 6 am and be rewarded with an astonishing site. Local women in conical hats swarm the docks just to get fish for their stalls, while fishermen unload their catch of the day. Bringing your camera is a must.
Get a massage
Escape the crowds and heat for a relaxing time at Heaven Garden in Nguyen Phan Vinh, and My Chi Spa in Tan An Ward.
Have Tea at Reaching Out Tea House