August 28, 2023

Nestled in the heart of central Vietnam, the ancient town of Hoi An is home to the charming lantern-lit streets, well-preserved architectures and rich cultural scene. A nostalgic vibe can’t be found anywhere else making it a must-see destination in Vietnam. Here are the best things to do that ensure you a memorable trip in this beautiful town

Strolling down the ancient town

Strolling down the ancient town

Spend hours wandering slowly through the streets and admiring the ancient French & Asian architecture style houses, shutters, in hues of yellow and the vibrant pink bougainvillea. The architecture provides a real nostalgic feeling and has been perfectly maintained as a result of its UNESCO status.

Take a boat ride on Hoai River

Take a boat ride on Hoai River

Given its estuary location, traditional boats are another distinctive feature of Hội An. The river that’s welcomed generations of trade is a culture trait of this ancient town. A boat trip is a cooling, soothing way to experience the city from its waterways. The most popular choice is a sunset cruise on one of the sampans that line the riverside.

Buy Fabric and custom-made clothes

With silk at its core, Hoi An’s history intertwines with the Silk Road era when fabric served as a form of currency. Today, the town has evolved into a hub for travelers seeking bespoke clothing. Wander through the vibrant Hoi An Cloth Market, where over 50 stalls showcase an array of fabrics in every hue imaginable. Engage with skilled vendors who entice you to explore the world of textiles. If you prefer a more refined experience, visit one of the town’s esteemed tailors, where the process includes fabric selection.

Hoi An is home to esteemed tailors with different kinds of silk and fabric 

Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge

Japan Bridge

Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge

Built in the 16th century, this Iconic Landmark Represents Harmony between Japanese and Vietnamese Communities. Admire Its Distinctive Architecture, Intriguing Legends, and Role as a Symbol of Unity.

Join charming lantern festival in Hoi An

charming lantern festival

Lanterns became the most iconic symbol of Hoi An

Ever since Chinese and Japanese traders introduced them hundreds of years ago, lanterns have always been hung – and made – here. They gradually became the most iconic symbol of Hoi An. For the most memorable trip (and most stunning photos), the best time to visit Hoi An is during the lantern festival, held on the 14th day of every lunar month, when the moon is full. At night, the whole town reduces its electricity usage, so the charming candle-lit lanterns steal the show. Find a spot by the river, where lanterns are cast adrift to bring good luck. Or hop onto a boat and drop a lantern as you make a wish of your own.

Sunbathe & swim at An Bang Beach

an bang

The amazing An Bang Beach

Need a beach break? It is less than 10km away from the town center. Some travellers choose to stay at a beach-side resort, venturing into the old town for day trips. The nearest and most popular beach in Hoi An is An Bang. Sun loungers and umbrellas are ideal for those wanting to relax. Watersports include parasailing, jet skis, and stand-up paddleboarding. There are plenty of bars and restaurants for food and refreshments.

Discover Local Cusine:

Taste the diverse chapters of Hoi An through its culinary offerings, from the harmonious Cao Lau to the savory Banh Mi. Don’t forget to sample the fresh seafood available in the region.


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