Top attractions in Hoi An
9 Things to Do in Hoi An
What is it about port cities? They're always the most exciting places to hang out and Hoi An is no exception. Once a trader's town, today Hoi An is a medley of cultural influences in one single stop.
1. Museum of Trade Ceramics
Visit the Museum of Trade Ceramics to explore some of the rich trading history of Hoi An. Pottery from India, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan is on display.
2. Quan Cong Temple
Dive into the rich cultural history of Hoi An. You can pay tribute to General Quan Cong--who is revered for his courage and loyalty--at the temple.
3. Phung Hung House
The intricate carpentry work on the Phung Hung House is a mixture of Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese styles of workmanship. The 19th century building was once the site of a shop that sold spices and glassware.
4. Chaozhou Hall
Chaozhou Hall has spectacular carvings on the beams, walls, and alters that illustrate detailed scenes. Before your visit to the congregational hall check out the event calendar; the hall often hosts community events.
5. Museum of Sa Huynh Culture
The Sa Huynh is said to be the first culture to have settled the area. Explore pre-historic Sa Huynh culture through their habits, artifacts, and more at the museum.
6. Quan Thang
The house of Quan Thang has been standing for over three centuries. The style of architecture has traces of Japanese and Chinese influence, as is common in Hoi An.
7. Cua Dai Beach
Plop yourself down under a palm tree grove and enjoy the sandy beaches of Hoi An. A gentle tide will soothe you as you sip on a drink and admire the distant glittering of city buildings.
8. Old House of Tan Ky
The Old House of Tan Ky is a great way to learn more about the illustrious history of Hoi An. A living home, the staff welcomes you with tea and goes on to offer terrific guided tours.
9. Japanese Covered Bridge
The Japanese Covered Bridge is simple in style and was once flattened by the French to accommodate vehicles, but the overall shape and design of the bridge hasn't changed. While you make your way over to the bridge, stop by the temple located on the north side.
Planning Your Visit
What to eat in Hoi An?
The cuisine of Hoi An is full of nuanced and exotic flavors. Make sure to try one of the many chicken rice dishes or for full authentic flare--make sure your meal has vegetables from the Tra Que vegetable village and the water came from an ancient Cham well.
How to get around Hoi An?
The small streets of Hoi An are best traversed on foot. Beware of motorbikes whizzing about! You can also rent a motorbike, but know that during some hours they are banned from the city center. You can also take a taxi or go old-school and take a boat around.
Good to know
- Vietnamese Dong (VND)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+07:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- If you visit from February to July, you'll find warm, sunny weather. Year-round Hoi An has pleasant weather but can be quite rainy. The best time to go is before the rainy season begins.
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What people are saying about Hoi An
Our guide was exceptionally friendly and sweet! It was just us who booked the tour on this day so it was private. The car was very comfortable and spacious, there was also complimentary water provided. There was a nice small walking tour through some of the murals in the village. The only thing I was a bit disappointed with is that we did not have an opportunity to see all the murals in the village. This is because we were led back into the car which quickly drove past the second section of murals and some painted basket boats. And by the time we realized, it was too late to feel comfortable asking to turn back. It would have been nice to have more time to walk around, explore and take a closer look.
Picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off in Hoi An whee we met our chef and tour guide. Had sometime to shop through the local market (and we were able to buy a few things too). The boat ride and bamboo boat were such a fun little treat. Our tour guide was so friendly and spoke amazing English! And the food, WOW. Delicious. We made apron rolls, beef pho, Chicken curry and and papaya salad.:: we even got the recipes to try to make at home. A wonderful way to spend half the day in hoi an and enjoy some culture!
Spring was a great guide with fantastic clear English. It was a little difficult to hear what was being said around the market because of the bustle and size of the group. My daughter (11) and I had a great day. To travel to the course by boat was nice and the bamboo boats were a fun thing to do with my daughter. We caught 7 crabs! The cooking course was hands on which was brilliant. I liked that you ate each course as it was cooked rather than everything at the end. An enjoyable day and highly recommend.
I booked this transfer for a relaxing, seamless, and cheap way to get from Hoi An all the way to Da Nang airport. It exceeded my expectations! The staff was very professional and confirmed my hotel's name and address by iMessage the day before. They arrived on time, and got me to the airport within the window they quoted. I'd absolutely book again in the future. Highly recommend!
An excellent tour that was very enjoyable. My Son Sanctuary is very beautiful and it was well worth getting up early in the morning for! Our guide was lovely and so informative. Very highly recommended