Things to do in Hoi An

Our most recommended things to do in Hoi An

Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

1. Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

One of the most stunning sights to see in Hoi An area is My Son, Viet Nam’s most important site of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountain ranges, My Son was named a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence

From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

2. From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

Spend time in Vietnam's countryside on a morning or afternoon guided tour from Hoi An. Browse a local market before floating through a dense coconut palm forest on a traditional bamboo basket boat. Learn how to prepare Vietnamese food and savor your work during a cooking class. Meet your guide at the Godiva coffee shop before heading to explore a morning or afternoon market in Hoi An. Marvel at the seasonal fruits, noodles, herbs, vegetables, meat, and fish on display. Interact with the vendors and get some tips on how to bargain.  Then, paddle through the water coconut palms aboard a bamboo basket boat for 40 minutes. Learn how to fish with a fishing net, listen to some folk songs and receive some handmade souvenirs made from coconut leaves. Learn how to cook Vietnamese food, such as Bánh cuốn (Vietnamese steamed rice rolls), Bánh Xèo (Hoian rice pancakes), Phở (pho noodles with beef), and Chè (sweet bean soup) as you prepare your own lunch or dinner.

Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

3. Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Da Nang or Hoi An, visit the Son Tra Mountain, also known as Monkey Mountain, to gain insight into Vietnam's rich history of Buddhism and Hinduism. Then, visit the Lady Buddha statue, the tallest Buddhist statue in Vietnam, reaching a height of 220 feet (67 meters). Next, visit local stone factories and sculpture shops, before visiting Marble Mountain. Visit the Âm Phủ cave, to take a walk through a re-creation of Buddhist hell. At midday enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with authentic Vietnamese dishes. You'll be transferred back to your hotel around 1:00 PM.

From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

4. From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

Rich with cultural and historic significance, My Son sanctuary is one of the most beautiful and important religious sites in Vietnam. Your tour starts early, with pickup from your expert English-speaking guide at 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM. After a stunning drive through amidst lush hills and rushing rivers, you’ll arrive at the My Son at 10:00 AM — still early enough to beat the heat. Wandering through the ruins of ancient temples to the Hindu god Shiva, your guide will recount the fascinating history of the kingdom of Champa, whose religious leaders began the construction of My Son in the 4th-century. See the ornate towers, now covered with bright green grass, with ornate pillars still suggesting the beauty of the complex when it was built. After 2.5 hours of exploring, you’ll hop on a colorful boat bound back for Hoi An, where you’ll gather more priceless insight from your guide while you enjoy a local vegetarian lunch. Drifting down the Thu Bôn River, you'll get a further taste of the verdant beauty of the Vietnamese countryside, flanked by mountains and jungles on either side. By 2:30 PM you’ll be back at Nguyen Hoang pier in Hoi An, ready to take on the rest of your day.

Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

5. Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

Upon arrival at the class at Cam Pho, in the heart of Hoi An, you'll be greeted with a traditional Vietnamese tea. Then, start to make a 30 cm lantern made of silk and bamboo in the shape you like - choose between a lotus, diamond, sunrise, or sunset.  All the materials you need will be provided, so you can focus on enjoying the experience of making your own lantern. You can either make your lantern completely from scratch for a full class, or choose the express class to start with a pre-made frame. Vietnamese people believe that hanging lanterns in front of their house brings luck, happiness, and wealth to the family. After the class you can take your foldable lantern home as a souvenir from Hoi An.

Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge Private Tour

6. Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge Private Tour

Explore the Ba Na Hills and including all of its attractions, both old and new. Your group will ride gravity-defying cable cars through the misty mountains, and there will be time to snap photos along the magnificent Golden Bridge, an elevated walkway through the mountains supported by two enormous stone hands. Afterwards, experience the history of the region by going on an adventure below ground to see French cellars that were used to distill alcohol during the colonial era; a true step back in time for history lovers. Before the end of the day, there will be a gentle hike up Chua Mountain for panoramic views and to visit the Linh Chua Linh Tu Temple and Linh Ung Pagoda, which is famous for its large Buddha.

Hoi An: Teh Dar - Vietnamese Tribes Culture at Hoi An

7. Hoi An: Teh Dar - Vietnamese Tribes Culture at Hoi An

Arrive at Hoi An Lune Center up to 30 minutes before show time. Sip a complimentary local drink and prepare for an authentic Vietnamese experience.  This time, stunning bamboo cirque, daring acrobatics, and live music from tribal instruments will spellbind as they paint the sights of mountain conquerors, wild mating, and thrilling creatures from tribal folklores. As exotic, beautiful, and enthralling as its older siblings, Teh Dar stays true to reflecting authentic Vietnamese life stories and cultural values. All of these live on as the circle of life turns, just like the meaning of ‘Teh Dar’ in many Vietnamese ethnic languages: ‘going in circle’

Da Nang Airport - Hoi An: Private and Shuttle Transfers

8. Da Nang Airport - Hoi An: Private and Shuttle Transfers

Take the worry out of your arrival at Da Nang Airport and book the best transfer service to locations in Hoi An. Suffering from the effects of jet lag and culture shock, arriving at an unfamiliar destination can be disorientating. With Vietnam’s rapid expansion, even if you have been before, things may have changed dramatically. Pre-book a transfer by air-conditioned sedan, minibus, van or coach and you will get door-to-door service that is both relaxed and efficient. An airport representative will meet you on arrival and will be holding a sign with your name on it for ease of contact. While they take care of your belongings, you can refresh yourself from your flight with complimentary wet tissues and bottled drinking water. For shuttle transfers, the journey takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. The transfers leave a fixed schedule. For private transfers, the journey takes 40-50 minutes. There are 3 options for this: a standard 4-seater car for a maximum of 2 passengers with luggage or 3 passengers without luggage. A 7-seater minivan for a maximum of 3 passengers with luggage or 5 passengers without luggage. A 16-seater minibus for a maximum of 6 passengers with luggage or 10 passengers without luggage.

DaNang- Lady Buddha-Marble Mountains -Coconut Jungle -Hoi An

9. DaNang- Lady Buddha-Marble Mountains -Coconut Jungle -Hoi An

This is the best option for you to explore Da Nang city with Linh Ung Pagoda - Lady Buddha, Marble mountains, and connect with Cam Thanh Coconut Jungle - experience basket boat rowing then discover Hoi An Ancient Town - take beautiful photos with Lantern Light on the same day. Pick you up at your hotel or meeting point. Your first stop is Son Tra, nicknamed ‘Monkey Mountain’ by American troops. The national park stands 693 meters above sea level, and its location on a peninsula affords breathtaking views of the surrounding sea. Whilst there, Linh Ung pagoda - home to the tallest statue of the Goddess of Mercy in Southeast Asia will be one of your unforgettable memory. The 67-meter tall statue is located on top of a lotus-shaped platform and features 21 miniature Buddha sculptures. Next, you’ll be definitely impressed by the Marble Mountains. Admire beautiful caves, and historic Buddhist pagodas, spend time exploring and absorbing knowledge about religions, and gain insight into differences between Buddhism and Hinduism Move to the Stone Carving Village of Non-Nuoc so that you can admire stone fine art and buy some nice souvenirs. Enjoy some local cuisine at a local restaurant before visiting Cam Thanh Coconut Jungle and Hoi An Ancient Town. Continue your adventure with Cam Thanh Coconut Jungle and spend your time enjoying the peaceful, green space of Coconut Forest and hands-on experience of round net and cast net fishing, especially enjoying basket boat rowing. Then Hoi An Ancient town welcomes you to visit Phuc Kien Pagoda, Phung Hung ancient house, the Japanese Bridge, Museum ... Shopping at Hoi An Central Market. Walk around the historic old town and be amazed by the influences from China, Japan, and Vietnam. Dinner at the local restaurant. Fee your time with the night market and enjoy the shimmering space of Hoi An by night. You'll then be transferred back to your in Da Nang or Hoi An if requested.

Discover Ba Na Hill: Full-Day Tour from Hoi An

10. Discover Ba Na Hill: Full-Day Tour from Hoi An

Begin your full-day shared or private tour at 08:00 with pickup at your residence in Hoi An. Make your way to the beautiful Ba Na Hills, a hill station and resort located in the Truong Son Mountain region of central Vietnam. See the fascinating Linh Ung Pagoda and marvel at its exquisite architectural design. Stand before the massive 30-meter tall statue of Buddha towering in the clouds. Then, make your way into the center of a charming French village, complete with a French Gothic-style cathedral, French restaurants, cobblestoned streets, and impressive French gardens. Continue the tour to the lovely Tinh Tam Garden, stand at the Nghinh Phong Peak, and make your way to Vong Nguyet Hill for some spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding region. Visit Golden Bridge, a 150-meter-long pedestrian bridge with two giant stone hands supporting the structure. Get a scenic overlook and enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape of nature comfortably and smoothly.

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What people are saying about Hoi An

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,093 reviews

Ling, our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and had good sense of humour. As it was rainy season, the site was muddy and very slippery. Watch your steps if you are visiting during rainy season and bring a raincoat (if not, there is a shop that sells it at usd1 at the entrance)

The instructors are super friendly and helpful. I am honestly kinda terrible at crafts but still ended up with a great looking lantern thanks to them. Highly recommend if you have a few hours to fill and want a unique souvenir to bring home.

The cooking class was a fun and unique way to experience the food in Hoi An. The chef and all staff involved in the tour were very professional and knowledgeable and we had lots of fun. The food was good

This was well worth the experience. Tin was an amazing tour guide with a lot of information about Vietnam and its history. I would most definitely recommend this to my friends and family.

This was a great experience that I would thoroughly recommend. I went with a friend but this is a great activity for family's too!