Top 13 Things To Do In Hoi An

Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam. Credit Prashan Ram on flickr

An Bang Beach

Probably the best beach in town with lovely white sand and welcoming seas.

Storms and erosion have hit the beach in recent years however.

An Bang Beach, Da Nang Vietnam
Hoi an Old Town, Vietnam. Credit Minh Pham on Unsplash

Hoi An Old Town

The stunning buildings in Hoi An were not targeted during the French or American wars and so you can still wander around the old streets with incredible architecture.

Japanese Covered Bridge

One of the most pictured attractions in the town, this 12 metre bridge is famous for its carvings and romantic setting.

The bridge was opened in 1719 and restored in 1986.

Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An, Vietnam. Credit Benjamin Wong on Unsplash
Hoi an Riverside, Hoi An, Vietnam. Credit Tam Nguyen on Unsplash

Hoi An Riverside

Equally as attractive in the day as at night, the Riverside has some wonderful food in restaurants and street stalls, wonderful buildings, scenic river views and an enjoyable, laid-back night-life.

If you need to have a bit more shopping in Hoi An, there is plenty here to keep you occupied as well.

My Son

An UNESCO World Heritage Site and often called the Vietnames Angkor Wat.

Home of the Champa Kingdom and spanning eight centuries of ruins, as far back as the 4th century.

There are over 70 temples in what is regarded as one of the most important heritage sites in Vietnam.

My Son Temple, Vietnam. Credit NH53 on flickr
Vietnamese countryside. Credit Kiril Dobrev on Unsplash

Take a Cycle Tour

Hire a bicycle or join a tour and explore the local countryside and villages.

The roads are safe with little traffic and you will get to experience more of local life.

Cua Dai Beach

A 3km stretch of white powder sand next to beautiful blue seas make Cua Dai an excellent choice for a beach escape.

Like An Bang it has suffered from erosion following storms over the past few years.

Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam. Credit Prashan Ram on flickr
Hoi An Tailor. Hoi An, Vietnam. Credit Robson Felix Triller on flickr

Get A Suit

Hoi An is world famous for the number and high quality of the local tailors who will have a made-to-measure hand-made suit ready for you in a matter of days.

If you see someone offering an overnight suit, avoid as the quality will be much poorer.

Have patience and buy the best, and one of the cheapest, suits you will ever own.

Lantern Market

Take a trip across the river from Hoi An and you will find yourself in An Hoi and the pretty lantern market.

A stunning place to visit at night, with the streets lit up by hundreds of lanterns and of course many opportunities to buy your own.

Lantern Market, Hoi an, Vietnam. Credit Rene Deanda on Unsplash

Phuoc Kien (Fujian) Assembly Hall

Dating back to the 17th century and built by the Fujian Chinese community as a sacred space.

Be careful, legend says that if you pray in the Assembly Hall you will be lucky in conceiving children.

Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, Hoi An, Vietnam. Credit Bernard Tey on flickr
Market. Credit Weiqi Xiong on Unsplash


Hoi An is home to a number of markets that will keep you exploring for local goods, handicrafts, food and souvenirs.

Hoi An Central Market could be one of the best markets that you visit in Vietnam and is also home to many local tailors.

Cham Islands

People who love to dive or snorkel will love the Cham Islands and the exceptional coral reefs and fish.

Just an hours boat ride from Da Nang, there are a number of operators offering tours to the best spots.

Cham Islands, Vietnam. Credit Gueretto on flickr
Quan Cong Temple, Hoi An, Vietnam. Credit Tracey Hind on flickr

Quan Cong Temple

A beautiful temple dating back to 1653.

A wonderful photo opportunity as you marvel at the temple dedicated to a Chinese General who was revered in Hoi An.

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