5 Top Things To Do In Hoi An 

Things To Do In Hoi An

I cannot deny that I have something special for Vietnam and one of its treasures that really captured my heart is the City of Hoi An.

It is not a surprise that Hoi An’s Ancient Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a unique place that preserved its ancient buildings and the street plan reflect the foreign and indigenous influences. But there are something more than those pale hue colored buildings that are worth to do and explore in this popular tourist destination. So here are the 5 top things to do in Hoi An.

Things To Do In Hoi An

1. Stroll The Ancient Town By Foot Or In A Bicycle

You can find the peacefulness in the quiet streets of Hoi An.  It is undeniable that everyone loves to stroll the old town. Even you lazily walk or bike a dozen of times around, you will still love every corners of this ancient town. Bicycle rentals are widely available in Hoi An and Danang. So if you want to slowly explore the attractions of this ancient city then getting a bicycle might be a good choice.

Hoi an biking

Things to do in hoi an

Hoi an ancient town

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Hoi An Trishaw

2. Appreciate The Surreal Beauty of The River

Hoi An’s Thu Bon River is not the prettiest in the world but the nostalgic feeling that it brings to every visitors is surely a great experience. You can capture different stories every time you click your camera and take a photo of the river in action.

Hoi An River

Hoi An River

Hoi an river bridge

Hoi an boats

3. Enjoy The Bright And Colorful Lanterns Day and Night

You will definitely fall in love with the iconic Hoi An silk lanterns that you can find in every shops, hotels and restaurants that set an ambient glow in the streets. At night, the old town is transformed by colorful lighted lanterns that allure every visitors. I was personally amazed with the lanterns and bought some for my home.


Hoi an lantern night

4. Discover Its History and Culture

Hoi An features many wonderful attractions and home to centuries-old Buddhist pagodas and temples, quaint museums and colonial buildings situated along the riverside. The town has a well-preserved mix of Vietnamese, French, Japanese and Chinese architecture. By exploring Hoi An, you will discover how it existed in the past compared with how the people there live today.

Hoi An Japanese Bridge

Hoi an japanese bridge

Hoi an temple

Hoi an temple

Hoi an park

Hoi an park

5. Visit The Shops And Purchase Goods Made By The Locals

Hoi An’s shopping scene is famous for its cornucopia of reasonable yet quality tailoring services, from dresses, suits, shirts, to shoes.

The streets of the Ancient Town are also filled with local shops selling handicrafts, jewellery, traditional apparels, and shoes that are worth to be brought back home for personal use, souvenirs or giveaways. You can definitely satisfy your shopping urge and go home happy from Hoi An.

Hoi an lantern

Hoi an shops

Hoi an shopping

Hoi an shops

Hoi An locals

What Else About Hoi An?

Hoi An is really incomparable to other cities in Vietnam. Everything is very accessible on foot or cyclo with its pedestrian-friendly streets.

Hoi An is warm, accommodating and conventional, but never out of touch with the modern world. People who usually visit Hoi An also check out the nearby cities such as Danang and Hue (Read: Historical Hue– The Nostalgic City Of Vietnam). So if you are planning to travel in Vietnam, make sure to add Hoi An in your list. This destination will never disappoint you.

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  • Reply
    November 1, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    A little known place but filled with so many delightful things to do and see. I have to get to Vietnam soon.

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    September 30, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    I feel like I’m walking around or do cycling around Hoi An as I went through with this post,,,
    If one day,I’ll be in Vietnam, I wouldn’t miss a selfie same as your late photo in #4 🙂

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      Wandering JM
      September 30, 2016 at 11:09 PM

      Thanks for saying that. Hope that you could come there and do your own stroll and selfie. 🙂

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    August 20, 2016 at 4:10 AM

    Wow , this looks so colourful ! A totally differnt world from here , your photos are brilliant .I enjoyed reading and even more the amazing images !

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      Wandering JM
      August 20, 2016 at 10:03 AM

      Thank you. I am glad you liked it. The place is really beautiful especially its pastel buildings and the river

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    Jeevanayagi Ganapathy
    August 19, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Added to the list of visit. I am in love with the hues of this city.Oh and those lanterns. Beautiful ly described. Thank you.

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      Wandering JM
      August 20, 2016 at 10:04 AM

      Absolutely. I love the pastel coloured buildings.

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    Anne Klien ( MeAnne)
    August 18, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    I haven’t been to Vietnam yet but I’ve heard and seen stunning photos, this article puts Vietnam on my top 10 list.

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    Priyanka Singh
    August 18, 2016 at 3:58 AM

    Local market speaks alot about the cities and I would like to explore them for their handicrafts. I would like to visit Hoi An and from there I would like to pick lanterns.

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    August 18, 2016 at 12:53 AM

    Nicely done! Love your galery! Great place to visit.

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    Little B & Me
    August 17, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    Such a pretty, bright place!

    Love your accompanying images, they are so eye catching x

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    Chrissie Em
    August 17, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Great pics and ideas. I’ll definitely look pass this on to my son for his upcoming trip

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    August 17, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    The ancient town looks beautiful! I would also definitely want to see the river. Love it. Beautfiul shops. Seems like they have some great things there. Great tips, I hope to visit one day.

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    Nikki | Nikkipedia
    August 17, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Looks like an amazing and interesting place. I love the buildings.

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    August 17, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    I love places like this, now it is def on my “to go” list.

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    Marie Dupalová
    August 17, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Wow, I love those pictures. The place looks so colorful and so alive, I really love it.

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    August 15, 2016 at 2:29 AM

    Sounds like there is lots too do, you added some beautiful pictures too!

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    August 14, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    What a great summary of Hoi An. I will refer to this when we plan our tour to Vietnam. I really like the idea of exploring the town from the river.

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      Wandering JM
      August 16, 2016 at 4:32 PM

      Thank you! Hope you can visit Vietnam as they have many awesome places to see.

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    Vyjay Rao
    August 14, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Lovely list of things to do. My favourites would be a leisurely bicycle ride around the old town and a leisurely walk by the river.

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    Zena's Suitcase
    August 14, 2016 at 5:21 AM

    The lanterns look amazing. I would really love to explore Vietnam one day and this place sounds perfect

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    Newcastle Family Life
    August 13, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Beautiful photographs, so colourful. I have always wanted to visit Vietnam, it looks like such a wonderful place to visit

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      Wandering JM
      August 13, 2016 at 9:58 PM

      Thank you. Hope you can come and visit Vietnam. It is really worth a visit.

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    August 13, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Been wanting to go there! It’s one of the places on my list. I can see why it’s such a charming town. Hope to go there this December!

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    August 13, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    All five sound wonderful! I think the lanterns and the river would be my favorite. Colorful and cultural!

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      Wandering JM
      August 13, 2016 at 11:41 AM

      The lanterns and the river are beautiful indeed.

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    August 13, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    I love Hoi An!! My partner and I had our first date there 2 years ago (we met while traveling) :p Cooking classes there are awesome too!

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    August 12, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Cool tips, I’ll definitely keep these in mind if I ever go to Vietnam. Definitely worth exploring and cant wait to go shopping and exploring the history and culture as you recommend 🙂

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      Wandering JM
      August 12, 2016 at 3:18 PM

      Thanks. You will definitely enjoy your Visit in Vietnam especially in Hoi An.

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    Arni @ Travel Gourmande
    August 12, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Great post, JM. I am a fan of walkable communities and bike- friendly destinations. It looks like a great place to linger and explore slowly. I will even go there for the silk lanterns alone. They’re just so pretty. I can already imagine clustering different shapes in my future projects hehe.

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      Wandering JM
      August 12, 2016 at 3:19 PM

      Thanks Arni. It feels more safe and relax exploring places that are suitable for biking and walking.

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    Erica Price
    August 12, 2016 at 2:03 AM

    A wonderful place – love the idea of exploring by bike or boat.

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    Mellissa Williams
    August 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Really colourful photos, I must admit I haven’t heard of Hoi An but you have made me want to go. Did you have to drink bottled water there?

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      Wandering JM
      August 11, 2016 at 11:58 PM

      Me too. I never heard about it before as well. Anyway, this place is far better that other cities like Hanoi and HCH. I did drink their bottled water. Why? Any interesting facts?

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    August 11, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Thanks for the inspiration. I’m going to Vietnam in November and Hoi An is definitely on my list. This just looks so wonderful and I can’t wait to start exploring it all.

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      Wandering JM
      August 12, 2016 at 12:00 AM

      Thanks. You must visit Hoi An. It is beautiful and you will surely love it.

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    August 11, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Looks beautiful here, so many pretty things to see 🙂

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    August 11, 2016 at 5:09 AM

    I love how visually pleasing it is – all those great colours. I do like the idea of buying something made by the locals the most.

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      Wandering JM
      August 12, 2016 at 12:02 AM

      Yeah. I love it too. It makes you feel a real tourist.

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    August 11, 2016 at 4:47 AM

    Oh, this is amazing! Vietnam is on my wishlist. What a fantastic place to visit.

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    August 11, 2016 at 2:46 AM

    Is looks like such a colourful city, a photographers dream and you took some great photos! Hope you enjoyed your ramble around the streets xx One day we might get to Vietnam!

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    August 10, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Those images are so beautiful! I’ve never been, but should I ever find myself there I’ll make sure to employ your suggestions! <3

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    Dash the Map
    August 10, 2016 at 3:15 AM

    Great point on Hoi An! I made to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, but didn’t have time to visit Hoi An. Will have to add that to my bucket list.

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    evan kristine
    August 9, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Fantastic tips, thanks for sharing! I’ve never been to Hoi An and I think it is on my list now 🙂

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    August 9, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    I’ve heard so much about Hoi An. Everyone who goes only seems to have positive things to say. It’s definitely on my list of places to visit one day. However, I want to visit when it’s not too hot!

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      Wandering JM
      August 12, 2016 at 6:45 PM

      Best months to visit is on months of January to March. Have fun!

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    August 9, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Wow! It looks beautiful there. I will definitely go if I’m ever travelling to Vietnam

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    August 8, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Seems like an incredible place. I have never ventured to that side of the world but the culture has always intrigued me. Great suggestions and I hope I get to visit. Happy Roving!!!

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    Pinay Flying High
    August 8, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    I have had Hoi An in my radar for a very long time now but the minute I decided to go to Vietnam and explore it extensively, my boss decided to cancel my leave. Ugh!!!! Anyway, I think Hoi An is one of the loveliest place to visit in Vietnam, did you go to a tailor for a suit? 🙂

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      Wandering JM
      August 12, 2016 at 6:44 PM

      Hi! Too bad that it was cancelled! Well you should plan a trip to Vietnam and put Hoi An in the list. Yes, I got a set of Tuxedo there for USD 120. 🙂

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    Beautyqueen UK (Beautyqueenuk)
    August 8, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    What an amazing place to visit, I love those lanterns!

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    August 8, 2016 at 3:38 AM

    Sounds like an amazing place to visit, I would love to walk the ancient streets and experience the culture. The river is so surreal, I hope to visit there one day.

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