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3 Days in Hoi An: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2014

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The UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An is an ancient trading port on the Vietnamese cost of the South China Sea. Today this 2,000-year-old city is a popular destination for tourists who come to see its well-preserved streets, explore the surrounding villages or to relax on the nearby Cham Islands.

Day 1: Sightseeing in Hoi An

Vietnam's rich history and deep Asian roots can be best appreciated in the architecture of its religious and political buildings. Take a motor taxi to the gold and red Quan Cong Temple. Its elaborate statues and artwork pay homage to an old Chinese general.

From there, travel to Tan Ky Old house, for a well-preserved example of how the common 18th century mercantile lived. Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese influences can be seen in the home's furniture, gardens and decorative carvings. Stop for a strong and sweet cup of Vietnamese coffee from a shop on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, then wander across the Japanese Bridge, which is known for providing visitors with a feeling of Zen, after a long day on city streets.

Day 2: Modern Arts and Ancient Culture

The Japanese Bridge may have been Monet's muse, but visitors to Hoi An will find as much inspiration indoors as the French impressionist found outdoors. Spend today getting your fill of arts, culture and history. Start at the Museum of Trade Ceramics in Hoi An's old quarter and explore the dynamic trade industry across Asia. Next, examine incredible and bizarre terra cotta works, including ceramic jars once used as coffins, at the Sa Huynh Culture Museum.

Round out the day with a stop to the Hoi An Handicraft Workshop, where you can watch local artisans create pottery, silk lanterns and carvings. As evening approaches, take in one of the museum's incredible cultural shows.

Day 3: All-Day Outdoor Adventures


The Cham Islands make for a scenic day trip from the bustle of Hoi An. Travel by speedboat and enjoy the natural beauty of this group of small islands, set in the clear blue waters off the central coast of Vietnam. Stroll along quiet beaches and relax in the sand while enjoying a seafood lunch caught fresh from the crystal waters. Book a dive trip and explore the colorful coral and tropical marine life, or get up close with tropical fish on an afternoon snorkel excursion.  Hike through the forested hills to Suoi Tinh (the love stream) or explore Hang Ba (the lady's cave).

If you're more land and less sea, spend the day in Tra Que vegetable village. Rent a bike and ride through the scenic flats of the Cam Ha Commune. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing herbal foot massage with plants picked fresh from the farm. Tour gardens and learn about traditional farming methods and then sample regional dishes like Banh Xeo or Tam Huu, before hopping a taxi to An Bang Beach. This tiny respite of white sand sits just beyond the village. Its clear waters and gentle waves make An Bang Beach the perfect afternoon destination for sunbathing, swimming or unwinding before sunset.

Tours & Tickets

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Hoi An Countryside Bike Tour Including Thu Bon River Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover charming villages and islands surrounding Hoi An as you explore the area by boat and bicycle. You’ll weave through Hoi An’s back streets and ride ...  Read more

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Duration: 3-4 hours

From USD $45.00

Small-Group My Son Sanctuary Tour from Hoi An

This half-day trip takes you to My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating from the 4th to 13th centuries. With an expert guide, tour the ancient ...  Read more

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.90

Hoi An Fishing Experience on the Cua Dai River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience life on the waterways in Hoi An with a half-day fishing tour on the Cua Dai River! Cruise with an expert captain and crew aboard an eco-tour boat to ...  Read more

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.90

Small-Group Marble Mountains Tour from Hoi An

Explore the Marble Mountains on this half-day trip from Hoi An. Depart for the cluster of five hills, each made of marble and limestone, in the morning or ...  Read more

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.99

Da Nang Day Trip: Marble Mountains and Cham Museum

Explore the highlights of Da Nang on this day trip from Hoi An. A professional guide takes you to the Marble Mountains, where you can climb the stone steps to ...  Read more

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.99

Hoi An Old Town Food Tour by Night

Explore the Old Town of Hoi An while the sun goes down and sample enough food for dinner. You’ll venture into a maze of bustling markets and alleyways on this ...  Read more

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $19.99
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Hoi An Cooking Lesson and Food Tour by Bike

Explore the culinary landscape of Hoi An by bicycle on this 4-hour morning or afternoon tour. Ride through the countryside to a local village and stop to ...  Read more

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.99

Private Tour: Ancient Hoi An by Cyclo and Bike

Discover the quaint streets, ancient shrines and hospitable ambience of Hoi An, an old town that stretches along the Thu Bon River on the south-central coast ...  Read more

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.00

Cham Island Biosphere Reserve Day Trip by Speed Boat

Cham Island, located off the coast from Hoi An, is a beautiful and fun-filled getaway — the perfect day trip. Known locally as Cu Lao Cham Marine Park, this ...  Read more

Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.99

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