With two days in Hoi An, you can tour Hoi An Ancient Town and explore some beyond city limits. Plan carefully and you can discover the quiet countryside, take a cooking class, and delve deeper in Vietnamese culture. Here’s how to enjoy two perfect days in Hoi An.
Day 1: Essential Hoi An
Morning: Spend your first morning getting acquainted with Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that looks almost the same today as it did hundreds of years ago. Make the most of the pedestrian-only zone on a walking tour before escaping the crowds on land during a riverboat ride down the Thu Bon River.
Afternoon: While the Old Town offers a wealth of attractions, the countryside of Hoi An is well worth exploring. Rural villages and farms operate at a completely different pace to the often-crowded center. The easiest way to get around the countryside is on a bike tour, the majority of which make stops at Tra Que Village, an organic vegetable farm.
Night: After your bike tour, head back to the Ancient Town to watch Hoi An’s famous lanterns lighting up. Ensure you sample the best of Hoi An’s culinary offerings on a food tour, most of which focus on no-frills street-food stalls that serve classic central Vietnamese dishes such as cao lau (noodles topped with boiled egg and pork).
Day 2: Beaches, Basket Boats, and Banh Mi
Morning: If you’re keen to beat the crowds, rise early and watch Hoi An wake up on a sunrise tour of the fish market, where you can get an authentic glimpse into local life. If sunrise is a little too early, opt for a morning cooking class instead. Hoi An offers a wide variety of food-focused experiences, which can include a ride on a basket boat or a visit to a fishing village.
Afternoon: Take the afternoon to delve deeper into the culture and history of Hoi An. For a couple of hours of family fun, book a lantern-making class; indulge a love of history at My Son Sanctuary, home to ancient ruins; or, if you’re ready to take a break from sightseeing, head down to An Bang Beach to relax on golden sands.
Evening: Dedicate your final evening in Hoi An to the Thu Bon River, which provides visitors with a magical way to watch sunset and see the Ancient Town light up with lanterns. Couples can opt for a romantic candle-lit dinner cruise, while groups can charter a traditional wooden row boat and release paper lanterns into the water.