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Welcome to Hoi An

Near the center of Vietnam's serpentine coastline and built around the mouth of the Thu Bon River, the former spice-trading port of Hoi An is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site typified by antique wooden buildings and cobblestone streets. A world away from the country's dizzying metropolitan hubs, Hoi An's compact size and slower pace make it a pleasure to explore on foot or by bike. Stroll or pedal along the riverbank, crossing the famous Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau), and marveling at architectural gems such as Quan Cong Temple and Tan Ky House. Along the way, you may meet locals pedaling home from the open markets, their bicycle baskets overflowing with fresh vegetables and flowers. In a country known for excellent cuisine, Hoi An offers some of the freshest and best. Be sure to take a tasting tour in Old Town, or sign up for a traditional market tour and Vietnamese cooking class. Don't miss a tour to the fascinating My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO-listed archaeological site constructed by Hindu Champa royalty between the fourth and 14th centuries. To get off the beaten path, explore the river islands of Cam Nam and Cam Kim on a bike tour, or visit Kim Bong carpentry village. Just outside of town, the white sands of Cua Dai beach and An Bang beach beckon sunseekers to the coast, where boats set sail for Cham Island and Cu Lao Cham Marine Park.

Top 15 attractions in Hoi An

Hoi An Ancient Town

Renowned throughout Southeast Asia for its antique charm, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An Ancient Town is a must-see for first-time visitors to Vietnam. The pedestrianized streets provide a calming break from chaotic traffic, while the colorful facades of lantern-clad houses harbor history that dates back more than 2,000 years.More

My Son Sanctuary

Visit the ruins of ancient towers and temples on the emerald hills of central Vietnam at the My Son Sanctuary (Mỹ Sơn), a complex of brick and stone temples built by Hindu Cham kings between the fourth and 13th centuries. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site makes an easy day trip from Hoi An or Da Nang.More

Bach Ma National Park (Vuon Quoc gia Bach Ma)

Home to a colonial-era hill station, the monsoon forests of Bach Ma National Park center on Bach Ma, or White Horse Mountain, which rises 4,757 feet (1,450 meters). Waterfalls, crumbling villas, hiking trails, and a wealth of wildlife, including pheasants, langur monkeys, and muntjac deer, make a magnetic spot to spend a day—or longer.More

Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)

Clustered around 13 miles (21 kilometers) from Hoi An’s Cua Dai harbor, Vietnam's eight Cham Islands are known as Cham Island or Cù Lao Chàm. They offer white-sand beaches, granite cliffs, and coral reefs ideal for diving and snorkeling. The islands’ rich marine life and ecosystems have earned them UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status.More

Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau)

Millions of travelers flock to the Japanese Covered Bridge (Chùa Cầu) in Hoi An every year. Built in the 18th century, the bridge features intricate carvings and statues of dogs and monkeys and provides great views of the Thu Bon River. Put aside extra time to cross the frequently crowded bridge—it’s the most popular spot in the Old Town.More

Tra Que Vegetable Village

Located between Hoi An Ancient Town and An Bang Beach, Tra QueVegetable Village is an agricultural district that still uses traditional techniques to produce Vietnamese crops. The fertile farmland, which provides a welcome break from the crowds of Hoi An Ancient Town, is awash with fragrant herbs and home to numerous independent workshops.More

Cua Dai Beach (Bien Cua Dai)

Overshadowed by famous Hoi An Ancient Town, Cua Dai Beach (Biển Cửa Đại) is a pristine, white-sand strand flanked by turquoise waters and backed by rustic Vietnamese seafood restaurants. The laid-back beach provides a relaxed break from central Hoi An and offers white-knuckle water sports to appease thrill seekers.More

Kim Bong (Carpentry Village)

Kim Bồng carpentry village is located within the Cẩm Kim commune in Hoi An. Since the 16th century, the village has been known for its carpentry and traditional woodworking products, the results of which can be found within prominent buildings across the region and beyond.The style of Kim Bồng carpentry is said to be influenced by the Cham Kingdom, China, Japan, and of course local Vietnamese artisans. The craftspeople here all begin as apprentices, earning the rank of masters only by years of hard work and dedication. The work being produced in the village can largely be divided into three main categories: ancient architectural construction, civil wooden furniture, and shipbuilding. In addition, many of the artisans have more recently shifted their focus to the recovery of historical monuments and relics, especially traditional ancient houses around Hoi An.Today, bicycle tours of the village are common, allowing visitors to pass through streets lined with open-fronted workshops and witness the artisans at work. Visitors are also able to purchase items produced in the village at its various souvenirs shops, which sell everything from small, low-cost items, such as coasters, to huge expensive pieces, such as religious statues and intricately crafted wooden doors.More

Tan Ky Old House

Hailed as the epitome of antique grandeur, the 200-year-old Tan Ky Old House pays homage to Hoi An’s rich architectural heritage. The beautifully preserved 18th-century house contains Chinese and Japanese artworks, dark-wood furniture, and watermarked walls that attest to the building’s ability to withstand Hoi An’s seasonal floods.More

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall (Fujian Assembly Hall)

The largest of Hoi An’s five assembly halls—historic meeting places for the city’s Chinese merchants—Phuc Kien Assembly Hall (Fujian Assembly Hall is an architectural feast and among the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town. A National Monument, it’s home to a temple, shrine, and a tree-lined courtyard.More

Tra Nhieu Fishing Village

Those who enjoy the great outdoors and want to better understand the history and culture of Vietnam’s rural communities shouldn’t miss a trip to Tra NhieuFishing Village. Officially recognized as an ecological village in order to preserve its traditional fishing and farming life, Tra NhieuFishing Village is located along the banks of the Thu Bon River, not far from Hoi An.A peaceful and simple village, the bamboo-lined lanes wind around traditional garden houses, giving visitors a glimpse of local life. While in the village you will get to see the local community’s activities relating to river life, as well as a wide range of other trades, such as farming, rice-paper making, and basket-boat making. You you can also sample some regional food made from local ingredients.There are various Tra NhieuFishing Village eco tours departing from Hoi An, including half-day and full-day cycling tours through the countryside, with boat trips often included. For a unique cycling adventure around Hoi An that diverts from the usual tourist itineraries, book a full-day off the beaten path bicycling tour, which includes a visit to Tra Nhieu village.More

Hoi An Silk Village (Lang Lua Hoi An)

From gleaming lanterns to sleek ao dai dresses, the maritime silk trade helped make Hoi An Ancient Town what it is today. The Hoi An Silk Village (Làng Lụa Hội An, part of a resort of the same name, lets you experience that rich culture in a museum, through demos, and hands-on, as artisans take silk from leaf to loom.More

Hoi An Handicraft Workshop

From crafting a Vietnamese silk lantern to admiring ancient weaving techniques, the Hoi An Handicraft Workshop hosts hands-on classes and demonstrations suitable for all ages. Set in the historic surrounds of a centuries-old Chinese trading house, the building also offers traditional handicrafts for sale and the chance to attend live music and dance performances.More

Museum of Sa Huynh Culture

Located in the heart of Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Museum of Sa Huynh Culture is home to more than 200 artifacts that date back some 2,000 years. The museum exhibits items used by the Sa Huynh civilization, which flourished in central and southern Vietnam between 1000 BC and AD 200.More

Hoi An Museum (Bao Tang Hoi An)

The Hoi An Museum (Bảo Tàng Hội An) was once housed in the Quan Am Pagoda, which dates back to the 17th century. The museum has now been moved to a larger building within Hoi An Old Town, and inside visitors will find various artefacts chronicling the region’s pre-Cham, Cham, and colonial eras, with collections spanning thousands of years.Sometimes known as the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture, the Hoi An Museum offers an insight into the heritage of Hoi An and the changes it has seen take place throughout the centuries. Collections includes such artefacts as historical photographs and drawings depicting the merchant period, including ceramic and pottery items that were part of the traders’ wares.Elsewhere in the museum, there are some incredibly old jar-burial coffins originating from the Sa Huynh culture, plus family records that trace back the ancestry of the region’s inhabitants. Also among the exhibits are bronze drums dating back to the Dong Son civilization, while other items of interest include ancient scales and bronze temple bells and gongs.More

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How to Spend 1 Day in Hoi An

Visiting Hoi An's Assembly Halls

Visiting Hoi An's Assembly Halls

Top activities in Hoi An

Hoi An Food Adventure at Sunset

Hoi An Food Adventure at Sunset

Hidden Gems of Old Hoi An

Hidden Gems of Old Hoi An

Sabirama Cooking Class

Sabirama Cooking Class

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Recent reviews from experiences in Hoi An

Hidden Gems indeed - fabulous tour!
Jessica_Z, Sep 2022
Hidden Gems of Old Hoi An
This is the second time I've taken this tour - I enjoyed it so much the first time that when my parents came to visit, I signed us all up for the tour again!
Would have been a great tour if not for Typhoon!
Ryan_S, Oct 2022
Hoi An to Hue with stops: Marble Mountains, Hai Van Pass, Elephant Springs
I am still giving 5 stars through because our driver/guide did talk to us about several things we were supposed to see and was generally nice and friendly.
Great way to see and experience Hoi An!
Eugene_M, Jul 2022
Hoi An Walking Street Food - Private Tour
This walking tour is a great way to see Hoi An and experience its vibrant street food scene at the same time.
Thank you Harry and Cheng Cheng for this morning well spent!
Ioanna_M, Jun 2022
Hidden Gems of Old Hoi An
One highlight was to get to see how Cao Lau noodles are made.
Great Streetfood Tour with
Nina_R, Mar 2020
Hoi An Food Adventure at Sunset
The guide knew a lot about the food and his English was very good as well.
Amazingly tasty
Jeanette_T, Jan 2020
Evening Walking Food Tour in Hoi An
Great to see the best food places in Hoi An!
Excellent Tour
Chiran_J, Nov 2019
Evening Walking Food Tour in Hoi An
The guide, Gum, was very good -- great command of English as well.
Fantastic experience
MAREE_S, Oct 2019
Hoi An street food - Private Tour
A wonderful way to see and experience Vietnamese culture in Hoi an.
Pleasant and informative
Abigail_J, Apr 2019
Charming Hoi An City Tour - Private Tour
Hoi An old city is lovely and really easy to get around; the guide was very pleasant and informative, so it was worth taking the tour to get a sense of the city and its history before coming back and spending a bit more time wandering around the parts I wanted to see again
Nice tour
charles_m, Apr 2019
Hoi An Food Adventure at Sunset
You get to see and eat a few things you might not otherwise depending on how many of these you do.
The tour was not at Da Nang City we...
Joan G, Mar 2018
Private Best of Da Nang City and UNESCO - Hoi An Ancient Town Shore Excursion
The part in Hoi An was very nice and our tour guide spoke fair english.
We had a great time with Nancy! This...
Mike_W, Sep 2016
Hoi An Street Food Walking Tour with Tastings
This is a great way to see Hoi An and the best way to find delicious authentic food.
Nice half day tour in minivan with...
Katja K, Feb 2017
Beautiful place to visit close to nature, approximately one hours drive from Hoi An.
Amazing Tour, Incredible Guides
Jessie_b, Jun 2022
Hidden Gems of Old Hoi An
We got to see how his family has been making noodles for generations, and learned just why he is the most famous noodle maker in town.
Really good day. Tour guide...
Simon C, Jun 2016
Hoi An To Hue Private Car With English Speaking Driver
Tour guide was really interesting and spoke good English.
Very nice tour around the city...
Francesca R, Aug 2016
Hoi An Food Tour by Motorbike with Tastings and Dinner
My guide, Nancy, was very professional, she spoke very good English and she knew all the best place for rating in Hoi An!
Will recommend this tour for people...
Anette Hassing S, Oct 2015
One-Way Transfers including Sightseeing between Hoi An and Hue
We had an excellent guide who took us out to see all different kinds of sights, such as the beautiful beach outside Hue, a local market, the Marble Mountain etc, and took us to a nice local restaurant for lunch.
Great way to see all the best of Hoi Ann and great tour company
Alexander_L, Feb 2020
Hoi An Nightlife Tour with Hoi An Ancient Walking Tour, Boat Ride, Night Market
My wife and I really enjoyed our tour, and this was a fantastic way to see all Hoi Ann has to offer.
A Day in the Hills
Susan_F, Apr 2019
Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hill Full day tour from Hoi An
Fantastic to see Buddhists praying at these.
Such a great tour, highly recommend.
Julie_B, Apr 2019
Countryside Bicycle Tour from Hoi An
It was not pushy at all but a lovely trip to see anoher side of Hoi An you would not get to see on your own.
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People Also Ask

Why is Hoi An so popular?

With ancient bridges, lantern-decked streets, and candy-colored riverside houses, it’s small wonder that Hoi An Ancient Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The food is renowned, travelers flock to its tailors, and there’s even a white sand beach nearby. It’s a perfect base for boat trips, or bike rides into Central Vietnam’s lush countryside.

How many days do you need in Hoi An?

Hoi An Ancient Town is compact, so a day and a night is enough to see the main sights. Most tailors take three days to custom-make an outfit, allowing time for a bike trip, a visit to the UNESCO-listed My Son Sanctuary, or a day at An Bang Beach or the Cham Islands.

What should we do in Hoi An?

Key sights in the UNESCO-listed Ancient Town include the Japanese Covered Bridge, the 18th-century Tan Ky House, and the colorful assembly halls. Many travelers come to Hoi An to eat local specialties and get clothes custom made. Other popular choices include cooking courses, boat trips, bike rides, and lantern-making classes.

Is Hoi An safe at night?

Yes, provided you exercise common sense. Hoi An is small and violent crime is rare, but scams are not uncommon. Never leave drinks unattended, never buy drinks for strangers on a tab, and never drink and drive. Book a rideshare motorbike taxi rather than riding off into the night with a stranger.

Is it worth staying in Hoi An?

Yes. Spending the night in Hoi An lets you see the town with the lanterns illuminated. Hoi An is also a great base for exploring the countryside and nearby attractions like the Marble Mountains, the Cham Islands, and the UNESCO-listed My Son Sanctuary, which dates back to the fourth century.

What is there to see in Hoi An Old Town?

Hoi An Ancient Town’s signature sight is the 18th-century Japanese Covered Bridge. Heritage architecture buffs will be in heaven at Tan Ky House or Quan Thang Ancient House; the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall is the oldest of the city’s Chinese gathering places. Markets, workshops, and handicraft stores offer great shopping opportunities.

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