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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 10 attractions in Hoi An

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My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary

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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
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Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)

Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)

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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
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Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town

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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
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Bach Ma National Park (Vuon Quoc gia Bach Ma)

Bach Ma National Park (Vuon Quoc gia Bach Ma)

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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
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Tan Ky Old House

Tan Ky Old House

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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
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Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau)

Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau)

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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
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Tra Que Vegetable Village

Tra Que Vegetable Village

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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
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Cantonese Assembly Hall (Hoi Quan Quang Dong)

Cantonese Assembly Hall (Hoi Quan Quang Dong)

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For centuries, assembly halls have been a place where migrant Chinese communities socialize and pass on the regional traditions of their home to future generations. With a population that’s over a quarter ethnic Chinese, Hoi An’s Cantonese Assembly Hall (Hội Quán Quảng Đông) is one of five such hubs in town.Founded in 1786, at the Cantonese Assembly Hall, the colorful building materials you see today were first put together in China then shipped to Hoi An before being reassembled into the assembly hall, which has typical grand entrance gates that lead onto an ornamental garden, followed by a main hall and elaborate altar room.Look out for the Cantonese Assembly Hall’s special flourishes, like the main altar dedicated to a red-faced Quan Cong, who symbolizes loyalty and righteousness. Also keep an eye out for the mosaic dragon statue by the entrance hall, and the even bigger dragon statue in the garden. In Cantonese lore, the fiery creatures are said to signify power, stability, and prosperity.More
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Phung Hung Ancient House

Phung Hung Ancient House

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Standing on the banks of the Thu Bon River is Phung HungAncient House, a historic Hoi An landmark that has housed more than eight generations of Vietnamese families. Among the most famous architecture in the city, the 18th-century house combines Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese influences and once functioned as a spice-and-handicraft shop.More
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Cua Dai Beach (Bien Cua Dai)

Cua Dai Beach (Bien Cua Dai)

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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

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Visiting Hoi An's Assembly Halls

Visiting Hoi An's Assembly Halls

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Recent reviews from experiences in Hoi An

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Great Streetfood Tour with
Nina_R, Mar 2020
Hoi An Old Town Food Tour by Night
The guide knew a lot about the food and his English was very good as well.
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Amazingly tasty
Jeanette_T, Jan 2020
Evening Walking Food Tour in Hoi An
Great to see the best food places in Hoi An!
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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.
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Fantastic experience
MAREE_S, Oct 2019
Hoi An street food - Afternoon walking Tour
A wonderful way to see and experience Vietnamese culture in Hoi an.
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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
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Nice tour
charles_m, Apr 2019
Hoi An Old Town Food Tour by Night
You get to see and eat a few things you might not otherwise depending on how many of these you do.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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Nice half day tour in minivan with...
Katja K, Feb 2017
Half-day MY SON SANCTUARY TOUR from HOI AN
Beautiful place to visit close to nature, approximately one hours drive from Hoi An.
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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.
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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.
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Book this tour!
judeshuttleworth, Feb 2020
Hidden Gems of Old Hoi An Walking Tour
Harry was an amazing guide, his English is fantastic and he has great energy and enthusiasm.
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A really great experience
Edward_C, Dec 2019
Unique Excursions
This tour wasn't for tourists he said it was for travellers, those that wanted to see more than the sights.
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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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This tour was amazing! Really good to...
Graham T, Apr 2016
Afternoon Countryside Bike Tour from Hoi An
Really good to see the other side of Hoi An.
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This tour was very enjoyable. It was...
Aaron R, Jul 2017
Countryside Bicycle Tour from Hoi An
It was amazing to see the traditional village life and the customs that are kept alive in these locations.
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This is a truly fantastic...
Brandy H, Jan 2018
Sabirama Cooking Class
We started at the market where we got to see first hand where the ingredients for the the meal comes from.
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We had a great tour with Eric. He...
tracyhey, Nov 2017
FULL-DAY DA NANG DISCOVERY from HOI AN
The seventh generation fish sauce maker was incredibly personable and hospitable, despite speaking no English.
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