If you travel to central Vietnam, do not miss the chance to set foot in Hoi An. With a lot of stunning sightseeing spots, tasty food, centuries-old Buddhist pagodas and unique architecture, Hoi An has become a favorite destination for visitors to Vietnam in recent years.
This peaceful old town caters to tourists of all tastes from all over the world. To have the most memorable trip in Hoi An, let’s check out top 6 incredible things to do in there!
1. Take a cooking class
Hoi An is famous for its diverse and delicious food. Joining a cooking class is a wise choice to understand deeply about Hoi An cuisine and how Vietnam traditional dishes are made. Most restaurants offer cooking classes with the prices vary from 350,000 to 550,000 VND for a 4-6 hour market tour and cooking class. Your cooking class will start at a local wet market where you can see how Vietnamese sell and purchase their food and then choose the freshest ingredients by yourself. After that, a friendly chef will instruct you on how to cook some famous Vietnamese dishes such as Nem Cuon (spring rolls), Banh Xeo (Vietnamese pancakes), Pho Bo (beef noodle), etc.
Hoi An’s cooking class
2. Visit historic sites
There are many historical sites to see with purchase of a ticket to Hoi An Old Town. First, let’s take a visit to the Museum of Trade Ceramics which shows art and pottery dating from the 1,500’s to the 1,700’s. Continue on a brief visit the Chua Ong Pagoda, a temple from the 17th century featuring China's influence in this region. Then do not forget to take a walk to see Duc An, Tan Ky, and Phung Hung old house. All these spots are fascinating and beautifully well preserved.
Tan Ky Old House
3. Explore the nightlife in Hoi An old town by foot
When the night comes and the lights ignite, Hoi An ancient town turns into a magical and romantic town that can make any tourists love at first sight. So let’s go for a stroll around this old town and feel the unique nightlife atmosphere in there. First of all, do not miss to take a visit to the Vietnamese handicraft shops and the famous lantern shops. Colorful lanterns along the streets make an exotic feature for this old town. Along the way, you can buy some lovely souvenirs and try some famous local dishes. Another interesting activity you can do in there is floating paper lanterns down the river and then making a wish for yourself and your family. Do not forget to take some nice photos!
Hoi An’s nightlife
4. Get some tailor-made items
Hoi An is famous for its most skilled and affordable tailors, with hundreds to choose from. Therefore, getting something tailor-made is one of the must-do things in Hoi An. You can easily find fancy tailor-made suits and dresses, bags or leather shoes in there. If you are interested in getting clothing made, make sure to do your research and shop around, get quotes before settling and ensure you ask about their turnaround time (normally are around 24-48 hours).
Hoi An’s tailor-made shop
5. Rent a bike to discover Hoi An’s countryside
With magnificent rice field, fisher villages, river, and beach, the countryside of Hoi An is really worth for an expedition. So do not hesitate to rent a bike and discover it by yourself. You just need to pay about $2-3 to rent a bicycle for a whole day. You can cycle through narrow paths along huge paddy fields, visit Kim Bong Carpentry village to see how boats are made or Duy Vinh sleeping mat village to make rice paper at a locals’ family.
Hoi An cycling tour
6. Relax on the Hoi An’s beaches
Your Vietnam group tour will be not complete without a visit to wonderful beaches. Hoi An features some great beaches for you to relax like Cua Dai beach or An Bang beach. You will be amazed by the clear blue water and the white sand in there. On the beach, you can swim, take a sunbath, stroll along the beach and eat delicious fresh seafood. Besides, a lot of restaurants and bars are open until night so you can enjoy a wonderful night in there.