One perfect day: 24 hours in Hoian Ancient Town
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Twenty-four hours in Danang and Hoian is nowhere near enough, but if that is all the time you have got, you will need to develop a solid travel plan. What to do in Hoian town with so much to do and so little time?
This post is a compilation of ideas on how to spend one day in Hoian Town, including an itinerary for those new to the heart and soul of Central Vietnam and more granular sections on how to enjoy a day full of fun on your Hoian day tours.
For the best Hoian day tours, it is wise to keep your adventure focused in Hoian Ancient Town area. While Hoian is packed with colorful architecture, awesome food, and surrounded by gorgeous countryside with its own personality and plenty to offer, the Ancient Town is centrally located and densely packed—so you can see the most there in a single day and get the most out of every minute.
Visit Hoian waterfront and admire the awe-inspiring scenery
You have seen Hoian waterfront, which is lined with cafes and restaurants based in the colonial-style houses, in pictures and now on a Hoian day tour, you can see for yourself that it is every bit as magnificent as you have expected. And make your way to the historic Japanese Covered Bridge built by Japanese merchants for a great photo opportunity. Wander a bit around to partly see what Hoian might have been when it was an important trading port in the 16th and 17th centuries and get ready to be inspired by all these lovely products on sale here.
Enjoy Hoian incredible street food
No one should spend a day in Hoian Ancient City without enjoying a great bowl of cao lầu (a thick noodle soup of pork or seafood), so your next journey will bring you to one of the best cao lầu stalls in this pretty town—Thanh Cao Lầu at No 26 Thai Phien Street. Like bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette), there are many great places in Hoian for cao lầu, but Thanh Cao Lầu’s is an excellent choice for any first time visitor. In order not to have to wait in line for a seat, it is wise to arrive here around 1 p.m. during the week.
Visit Hoian Central Market
Hoian Central Market
After eating your weight in pancakes, take a stroll across to south-east and discover some unique shopping opportunities in Hoian Central Market. Make sure to head inside the famous central market and the major shopping area including the Hai Ba Trung, Hoang Dieu, Phan Chu Trinh, and the riverside district that dots this area of the ancient city.
In the wonderful market rich in the smell of fragrant herbs and beautiful in the vibrant colors of Vietnamese silks, you can always find some really cool stuff such as a massive amount of local products, tailor-made clothes, silk, handicrafts, and even random smells of animals and food along with some rather unique places to explore in the many neighborhoods of Hoian. Moreover, stuck in the chaos with begging salesmen every step of the way, it is such an unforgettable experience, a real adventure, and a chance to delve into Central Vietnamese people’s culture and daily activities.
Experience an amazing boat trip on Thu Bon River
Sunset boat trip on Thu Bon River
Regardless of what you do first on your Danang – Hoian tour, grab a bánh mì and coffer for breakfast, weave through Hoi An's back streets and ride through country lanes, poke your head into some tailor-made clothes boutiques, or make a stop for a photo opportunity at the Japanese Bridge, you should make your way to Thu Bon River, where you can take part in another quintessential Hoian Ancient Town experience — a boat trip ride to get out onto the water. Why don’t you end your Hoian day tours with a chance to explore the impressive sunset sightseeing on the riverside countryside, these peaceful fishing villages as well as water coconut forest? What a nice memory for your beloved one!
If you are in the pride of Central Vietnamese people for fewer than 24 hours, planning an itinerary that allows for the most out of your trip in Hoian within one day can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, we have got a locally designed itinerary designed to help you make the most of every minute of these two amazing destinations.