Things to do in Hoi An

Our most recommended things to do in Hoi An

From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

1. From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

Spend time in Vietnam's countryside on a morning or afternoon guided tour from Hoi An. Browse a local market before floating through a dense coconut palm forest on a traditional bamboo basket boat. Learn how to prepare Vietnamese food and savor your work during a cooking class. Meet your guide at the Godiva coffee shop before heading to explore a morning or afternoon market in Hoi An. Marvel at the seasonal fruits, noodles, herbs, vegetables, meat, and fish on display. Interact with the vendors and get some tips on how to bargain.  Then, paddle through the water coconut palms aboard a bamboo basket boat. Learn how to fish with a fishing net, listen to some folk songs and receive some handmade souvenirs made from coconut leaves. Learn how to cook Vietnamese food, such as Bánh cuốn (Vietnamese steamed rice rolls), Bánh Xèo (Hoian rice pancakes), Phở (pho noodles with beef), and Chè (sweet bean soup) as you prepare your own lunch or dinner.

Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

2. Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

One of the most stunning sights to see in Hoi An area is My Son, Viet Nam’s most important site of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountain ranges, My Son was named a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence

Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

3. Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

Upon arrival at the class at Cam Pho, in the heart of Hoi An, you'll be greeted with a traditional Vietnamese tea. Then, start to make a 30 cm lantern made of silk and bamboo in the shape you like - choose between a lotus, diamond, sunrise, or sunset.  All the materials you need will be provided, so you can focus on enjoying the experience of making your own lantern. You can either make your lantern completely from scratch for a full class, or choose the express class to start with a pre-made frame. Vietnamese people believe that hanging lanterns in front of their house brings luck, happiness, and wealth to the family. After the class you can take your foldable lantern home as a souvenir from Hoi An.

From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

4. From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

Tour detail • 7.30 AM -8.15 AM: Pick up at Hoi An hotel center and depart to My son sanctuary • 9.00 AM: Explore My Son • Watch ChamPa dance show • 11.30 AM: Enjoy Quang Noodle • 12.30 PM: Take a cruise trip from My son to Hoi an city • 1.15 PM- 1.30 PM: Hotel drop off Extra charge applied for hotels: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Le Belhamy Hoi An Beach Resort, Vinpearl Resort & Spa Hoi An, hotels near Cua Dai beach, hotels near An Bang Beach area, hotels near Thanh Ha Area, hotels near Tra Que village, hotels located in small alleys, hotels in Cam Thanh Area, and hotels in Cam Nam Area —-> Extra pick up and drop off: 50,000 vnd/ 1 pax/ 2 ways

Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

5. Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Da Nang or Hoi An, visit the Son Tra Mountain, also known as Monkey Mountain, to gain insight into Vietnam's rich history of Buddhism and Hinduism. Then, visit the Lady Buddha statue, the tallest Buddhist statue in Vietnam, reaching a height of 220 feet (67 meters). Next, visit local stone factories and sculpture shops, before visiting Marble Mountain. Visit the Âm Phủ cave, to take a walk through a re-creation of Buddhist hell. At midday enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with authentic Vietnamese dishes. You'll be transferred back to your hotel around 1:00 PM.

Discover Ba Na Hill: Full-Day Tour from Hoi An

6. Discover Ba Na Hill: Full-Day Tour from Hoi An

Begin your full-day shared or private tour at 08:00 with pickup at your residence in Hoi An. Make your way to the beautiful Ba Na Hills, a hill station and resort located in the Truong Son Mountain region of central Vietnam. See the fascinating Linh Ung Pagoda and marvel at its exquisite architectural design. Stand before the massive 30-meter tall statue of Buddha towering in the clouds. Then, make your way into the center of a charming French village, complete with a French Gothic-style cathedral, French restaurants, cobblestoned streets, and impressive French gardens. Continue the tour to the lovely Tinh Tam Garden, stand at the Nghinh Phong Peak, and make your way to Vong Nguyet Hill for some spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding region. Visit Golden Bridge, a 150-meter-long pedestrian bridge with two giant stone hands supporting the structure. Get a scenic overlook and enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape of nature comfortably and smoothly.

My Son Discovery tour from Da Nang- small group

7. My Son Discovery tour from Da Nang- small group

One of the most stunning sights to see in the Hoi An area is My Son Sanctuary, Vietnam’s most important historical site of the ancient Champa Kingdom. Explore the remains of a series of impressive tower temples that were the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains ranges, My Son was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Tour Detail - 7.30 AM: Pick up at Da Nang center and depart to Hoi An city to join a group. - 8.15 AM: depart to My son sanctuary - 9.00 AM: Explore My Son - Watch ChamPa dance show - 11.30 AM: Enjoy Quang Noodle - 12.30 PM: Depart to Hoi an city - 1.30 PM: Arrive Hoi An city - hoi an old town. - Free time to explore Hoi An old town at your own cost or return to Da Nang city - 5.00 PM: Drop off Da Nang city

Hoi An: 4-Hour Countryside Sightseeing Bike Tour

8. Hoi An: 4-Hour Countryside Sightseeing Bike Tour

Visit Tra Que vegetable village where you will feel the green with a distinct aroma of local varieties of vegetables. You'll see how to the farmers grow , water, put down fertilizer vegetables . Then, you'll ride to Cam Thanh eco village. On the way, you will contemplate the beauty of the countryside in Vietnam, have photo opportunities of the rice paddies, and sumptuous landscapes, and sightseeing some special animals on the Viet Nam rice fields such as : cows, storks, ... especially is water buffalos. Next, you'll move to the water coconut forest (the Nipa forest) ; you'll ride through the coconut palm jungle and have a chance to row basket boats with the locals. You will also be immersed in the natural beauty of the nipa palm forest and enjoy some local activities on the river. Afterward, enjoy some local food for lunch or dinner at a restaurant such as Hoi An fried spring rolls, Banana flower salad , Stir fried water morning glory with rice and seasonal fruits for dessert.

Hoi An: Teh Dar - Vietnamese Tribes Culture at Hoi An

9. Hoi An: Teh Dar - Vietnamese Tribes Culture at Hoi An

Arrive at Hoi An Lune Center up to 30 minutes before show time. Sip a complimentary local drink and prepare for an authentic Vietnamese experience.  This time, stunning bamboo cirque, daring acrobatics, and live music from tribal instruments will spellbind as they paint the sights of mountain conquerors, wild mating, and thrilling creatures from tribal folklores. As exotic, beautiful, and enthralling as its older siblings, Teh Dar stays true to reflecting authentic Vietnamese life stories and cultural values. All of these live on as the circle of life turns, just like the meaning of ‘Teh Dar’ in many Vietnamese ethnic languages: ‘going in circle’

Hoi An: Vietnamese Cooking Class only

10. Hoi An: Vietnamese Cooking Class only

Dive into authentic Vietnamese cuisine with this cooking class in Hoi An, perfect for the whole family. Learn how to prepare four Vietnamese specialties and enjoy your dishes for lunch or dinner. Choose between a morning or afternoon class. After getting picked up, get transferred to a cooking house in Cam Thanh Village where your class will take place. Afterward, it’s time to get cooking. The menu for the class includes Beef Noodle Soup, Deep-fried spring roll, Hoi An Pancake ( Banh Xeo) with pork and prawns, Fresh spring roll without the rice paper Vegetarian option available on request

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What people are saying about Hoi An

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,093 reviews

Ling, our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and had good sense of humour. As it was rainy season, the site was muddy and very slippery. Watch your steps if you are visiting during rainy season and bring a raincoat (if not, there is a shop that sells it at usd1 at the entrance)

The instructors are super friendly and helpful. I am honestly kinda terrible at crafts but still ended up with a great looking lantern thanks to them. Highly recommend if you have a few hours to fill and want a unique souvenir to bring home.

The cooking class was a fun and unique way to experience the food in Hoi An. The chef and all staff involved in the tour were very professional and knowledgeable and we had lots of fun. The food was good

This was well worth the experience. Tin was an amazing tour guide with a lot of information about Vietnam and its history. I would most definitely recommend this to my friends and family.

This was a great experience that I would thoroughly recommend. I went with a friend but this is a great activity for family's too!