9 Best things to do and see in Hoi An ancient town, Vietnam - Hoi An attractions

Hoi An ancient town is a land of rich history, crystallized through the ages, it's famous in the international market with many different names such as Lam Ap, Faifo Hoai Pho and Hoi An. Let discover Hoi An attractions and activities, best hotels, resorts and some other information with Galatourist.

Hoi An ancient town is a land of rich history, crystallized through the ages, it's famous in the international market with many different names such as Lam Ap, Faifo Hoai Pho and Hoi An. Let discover Hoi An attractions and activities, best hotels, resorts and some other information with Galatourist.

The history of Hoi An ancient town Vietnam

Due to its favorable geographic features, more than 2000 years ago, this land existed and developed Sa Huynh culture. Based on the results of archaeological study at 4 burial relics (An Bang, Hau Xa I, Hau Xa II, Xuan Lam) and 5 places of residence (Hau Xa I, Trang Soi, Dong Na, Thanh Chau, Bau Da ), with many types of jar specimens, the tools of production, living tools, ceramic, glass, metal ... taken up from the ground confirmed the development of Sa Huynh culture. Particularly the discovery of two Chinese coins in the Han Dynasty (Ngu Thu, Vuong Mang), Western Han ironworks, or jewelry with refining technology in the excavation proved an interesting fact that there was a foreign trade established in Hoi An.

Hoi An ancient town Vietnam features the old beauty of Vietnam in the past

Hoi An activities - 9 Best things to do and see in Hoi An ancient town, Vietnam

1. Visit Hoi An Japanese Bridge

The first impression when visiting Hoi An old town is Hoi An japanese bridge. It’s a beautiful historical piece of Japanese architecture. You will feel the ancient beauty and the solemnity of the bridge if you visit this place. It's as a pagoda, as a bridge and is the place of worship of the ancient. Over-the-clock fees are included in the 80.000 VND purchase price at the beginning of the old quarter. The night is free but slightly dark.

2. Enjoy Hoi An food and take a Hoi An cooking class

Hội An is known for its diverse and excellent food. You can enjoy Hoi An best foods such as Cao Lau, fresh spring rolls, crispy pancakes, beef noodle salad and classic pho, say, this foods of the many nationalities, including Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese, that lived or traded here. It can seem that every other restaurant is offering cooking classes, but the Thuan Tinh cooking day offers more than some. After a visit to the fascinating market to collect ingredients, you board a Hoi An river cruise and putter eastwards along the river to this low-lying island near the river mouth, completing the final stretch by rowing boat. Then it’s on with cooking (and eating) a selection of dishes– while enjoying the village atmosphere and watching tiny basket boats navigate the waterways.

3. Participate Hoi An lantern festival

Hoi An lanterns Festival is a beautiful feature of Hoi An that attracts the attention of visitors and residents here, this festival honors the unique tourism products of Hoi An. An Hoi Bridge is the centerpiece of Hoi An's Lantern Festival space with the floating stage on the Hoai river, which is decorated with antique earrings, which are shaped like a lantern, a yellow buffalo (symbolizing the year of the Buffalo) as a large lantern.

4. Experience Hoi An massage

After a long fligh, bus ride or a long day shopping and sightseeing, there is nothing better than a nice relaxing massage in a private, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere with soft soothing music. You can consult the massage address in the Hoi An resorts or hotels.

5. Discover Hoi An by motorbike

Most homestays offer bike tour for visitors to discover the ancient beauty of Hoi An old city. To explore further afield, you have to use the motorbike and across the river from the old town into the countryside and islands close to the city. In autumn, Hoi An is romantic and extremely peaceful. So many tourists love autumn in Hoi An and explore this beauty by motorbike is good idea.

6. Visit Hoi An Beach

Beach bathing in hoi an under the coconut tree is a wonderful experience. Cua Dai is the beautiful beach near the town, you can bath in this beach. Cua Dai beach is known for its stunning palm-fringed white sand, views of the Cham islands and lux resorts, it’s now affected by severe coastal erosion.

Hoi An beach is also stunning 

7. Walk the Hoi An night market

Night market has long become one of the shopping and sightseeing destinations attracting visitors when coming to Hoi An ancient town. Moreover, they also want to visit the romantic Hoai river. Hoi An Night Market has about 50 booths stretching along the Nguyen Hoang street, which is more than 300m long, with all kinds of goods, making the shopping space crowded with folk and local features. It is also the friendly atmosphere of Hoi An town.

8. Drink beer

After doing the sights in town (temples, japanese bridge, ancient house, night market) head south over the central footbridge to An Hội islet, whose riverfront is lined with bars offering ice-cold glasses of the daily-brewed refreshing lager called bia hơi at cheap prices (less than 20p a half pint). It’s delightfully light, with only around 3% alcohol, so it’s easy to while away a couple of hours sipping and watching boats without feeling worse for wear. Try The Island (Dong Hiep Entertainment Area, Hội An 51000), at the eastern point of the islet, for Thu Bồn river views and waterside tables. Spend a few dong on a packet of little, salty, locally grown peanuts from a street vendor, and you’re all set.

9. Get a best Tailor-made Suit or Dress

Aside from its historical sites, many travellers visit Hoi An for its diverse shopping opportunities, and particularly its famously affordable tailoring services. Best of all, these local tailors can speak both French and English, so you can easily choose from a wide range of catalogues and have a suit or dress fitted according to your own style and size. Most custom-made apparel can be tailored within 24 hours, but these shops also offer delivery to your hotel, if you’re pressed for time.

Great time to explore the old town

In spring, Hoi An old town is completely different from other places. It's not noisy, but bustling, it brings a sense of peace for everyone. So January - 3 is a great time to explore the old town.

Hoi An entrance fee: 120,000 VND/ person / 5 points

Hoi An old town opening hours: Each ticket is valid for 24 hours, from 7am to 9pm everyday

Hoi An best hotels and resorts

Hoi An boutique resort

Address: Group 6, Block Tan Thinh, Quảng Nam

Tel: 0235 3939 111

Hoi An Anantara resort

Address: 1 Pham Hong Thai, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam

Tel: 0235 3914 555

Hoi An Royal hotel

Address: 39 Dao Duy Tu, Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An, Quang Nam

Tel: 0235 3950 777

Hoi An Historic hotel

Address: 10 Tran Hung Dao, Son Phong, Hoi An, Quang Nam

Tel: 0235 3861 445

Hoi An Silk Village

Address: 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Tan An, Vietnam, Quang Nam

Tel: 0235 3921 144

Hoi An best restaurants

Hoi An morning glory

Address: 106 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Quang Nam

Tel: 0235 2241 555

Restaurant in Hoi An Memority hotel & spa

Address: 423C Cua Dai, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam

Tel: 0235 3863 484

Restaurant in Hoi An Four Seasons Villa

Address: 63 Ly Thai To, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Vietnam, Hoi An, Quang Nam

Tel: 091 943 32 01

Not only famed for old beauty, Hoi An ancient town Vietnam is also the food paradise of Vietnam with special dishes

Time passed, but Hoi An ancient town Vietnam still preserves its own precious values of history and culture. It is an great place for visitors to discover Vietnam in the past. You can take Danang & Hoi An 4 days or Vietnam package tour 7 days to discover Hoi An - Quang Nam attractions  like Best restaurants in Hoi An . If these places are too similar to you, you can choose Mekong riverside Lodge to learn more thing about Vietnam. 

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