For many, visiting Hoi An is a fly-by-night, must-see chance to marvel at the beautifully persevered architecture of the Old Town interspersed with tailors, shopping, spas and restaurants. But Hoi An has so much more to offer and is bursting with activities, attractions and sightseeing opportunities. Its beaches are some of the best in the world and wonders like the World Heritage Cham archaeological site of My Son and the National Park at Monkey Mountain are under an hour away. Ba Na Hills Fantasy Park is also a comfortable day trip. Tours abound by bicycle, motorcycle and jeep – eco-tours, cooking tours, adventure tours, craft tours, kayaking, bamboo boating … even water buffalo riding.
Escape Room | Ba Na Hills Resort | Basket Boat Riding | Bicycling Hoi An | Cham Islands | Full Moon Lantern Festival | Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
Night Market | Marble Mountain | My Son | Play Zone For Kids | Taboo Bamboo | Thanh Ha Pottery Village
Timing Mask Workshop | Tra Que Waterwheel Organic Farm and Cooking Class | Water Puppets | VinKE
Vinpearl Ice Skating Rink
LANTERN MAKING HOI AN, PHO HOI
Looking for a lantern making Hoi An workshop that’s great value and fun for all ages? Then do the family run, Pho Hoi Lantern Workshop Hoi An, and take home your very own custom-made, Hoi An lantern keepsake.
HOI AN MEMORIES SHOW REVIEW
Like a gateway to another world, Hoi An Memories Show is an unforgettable experience for all ages. Find everything you need to know about the show here!
THANH HA POTTERY VILLAGE
Want to do something cultural, educational and creative that all the family will enjoy? Check out our guide to Thanh Ha Terracotta Park and Pottery Village.
ART IN PARADISE DANANG
Ever wanted to come face to face with King Kong or fairies? Then head straight to Art in Paradise Danang 3D Museum – but don’t forget your camera!
VINPEARL LAND HOI AN
Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An has brought Disneyland to Hoi An. There’s waterworlds, river safaris, amazing fun fair rides and more – this is not to be missed!
HOI AN ATTRACTIONS
Comprehensive guide to the best Hoi An Attractions – culture, art, theater, food, Old Town, beaches, spas, theme parks, kid’s activities and much more.
BEST HOI AN ART GALLERIES
Want to know the best Hoi An art galleries in town? Take a look at our guide. Compiled by Hoi An artist, Bridget March, you’ll find them all here.
QUICK GUIDE TO AN BANG BEACH
Voted one of the top 100 beaches in the world by CNN it’s remarkable how uncrowded and undeveloped An Bang Beach has remained. Both the north and south sides are lined with bar/restaurants with some especially geared for English speaking and European expats and tourists like Soul Kitchen (north) and Soul Beach (south).
CHINESE ASSEMBLY HALLS IN HOI AN’S ANCIENT TOWN
Hoi An’s Chinese Assembly Halls are the most significant historical sites in Hoi An’s Ancient Town. The Fujian and Cantonese Halls are the standouts.
HOI AN MEMORIES SHOW PREVIEW AND IMPRESSION THEME PARK
Hoi An Memories Show, an open-air theatrical extravaganza involving a cast of 500 in an arena that can seat 3000, is the centerpiece of Hoi An Impression Theme Park. It’s comfortably the largest and most ambitious show anywhere in Vietnam and an enthralling experience that brings one closer to Vietnam’s unique spirit and time-honoured traditions. Both a must-see cultural spectacle and a mind-blowing entertainment.
THEATER SHOWS BY LUNE PRODUCTION
Lune Production has created an amphitheater in Hoi An to stage Vietnamese shows, inspired by Cirque du Soleil. Don’t miss out during your stay in Hoi An!
HAI VAN PASS: THE HISTORIC MISTY MOUNTAIN TOP
As soon as I’d heard about the Hai Van Pass I knew I wanted to go and see it – “a deserted ribbon of perfection – one of the best coast roads in the world.”
MY SON VIETNAM
How have the buildings at this Hindu sanctuary lasted for millenia when they were put together without mortar? Explore this & many more mysteries at My Son.
THAI PHIEN STREET IN HOI AN
Think you are finished with the ancient town? Head away and a short walk of just a couple of blocks brings you to Thai Phien. This is a real picture, not of ancient but of traditional Hoi An. The block between Nguyen Truong To and Tran Cao Van is the most fascinating. Thai Phien is on the maps and you can’t miss it because the Nguyen Truong To intersection has the Travelodge on one corner and a large church is on the other.
AWESOME MONKEY MOUNTAIN: DA NANG’S UNTAMED BACKYARD
Da Nang’s Monkey Mountain offers amazing views, Vietnam’s tallest Buddhist statue, monkeys and a fascinating history. Read our review here.
FULL MOON LANTERN FESTIVAL
The Lantern Festival occurs each full moon. Many tourists flock to Hoi An to experience its magic and have an evening of celebration.
WATER PUPPET SHOW HOI AN $
Set under the stars, Hoi An’s Water Puppet Show presents a series of fables on Vietnamese village life through colorfully hand carved puppets.
ESCAPE IQ – NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED!
The Hoi An Now team were put to the test and scared witless at Hoi An’s only escape room, Escape IQ. There won’t be any tips or spoilers because it would be a shame to ruin the fun!
HOI AN KAYAK TOURS
Explore the primeval Coconut (Nipa) Palms by kayak. Hoi An Kayak Tours delivers an unforgettable experience through the mangroves and on the open river.
EXPLORING CAM KIM ISLAND
Explore Cam Kim Island. If you have the time, then you could easily spend a day losing yourself in this bucolic setting. Find all you need to know here!
TIMING MASK WORKSHOP HOI AN $ – $$
Looking for a great activity suitable for kids & adults in Hoi An that will also result in a wonderful mask souvenir? Then visit the Timing Masks Workshop!
(1) as much fun for the kids as it is for you
(2) not only creative but educational
(3) results in a rather splendid Hoi An souvenir …
ESCAPE TO THE MYSTICAL COCONUT PALMS
To explore the peaceful escape of the Hoi An’s Coconut Palms (Nipa Palms) you first need to make your way through the quiet, scattered hamlets of Cam Thanh Island.
BA NA HILLS MOUNTAIN RESORT $$ – $$$
The awe-inspiring Ba Na Hills Resort has something for everyone, from lush garden labyrinths to roller-coasters. A must-see for all visitors in Hoi An.
TAM THANH MURAL VILLAGE: ‘ART FOR A BETTER COMMUNITY’
Tam Thanh explodes into pinks & blues, yellows & violets. The main street is a kaleidoscope of painted walls – don’t miss out on visiting this magical land!
HOI AN’S NIGHT MARKET
For those wishing to take home a piece of Hoi An’s lanterned charm, the Night Market on An Hoi Islet (across the river from Hoi An Old Town) provides a large array of inexpensive souvenirs and snacks from which to choose.
Teh Dar – Lune Production
Teh Dar by Lune Production is memerizing and enchanting in turns. Oscillating between frenzied action and calmer, poignant moments, it symbolically imagines life as lived by the ethnic minorities in the mountainous regions of Vietnam.
CAPTIVATING CHAM ISLAND
Discover the unique Cham Island, allowing for swimming, snorkeling and diving over coral reefs, shopping, parasailing, motorbike rides and more!
Sitting on the outskirts of the Coconut Palm Village, the Taboo Bamboo Making Workshop is an incredible opportunity to make something special in bamboo.
HOI AN’S HIDDEN BEACH
Kept apart by a few kilometres of golden coastline and brought together by the less idyllic Lac Long Quon highway are the two main beaches of Hoi An, Cua Dai to the south, and An Bang to the north. However, in between these two lies another beach, one so well hidden they named it just that – Hidden Beach.
The Marble Mountains’ religious significance and amazing views make it one of Hoi An’s most famous and popular destinations.
PLAY ZONE FOR KIDS $
Got young, restless children who need to work off some of that boundless energy?
VINPEARL ICE SKATING RINK $ – $$
When the heat’s overwhelming and the kids’ energy levels have gone through the Richter scale, it’s time for Da Nang’s Vinpearl Land Ice-Skating Rink!
HOI AN CYCLING
Bicycling in Hoi An: for amateur cyclists, Hoi An is particularly blessed! It’s flat as a tack, small, and far less traffic-scary than many other cities.