When it comes to finding things to do in Hoi An there’s something for everyone. With a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Old Town – situated in-between the countryside and coast, the region has a huge amount of attractions to enjoy.
You’ll find tours on the ground and on the water, trips to historical sites and kid-friendly centers, tailoring, spas and much more. And for those looking to spend their time away strictly in the horizontal position, Hoi An has some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Vietnam – not to mention a great choice of spas.
It’s well worth taking a few minutes to research things to do in Hoi An, as a little knowledge goes a very long way. Find everything you need to know for planning your perfect holiday in Hoi An below, and really make the most of your time in one of Vietnam’s most beautiful cities!
A tour or three is a perfect thing to do in any new place, and Hoi An is no exception! Given that the area has a UNESCO Heritage Site situated in-between the countryside and coast, there’s a great range of guided tours available here, for all ages.
From tours on two-wheels to tours on a range of water vessels; photography tours, food tours, diving, driving and lantern-making, check out Hoi An Tours for more information on how you can see all that this region has to offer.
Hoi An is swimming in bucket-list-worthy things to do. From its magical Old Town to its surrounding countryside and coast, you’ll be spoilt for choice, both inside and out. You’ll find in-depth guides to non-tour related attractions here, including tailoring, massage, beaches and activities further afield. Hoi An also has a great range of theater performances on offer, plus workshops for the whole family and some super bicycle trips where you’ll see the quieter side of Hoi An up close.
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Hoi An’s lantern-lit Old Town district is one of its most alluring things to do, a romantic little quarter filled with vibrant colors, sounds, textures and tastes. You can start with various historical sites, especially the Chinese Meeting Halls and the famous Japanese Covered Bridge, take a boat ride by day or night or simply wander round the myriad of streets which are full of restaurants, cafes and shops.
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A wander through Hoi An’s Old Town and surrounding streets will also give you a taste of one of Hoi An’s most popular and famous things to do – visit a tailor! From shirts to dresses, jackets, suits and even hats, Hoi An’s history as a major port on the silk road between China, Japan and the West is most evident here. Unlike having bespoke or made-to-measure clothing made in the at home, having your own unique garment tailored here won’t cost the same as a house, and the process is quick, interesting and not to be missed during your stay in Hoi An.
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Staying in Hoi An longer than a day or two will most likely afford you some time to treat yourself to a relaxing massage, facial or body scrub at one of the highly affordable spas around town.
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One of Hoi An’s many joys is its proximity to the coast! It’s reassuring to know that, no matter how toasty the weather might get, one of the Hoi An beaches is only a short distance from wherever you are in Hoi An.
An Bang is Hoi An’s major beach for tourists, with Cua Dai to the south and Hidden Beach and Tan Thanh nestled between the two. And just across the water you’ll see Cham Island a short boat ride away.
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At Hoi An Now we rate intimate small groups over large busloads and the quality of guides and company customer service usually separates the wheat from the chaff for us. A good price is of course important too.
Every show and tour in this section has been vetted by our team following these key criteria and is recommended.
For sure, jump on a bicycle and explore on your own or just chill at the beach. But if you don’t book at least one tour or show while you’re in Hoi An, chances are you’re missing out big time.
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Whether you’re an expert chef or feel dizzy whenever you set foot in your kitchen, cooking classes are tremendous fun! Food is an important part of Vietnamese culture, with Hoi An having its own dishes that are unique to the area. You’ll find a great deal out about local culture and food traditions, hear some stories, meet local people, and get to eat everything you prepare. Oh, and you’ll also surprise yourself with your own cooking!
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Kid’s aren’t usually too keen on being dragged around cultural and historical sights, so you’ll be thankful that there are plenty of things to do in Hoi An for them. From a handful of entertainment centers to the water park at Vinpearl Land Nam Hoi An (complete with animal sanctuary) – not to mention some great child-friendly tours and attractions – there’s plenty to please the whole family in Hoi An.
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The perfect starting point to planning your time here, find our overall favourite things to do, plus our top 10 recommended tours and attractions.
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From Vietnamese and local cultural festivals, to live music and creative classes, check out our events page.