1. Take a free bike tour
The free tour is arranged by Vietnamese students that need to practice their English, and this is a great way to do exactly that! They will bring you through rice fields, visit the outer parts of the town and learn how they make some types of local food. Its is a great experience!
2. Stroll around the Old Town
The Hoi An´s Unesco Old Town is nothing else but magical, especially at night. When the sun sets, all the lanterns light up the streets and the old town turns into something completely spectacular, with a romantic and peaceful atmosphere. There are loads of restaurants everywhere you see, all from traditional Vietnamese to fusion food.
You also cannot miss the Vietnamese handicraft shops or the famous lantern shops. Everyone is so kind, and its just really fun to explore all the small, cozy shops 🙂
The Japanese Bridge
The bridge was built by the Japanese community who where situated in Hoi An, as they wanted to create better links with the Chinese quarters of town. They decided the best way to do this was to build a bridge that would cross the river, bringing the two sides together. The bridge is only crossable by foot, and its a great place for photographs.
Shop at the Hoi An Market
The bustling Hoi An market is packed with people at all times and offers an excellent choice of food at very low prices. This is the place to pick up souvenirs, taste the local cuisine, pick up spices and explore the fish market.
3. Get a tailor-made suit or dress
One of the most popular things to do in Hoi An is to get a tailor-made suit or dress. Why? It is ridiculously cheap!
There are so many tailors in hoi An, and it can get quite confusing when choosing which you would like to go for. Tuong Tailor was recommended to us by our hotel, and I could not have been happier that we chose them! I decided to go for a suit, and it cost me about USD 150.
And yes – you don’t have to carry it with you through your travels. Send it home via Vietnamese post by boat or by plane – it only depends on that you would like to pay and how fast you want it 🙂
4. Take a day trip to The Golden Hands Bridge and Bana Hills
Located about 45-minutes from Hoi An, Da Nang is a bigger city. The city is famous for its Marble Mountains, great beaches, and a surfing scene. The city is popular among foreigners living here. We didn’t spend any time exploring the centre of Da Nang, but instead we spent a day at the Ba Na Hills Resort!
Ba Na Hills is a mountaintop resort complex that looks like a medieval castle, and is actually one of the newest projects in Vietnam. It has become a major tourist destination the last couple of years with unique projects such as Ba Na Cable Car, the French Village, the Love Garden ++. And let me tell you – the cable car ride alone is worth the trip!
More about: The Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills
5. A Lantern tour on the Hoai River
When in Hoi An you should absolutely enjoy 20 minutes onboard a wooden boat in the evening, releasing lanterns in the Hoai River. Touristy yes, but still a lovely memory!