Hoian is located in the Thu Bon River, Quang Nam Province, is a famous tourist city with the common name “Hoian Ancient Town”. Coming to Hoian, tourists are immersed in the traditional culture with ancient villages. Besides, there are traditional architectural style and simple but unique local cuisine. Besides, there are many things to do in Hoian attracting you.
If you’re still wondering what is worth doing in this place or confused because of fragmented information, this is what you need. In order to help you have the best and unforgettable experiences in the ancient town, this article will suggest you the best things to do when visiting Hoian. So let’s start the journey to Hoian with us!
1. WALKING ALONG THE STREETS OF HOIAN, VIETNAM
When it comes to the old town, the best thing is to walk around the streets, look at old houses with old tile roof, enjoy a glass of “Mot” water, a special herbal tea of Hoian. You can walk around many famous places located on the main streets in Hoian Ancient Town like Tran Phu Street, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Bach Dang Road along Hoai River, Cantonese Assembly, …
2. EXPLORING HOIAN BY BIKE
Biking around the old quarter is such an exciting experience when you come here. In the early morning and late afternoon, when the weather is nice, it is a good time to rent a bike with only about VND 40,000, then go around the streets, alleys, drive along Hoai River or the green paddy rice fields, and then Cua Dai Beach (5 km from the old town).
3. VISITING ANCIENT HOUSES IN HOIAN, VIETNAM
The ancient houses are the priceless heritage that Hoian saved from the war, urbanization and the destruction of nature. Every year, Hoian has serious floods, but the old houses still remain intact as original, both in architecture and the soul. The most well-known one is Tan Ky ancient house, the first house to be recognized as a national monument in Hoi An. Besides Tan Ky, Phung Hung Quan Thang bearing bold Chinese architecture were built by Chinese traders to commemorate their homeland.
4. ENJOYING CAFE ON THE STREET
At any time of day, from early morning to evening, sitting at café on the street of Hoian is always great. Each café has its own design style – elegant and unique. If you want to admire Hoai River, you can choose some coffee shops on Bach Dang Street. Or if you want to see the line of travelers on the busy street, sit at some café on Tran Phu Street or at the corner of Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.
5. GETTING A QUICK TAILOR-MADE CLOTHING
Hoian has many things to attract domestic and foreign tourists, one of which is the quick pants and clothes making. Forbes has praised Hoian for having unique professional clothes-making service. After about 4 hours, you can get the item you ordered. Hoian’s fashion style is very unique, trendy and prices range from $15 – $100.
6. BUYING SHOES IN HOIAN, VIETNAM
Like clothes, there are a lot of local shoe shops in Hoian. You can also get the skillful local shoemakers to make your own shoe. With only VND 100,000 to VND 300,000 can you have a good pair of shoe. Additionally, some shoe shops provide you with custom-made shoe services, which means you can order a pair of shoes with your own favorite design.
7. PLAYING TRADITIONAL GAMES ON THE STREET
A very funny experience in Hoian is to participating in traditional games. In the evening, when you go for a walk and need a break, you can stop at Nguyen Thai Hoc Street or Kazik Park to enjoy yourself in the fun and exciting atmosphere of traditional games with the locals.
8. TRYING SCUBA DIVING IN CU LAO CHAM, HOIAN VIETNAM
Cu Lao Cham Island is about 15 km away from the ancient town, which is one of the places not to miss when coming to Hoian. Tourism services in Cu Lao Cham have not developed yet, but for that reason, Cu Lao Cham still retains its wildness. Coming to Cu Lao Cham, you can experience snorkeling, coral reefs, fire camps, homestay sleeps and enjoy fresh seafood – delicious and cheap.
9. JOINING A COOKING CLASS IN HOIAN, VIETNAM
When coming to Hoian, besides visiting the old town and famous places, exploring the local cuisine is also an interesting experience. Especially, visitors can take part in cooking class to prepare their own special dishes under the guidance of professional chefs in Hoian. This is a typical tourist product, a tourist attraction of Hoian. Hoian’s cooking class is ranked as one of the 10 “Most Exciting Travel Experiences in the World”. This gives visitors authentic experiences, helping them not only enjoy the fresh taste, characteristic of Quang Nam cuisine but also truly live in the rhythm of life, the indigenous people and learn the unique culture, sophistication.
10. RELEASING CANDLELIT PAPER FLOWERS IN HOIAN, VIETNAM
In the evening, besides just watching the lively scenes of the streets, you can immerse yourself in the decoration for the light party on the river. An interesting experience that many tourists like to do is to release the candlelit paper flowers on Hoai River. It is your hand that will drop the tiny lights sparkling into the river, hoping the lights will bring good luck to family and relatives. Besides the lantern, these paper flower also became a feature of Hoian tourism.
11. VISITING SOME FAMOUS BEACHES IN HOIAN, VIETNAM
When visiting this ancient town, don’t miss out to admire the beauty of best beaches in Hoi An with white sand, clear water. Cua Dai Beach with white sand stretches and clear sea water or An Bang Beach is suitable for those seeking freedom, quiet space. You can drop your soul at a beach, sunbathing, reading, enjoying a glass of wine, or drinking some cold beer, which is a very unique experience in Hoian town.
12. TAKING A CYCLO TO SEE THE OLD TOWN, HOIAN VIETNAM
If you don’t want to walk or cycle, you should choose cyclo as a means of transportation to explore the ancient town HoiAn. Cyclo has become a famous “brand”, which is well known to many visitors not to be forgotten as elsewhere. This will be a pretty enjoyable experience for you.
13. VISITING NIGHT MARKET IN HOIAN
With more than 40 stalls, stretching on the street about 300 meters long, Hoian Night Market is a place where tourists enjoy shopping, with all kinds of goods, from traditional lanterns to pottery, cloth, silk … and also the local dishes of Hoian such as Cao Lau, Mi Quang, …
14. TAKING SOME PHOTOS OF THE OLD QUARTER, HOIAN VIETNAM
Hoian has many beautiful and ancient corners for you to capture some perfect photos to keep memories of this ancient town. You can choose the ancient roof tiles or famous landmarks such as walls in Hoang Van Thu Street, Japanese Bridge, An Hoi Bridge … to make a photo.
15. HAVING A BOAT TRIP ON HOAI RIVER, HOIAN VIETNAM
If you come to Hoian but you do not have a boat trip along the Hoai River and drop the paper flower is such a pity. Rent a small boat along the river, and release candlelit paper flowers look like small sparkling lights, hoping them to bring good luck to family and relatives.
16. VISITING SA HUYNH MUSEUM, HOIAN VIETNAM
You will understand more about the culture and history of Hoian ancient town when visiting the Sa Huynh Culture Museum Hoian located at 149 Tran Phu Street, Hoian.
This is the most unique and rich collection in Vietnam, with over 1,000 artifacts related to the ancient inhabitants of Sa Huynh culture dating back 2,000 years.
17. ENJOYING SIMPLE LOCAL DRINKS ON THE STREET
No need to go to the café, you can sit on the sidewalk, enjoy a cup of cool soy milk or a cup of lotus tea. You can change a different drink to enjoy all kinds of beverages in Hoian. Sweet green beans, corn or red beans soup are really delicious. Or you can try a bowl of tofu with coconut milk. Slowly enjoy these local specialties and watch the crowd on the street to see life is so lovely and gentle in Hoian.
18. ENJOYING LOCAL CUISINE IN HOIAN, VIETNAM
Mrs. Buoi’s or Mrs. Minh’s chicken rice on Phan Chu Trinh Street, Quang Noodle in Hoian Market, Bun Cha on the sidewalk near Japanese Covered Bridge, Cao Lau … are famous dishes cannot be ignored when mentioning about Hoian cuisine. In addition to these familiar dishes, tourists can enjoy roasted duck or grilled calves. If you want to discover more about the local food, let’s check the list of 25 best restaurants and eateries in Hoi An, Vietnam
19. ADMIRING THE SUNSET AT THU BON RIVER, HOIAN VIETNAM
Have you ever followed the little boats on the river to visit the lovely villages around HoiAn? Give it a try! Just jump on any of the boats on the river in the day to reach the villages beyond the river. Carry your bike to get around, and remember to take a moment to soak up the dazzling sunset.
20. BUYING LANTERNS IN HOIAN, VIETNAM
You can see silk lanterns everywhere in Hoi An. They are considered to be a legacy of Hoian as a Chinese and Japanese trading port from the 15th to the 19th centuries. And according to the locals, hanging them in front of their homes will bring their family health, happiness and good luck. It is also the most common souvenir in Hoian. Picking up some small colorful lanterns for friends, relatives or hanging in the house, is also an interesting way to remember about the Old Town.
21. VISIT OLD VILLAGES IN HOIAN, VIETNAM
It can be said that traditional villages in Hoian are a very important and indispensable part of Hoian’s cultural heritage treasure. They are considered as the crystallization of the creative labor force in Hoian… According to statistics, at present in Hoian there are about 12 villages producing traditional items such as carpentry, pottery arts, vegetables, medicine, lantern …. to serve life as well as trade exchange… Today with the development, a number of famous villages in Hoi An have been involved in tourism development of Hoian, especially including Thanh Ha Pottery Village, Tra Que Vegetable Village,… All will give you unique and rustic experience.
22. VISITING BA LE WELL – THE OLDEST WELL IN HOIAN, VIETNAM
Ba Le well is not only a water source of Hoian families but also for hundreds of other households, ranging from street vendors to luxury restaurants. The specialties of Hoian such as Cao Lau, Mi Quang, … cannot be tasty, if using water from other wells. The water is also used to serve tourists. Many people in Hoi An want to drink water from this well. For that reason, a family in Nguyen Thai Hoc Street has made the entrance to the well equipped with the water jar with the words “well water for visitors”. This “specialty” attracts many visitors, especially international visitors to enjoy.
23. DRINKING BEER NEAR HOAI RIVER, HOIAN VIETNAM
After visiting the old houses, the ancient bridge, visitors can come to the river and choose one of the sidewalk pavilions arranged the plastic table and then order a glass of beer. Enjoy the cool beer, sip aromatic roasted peanuts, tourists can leisurely watch the boat and candlelit flowers glittering on Hoai River.
24. ENJOYING EXCITING PERFORMANCES IN LUNE PERFORMING CENTER, HOIAN VIETNAM
Now, tourists visiting Hoian is not only attracted by the colorful lanterns and candlelit flowers glittering, but also by the breathtaking plays about Teh Dar mountain. Audiences will enjoy an emotional evening, with the village life of the Central Highlands re-emerging on the contemporary stage.
25. COMING TO COTIC ART SPACE COFFE AND GALLERY, HOIAN VIETNAM
The Cotic Art Space Café and Gallery is a lovely art and crafts exhibit house featuring a variety of unique and unique paintings, figurines, silverware, pottery, and clothing all made by local artists. This is a suitable place for you to learn more about Hoian culture.
The above are 25 best things to do in Hoian, Vietnam, which will give you unforgettable experiences when traveling to Hoian. It is a wonderful town awaiting your exploration. Hope you will have a memorable trip to Hoian – an unique ancient town in Vietnam.