Looking for things to do in Hoi An? You’ve come to the right place! We spent 4 days in this charming town and would highly recommend a stop here to anyone touring Vietnam’s coastal delights!

Things To Do In Hoi An

things to do in hoi an
A beautifully quaint street in Hoi An, Vietnam

Beautiful, colourful, quaint and artistic are words that spring to mind when we think back to Hoi An. A truly charming little coastal town, pretty by day with its multi-coloured street facades, markets and boats, which at night become fairytale like lit up by many colourful lanterns and lights.

things to do in Hoi An
Hoi An river canals

The town is divided by a small river containing many colourful boats and one main pedestrian bridge also lit beautifully by night. We loved sitting in the little cafes, bars and restaurants lining either side of the river, relaxing and sipping a coffee, cheap cocktail or enjoying a pint of locally brewed beer for only 4,000 dong (approximately 14p!).

things to do in Hoi An
Local street vendors
things to do in Hoi An
Hoi An’s vibrant market

The other great thing about Hoi An is that you only have to travel around 10 km out of the town to reach the coastline and its beautiful long stretch of beach! So after spending a couple of days exploring the town, we decided to hop on our free hotel bikes and cycled the flat road to the beach! Thankfully the roads were much quieter than the crazy traffic we were used to in Hanoi so we were able to leisurely peddle our way through the local villages, enjoying the scenery along the way.

things to do in Hoi An

things to do in Hoi An

We learned that it’s best to hit the beach in the morning as the clouds and wind tend to roll into Hoi An mid afternoon.  It was during a short stormy spell that we discovered the many amazing seafood restaurants lining the beach where you can literally choose your food from the fish tanks!  Check out our ‘Food heaven in Vietnam’ post for examples and pictures of the delicious local delicacies served up in Hoi An!

things to do in Hoi An

things to do in Hoi An
Hoi An Riverfront by night

Our first stop on our coastal tour was fantastic, and we loved every moment of our time in Hoi An! Take a look through our summaries of alternative coastal destinations Nha Trang and Mui Ne, both of which boasted very different atmospheres and highlights!

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