Things to do in Hoi An, central Vietnam

Top 5 Things To Do In Hoi An in Two Days

Silk lanterns, sampan boats, water buffalos, and rice paddies. Enjoy the traditional Vietnam of your dreams with these top things to do in Hoi An.

Hoi An is located in central Vietnam, near the coast. It’s a small city but has a big history. It was one of Asia’s leading ports from the 15th to 18th centuries.

Hoi An was an international and multicultural boomtown in its prime. Strong Japanese, Chinese, and Indian influences combined with Vietnamese traditions to create one of the most distinctive, lovely, and historic cities in Vietnam.

The city is most famous for it’s preserved “ancient town” neighborhood, but Hoi An is also immersed in some beautifully rustic countryside. Any visitor will want to see both signature aspects of Hoi An for a rich and memorable Vietnam experience.

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A longer stay is better in this beautiful, old city, but Hoi An is a short stopover for most visitors. Here are our top 5 things to do in Hoi An for the typical 36-48 hour visit.

Most are independent activities that do not require any tour guides, drivers, or extensive planning. We didn’t include any of the great daytrips outside Hoi An, like An Bang Beach or the Cham ruins of My Son.

These are worthy destinations, but Hoi An itself is loaded with more than enough to make your short visit enjoyable and worthwhile.

Independent Walking Tour of Ancient Town – Things to do in Hoi An #1

Street Scenes of Hoi An’s Ancient Town in Central Vietnam

Street Scenes of Hoi An’s Ancient Town

A self-guided walking tour is like stepping back in time, and it’s the best way to explore the preserved architecture of “ancient town.” Hoi An’s “ancient town” is a Unesco World Heritage site, because it has many original buildings and is so well preserved. As if that weren’t charming enough, “ancient town” lies along a few traditional and picturesque canals.

Some Architectural Details from Historic Halls, Temples, and Homes - things to do in Hoian, Vietnam

Some Architectural Details from Historic Halls, Temples, and Homes

All of the “ancient town” neighborhood is basically one big attraction. It’s filled with centuries-old temples, pagodas, communal halls, and family residences – all open to the public. Tickets are technically required to enter the “ancient town” zone, and staff can check tickets. Enforcement is often loose, but it’s more convenient to just get a ticket.

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Tickets are only 120,000 VND (about $6 USD) and last for the duration of your stay. An “ancient town” ticket includes both general admission to the neighborhood and special entry into any 5 of the 22 most original and historic sites. In our experience, 5 will be plenty because the ticket takers at many sites can be pretty lax and you’ll see more than 5 sites.

We’ve seen and enjoyed almost all the attractions. It’s impossible to pick the 5 best, but here are 5 that we think many will enjoy the most for beauty and historical importance.

Japanese Bridge in things to do in Hoian, Vietnam

Japanese Bridge

 

Tan Ky House - Things to do in Hoian, Vietnam

Tan Ky House

 

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall - things to do in Hoian, Vietnam

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall

 

Quan Am Pagoda / Quan Cong Temple - things to do in Hoian, Vietnam

Quan Am Pagoda / Quan Cong Temple

 

Trieu Chau Assembly Hall - Things to do in Hoian, Vietnam

Trieu Chau Assembly Hall

 

Night Stroll Through Ancient Town – Things to do in Hoi An #2

Hoi An’s Famous Silk Lanterns and Night Scene - things to do in Hoian, Vietnam

Hoi An’s Famous Silk Lanterns and Night Scene

Hoi An’s ancient town is it’s most beautiful and captivating at night.

Begin the evening with a paddleboat ride down the canal during sunset. Enjoy the changing scene along the canal banks during your ride. As the sunlight fades, Hoi An’s famous silk lanterns flicker on, covering every street.

Next, take a night stroll through “ancient town.” View the centuries-old buildings in the soft light of the silk lanterns. The lanterns are displayed every night, but there’s a special full moon celebration on the 14th of the lunar month. All other light is extinguished, and only silk lanterns illuminate “ancient town” with their magic glow, just like they did centuries ago.

It’s a quaint and lovely setting, but it is also very lively. The shops are open late and numerous bars and restaurants line the canal and side streets for nightly festivities. The mood is lively but remains family-friendly.

Once you have your ticket, the only extra cost is your food and drink.

Boat Ride on a Sampan – Things to do in Hoi An #3

Dashing Sampan Boat Operator - Things to do in Hoian, Vietnam

Dashing Sampan Boat Operator

A simple sampan ride through the canals Hoi An may be one of your fondest moments.

A sampan is a traditional Vietnamese canoe. Modern motorboat rides are available too, but the paddleboats are the more quaint and desirable experience. Some sampan owners are the most darling local elders that you could meet.

You’ll probably end up doing most of the paddling, but it’s a pleasure to spend 30 minutes with these warm folks. We mentioned the sunset ride, but we also recommend a morning sampan ride. The rivers and canals are serene yet busy with the work of the local fishermen.

You must negotiate the price of your ride. The sampan owners are very sweet but very savvy. Aim for around 100,000 – 200,000 VVD ($5-$10 USD).

Explore The Countryside – Things to do in Hoi An #4

Hoi An Farmers, Water Buffalo, Scenic Countryside - things to do in Hoian, Vietnam

Hoi An Farmers, Water Buffalo, Scenic Countryside

If you came to Vietnam hoping to see rice fields and grazing water buffalos in an authentic rural setting, the outskirts of Hoi An are sure to satisfy.

Numerous interesting and inexpensive countryside tours exist, but they’re really not necessary. We recommend exploring the countryside on your own. It’s fun, safe, and surprisingly easy to do. It’s also completely free.

We often love the convenience of taking a tour, but in Hoi An, you’ll have more fun and do more on your own.

Iconic Vietnamese Water Buffalo Are Everywhere - things to do in Hoian, Vietnam

Iconic Vietnamese Water Buffalo Are Everywhere

Many local farms (like Tra Que Vegetable Village) are about 1-2 miles west of the city center. It’s almost impossible to get lost. Getting here is a breeze on foot and on a bicycle. Almost every hotel in Hoi An provides guests with free bike rentals.

Just take Hai Ba Trung street out of the city going toward the coast and you can’t miss the farms. Pick a place that looks interesting and bike or walk around. Farms, farmers, and water buffalo are everywhere. They’re all very open and accessible to visitors.

Hidden Gems of Hoi An Countryside – Secluded yet Easily Found - things to do in Hoian,Vietnam

Hidden Gems of Hoi An Countryside – Secluded yet Easily Found

The land is flat, so you can explore several side streets while staying in view of the main road (Hai Ba Trung). Also, explore the countryside beyond the farms to find hidden gems of rustic delight.

Cooking Class – Things to do in Hoi An #5

Hoi An Cooking Classes - things to do in hoian, vietnam

Hoi An Cooking Classes

Cooking classes are common in most popular destinations, but Hoi An has taken it to another level. Organized cooking classes are available from most of the larger restaurants and hotels. These usually include a morning trip to the local market. Prices range from $20-$50 USD pax.

The most famous is by Ms. V, the diva of Hoi An cuisine and owner of Morning Glory restaurant.

The special thing about Hoi An is that you can get a cooking class from almost every restaurant – even small hole-in-the-wall places. These usually don’t include a market visit but are often as cheap as $5 pax. So if you find a restaurant and/or dish you like, you can get the recipe and learn to make it on you own for a small fee.

36-48 Hour Sample Itinerary for Hoi An

We’ll provide more extensive posts and guides to all Hoi An’s activities, attractions, and day trips in a future post, but this is our short list of the best of Hoi An for a short visit.

If you have the time, this city will reward a longer stay, but these 5 are essential Hoi An, in our opinion. We’ll end by giving a sample itinerary that would fit into the schedule of many visitors.

Day One

• Evening arrival. Enjoy Hoi An’s magical night scene.

Day  Two

• Early morning sampan ride through canals.
• Half day independent walking tour of ancient town before lunch.
• Half day independent countryside exploration after lunch.
• Sunset Sampan ride through canals.
• Enjoy another night under the silk lantern’s of ancient town.

Day Three

• Hotel check out.
• Morning Cooking class.
• Leave Hoi An for next destination.

Enjoy Hoi An!

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133 Comments
  • robin masshole mommy
    Posted at 05:47h, 26 January

    I have ALWAYS wanted to go there. It looks like such a beautiful place to visit.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 05:55h, 26 January

    Hi Robin. You should definitely try to get to Hoi An. Its iconic and epic.

  • tara pittman
    Posted at 13:11h, 26 January

    I may never travel out of the country so I love seeing others who do. I can travel by internet with these great photos

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:14h, 26 January

    Hi Tara. Good to hear. Hope you enjoy the photos.

  • Amber Myers
    Posted at 15:43h, 26 January

    What fun photos! I hope to be able to make it her some day. I’d like to try that cooking class.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:44h, 26 January

    Hi Amber. I think you’d enjoy all the cool things to do in Hoi An.

  • Jennifer Gilbert
    Posted at 17:57h, 26 January

    What beautiful scenery! I would love to take a sampan ride through the canals or tour the local farms along the countryside.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:59h, 26 January

    Hi Jennifer. Those are awesome and fun for sure.

  • Sarah-Louise Bailey
    Posted at 20:13h, 26 January

    I was always excited to explore in a place that still practices the traditional way of living. It is just like coming back from the past. The historical places seen in books still fascinates me with admiration. The images of Hoi An that you shared captivates me and makes me be there the soonest possible time.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:22h, 26 January

    Hi Sarah-Louise. Hoi An does preserve some fascinating history and a mix of asian culture in one place. Its very special.

  • Joely Smith
    Posted at 21:01h, 26 January

    The boat ride and the cooking class are two of the things I would absolutely want to do! I would love to learn more of the culture and taste their foods. Love this post thank you!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:11h, 26 January

    Hey Joely. The boat ride and cooking class are very Hoi An and so fun.

  • Hra
    Posted at 07:50h, 27 January

    What a wonderful post!! This list is fantastic.. We have so many things to do in Vietnam

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 07:55h, 27 January

    Hi HRA. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. there are many great things to do in Hoi An.

  • Tina
    Posted at 08:00h, 27 January

    Hoi An looks so colourful! I’m going to Vietnam for my honeymoon next year, so I’ll be adding this to my list.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:11h, 27 January

    Hey Tina. Have a great time in Vietnam. Hoi An is perfect for a honeymoon. Its has a very romantic side.

  • Anne Yedlin
    Posted at 08:24h, 27 January

    What a beautiful place. It looks like you discovered so many great things to do while you were there! It all looks like an amazing adventure, especially the boat ride!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:26h, 27 January

    Hello Anne. Yes were lucky to actually live nearby, so we know it pretty well.

  • Carol Cassara
    Posted at 08:35h, 27 January

    There’s really so much that you can do even for 36 hours! I really like that you put everything in detail as well. This is such a good guide for people who are interested in going to Vietnam, like me.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:37h, 27 January

    Hi Carol. Thanks for the kind words. We love to share and hope its helpful.

  • James Smith
    Posted at 08:49h, 27 January

    You guys were pretty calm in this post, although you got pretty close to that water buffalo! You got some great reflection photos in downtown Hoi An, it’s great to read a post about a place in Nam other than Hanoi and Saigon. The free bikes and easy navigation to the rice fields and water buffalos make a great little trip outside of the city.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:50h, 27 January

    Hi James. Water buffalos are awesome to be around. Just don’t get close to the back legs. They’re really nice and mellow.

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 08:51h, 27 January

    This is pretty neat! I’ve never been to Vietnam but I’ve always been curious. It’s nice to see that there are so much that you can do in less than two days! That’s awesome.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:55h, 27 January

    Hi Elizabeth. Vietnam is great to visit. And Hoi An is one of the best towns in Vietnam. Hope you can make it someday.

  • Stacey
    Posted at 09:41h, 27 January

    We are planning a vietnam trip in September and I’m so excited for Hoi An! I have a feeling I may fall in love and the more pictures I see the more I’m dying to get there. I will have to save this for future reference!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 09:44h, 27 January

    Hello Stacey. That’s great to hear. I know just how you feel to be excited for an upcoming trip. Vietnam especially has some fantastic and epic sights.

  • Terri Beavers
    Posted at 09:59h, 27 January

    I love all of the colors and structures. It would be so amazing to visit here and check out everything in Hoi An.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:00h, 27 January

    Hi Terri. There are so many great things to do in Hoi An. Hope you make it there and enjoy it for yourself.

  • AMANDA
    Posted at 11:29h, 27 January

    Oh wow! This looks like a great place to visit! I will have to go one day!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:33h, 27 January

    Hello Amanda. Hoi An is definitely a must see place in Asia.

  • mira pstr
    Posted at 11:52h, 27 January

    such a great place, the picture are amazing, I would love to travel to other country that have other culture it will be fun and informative in the same time, thank you for sharing

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:55h, 27 January

    Hi Mira. Vietnam does have such a rich culture and it’s great to visit.

  • Mackinaw Road
    Posted at 12:42h, 27 January

    Looks like a fabulous trip! I love the idea of a cooking class, including the trip to the market!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:44h, 27 January

    Hey Mackinaw. It is a fabulous trip. And the long cooking class is so fun.

  • Milton Goh
    Posted at 13:21h, 27 January

    I was at Hoi An last year! I remember it being a very hot and humid place.
    It is a very relaxing and laid-back place as well.

    Your post brought back wonderful memories. Thanks for this’

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:22h, 27 January

    Hey Milton. Hoi An is a truly unique and memorable place.

  • David Elliott
    Posted at 13:23h, 27 January

    There are a ton of things to do there. It looks amazing. I love all of the beautiful pictures.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:33h, 27 January

    Hey David. So true there are a ton of things to do in Hoi An. These are just a few of the best.

  • Matthew Hulland
    Posted at 13:49h, 27 January

    Man I wish I had read this before I went to Hoi An. I was guilty of turning up with minimal research and was a little disappointed, I’m sure if I had the Ancient Town ticket it would have been different. Great blog and really helpful for those visiting the town.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:55h, 27 January

    Hi Matthew. Thanks. Many places in Vietnam require advance research to enjoy. Hoi An is definitely better knowing what to look for, especially if you only have short time.

  • Fiona Mai
    Posted at 13:58h, 27 January

    I’m from Vietnam myself, have been to Hoi An twice and still want to come back 😀
    Street food in Hoi An is also delicious as well. Don’t know if you have tried any but I remember having eaten a lot on the street when I was there haha

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:00h, 27 January

    Hello Fiona. We’ve been living in Vietnam for over a year now. We eat street food everyday and love it. Currently we live in Danang which is only 30 minutes from Hoi An and we can’t get enough of it.

  • danik
    Posted at 14:24h, 27 January

    The appeal and the lure of water buffalo in the rice fields is good enough to tice us there. Great write up and loving the vibes of the photos. 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:25h, 27 January

    Hey Danik. Thanks. Its great to know you enjoyed it. Yes the water buffalos are so iconic of Vietnam.

  • Plushy
    Posted at 15:28h, 27 January

    I swear, some countries from Southeast Asia are from another world! Loved your photos!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 15:33h, 27 January

    Hey Plushy. Yes, Vietnam is sometimes like another world in the best way. We love it here.

  • Anja / Womanhattan
    Posted at 16:15h, 27 January

    Your post really made me regret the fact that I’ve never been to Vietnam. It is so pretty. Love your photos!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:16h, 27 January

    Hi Anja. Yes Vietnam is a must visit in Asia. You could always come back.

  • Nikki
    Posted at 18:48h, 27 January

    This is such a comprehensive post. I have never been to Vietnam, but it is super high up on my bucketlist. I would def want to do the cooking class and explore the countryside. Sounds like so much and beautiful too!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:49h, 27 January

    Hi Nikki. Vietnam definitely deserves a visit. Hoi An is usually most visitors favorite place in Vietnam too.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc
    Posted at 18:58h, 27 January

    I dream of having an Asian tour. The region is so rich in culture and the scenery (and beaches) are the best. I am happy to read you had a great time in Vietnam without necessarily breaking the budget.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:00h, 27 January

    Hello Annemarie. Thanks. Yes we love Vietnam. After more than a year, we’re still learning more everyday.

  • Nellwyn
    Posted at 19:01h, 27 January

    The architecture in Ancient Town looks so beautiful! I’m sad to say I’ve never travelled in Asia before, but I’d love to go to Vietnam!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 19:11h, 27 January

    Hi Nellwyn. Definitely consider visiting Vietnam. It’s actually very cheap to fly to and things are so cheap in country, with rich culture, amazing landscapes, and some of the best food in the world.

  • Claudette Esterine
    Posted at 21:12h, 27 January

    This was a wonderful “view” of a beautiful destination! A must add on any bucket list. 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:22h, 27 January

    Hey Claudette. Hoi An is such a wonderful place to see and experience.

  • Author Brandi Kennedy
    Posted at 23:09h, 27 January

    This looks like an amazing place to visit, and the photos you chose to include here really show off the beauty of such a small and intimate place. The ancient town sounds like a lot of fun, and I love the photos of the assembly halls the best – the detail on the buildings is so beautiful!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:11h, 27 January

    Hi Brandi. Hoi An is an amazing place thats so fun. It is also one of the most photogenic places in Asia.

  • Krysten
    Posted at 00:07h, 28 January

    I would love to do the night tour, I love things like that. I think cities look great at night and you get to see such culture that you may not see normally. I would also love the cooking class, since I’m a chef 😛
    This place looks absolutely amazing!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:11h, 28 January

    Hi Krysten. I’m sure you would love the cooking class they are so rich. And the night tour is like a dream.

  • Clare
    Posted at 00:14h, 28 January

    I love Hoi An it is such a beautiful town. Its great to walk around and explore during the day and get yourself some clothes made. Walking around at night by the river is so beautiful too I loved my time here 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:15h, 28 January

    Hey Clare. Yeah Hoi An is so beautiful. At night, especially during a full moon festival, its at its most gorgeous.

  • kimberly C
    Posted at 01:43h, 28 January

    I love learning about other cultures. This town is so gorgeous, Great photo ops all around. Wow, what a treat!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:44h, 28 January

    Hi Kimberly. Hoi An’s cultural history is so cool. It was always an international cosmopolitan place with multiple asian influences.

  • Rhiannon
    Posted at 06:38h, 28 January

    I’d love to take a cooking class in Hoi An! Learning to cook the local food is something I always intend to do when visiting somewhere, but never actually get around to (not even in India?!)! My friend here in Wales is from Ho Chi Minh City and when she eventually goes back after her studies next year I’ll be going to visit her, and spend a few weeks travelling to other parts of the country! I’ll hopefully come back to your post closer to the time and heed some of your advice!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:44h, 28 January

    Hi Rhiannon. That’s great. Having a local friend in a foreign country makes for a great visit. Hoi An is almost everyone’s favorite when in Vietnam. Hope you enjoy it when you come.

  • 9buckcrossing
    Posted at 10:16h, 28 January

    Woah! This looks beautiful! And only $6 for the tour – you can’t even go to the movies here for that price! I love the fact that you get so much out of it! I’m putting this on my bucketlist!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:22h, 28 January

    Hi 9buckcrossing. The cheap prices for awesome activities are one of the best things about Vietnam.

  • emma white
    Posted at 10:24h, 28 January

    oh wow it looks and sounds like an amazing place to visit and one I would love to travel too personally so on the bucket list it goes

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:26h, 28 January

    Hi Emma. Good to hear. Hope you make it to Vietnam and Hoi An and have the trip of your dreams.

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 10:29h, 28 January

    Wow this sounds like such an amazing trip!! I will have to add it to my list!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:33h, 28 January

    Hi Alexandra. Hoi An is a great place to visit for some quintessential Vietnam moments.

  • Victoria Hawkins
    Posted at 13:45h, 28 January

    I’ve never set foot anywhere in Asia but it’s wonderful to have all these handy guides. I plan to put some of these to use when/if the opportunity to visit Vietnam comes up!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 13:55h, 28 January

    Hello Victoria. Asia is so awesome to visit. Hope you make it.

  • Crystal Gard
    Posted at 14:05h, 28 January

    These photos show off this destination wonderfully. These are some great things to do while visiting.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:11h, 28 January

    Hello Crystal. Thanks very much. There are some great things to do in Hoi An.

  • Anosa
    Posted at 14:43h, 28 January

    It seems like a lot can be done in 36 hours, I would definitely love to do the night walk if I ever visited Vietnam

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 14:55h, 28 January

    Hi Anosa. Yes the night walk is so charming and lovely and a real must in Hoi An.

  • Anneklien Meanne
    Posted at 17:35h, 28 January

    Never been to vietnam yet but Hoi an looks like a great place for photography stroll. Those temple and asembly hall are so stunning, lovely and intricate designs.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 17:44h, 28 January

    Hi Anneklien. We definitely recommend a visit to Vietnam and Hoi An. It a great experience.

  • Vicki Louise
    Posted at 18:41h, 28 January

    I loved Hoi An! The old city is an incredible place to walk around both in the day and night – the lights on the river from the bridge are one of my favorite memories. We also did the whole ‘stop on the side of the road to take a pic with a water buffalo’ thing – they’re such incredible creatures!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:44h, 28 January

    Hello Vicki. Good to know. We really think most would love Hoi An too.

  • Kreete
    Posted at 18:48h, 28 January

    I have been reading a lot about Vietnam recently like I did about Iceland last year. Seems like this is the place to go for travel bloggers. Might have to go and check it out myself. The silk lanterns look beautiful in the dark and I would love to walk around in the ancient city. Bike rentals all around sound great too, I love how accessible everything seems to be. And once again your photography is excellent!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 18:55h, 28 January

    Hello Kreete. Hoi An is very popular with all types of travelers from all over the world. We love it.

  • CYNTHIA M NICOLETTI
    Posted at 21:17h, 28 January

    Great photos. Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 21:21h, 28 January

    hey Cynthia. Thanks. Hoi An is a wonderful place for sure.

  • Felicia
    Posted at 23:09h, 28 January

    Great post! The night walk is what really caught my eye! This seems like an amazing destination and I hope to visit one day

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:11h, 28 January

    Hi Felicia. Hoi An at night is justifiably world famous. You should really visit someday.

  • Michelle T
    Posted at 23:28h, 28 January

    Hoi An looks really nice and very interesting. Love the boat rides. I have never been to Vietnam before but from the pictures it definitely looks like a place I need to go.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:33h, 28 January

    Hi Michelle. Hoi An is a wonderful place to visit and its very easy to enjoy. Hope you make it one day.

  • Eileen Kelly
    Posted at 00:08h, 29 January

    Vietnam is on my bucket list. Hoi An looks to be an amazing place. So much to do. I would love to go and get some up close looks at the architecture! Being a foodie, I would really enjoy exploring all the flavors of the area

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 00:11h, 29 January

    Hi Eileen. Great to hear. There is lots of great food in Hoi An too.

  • Adriana Smith
    Posted at 08:35h, 29 January

    I always say that the best way to experience a place is by foot. I love reading about a traveler’s experience in places I’ve never heard of. You’re making my travel bucket list a little bit longer haha

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:44h, 29 January

    Hello Adrianna. Hoi An and really all of Vietnam deserves to be on your bucket list. It’s so lovely and iconic and memorable.

  • Misty Dawn Nelson
    Posted at 11:11h, 29 January

    Looks like that you had an awesome travel! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy it, Btw I really love all the photos looks so much fun

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:12h, 29 January

    Hi Misty. We do love Hoi An. There are so many great things to do in Hoi An. These are are just a few of the best for a short visit.

  • Katy {ashadeofteal}
    Posted at 11:21h, 29 January

    Hoi An looks like a beautiful place to visit. I can’t believe how reasonable it is as well, adding to my travel list!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 11:22h, 29 January

    Hi Katy. Hoi An, like all of Vietnam is very affordable. Its great to visit here. Your money goes really far.

  • Dawn McAlexander
    Posted at 23:05h, 29 January

    Wow! I would have thought that Vietnam was off limits for travelers. I would not mind seeing it if I could. It looks really nice.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:11h, 29 January

    Hi Dawn. Vietnam is now wide open to tourists. They really want tourism and promote it. It’s a fantastic place to visit. You can check out some of our other posts. We have many on Vietnam.

  • katrina gehman
    Posted at 23:14h, 29 January

    those pics are amazing! i would love to visit some day! sharing this with a few friends who want to go this year.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:15h, 29 January

    Hi Katrina. Thanks so much for the kind words and for sharing it with your friends.

  • Victoria Heckstall
    Posted at 09:52h, 30 January

    lovely pictures!!! what a great place to visit! thanks for sharing the pics! its very interesting!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 10:00h, 30 January

    Hi Victoria. Thanks for the compliment. We love Hoi An and its many visitor’s favorite city in Vietnam.

  • Katja
    Posted at 16:01h, 30 January

    I’ve never thought about Vietnam as a place for a holiday but I think this might convert me. Looks so serene.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:11h, 30 January

    Hello Katja. Vietnam is a great place for a holiday. It’s an inexpensive country with fantastic landscapes, culture and some of the best food in the world.

  • Amy Chiang
    Posted at 16:23h, 30 January

    This was a great post and very informative. I love finding out ways to do things without a tour guide so I will have to bookmark this for whenever I plan my trip 🙂

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:25h, 30 January

    Hello Amy. Hoi An is a very convenient place to visit. You can get around and do almost everything on your own and still have a great time.

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 20:43h, 30 January

    I’ve never been to Hoi An, it looks like a very peaceful place! I love that it takes you back in time, the structures are old but well preserved.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:44h, 30 January

    Hey Elizabeth. Hoi An deserves a visit for sure. It’s like a time machine to a glimpse of old Asia.

  • K O
    Posted at 02:39h, 31 January

    Looks lovely! So many colors and great pics you shared.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 02:44h, 31 January

    Hello KO. Thanks so much. It is a lovely town.

  • Doodle as I Do
    Posted at 03:50h, 31 January

    Vietnam looks so fun. I think I’d especially enjoy the boat ride and cooking class!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 04:13h, 31 January

    Hi Doodle. Vietnam is great and Hoi An is a top destination with in it. The Sampan ride and cooking class are great Vietnam memories to have.

  • Stephenie
    Posted at 06:03h, 31 January

    Thank you for taking me on a journey from my living room. I’m terrified to fly over the ocean so I don’t think I’ll ever make it to Vietnam, but I enjoyed all the images you included and feel like I know so much more about it

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 06:11h, 31 January

    Hello Stephenie. Thanks so much. It’s great to hear you liked the post. FYI, there are also some nice cruises that go to Asia, if you don’t like flying.

  • Carol Cassara
    Posted at 12:02h, 31 January

    36 hours is such a short time to explore a place this lovely! But it’s nice to know how you can maximize your time there! I would love to see this place!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:11h, 31 January

    Hi Carol. You’re right 36 hours is a short time. There are so many other great things to do in Hoi An. But since there are lots of wonderful destinations in Vietnam, many people simply must one spend a short time here on their holiday. We’ve all faced similar situations when traveling. That’s why gave a short list of what we think is the best.

  • Aleks F.
    Posted at 12:43h, 31 January

    Wonderful pictures and post! Love Hoi An and you picked some great choices for a short or long stay. Will be visiting again soon and will take some of these tips for sure! Happy to see you had a lovely time! Thanks for sharing!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 12:44h, 31 January

    Hello Aleks. Thank you so much for the kind words. We actually live close to Hoi An so we can enjoy it often.

  • Alexis Rivard
    Posted at 16:16h, 02 February

    I’m going to Hoi An later this year and haven’t done any research at all so this post is super helpful! I’ll be saving it for later, that’s for sure. Viet food is my favourite so I’ll definitely have to take a cooking class while I’m there.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 16:45h, 02 February

    Hello Alexis. Fantastic to hear this. Enjoy your visit.

  • Global Girl Travels
    Posted at 19:58h, 02 February

    There is so much beauty, nature and culture. You did not at all contain my excitement of visiting Vietnam! I’ve wanted to visit Hanoi and Saigon, but I think Hoi An should be added to my itinerary as well!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 20:00h, 02 February

    Hey Abigail. We agree completely. Hoi An should be on almost every Vietnam itinerary.

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 01:07h, 03 February

    Lovely list of things to do in Hoi. I like the fact that all of these are different from the usual type of activities make them all the more interesting. I would love walking around and exploring the place during the day as well as embark on a night exploration. Trekking in the countryside is another activity that attracts me.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:51h, 03 February

    Hi Sandy N Vyjay. Hoi An is one of the easiest places for foreign visitors to get around independently and still enjoy the best of the area.

  • Ami
    Posted at 01:55h, 03 February

    Thanks for simplifying Hoi for me. I have been researching it and there seems just so much to do. You made it easier with your itinerary . This is such a culturally rich experience.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 01:57h, 03 February

    Hi Ami. That’s good to hear. Hoi An is great place to visit with lots of rich culture for sure.

  • PRERNA SINHA
    Posted at 23:52h, 06 February

    This really summarises the place for me. You have shared a story, described the best things to do and in the end summarised with an itinerary. The best way for anyone to get to research for a place.

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 23:59h, 06 February

    Hi Prerna. Thanks so much. Glad you liked to post.

  • Claire
    Posted at 08:36h, 23 February

    Ahh loved reading this! Hoi An was definitely my favourite place in Vietnam and I loved cycling out the rural areas too! The only thing i wish I had done on the list was a cooking class!!

  • The Travel Ninjas
    Posted at 08:44h, 23 February

    Hey Claire. We agree about the countryside it is so peaceful and lovely and perfect for a ride.

  • Reshma Narasing
    Posted at 06:03h, 21 April

    I loved how you have covered the best of Hoi Ann in just 36 hours. I can’t wait to see the night view of the town with the lit silk lanterns!