Visit Hoi An Ancient Town
Both sides of the streets are filled with beautiful ancient building. Just walking around the place will fill you with an old world charm. The place is full of hawkers. If you are looking to buy things that are significant to the Vietnamese culture than this is the place for you.
But be sure to bargain well or you will be made a fool quite easily. The place also has many different food halts and restaurants that you can stop for some authentic Vietnamese. Hoi An ancient town is definitely one of the best places for a walking tour.
Best time to visit: In between February and April
Explore Tra Que Vegetable Village
A big attraction to Tra Que Vegetable Village is the cooking classes that are held here. Their corn pancakes bring locals and tourists alike from all over Vietnam.You can do a hands-on cooking class or just enjoy the tasty delicacies.
Another very good thing about this place is that the roads are quite empty and you can enjoy a nice bicycle ride with your loved ones.Though there is a bus service available for the tourists, it is recommended that you take a bicycle and move around at your own pace, to enjoy the most.
Location: Cam Ha Commune, Hoi An 51000, Vietnam
Best time: 7 am or 5 pm
Admire Japanese Covered Bridge
The beauty about the bridge is the lovely architecture. You can be sure that you will not have any problem in getting to the place as it is quite in the heart of the city. You will e required to purchase a ticket in order to enter the bridge. The place is throbbing with people who are visiting this historical place and even taking pictures from all around. This is definitely one of the best places to visit in Hoi An.
Location: Tran Phu St. | At the West end of Tran Phu St., Hoi An, Vietnam
Hang Out At Bang Beach
A Bang Beach is one of the best beaches in Vietnam. You can have a wonderful swim in the clear water and then hang out on the beach. It is good for sunbathing as well. It is not exactly a very quiet spot as a lot of different locals meet here but if you are looking for some quality beach time then you can definitely visit this place.
Another very good thing about this beach is that there are many small shops surrounding the perimeter of the beach, where you can shop till quite late in the night. This is one of the throbbing areas of the city.
Best time: The best time to visit the beach is somewhere in between March and September
Location: Cham Island
Top Reviewed Diving Centres: Blue Coral, Cham Island Diving Center, Rainbow Divers
Best Time: January to September (however the June to Aug segment is ideal for diving).
Additional Info: Courses offered in English, French, Vietnamese, German, Spanish and Italian
Difficulty level: Open water Diving Course for Beginners to Master Divers.
Avg. price: VND 12, 26,309 to 15, 60,758 per person
Amongst the 8 islands, the most thrilling and bursting with highest beach activities is Cham Island. Many well established activity centres proffer snorkelling as picnic packages or one day trip to the visitors. Snorkelling is not a difficult sport. It is done in the shallow clear water guided by PADI instructors.
Location: Cu Lao Cham Marine Park
Best Time: June to September
Difficulty level: Easy
Price: AvgVND8, 91,861– 12, 26,309per person
Additional Info: Gears etc will be provided by the centres
Cooking Class in Thuan Tinh Island
They will help you to understand the different types of produces available there. You will also be introduced to some of the produces that are indigenous to Vietnam. The best thing about this place is that you can take a small cruise to the actual island where you will be made a part of the cooking class.
This is definitely a must things to do in Hoi An for foodies and cooks alike. If you want to have a nice tour as well as learn something new, then is the place for you.
Location: Thon 1, Cam Thanh Village, Hoi An, Vietnam
Shop at Hoi An Night Market
You can be sure that you will find something of interest in this huge space that is filled with shops on different sides of the streets. The hawkers and the shop owners are extremely friendly. The shops are all number for your convince.
You will be required to haggle a bit in most of the shops but if you are lucky you will get a steal deal in some of them. There are thousands of different varieties of products available in the markets. The jade figures sold in some of the shops are a must have from this market.
Timing: The market is open from evening 7pm till 12 midnight
Explore Yaly Couture-Tran Phu Branch
The shop also offers the option of choosing your own fabric and getting a dress or shirts made from it at very short notice. The different fabrics on offer are beautiful and most of them have the famous Vietnamese designs on them. The staff in the shop is very patient and warm.
They will make sure that you can pick up the exact fabric of choice by showing you many different options. They will also help you to choose the cut that will be best for you. The best thing about this shop is that they are very fast and will deliver your apparel within the stipulated time.
Location: 47 Tran Phu Street, Hoi An, Vietnam
Visit Fujian Assembly Hall
But as soon as you enter the complex you will be met by an environment of absolute tranquility. It is a beautiful place that you can stroll around in. There are places you can sit for a while and take in the beauty of the place. The dragon sculptures are the biggest attraction in this place. You are allowed to take picture but you have to wait for a while for the crowd to disperse a bit before you take a snap.
Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00-17:00
Location: 46 Tran Phu Street
This is one of the best places for fresh stock. One of the best things about this particular place is that you are bound to see things that are authentic to Vietnam, things that you have likely never seen before. So it is a very good option to just walk around these lanes in order to get a glimpse of the market culture in the city. But if you are in the mood to buy anything be sure to haggle with the prices!
Location: Nguyen Hue and Tran Phu Streets, Hoi An, Vietnam
Shopping at Aobaba Cloth Shop
The 400 odd tailors can copy and replicate any kind of garment whether be it a picture or some celebrity designer wear; anything and everything within an affordable price. And also, be rest assured of the quality of the fabric; they are good enough to pass as any good brand. As you walk down the street you will encounter with many energetic shop owners trying to lure you in their shop. But the trip is worth everything.
Location: Tran phu St, Hoi An
Hours Open: 8 am to 10 pm
Best Time: Festivals of Vietnam
Avg. Price: Can be as cheap as VND 7, 80,379for a dress and VND $44, 59, 308for a Suit
Buy Souvenirs at Kim Bong Carpentry Village
Additional Info: You can buy wooden Kim bong souvenirs from the shops and take a tour to various artisans’ workshops to observe their skills.
Location: Boat ride from old town and across the Thu Bon River
Best Time: Jan to Sept san the monsoon
Hours open: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Alibaba hosts a group of tailors who design and stitch made to order clothes in a most affordable price. Silk is their major trade and their workmanship can surpass any veteran tailor handiwork. Alibaba can be credited with the best custom made boutique in Vietnam.
Tourists can also take a guided tour in the premises and observe the techniques and craftsmanship of the tailors.
Tour Duration: 1 hour
Location: Tran Hung Dao, Hoi An
Hours Open: 9 am to 10 pm
The Old House of Phun Hung, Hoi An
The house is built with 80 columns and is two storied. Each column stands on a lotus base so as to stay clear from fungal or termite growth. Built in the 18th century few notable features the ancient house homes are Yin Yang Style architecture, especially the convex roofs and the Chinese interiors and furniture which run throughout the house.
Location: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street
Hours Open: 8: 30 am to 6 pm on all days.
The front part of the campus is taken by the local musicians and singers organising cultural events (Quang Nam) for the tourists through dance and drama show. The Hoi An Handicraft workshop is a blend of modern and sophisticated technical sculpture and more than 12 forms of traditional handicrafts.
Few of the classic souvenirs you can take along from the place are furniture, pottery, art lanterns, embroidery works, woven fabric, weaving, bamboo products, kitchen wares etc.
Location: Nyugen Thai Hoc
Best Hour: 10:15 amd to 3:15 pm
Price: Local town ticket admission
Seek Blessings at Quan Kong Temple
At the entrance of the temple, two dragons entwined in clouds greet you. The temple is built with red bricks and is adorned by green, gold and red at work. The statue of Quan Cong is perched on top of a centre pedestalinside the main hall. The statue is made from papier-Mache`. There are two more statues set on either side of the war hero- General Chau Xuong, one of his guardians and a beautiful horse called QuanBinh, ridden by Quan Cong.
Location: 24 Nguyen Hue, Hoi An
Danang Golf Club – has a spectacular sea side view with clear landscape. The house has a bistro, shopping complex, clubhouse and a practice area. The Golf course contains 18 holes.
Montgomerie Links – yet another brand new course designed and built by Colin Montgomerie. Surrounded by marble mountains and a short walk to the beach make this club even more enthralling. It also proffers a link –style 18 holes course.
Location: Quang Nam Province
Best time: Jan to Sept, and during the weekdays
Visit Ben Thanh Market area
The market is big, difficult to navigate at times and certainly best avoided during the hottest part of the day, but all the same its well worth a look. When the night falls, restaurants around the perimeter of the market opens their doors creating a vibrant street-side scene filling the air with the scents of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish, and meats.
One of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentic Vietnamese. For shopping heaven head of the market, preferably early morning to pick up some bargains including lacquer ware, bamboo goods, and arts and crafts. Also on sale are clothes, textiles, luggage, watches and an assortment of electronic goods. Spices, nuts, and local fruits heavily scent the air, which is also filled with the chatter of tourists and the locals haggling for bargains.