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Welcome to Hoi An

Near the center of Vietnam's serpentine coastline and built around the mouth of the Thu Bon River, the former spice-trading port of Hoi An is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site typified by antique wooden buildings and cobblestone streets. A world away from the country's dizzying metropolitan hubs, Hoi An's compact size and slower pace make it a pleasure to explore on foot or by bike. Stroll or pedal along the riverbank, crossing the famous Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau), and marveling at architectural gems such as Quan Cong Temple and Tan Ky House. Along the way, you may meet locals pedaling home from the open markets, their bicycle baskets overflowing with fresh vegetables and flowers. In a country known for excellent cuisine, Hoi An offers some of the freshest and best. Be sure to take a tasting tour in Old Town, or sign up for a traditional market tour and Vietnamese cooking class. Don't miss a tour to the fascinating My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO-listed archaeological site constructed by Hindu Champa royalty between the fourth and 14th centuries. To get off the beaten path, explore the river islands of Cam Nam and Cam Kim on a bike tour, or visit Kim Bong carpentry village. Just outside of town, the white sands of Cua Dai beach and An Bang beach beckon sunseekers to the coast, where boats set sail for Cham Island and Cu Lao Cham Marine Park.

Top attractions in Hoi An for Spring

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Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town

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Renowned throughout Southeast Asia for its antique charm, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An Ancient Town is a must-see for first-time visitors to Vietnam. The pedestrianized streets provide a calming break from chaotic traffic, while the colorful facades of lantern-clad houses harbor history that dates back more than 2,000 years.More
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My Son Sanctuary

My Son Sanctuary

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Visit the ruins of ancient towers and temples on the emerald hills of central Vietnam at the My Son Sanctuary (Mỹ Sơn), a complex of brick and stone temples built by Hindu Cham kings between the fourth and 13th centuries. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site makes an easy day trip from Hoi An or Da Nang.More
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Bach Ma National Park (Vuon Quoc gia Bach Ma)

Bach Ma National Park (Vuon Quoc gia Bach Ma)

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Home to a colonial-era hill station, the monsoon forests of Bach Ma National Park center on Bach Ma, or White Horse Mountain, which rises 4,757 feet (1,450 meters). Waterfalls, crumbling villas, hiking trails, and a wealth of wildlife, including pheasants, langur monkeys, and muntjac deer, make a magnetic spot to spend a day—or longer.More
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Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau)

Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau)

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Millions of travelers flock to the Japanese Covered Bridge (Chùa Cầu) in Hoi An every year. Built in the 18th century, the bridge features intricate carvings and statues of dogs and monkeys and provides great views of the Thu Bon River. Put aside extra time to cross the frequently crowded bridge—it’s the most popular spot in the Old Town.More
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Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)

Cham Island (Cu Lao Cham)

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Clustered around 13 miles (21 kilometers) from Hoi An’s Cua Dai harbor, Vietnam's eight Cham Islands are known as Cham Island or Cù Lao Chàm. They offer white-sand beaches, granite cliffs, and coral reefs ideal for diving and snorkeling. The islands’ rich marine life and ecosystems have earned them UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status.More
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Tra Que Vegetable Village

Tra Que Vegetable Village

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Located between Hoi An Ancient Town and An Bang Beach, Tra QueVegetable Village is an agricultural district that still uses traditional techniques to produce Vietnamese crops. The fertile farmland, which provides a welcome break from the crowds of Hoi An Ancient Town, is awash with fragrant herbs and home to numerous independent workshops.More
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Tan Ky Old House

Tan Ky Old House

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Hailed as the epitome of antique grandeur, the 200-year-old Tan Ky Old House pays homage to Hoi An’s rich architectural heritage. The beautifully preserved 18th-century house contains Chinese and Japanese artworks, dark-wood furniture, and watermarked walls that attest to the building’s ability to withstand Hoi An’s seasonal floods.More
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Cua Dai Beach (Bien Cua Dai)

Cua Dai Beach (Bien Cua Dai)

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Overshadowed by famous Hoi An Ancient Town, Cua Dai Beach (Biển Cửa Đại) is a pristine, white-sand strand flanked by turquoise waters and backed by rustic Vietnamese seafood restaurants. The laid-back beach provides a relaxed break from central Hoi An and offers white-knuckle water sports to appease thrill seekers.More
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Phuc Kien Assembly Hall (Fujian Assembly Hall)

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall (Fujian Assembly Hall)

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The largest of Hoi An’s five assembly halls—historic meeting places for the city’s Chinese merchants—Phuc Kien Assembly Hall (Fujian Assembly Hall is an architectural feast and among the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town. A National Monument, it’s home to a temple, shrine, and a tree-lined courtyard.More
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Museum of Sa Huynh Culture

Museum of Sa Huynh Culture

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Located in the heart of Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Museum of Sa Huynh Culture is home to more than 200 artifacts that date back some 2,000 years. The museum exhibits items used by the Sa Huynh civilization, which flourished in central and southern Vietnam between 1000 BC and AD 200.More

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Visiting Hoi An's Assembly Halls

Visiting Hoi An's Assembly Halls

How to Spend 1 Day in Hoi An

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Recent reviews from experiences in Hoi An

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Great Streetfood Tour with
Nina_R, Mar 2020
Hoi An Old Town Food Tour by Night
The guide knew a lot about the food and his English was very good as well.
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Amazingly tasty
Jeanette_T, Jan 2020
Evening Walking Food Tour in Hoi An
Great to see the best food places in Hoi An!
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Excellent Tour
Chiran_J, Nov 2019
Evening Walking Food Tour in Hoi An
The guide, Gum, was very good -- great command of English as well.
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Pleasant and informative
Abigail_J, Apr 2019
Charming Hoi An City Tour - Private Tour
Hoi An old city is lovely and really easy to get around; the guide was very pleasant and informative, so it was worth taking the tour to get a sense of the city and its history before coming back and spending a bit more time wandering around the parts I wanted to see again
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Nice tour
charles_m, Apr 2019
Hoi An Old Town Food Tour by Night
You get to see and eat a few things you might not otherwise depending on how many of these you do.
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The tour was not at Da Nang City we...
Joan G, Mar 2018
Private Best of Da Nang City and UNESCO - Hoi An Ancient Town Shore Excursion
The part in Hoi An was very nice and our tour guide spoke fair english.
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Very nice tour around the city...
Francesca R, Aug 2016
Hoi An Food Tour by Motorbike with Tastings and Dinner
My guide, Nancy, was very professional, she spoke very good English and she knew all the best place for rating in Hoi An!
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We had a great time with Nancy! This...
Mike_W, Sep 2016
Hoi An Street Food Walking Tour with Tastings
This is a great way to see Hoi An and the best way to find delicious authentic food.
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Nice half day tour in minivan with...
Katja K, Feb 2017
Half-day MY SON SANCTUARY TOUR from HOI AN
Beautiful place to visit close to nature, approximately one hours drive from Hoi An.
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Really good day. Tour guide...
Simon C, Jun 2016
Hoi An To Hue Private Car With English Speaking Driver
Tour guide was really interesting and spoke good English.
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Will recommend this tour for people...
Anette Hassing S, Oct 2015
One-Way Transfers including Sightseeing between Hoi An and Hue
We had an excellent guide who took us out to see all different kinds of sights, such as the beautiful beach outside Hue, a local market, the Marble Mountain etc, and took us to a nice local restaurant for lunch.
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Great way to see all the best of Hoi Ann and great tour company
Alexander_L, Feb 2020
Hoi An Nightlife Tour with Hoi An Ancient Walking Tour, Boat Ride, Night Market
My wife and I really enjoyed our tour, and this was a fantastic way to see all Hoi Ann has to offer.
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Book this tour!
judeshuttleworth, Feb 2020
Hidden Gems of Old Hoi An Walking Tour
Harry was an amazing guide, his English is fantastic and he has great energy and enthusiasm.
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A really great experience
Edward_C, Dec 2019
Unique Excursion
This tour wasn't for tourists he said it was for travellers, those that wanted to see more than the sights.
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Such a great tour, highly recommend.
Julie_B, Apr 2019
Countryside Bicycle Tour from Hoi An
It was not pushy at all but a lovely trip to see anoher side of Hoi An you would not get to see on your own.
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This tour was amazing! Really good to...
Graham T, Apr 2016
Afternoon Countryside Bike Tour from Hoi An
Really good to see the other side of Hoi An.
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This was the most interesting and...
Steve C, Jul 2018
Sabirama Cooking Class
This was the most interesting and fun-filled attractions and one of the best highlights of my trip to Hoi An.
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This was a great shore excursion...
Robert Z, Mar 2018
Private Best of Da Nang City and UNESCO - Hoi An Ancient Town Shore Excursion
Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English.
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This tour was very enjoyable. It was...
Aaron R, Jul 2017
Countryside Bicycle Tour from Hoi An
It was amazing to see the traditional village life and the customs that are kept alive in these locations.
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We had a great tour with Eric. He...
tracyhey, Nov 2017
FULL-DAY DA NANG DISCOVERY from HOI AN
The seventh generation fish sauce maker was incredibly personable and hospitable, despite speaking no English.
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