Not everyone visiting Hoi An has a leisurely ten days to spare, which often begs the question, what are the top sights in Hoi An, or the ones you shouldn’t miss while in this beautiful town? Wandering around the small lanes, visiting the historic houses and shops, or eating at the local restaurants and sampling cocktails at happy hour is a must and something that is essential when visiting Hoi An. But there are many other things to do and this page is dedicated to the sights and activities you can enjoy. Of course all of the sights mentioned can be done with tour groups but if you are feeling a little adventurous then hire a bike and go on your own little excursion.
If you are intent on staying in the Ancient Town of Hoi An then walk over the Japanese Bridge, visit the local Chinese Pagodas and take a walk along the river stopping a long the way for a cold beer or wine. Tickets to see the bridge and houses can be purchased for around six dollars next to the Japanese Bridge.
If you are confident about riding a motorcycle then you can brave the half hour drive out to the My Son Ruins. These were Hindu temples that were built by the Cham people who inhabited the area between the 4th and 15th century. Many of the temples were bombed in the Vietnam war but many still stand looking over the surrounding jungle. Most of the big tour groups in the early morning so take your time and you might get it all to yourself.
Everyone should visit the beach while in Hoi An, An Bang Beach close and offers very chilled out vibes. You can get there by bicycle and the cycle through the rice fields is a great way to start a morning. Follow the main road Hai Ba Trung all the way to An Bang beach, turn left when you hit the beach, Banyan and Soul Kitchen have great food, music and vibes.
Thanh Nam Fishing Village
Thanh Nam Fishing Village is only a short 3km bicycle or boat ride away. To catch the full spectacle you will need to get up extra early with a strong Vietnamese coffee to watch the local fisherman bring in their catch. Sit by the waters edge and watch the sunrise with locals, sipping on coffee and taking in the daily bustle that goes with an early morning catch.
There are so many great sights to fit into your itinerary just make sure you do them at a leisurely pace, the sun can be fierce between the months of March and October. Always ask a local if you need something. The Vietnamese are so friendly which will make your stay all that more enjoyable.