Da Nang and Hoi An are twin cities in the heart of Central Vietnam. Both are popular tourist destinations for either domestic or international visitors, and share many similarities. Due to smaller, quieter and “three stunners ” – Old town, beaches and countryside in a close distance, plenty of visitors decide to stay overnight in Hoi An, instead of Da Nang. See our guide to Hoi An or Da Nang to know more comparisons.
In this article, we outline a 6-day itinerary for those who spend the night in Hoi An. Due to so many things to see and do, it’s a little confusing to arrange from day to day and think about how to best experience. The below plan helps to make the personal research easier and just customize to create the most fitted one for yourself and beloved persons. If preferring a comfort, guided tours cover all itineraries, so it’s easy to send to a local operator and discuss for a good deal. If would like to DIY, also follow to save time and have interesting days of exploration with an own transport! We also recommend reading our guides to How to get from Da Nang to Hoi An, and Hoi An to Da Nang to find out a proper transfer between cities.
Table of content
- 1 Travel Guide to Da Nang and Hoi An
- 2 Day 1 – Hoi An Ancient Town and An Bang Beach
- 3 Day 2 – Da Nang (Marble Mountains, Cham Museum, More)
- 4 Day 3 – The Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills
- 5 Day 4 – My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Countryside
- 6 Day 5 – Cham Island Day Tour
- 7 Day 6 – Day Trip to Hue via Hai Van Pass
- 8 Hoi An Private Tour Guide
- 9 Related Posts
- 10 Dong Ba Market – Where to Shop and Eat in Hue City Vietnam
- 11 Dong Khanh Tomb: The Lovely Imperial Tomb of Hue City
- 12 Hue Tourist Attractions: A List of What You Can See in Hue
- 13 My Lai Massacre Village (or Son My Memorial) in Quang Ngai
- 14 Cam Kim Island: The Peaceful Countryside of Hoi An
- 15 Getting from Hue to Hoi An: Which is the Best Way?
- 16 Cycling in Hoi An: Rental, Where to Cycle and Tours
- 17 The Best Time to Visit Hoi An
- 18 The Official Da Nang Travel Guide [MUST READ]
- 19 Da Nang Night River Cruise on Han River
- 20 Da Nang International Airport: Terminals, Transfers, More
- 21 The Bamboo Circus Show (Teh Dar Show) at Hoi An Lune Center
- 22 Cua Dai Beach: The Famous Beach of Hoi An
- 23 Da Nang International Fireworks Festival
- 24 Non Nuoc Beach: The Famous Beach of Da Nang
- 25 The Japanese Covered Bridge
- 26 Bach Ma National Park: Hiking, Trekking in Da Nang and Hoi An
- 27 Hoi An Wet Season: What to Do in Hoi An When It Rains?
- 28 Hue to Da Nang By Train: The Best Train Ride in Vietnam
- 29 Hue Royal Tombs: A Complete Guide and What is Best?
- 30 The Hue Abandoned Water Park (Thuy Tien Lake Waterpark)
- 31 Minh Mang Tomb Complete Visitor Guide
- 32 Tu Duc Tomb Complete Visitor Guide
- 33 Thanh Ha Terracotta Park
- 34 Vinwonders Nam Hoi An Theme Park (formerly Vinpearl Nam Hoi An)
- 35 Am Phu Cave Complete Travel Guide
- 36 Hoi An or Hue: Which is Better?
- 37 Asia Park and Sun Wheel in Da Nang (Sun World Da Nang Wonders)
- 38 The Official Hoi An Travel Guide (MUST READ)
- 39 The Hoi An Market (Hoi An Central Market) Complete Guide
- 40 Hoi An Memories Show: The Best of Hoi An Impression Theme Park
- 41 How to Get to Golden Bridge from Da Nang
- 42 Hoi An Bridge: Famous Bridges in Hoi An
- 43 Da Nang Food Specialties: What to Eat in Da Nang
- 44 How to Get From Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary
- 45 Hoi An’s Chinese Assembly Halls and Chinese Temples
- 46 Hoi An Walking Tours: Heritage, Foods, Photography & Locals
- 47 Hoi An Self Guided Walking Tour (Hoi An By Yourself)
- 48 How to Visit Golden Bridge Vietnam
- 49 Da Nang Shore Excursions: Guided Tours From Tien Sa Port
- 50 Unique Experiences in Hoi An and Why?
- 51 Han Market (Cho Han): Where to Shop in Da Nang?
- 52 An Bang Beach: A Guide to Hoi An’s Best Beach
- 53 Experiences in Hoi An: Get Insight Into Hoi An’s Local Culture
- 54 Da Nang Cathedral (Da Nang Pink Church)
- 55 Things to Do in Ba Na Hills Besides Golden Bridge
- 56 Hoi An Nightlife: What to Do in Hoi An At Night?
- 57 Hoi An Countryside: Villages, Rice Fields & Tours
- 58 How to Get to Golden Bridge From Hoi An
- 59 Hoi An Entrance Fee: Old Town, Golden Bridge, My Son, More
- 60 Hoi An Airport: Everything You Need to Know
- 61 Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride on Hoai River
- 62 Da Nang Half Day Tours
- 63 Hoi An Private Car and Driver
- 64 Da Nang Private Car and Driver
- 65 What to Do in Hoi An Ancient Town
- 66 Da Nang and Hoi An Itinerary for Visitors Staying Overnight in Hoi An
- 67 Hoi An 3 Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for 3 Days in Hoi An
- 68 Hoi An Free Things to Do: Budget Travel in Hoi An Vietnam
- 69 Hoi An One Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for One Day in Hoi An
- 70 Da Nang Things to Do: Guide to What to Do in Da Nang Vietnam
- 71 Da Nang Best Things to Do and Reasons
- 72 Hoi An Half-Day Tours: Guide to Half Day Trips From Hoi An
- 73 Hoi An Day Tours: A Guide to Best Day Trips From Hoi An
- 74 Hoi An Beach: A Guide to All Beaches in Hoi An Vietnam
- 75 Hoi An Food Specialties
- 76 How to Get From Hoi An to Da Nang
- 77 Hoi An Cheap Things to Do: All Solo Travelers Need to Know
- 78 Hoi An Best Things To Do: Recommendations from Local Experts
- 79 Hoi An Things to Do: All What Can You Do in Hoi An Vietnam
- 80 Hoi An Things Not to Miss: A Guide to Must Do in Hoi An
- 81 Hoi An or Da Nang: Which is Better?
- 82 Hoi An Pottery Village: A Guide to Thanh Ha Pottery Village
- 83 Hoi An Ancient Town Tour
- 84 Hoi An Old Town Ticket: Price, Sellers, Included Sites, More
- 85 My Son Sanctuary Tour
- 86 Hoi An Lanterns: Festival, Making Class, Where to Buy, More
- 87 Hoi An Best Area to Stay: Guide to Where to Stay in Hoi An
- 88 Hoi An Weather by Month: Guide to Hoi An Monthly Weather
- 89 Da Nang Best Area to Stay: Guide to Where to Stay in Da Nang
- 90 Da Nang Cave Tour: Best Underground Activities in Da Nang
- 91 Da Nang Best Time to Visit: Guide to Best Weather in Da Nang
- 92 Da Nang Weather by Month: Guide to Monthly Weather in Da Nang
- 93 What to Do in Da Nang At Night
- 94 Lang Co Vietnam Travel Guide
- 95 Hoi An River Cruise: Guide to The Best Boat Tour in Hoi An
- 96 What to Do in Da Nang for 3 Days
- 97 Hoi An Old Town Boats: Guide to Boat Rides in Hoi An Town
- 98 Hoi An 2 Day Itinerary: Traveler Guide to 2 Days in Hoi An
- 99 Cham Island Hoi An
- 100 Hoi An Basket Boat Ride
- 101 Hoi An Coconut Village: A Guide to Cam Thanh Coconut Village
- 102 My Khe Beach: A Complete Guide to Da Nang’s Best Beach
- 103 Thien Mu Pagoda: Guide to Hue’s Most Famous Buddhist Temple
- 104 Perfume River Cruise: Guide to Best Boat Tour in Hue Vietnam
- 105 Tomb of Khai Dinh: The Most Unique Royal Tomb of Hue
- 106 Da Nang Day Trips: Guide to Best Day Tours From Da Nang
- 107 Museums in Da Nang
- 108 Linh Ung Pagoda: Trio of Da Nang’s Holiest Mountain Temples
- 109 Da Nang Night Market: A Thing To Do in Da Nang at Night
- 110 Featured Tours and Experiences
- 110.0.1 Full Day My Lai Massacre Tour
- 110.0.2 Hue to Hoi An Private Car Transfer with Sightseeing (and Vice Versa)
- 110.0.3 Hue to Hoi An Motorbike Tour (and Vice Versa)
- 110.0.4 Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour from Hoi An or Da Nang
- 110.0.5 Da Nang Night Tour From Hoi An with Local Food Dinner
- 110.0.6 Da Nang Day Trip From Hoi An with Local Food Lunch
- 110.0.7 Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills Night Tour
- 110.0.8 Golden Hands Bridge Tour In Sunrise or Sunset (1/2 Day)
- 110.0.9 Cam Kim Island Bicycle Tour From Hoi An
- 110.0.10 Cham Island Tour From Hoi An (Group Tour)
- 110.0.11 Cham Island Tour From Da Nang (Group Tour)
- 110.0.12 Hoi An Vegetarian Food Tour
- 110.0.13 Hoi An Evening Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 110.0.14 Private Hoi An Basket Boat Tour (Shuttle Bus, Bicycle, Bike)
- 110.0.15 Half-day Am Phu Cave Tour (Private)
- 110.0.16 Hoi An Countryside Tour (Bicycle, Car, Electric Shuttle)
- 110.0.17 Da Nang Tour Package From Singapore
- 110.0.18 Hoi An Evening Tour From Da Nang
- 110.0.19 Hoi An Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 110.0.20 My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Old Town Tour with Thu Bon River Cruise
- 110.0.21 My Son Day Trip From Hoi An including Marble Mountains and Basket Boat
- 110.0.22 Half Day Hoi An City Tour With River Cruise
- 110.0.23 Son Tra Peninsula Tour with Marble Mountains (Private/Small Group)
- 110.0.24 Hue Day Trip From Hoi An with Hai Van Pass, River Cruise & Lunch
- 110.0.25 Hoi An Ancient Town and Countryside Tour (Bests of Hoi An Tour)
- 110.0.26 Hoi An Tour From Da Nang Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 110.0.27 Hoi An Day Trip From Da Nang (Marble Mountains, Basket Boat, Old Town)
- 110.0.28 Da Nang City Tour From Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 110.0.29 Hoi An City Tour with Lantern Class, Lantern Boat, Night Market & Local Food Sampling
- 110.0.30 Marble Mountains, Basket Boat Ride & Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour
- 110.0.31 Marble Mountains & Golden Bridge Day Tour with Buffet Lunch
- 110.0.32 Marble Mountains & Monkey Mountain Tour (Half-day, Private)
- 110.0.33 Private Golden Bridge Sunrise Tour (Half-day, Optional Lunch)
- 110.0.34 Hoi An Ancient Town & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 110.0.35 My Son Sanctuary & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 110.0.36 Private My Son Sanctuary Sunrise or Sunset Tour
- 110.0.37 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Countryside Experience With Local
- 110.0.38 Full Day My Son Sanctuary & Hoi An Countryside Tour With Local
- 110.0.39 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Coconut Village Experience
- 110.0.40 Son Tra Peninsula, Marble Mountains and Hoi An City Tour
Travel Guide to Da Nang and Hoi An
In the middle of Vietnam, Da Nang and Hoi An are two beautiful and famous cities where millions of visitors choose to enjoy their precious off-work time yearly. Da Nang is much bigger, playing its role as the capital of the whole region. It’s famous for poetic Han river waterfronts with many bridges (the most unique with the dragon). Near the downtown, there are mountains studded with Buddhist temples and great Buddha statues. If traveling by air or train, the passengers have to stop here, before getting to Hoi An. 30 km to the south, Hoi An is older and owns a Unesco world heritage town as its urban core. In a bicycleable distance, visitors can see a tranquil countryside with handicraft villages and white sandy beaches. Lantern festival – one of the most known cultural events in the country takes place in Hoi An’s ancient quarters monthly, to celebrate the full moon. As a melting pot, the city boasts of diverse cuisine and unique food specialties.
Read more information in our Da Nang and Hoi An Travel Guide.
Day 1 – Hoi An Ancient Town and An Bang Beach
Read also: One Day in Hoi An
Hoi An’s ancient town of course is the best choice for the first day in the city. It’s easy to get from anywhere by road vehicles and boat if visitors would like to. Streets and quarters inside this Unesco world heritage site are friendly for pedestrians and bicycles in nearly all hours during the day. So, apart from walking, visitors can choose to ride a bicycle from the accommodation and tour around the lantern town. Tourists must buy an entrance ticket to sightsee the best preserved buildings and museums (see details and recommended sites in our article here).
In the evening, Hoi An old town mesmerizes visitors by uncountable lanterns varying in size, shape and color. Wandering around to view the romantic scene and take pictures, visiting the night market and getting a boat ride along the canal to drop candle paper lanterns, are popular activities. Due to the abundance of foods, restaurants and great atmosphere, having dinner here again is what visitors really love. Find out the best places to dine out in Hoi An old town restaurants.
An Bang is the best beach in Hoi An, 4 km from the old town. Only a short transfer ride is required to get there, for swimming in the blue water. Under the talapas and coconut palms, there are lots of sun beds to rent, relax and enjoy cool breezes and a picturesque scenery in the front. Cold beers and cocktails are served all day in nearby seaside bars (if taking something, visitors may not pay for the beds). It’s really convenient to grab one and make the visit more awesome; Sure, don’t forget to bring a swimsuit to soak in and take part in water sports, like surfing. Read our complete guide to An Bang Beach for further details.
Day 2 – Da Nang (Marble Mountains, Cham Museum, More)
Read also: One Day in Da Nang
Morning: The second has a focus on the best attractions in Da Nang, the neighbouring city with Hoi An (30 km distance). The Marble Mountains is the first wow factor, only 20 minutes drive from the city center. This famous place is a group of 5 spectacular hills topped with century-old Buddhist temples and pavilions to enjoy panoramic views. Hidden away in the mountain, there are numerous amazing caves and grottoes where Vietcong communists hid during the American war. Around its foot, local people have carved stone sculptures for over 400 years. Up the north and by the same coastline, Son Tra Mountain (peninsula) houses Vietnam’s tallest Lady Buddha – 67 meters and the youngest Linh Ung Pagoda. Both are top sights.
Lunch: Thia Go Restaurant, Madam Lan (Vietnamese foods), Hai San Nam Danh (seafood), Mi Quang 1A, Mi Quang Ba Mua (local noodles)
Afternoon: Within the second half-day, visitors can visit the most famous places around Da Nang downtown. The Museum of Cham Sculpture is a must see because it’s unique, preserving Vietnam’s largest Champa sculptures (up to 2,000 artifacts). Another featured museum is the Ho Chi Minh and Fifth Military Zone Museum where visitors learn about the history of the area and life of people in recent wars. Han Market and Da Nang Cathedral (aka Pink church) are other popular attractions in town. Don’t forget that the city is also famous for bridges spanning over the poetic Han River. Around sunset, rooftop bars are ideal to chill out and enjoy one of the most beautiful moments of the day, with a nice beverage in hand.
Evening: tasting street foods in Son Tra Night Market by the Dragon Bridge where the fireshow occurs on Saturdays and Sundays, local foods at Banh Mi Ba Lan (stick breads), Banh Xeo Ba Duong (rice pancakes) or Bun Cha Ca 109 (fish cake noodles).
Day 3 – The Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills
Read also: Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills Day Tour
Morning: visitors should depart early to avoid the crowds and skip long queues. Depending on rescheduling of the day, Ba Na Hill’s world-record cable cars will carry the passengers to the French Village or the Golden Bridge. The ride is about 15 minutes (5 kilometers in length) and provides a great experience, especially such picturesque scenery seen from the cabins. The Golden Bridge and its surroundings are recommended to see first, due to the reputation. This 150-meters-long walkway features gold plated handrails and two huge supporting hands. It’s one of the world’s new wonders. At a close distance, visitors also have lots of photo opportunities in landscaped gardens, and learn about history in an old wine cellar or Linh Ung Pagoda.
Lunch: the most popular choice for lunch in Ba Na Hills is buffet, served from 11 am to 2 pm in some restaurants in the French Village. Live music is available in the largest venues, like the Beer Plaza.
Afternoon: Roaming around the French Village (surroundings of the buffet restaurant) to see and photograph, is the first thing to do. The most outstanding building here is the Saint Denis Church that visitors have no difficulties to consider. Walking uphill via a stone-paved road to its left, over hundreds of steps, Nui Chua summit – the top of Da Nang (1,487 meters asl) and temples are what to expect. There, an impressive panoramic view down to below hills and national park are seen. The rest of the village, visitors can have fun with exciting games in Vietnam’s largest underground amusement park – the Fantasy, outside the alpine coaster and joyful outdoor performances. Festivals are held throughout sunny months.
Evening: Beside the Old town, An Bang Beach is another place to have dinner and enjoy the nightlife in Hoi An. By the coast, there are top-notch restaurant-bars where the guests will see an extensive food menu and a long list of beverage choices. Both Vietnamese and international dishes are covered. On some selected evenings, live music is available, with the attendance of foreign artists. The best dining places are revealed in our guide to An Bang Beach restaurants. If looking for a late night party, some bars open until the early hours of the next day.
Day 4 – My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Countryside
Read also: My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Countryside Day Tour
Morning: exploring My Son Sanctuary where Champa kingdom’s emperors built 71 temples and ruins by unique techniques that were just partially discovered today. 50 km west of Hoi An, all are located in a stream valley under the foot of a mountain like a bird’s head. In 1999, this complex was inscribed by Unesco as a world cultural heritage. Sometimes during the day, the show in which Cham artists perform traditional dancings and musical instruments. It’s not to be missed.
Lunch: it’s possible to return to Hoi An for lunch in top-reviewed restaurants with a mixed menu in Tran Nhan Tong St (near Pavillion Resort).
Afternoon: join in the local experiences in Hoi An’s countryside. The best known one is basket boat ride in the Cam Thanh Coconut Village, 6 km from the Old town. It lasts from 30 mins to an hour. Local fishermans will propel the boat through a nearly-untouched palm forest where small canals are interlaced, just like a maze. There, Vietcong communists hid in the Vietnam war, from the beginning to end. In the later time, visitors can go to other villages to get a water buffalo ride or learn traditional skills and knowledge in organically growing vegetables. In Tra Que Vegetable Village, basil seed herb water is known as a specialty drink, why not try?
Evening: visitors can have dinner in restaurants in Tra Que village that are surrounded by gardens and provide a peaceful atmosphere at night. Sure, vegan menus are popular here. Famous venues are Baby Mustard, Kum Quat or Water Wheel.
Day 5 – Cham Island Day Tour
Read also: Cham Island Hoi An Travel Guide
Off the coast of Hoi An, the Cham Islands is a group of 8 islands varying in size, shape and name. It’s one of Vietnam’s first-established marine parks, and a Unesco world biosphere reserve (designated in 2009). This tourist attraction is known for its sandy beaches, fresh seafood and especially, a wealth of underwater life. All divers love to discover its gorgeous coral reefs and enjoy watching colorful aggregations of fishes and mollusks. The best time is from March to August when the rains rarely fall. In the last decade, archaeologists found shipwrecks in the area that are filled by export ceramics and pottery.
Visitors often book a day trip to Cham Island from Hoi An by speed boat. After landing the main island, the guide will make the way to tour around fisherman’s hamlets and visit historical sites. Before having lunch in a bamboo restaurant, a snorkeling tour is organized for swimmable visitors (one spot only). For those who don’t join it, they can soak in the blue sea by a white sandy beach or relax on a sun chair under shaded coconut palms. A day in the Cham Island is a cool escape from the busy town and beaches in the mainland.
Note: Travelers can expect to join day tours specializing in snorkeling, scuba diving or underwater walking in the Cham Island. There are several fully-licensed organizers in town, to rely on.
Day 6 – Day Trip to Hue via Hai Van Pass
Read also: Hoi An to Hue Day Tour
Itinerary: Hoi An – Hai Van Pass – Lang Co Lagoon – Hue Imperial City – Lunch – Thien Mu Pagoda – Perfume River Cruise – Khai Dinh Tomb – Have dinner near the hotel
Morning: On the way to Hue, travel experts recommend visiting the Hai Van Pass and experience the ride to its top at an elevation of nearly 500 meters. This famous coastal road boasts of spectacular landscapes and panoramic viewpoints that are perfect for pictures. At the highest point, different military powers built their defensive structures throughout the past centuries, thanks to strategic location. On the northern slope, Lang Co Lagoon is a must see. It’s a turquoise body of brackish water by towering mountains with peaks covered by clouds. Local farmers raise oyster in rich nutrient areas and construct stilt houses.
Afternoon: Hue’s oldest Buddhist temple – Thien Mu Pagoda and Hue’s last emperor mausoleum – Tomb of Khai Dinh are highlights. After sightseeing these colossal constructions, visitors learn a lot about history, local Buddhist culture and awesome facts. There are so many photo opportunities as well. Furthermore, Perfume River cruise by a dragon boat allows the passengers to enjoy pretty sceneries along the banks of one of the cleanest and romantic waterways in Vietnam. The beauty has inspired different generations of writers, musicians, poems, novelists and filmmakers.
Evening: Visitors often choose to dine out in a place that is near the hotel, after a long journey to Hue. If looking for tasty seafood dishes, Hai San A Roi – a mecca for locals, is our recommendation.