From a backwater town in the 1990s, Hoi An today is one of leading tourist destinations across Vietnam. In a recent year, it attracted 8,5 millions of overnight visitors and more than half are from abroad. It has things that travellers seek in their trip: twinking lantern quarters, sandy beaches, peaceful countryside, delicious foods, lots of hotels and shopping places. English is popular around the world heritage, making travelers feel that they will travel at ease, just like at home. This article outlines an itinerary for one day in Hoi An, for both first timers and repeaters. While the first timers should focus their time on the Old town – the best “attraction”, for those who visited the city more than one, they prefer to spend less time there and more for others. Don’t need to go beyond the borders of Hoi An (for example, to Da Nang), they still find cool things to do and hope for memorable experiences.
Table of content
- 1 Hoi An One Day Itinerary for First Timers
- 1.1 Have Breakfast and Drink Coffee Like a Local
- 1.2 Buy Hoi An Old Town Ticket
- 1.3 Japanese Covered Bridge
- 1.4 Try Local Herbal Tea (Nuoc Mot)
- 1.5 Old House of Tan Ky
- 1.6 Get a Custom Made Suit in Local Tailors
- 1.7 Hoi An Traditional Art Performance House
- 1.8 “Hoi An Vibes Only”
- 1.9 Hoi An Central Market
- 1.10 Precious Heritage Art Gallery by Rehann
- 1.11 Lunch – Banh Mi Phuong
- 1.12 Fujian Assembly Hall
- 1.13 Museum of Trade Ceramics
- 1.14 An Bang Beach
- 1.15 Ba Mu Temple Gate
- 1.16 Dinner – Try Your First Cao Lau Noodles
- 1.17 Lantern Boat Ride and Bai Choi Stage
- 1.18 Hoi An Night Market
- 1.19 Have a Cold Beer in Nguyen Phuc Chu Street
- 2 Hoi An One Day Itinerary for Repeat Visitors
- 3 Hoi An Day Tours around Hoi An
- 4 Hoi An Private Tour Guide
- 5 Hoi An Old Town Walking Map
- 6 Related Posts
- 7 My Lai Massacre Village (or Son My Memorial) in Quang Ngai
- 8 Cam Kim Island: The Peaceful Countryside of Hoi An
- 9 Getting from Hue to Hoi An: Which is the Best Way?
- 10 Cycling in Hoi An: Rental, Where to Cycle and Tours
- 11 The Best Time to Visit Hoi An
- 12 The Bamboo Circus Show (Teh Dar Show) at Hoi An Lune Center
- 13 Cua Dai Beach: The Famous Beach of Hoi An
- 14 The Japanese Covered Bridge
- 15 Bach Ma National Park: Hiking, Trekking in Da Nang and Hoi An
- 16 Hoi An Wet Season: What to Do in Hoi An When It Rains?
- 17 Thanh Ha Terracotta Park
- 18 Vinwonders Nam Hoi An Theme Park (formerly Vinpearl Nam Hoi An)
- 19 Am Phu Cave Complete Travel Guide
- 20 Hoi An or Hue: Which is Better?
- 21 The Official Hoi An Travel Guide (MUST READ)
- 22 The Hoi An Market (Hoi An Central Market) Complete Guide
- 23 Hoi An Memories Show: The Best of Hoi An Impression Theme Park
- 24 Hoi An Bridge: Famous Bridges in Hoi An
- 25 How to Get From Hoi An to My Son Sanctuary
- 26 Hoi An’s Chinese Assembly Halls and Chinese Temples
- 27 Hoi An Walking Tours: Heritage, Foods, Photography & Locals
- 28 Hoi An Self Guided Walking Tour (Hoi An By Yourself)
- 29 How to Visit Golden Bridge Vietnam
- 30 Unique Experiences in Hoi An and Why?
- 31 An Bang Beach: A Guide to Hoi An’s Best Beach
- 32 Experiences in Hoi An: Get Insight Into Hoi An’s Local Culture
- 33 Things to Do in Ba Na Hills Besides Golden Bridge
- 34 Hoi An Nightlife: What to Do in Hoi An At Night?
- 35 Hoi An Countryside: Villages, Rice Fields & Tours
- 36 How to Get to Golden Bridge From Hoi An
- 37 Hoi An Entrance Fee: Old Town, Golden Bridge, My Son, More
- 38 Hoi An Airport: Everything You Need to Know
- 39 Hoi An Lantern Boat Ride on Hoai River
- 40 Hoi An Private Car and Driver
- 41 What to Do in Hoi An Ancient Town
- 42 Da Nang and Hoi An Itinerary for Visitors Staying Overnight in Hoi An
- 43 Hoi An 3 Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for 3 Days in Hoi An
- 44 Hoi An Free Things to Do: Budget Travel in Hoi An Vietnam
- 45 Hoi An One Day Itinerary: A Travel Plan for One Day in Hoi An
- 46 Hoi An Half-Day Tours: Guide to Half Day Trips From Hoi An
- 47 Hoi An Day Tours: A Guide to Best Day Trips From Hoi An
- 48 Hoi An Beach: A Guide to All Beaches in Hoi An Vietnam
- 49 Hoi An Food Specialties
- 50 How to Get From Hoi An to Da Nang
- 51 Hoi An Cheap Things to Do: All Solo Travelers Need to Know
- 52 Hoi An Best Things To Do: Recommendations from Local Experts
- 53 Hoi An Things to Do: All What Can You Do in Hoi An Vietnam
- 54 Hoi An Things Not to Miss: A Guide to Must Do in Hoi An
- 55 Hoi An or Da Nang: Which is Better?
- 56 Hoi An Pottery Village: A Guide to Thanh Ha Pottery Village
- 57 Hoi An Ancient Town Tour
- 58 Hoi An Old Town Ticket: Price, Sellers, Included Sites, More
- 59 My Son Sanctuary Tour
- 60 Hoi An Lanterns: Festival, Making Class, Where to Buy, More
- 61 Hoi An Best Area to Stay: Guide to Where to Stay in Hoi An
- 62 Hoi An Weather by Month: Guide to Hoi An Monthly Weather
- 63 Hoi An River Cruise: Guide to The Best Boat Tour in Hoi An
- 64 Hoi An Old Town Boats: Guide to Boat Rides in Hoi An Town
- 65 Hoi An 2 Day Itinerary: Traveler Guide to 2 Days in Hoi An
- 66 Cham Island Hoi An
- 67 Hoi An Basket Boat Ride
- 68 Hoi An Coconut Village: A Guide to Cam Thanh Coconut Village
- 69 Hoi An Cham Temples: My Son Sanctuary & Quang Nam Temples
- 70 How to Get from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An
- 71 Da Nang to Hoi An: Best Da Nang Airport Transfer and More
- 72 Hoi An Tour Guide: How to Find a Private Tour Guide in Hoi An
- 73 Hoi An Ancient Town Attractions
- 74 Hoi An Old Town Map
- 75 Tra Que Vegetable Village
- 76 Hoi An Lantern Festival
- 77 Hoi An Night Market: A Thing to Do in Hoi An at Night
- 78 My Son Sanctuary Travel Guide
- 79 Hoi An Old Town Unesco World Heritage – Hoi An Travel Guide
- 80 Featured Tours and Experiences
- 80.0.1 Full Day My Lai Massacre Tour
- 80.0.2 Hue to Hoi An Private Car Transfer with Sightseeing (and Vice Versa)
- 80.0.3 Hue to Hoi An Motorbike Tour (and Vice Versa)
- 80.0.4 Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour from Hoi An or Da Nang
- 80.0.5 Da Nang Night Tour From Hoi An with Local Food Dinner
- 80.0.6 Da Nang Day Trip From Hoi An with Local Food Lunch
- 80.0.7 Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills Night Tour
- 80.0.8 Golden Hands Bridge Tour In Sunrise or Sunset (1/2 Day)
- 80.0.9 Cam Kim Island Bicycle Tour From Hoi An
- 80.0.10 Cham Island Tour From Hoi An (Group Tour)
- 80.0.11 Cham Island Tour From Da Nang (Group Tour)
- 80.0.12 Hoi An Vegetarian Food Tour
- 80.0.13 Hoi An Evening Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 80.0.14 Private Hoi An Basket Boat Tour (Shuttle Bus, Bicycle, Bike)
- 80.0.15 Half-day Am Phu Cave Tour (Private)
- 80.0.16 Hoi An Countryside Tour (Bicycle, Car, Electric Shuttle)
- 80.0.17 Da Nang Tour Package From Singapore
- 80.0.18 Hoi An Evening Tour From Da Nang
- 80.0.19 Hoi An Walking Food Tour Through Laneways
- 80.0.20 My Son Sanctuary and Hoi An Old Town Tour with Thu Bon River Cruise
- 80.0.21 My Son Day Trip From Hoi An including Marble Mountains and Basket Boat
- 80.0.22 Half Day Hoi An City Tour With River Cruise
- 80.0.23 Son Tra Peninsula Tour with Marble Mountains (Private/Small Group)
- 80.0.24 Hue Day Trip From Hoi An with Hai Van Pass, River Cruise & Lunch
- 80.0.25 Hoi An Ancient Town and Countryside Tour (Bests of Hoi An Tour)
- 80.0.26 Hoi An Tour From Da Nang Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 80.0.27 Hoi An Day Trip From Da Nang (Marble Mountains, Basket Boat, Old Town)
- 80.0.28 Da Nang City Tour From Airport (Private, Optional Lunch)
- 80.0.29 Hoi An City Tour with Lantern Class, Lantern Boat, Night Market & Local Food Sampling
- 80.0.30 Marble Mountains, Basket Boat Ride & Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour
- 80.0.31 Marble Mountains & Golden Bridge Day Tour with Buffet Lunch
- 80.0.32 Marble Mountains & Monkey Mountain Tour (Half-day, Private)
- 80.0.33 Private Golden Bridge Sunrise Tour (Half-day, Optional Lunch)
- 80.0.34 Hoi An Ancient Town & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 80.0.35 My Son Sanctuary & Golden Bridge Day Tour (Private/Small Group)
- 80.0.36 Private My Son Sanctuary Sunrise or Sunset Tour
- 80.0.37 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Countryside Experience With Local
- 80.0.38 Full Day My Son Sanctuary & Hoi An Countryside Tour With Local
- 80.0.39 Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Coconut Village Experience
- 80.0.40 Son Tra Peninsula, Marble Mountains and Hoi An City Tour
Hoi An One Day Itinerary for First Timers
*This itinerary focuses on Hoi An ancient town and An Bang beach
Have Breakfast and Drink Coffee Like a Local
Locals daily come to pavement coffee shops around the Japanese Covered Bridge to have breakfast, drink coffee and meet up with friends before work. Breakfast options are beef noodle soup, cao lau noodles or banh mi sandwich, with a price from 20,000 VND. Coffee varies in 3 types: black, with little and many condensed milk. Starting a new day here allows visitors to know local culture and lifestyle before see crowds of tourists.
Buy Hoi An Old Town Ticket
To sightsee historical buildings in the town, visitors need to buy a ticket with a price of 150,000 VND. This entrance fee covers 5 places where the best preserved architectures and cultural performances are seen (our recommendations below). The nearest counter is next to the Japanese bridge, at the corner of Tran Phu St. Read more details in Hoi An old town ticket.
Japanese Covered Bridge
This is the emblem of the town, built by the Japanese in the early 17th century in 2 years (based on local people’s conjecture). They aimed to create a passage from their quarter to the Chinese one, and to control a monster that makes earthquakes and floods. Later, Chinese rebuilt it and added a Taoist temple in the back and since then, Vietnamese have called it “temple bridge” or Chua Cau. On the 20,000 VND, visitors can see the bridge. Read details in the Japanese Covered Bridge.
Try Local Herbal Tea (Nuoc Mot)
Every local and local tourist know this special beverage and it’s sold only in the place where it’s first made – Mot Hoi An at 150 Tran Phu St. The family uses many fresh and natural ingredients to mix it, including lime, cinamon, ginger, lemongrass, green tea and more. A cup is filled by the tea and ice, garnished by a lotus petal and a tea leaf. Due to being cool and herbally, visitors should try.
Old House of Tan Ky
Built in 17th century, this tub house was owned and built by a merchant. Its entrance gate looks to major Nguyen Thai Hoc St, to optimize business opportunities and its back opens to the quay where the cargo comes and leaves. In the living room, expensive mother-of-pearl furniture and daily-used utensils are still preserved. A family guide will introduce her ancestor’s house while visitors hold hands with a cup of tea. Before seeing the iconic yellow wall of Hoi An by the river (to photograph), high levels of the flood in town over years, amaze the viewers. Read details in Tan Ky Old House.
Get a Custom Made Suit in Local Tailors
Hoi An town is known as a capital of tailors because around it, visitors can find some hundreds. The “industry” in making personalized clothings here is one of the highlights due to the far-reaching reputation. Main reasons are a wide range of fabric, style, price and quality, as well as a quick turnaround (within 24hrs if the garments are simple). Nowhere else in the country, the tailors can copy nearly 100% of what her customers show on the phone. Read more details in Tailoring in Hoi An.
Hoi An Traditional Art Performance House
Watching traditional art performances in this theatre (at 66 Bach Dang St) is covered by your old town ticket. It’s available 2 times during the day, at 10:15 a.m and 3:15 p.m on the upper floor. The ground one is for showcasing masks and hosting classes in which visitors learn about a local handicraft from scratch.
“Hoi An Vibes Only”
At 25 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Sunday in Hoi An shop has this “Hoi An vibes only” wall and today, it’s one of the hottest spots for instagrammers. Entry is free, even visitors don’t buy anything.
Hoi An Central Market
This is the oldest and largest market in the city, so named “the central market”. It includes different areas: for cooked foods (near the entrance at Tran Phu St), cooking utensils and spices, fresh meats and vegetables (near the entrance at Bach Dang St) and fishes by the river. So, visitors have the chance to see a variety of merchandise to buy, photograph and of course, lots of delicious dishes to try. Prices are clearly shown, so there are many locals and visitors who love to eat here. See more details in Hoi An’s central market.
Precious Heritage Art Gallery by Rehann
At 26 Phan Boi Chau St, this gallery or art museum exhibits memorable pictures taken by its owners – Rehann (a French). In the remaining spaces, visitors will have the chance to see the most complete collection of traditional costumes from all 54 ethnics around Vietnam. Stories about how the photographer approached and catched moments of their everyday life with his camera, are told also. No doubt, the Precious Heritage is the best private museum in town.
Lunch – Banh Mi Phuong
Banh Mi Phuong is the best known banh mi restaurant in Hoi An, due to the scrumptious sandwiches and the fame after the praise of Anthony Bourdain in his visit. He saids that it is “the best banh mi in the world”. Here, at lunch and dinner times, there is a long line of visitors who wait to try the famous bread dish. Banh mi is a crunchy baguette filled with pate, different meats, pickles, raw vegetables and sauces. One costs from 15,000 VND. See more details in the Best banh mi in Hoi An.
Fujian Assembly Hall
Near the central market, this is the largest Chinese assembly hall in town that is owned by the Fujian community. It’s built for worship of the Thien Hau goddess who patronizes the safety for merchants and fishermans on the sea. Although she is a “foreign god”, local people still believe in her and come here to pray daily. Visitors enjoy seeing grand and ornate architectures, as well as richly-decorated interiors of the temples. Read more information in Fujian Assembly Hall.
Museum of Trade Ceramics
Containing valuable and elaborate ceramics that were made for exportation, this museum is worth it to visit. Many of what visitors see are from shipwrecks in the surrounding water of the Cham Island where merchant’s boats often stopped to seek food and fresh water. Historically, Hoi An was a bustling trade port from 15th to 19th centuries in the region. See details in Museums in Hoi An.
An Bang Beach
After a busy walking and sightseeing time in the Old town, chilling out in An Bang – the best beach in Hoi An, is proper. It’s 4 km away, so visitors only need a short transfer by taxi. This place is widely known for fine sandy expanses with numerous sun chairs under the shade of talapas and coconut palms. Rental is inexpensive. In the back, there are restaurants and bars with all day menu and ready to serve snacks and cold drinks. If liking to swim but without a swimsuit, walk out and you will see shops to buy. The water here is shallow, warm and unpolluted, therefore loved by many families. Read details in An Bang beach.
Ba Mu Temple Gate
Let the taxi driver drop you in the crossroad of Hai Ba Trung and Phan Chu Trinh streets when you return to the town for dinner. To the left, this attraction is the remaining part of a fallen temple where people worship Chinese goddesses. Both day and night, it draws many instagrammers who come to photograph. No entrance fee is required.
Dinner – Try Your First Cao Lau Noodles
Just a short walk from the temple gate, Khong Gian Xanh is one of the nicest choices to try your first cao lau – Hoi An’s signature noodle dish. It is a bowl with brown, chewy noodles (like Japanese udon) topped by thinly-sliced char siu pork, blanching bean sprouts, raw vegetables and crispy crackers. A little bold sauce is at the bottom. To enhance the flavours, locals also add lime, chilli sauce, fresh chilli or sauces and then mix to eat. Learn about this specialty food in Best Cao Lau in Hoi An.
Lantern Boat Ride and Bai Choi Stage
Following the Hai Ba Trung St until the end, visitors will see a vibrant open-air stage where local artists perform Bai Choi – a Unesco intangible heritage. Along the water edges nearby, there are so many paper lantern sellers (price from 10,000 to 20,000 VND) and boats. A ride costs around 50,000 VND per person, and allows you to view incredibly colorful lights from uncountable lanterns. If don’t, a stroll around the town is also great. See more details in Hoi An Old Town Boats.
Hoi An Night Market
This is the favourite of shopaholics, foodies and instagrammers. Opening after the sunset, it owns over 150 stalls where affordably-priced objects, delicious street foods are for sale. Lantern shops here are sparkling, colorful and of course, nobody leaves their eyes on them and refuses a picture there. Visitors need to pay a small fee (about 20,000 VND) to photograph if don’t buy lanterns. Read further details in Hoi An night market.
Have a Cold Beer in Nguyen Phuc Chu Street
Having a cold beer with a pretty view of lanterns, in a social ambience and upbeat music is rewarding after a long day of exploration. There are many bars and pubs along Nguyen Phuc Chu St, just outside of the night market, to come and enjoy. Pool, drinking games, dancing floors and more are absolutely possible to see in this area. Due to regulations, the venues close around 12 p.m. “Drunk banh mi sandwiches” are sold after the music is off and the crowds gradually disband. Read further details in the Best bars in Hoi An.
Hoi An One Day Itinerary for Repeat Visitors
Repeat visitors need something new or different in their return. As a must, for sure, the Old town is always a part of the day, but they prefer to spend the time there less than the first visit. Around the world heritage, there is a tranquil and nearly unspoiled countryside that is very worth it to go to and explore. These are things to do what repeat visitors should know:
- Bicycle tour in Cam Kim island
- Basket boat tour in Cam Thanh Village
- Farmer experience in Tra Que vegetable village
- Thanh Ha pottery village
Hoi An Day Tours around Hoi An
Hoi An Ancient Town and Coconut Village Experience
Read details in Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town Tour and Basket Boat Experience
This day tour allows travelers to get insight into 2 different sides of Hoi An: the busy urban and unspoiled, tranquil countryside. In the town, there are many chances to learn about local history and culture. In the half-day left, a basket boat tour through the maze-like canal network of Cam Thanh’s palm forest is the highlight. Not only exploring nature by a special vehicle, travelers also see how locals catch fishes as they do everyday and listen to their folk songs. Watching fishers spinning the boat fast and non-stop, with a surprise from the audience, is included. The experiences are unduplicated anywhere else.
Hoi An Ancient Town and Cam Kim Bike Tour
Read details: Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town Tour and Cam Kim Bike Tour
This day tour also gives travelers a chance to discover the countryside of Hoi An, apart from the old town. On the opposite bank of the river, Cam Kim island is peaceful, home of green rice paddies, small villages and traditional handicrafts. Following back roads guided by a local, the riders step by step see hidden gems, beauty spots, meet and interact with islanders. He/she also takes to families whose members welcome the foreign guests with a smile. The visit helps to know more about their life, lifestyle and traditions. Bicycle tour in Cam Kim is amongst the best experiences on wheels in Hoi An.
Hoi An Ancient Town and Hoi An Countryside Experience
Read details in Hoi An Ancient Town and Countryside Day Tour
Highlights in the countryside around Hoi An are revealed in this tour. Within a half day, travelers will learn how to make pottery by their own hands from local artisans, how to grow vegetables by traditional skills, experience a buffalo ride and basket boat ride through a palm forest. It’s suitable for all ages and all members of the family. Little ones definitely have lots of knowledge about different things in the rural areas in a new country.
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