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The historic and captivating Ancient Town of Hoi An is what most conjure up when they think of this charming central Vietnamese city. While the Ancient Town has a beguiling atmosphere and plenty to see and do, there’s also a lot to Hoi An beyond its historic center. Here’s your guide on what not to miss in one jam-packed day in Hoi An...

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Morning Glory Restaurant

Restaurants

Japanese Covered Bridge

Bridges

Museum of Trade Ceramics

History Museums

Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien)

Historic Sites

Hoi An Handicraft Workshop

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Heaven and Earth Bicycle Tours

Bike Tours, Cultural Tours

An Bang Beach

Beaches

Phi Banh Mi

Restaurants

Couleurs d'Asie Gallery

Gift & Speciality Shops

Mango Mango

Restaurants

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • When it comes to street food in Vietnam, always eat at stalls where you can see the food being prepared and cooked – and eat where the locals eat!
  • For a small set fee you can buy a pass that will get you into five of Hoi An’s historical attractions. Tickets are sold at various places in the Ancient Town.
  • Hoi An is compact and easy to stroll around. While motorcycles are banned from the streets at certain times of the day, always keep an eye out for them – particularly at night.
  • Morning Glory Restaurant
    Restaurants (Vietnamese)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hugely popular Morning Glory Restaurant. Set in historic premises and serving up authentic, street style food, it’s the perfect place to kick off your day in Vietnam. Sure it’s great for dinner, but because it gets so busy, having breakfast here instead means you’ll more likely to get a table!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • The Morning Glory Restaurant is located at 106 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #166 of 887 restaurants in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Totally packed out 16/11/2018
    • Afternoon snack 16/11/2018
    • Morning Glory Restaurant
    Address:
    106 Nguyen Thai Hoc St
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 235 2241 555
    Price range:
    US$ 5 - US$ 10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Japanese Covered Bridge
    Bridges
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Begin your day of sightseeing with the most famous of Hoi An’s attractions – the Japanese Covered Bridge. The original bridge was built in the 1590s by the Japanese to provide a link to the Chinese quarters across the waterway. Construction apparently began in the Year of the Monkey and was completed in the Year of the Dog, hence the monkey and dog sculptures at either end.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • While access to the Japanese Covered Bridge is free, you’ll need to purchase a ticket to see the small temple built into the bridge’s northern side.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    • Don’t need to pay for ticket if not visiting temple 15/11/2018
    • Yep it's an old bridge 15/11/2018
    • Japanese Covered Bridge
    Address:
    Tran Phu Street
    At the West end of Tran Phu St.
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Other:
  • Museum of Trade Ceramics
    History Museums
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    Kirsty S Says:

    The Museum of Trade Ceramics makes for an interesting visit by giving an insight into the history of this important industry. A respite from the hustle and bustle outside, the museum is set in an old house and chronicles the trade and export of ceramics, with a good range of displays, including the results of recent archaeological excavations in Hoi An.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The Museum of Trade Ceramics is located at 80 Tran Phu Street and is one of the sites included in the historical attractions pass.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    • 1D/2N in Hoi An 13/08/2018
    • Don’t waste your ticket 30/06/2018
    • Museum of Trade Ceramics
    Address:
    80 Tran Phu St.
    Minh An
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
  • Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien)
    Historic Sites
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    Kirsty S Says:

    After a visit to the Museum of Trade Ceramics, make a quick stop at the Fukian Assembly Hall on the same road. Built by Chinese merchants from the Phuc Kien province at the end of the 17th century, the ornate architecture is simply stunning, as are the sculptures and paintings inside.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • For some peace and quiet, walk beyond the main building where you’ll find a tranquil garden complete with streams and a huge mural.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A quite space in otherwise busy city 13/11/2018
    • Fukian assembly Hall 09/11/2018
    • Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien)
    Address:
    46 Tran Phu St
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    09089256816
    Other:
  • Hoi An Handicraft Workshop
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kirsty S Says:

    From the Museum of Trade Ceramics and the Fukian Assembly Hall, it’s just a short wander over to the Hoi An Handicraft Workshop. Here you can marvel at all the arts and crafts, silks and jewellery, plus learn how to make your own lantern to take home as a souvenir. There’s also a cultural performance twice daily, which aims to portray a sense of traditional Vietnamese life through song and dance.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • You’ll find the Hoi An Handicraft Workshop at 9 D Nguyen Thai Hoc.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Making our Fist Lantern ;) 15/11/2018
    • BEAUTIFUL HAND CRAFTED ITEMS 12/10/2018
    • Hoi An Handicraft Workshop
    Address:
    9 D Nguyen Thai Hoc
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Other:
  • Heaven and Earth Bicycle Tours
    Bike Tours, Cultural Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Despite having limited time, it’s important to get out of the town and experience the rural areas surrounding Hoi An. Heaven and Earth Bicycle Tours are a great way to do just that, taking you off the usual tourist track and to local homes and businesses in the countryside. Learn about trades such as rice making and mat weaving and feast on tasty home-cooked food at a local family’s home.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Heaven and Earth Bicycle Tours are based at 57 Ngo Quyen Street.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 181 Outdoor Activities in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An Enlightening Mix of Bike and Culture 16/11/2018
    • Great day out. 14/11/2018
    • Heaven and Earth Bicycle Tours
    Address:
    61 Ngo Quyen Street
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 235 3864 362
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
    Other:
  • An Bang Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    While Cua Dai Beach is closer to the center of Hoi An, if you can squeeze in a visit to An Bang Beach, it is well worth the extra travel time. It’s a clean beach that gently slopes down into the turquoise sea, with a number of restaurants in which to relax with a refreshing drink.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Buy a drink at one of the bohemian beachside restaurants and you’ll invariably get a sun lounger and an umbrella for free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 83 things to do in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Clean, great swimming, good restaurants 15/11/2018
    • Beautiful beach and not too commercial 15/11/2018
    • An Bang Beach
  • Phi Banh Mi
    Restaurants (Fast food, Asian, Vietnamese)
    Kirsty S Says:

    If you can fit it in after the lunch provided on the cycle tour, head to Phi Banh Mi for the most delicious afternoon snack you’re likely to have on your entire trip! The owner and his wife are friendly and welcoming, and the sandwiches are widely regarded as the best banh mi in Vietnam. Simply delicious!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Phi Banh Mi can be difficult to find; it’s tucked away down Thai Phien at number 88.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 887 restaurants in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Avocado avocado avocado 16/11/2018
    • Quick friendly service without the crowd 15/11/2018
    • Phi Banh Mi
    Address:
    88 Thai Phien
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 90 575 52 83
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Couleurs d'Asie Gallery
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If you have the chance to visit this wonderful little gallery while in Hoi An, you’re in for a real treat. The powerful photography on display here provides a fascinating and unique glimpse into Vietnam and the people who live there. The photographer, Rehahn, can often be found at the gallery, ready and willing to talk about his work.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • If you want to buy something but don’t want to carry it around with you for the rest of your trip, the gallery will happily package your purchase and send it to your home country.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 454 Shopping in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Such a beautiful gallery 09/11/2018
    • Incredible pictures and emplyees 06/11/2018
    • Couleurs d'Asie Gallery
    Address:
    7 Nguyen Hue
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 510 3911 382
    Other:
  • Mango Mango
    Restaurants (Asian, Vietnamese)
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    Kirsty S Says:

    It’s a tough choice for dinner if you’ve only got one night in Hoi An. It’s safe to say that you won’t be disappointed if you opt for Mango Mango though. Set directly facing the river, it’s an atmospheric spot lit up by lanterns that’s ideal for your last night in Hoi An. The food is a mixture of international fare and Vietnamese cuisine with a twist, while the service and ambience are faultless. This area really comes alive after dark and Mango Mango offers a front row seat to all the action, with delicious food to feast on as you sit back and watch the world go by.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Mango Mango is located along the river at 45 Nguyen Phuc Chu. It’s wise to book ahead or get there early to secure a good spot.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #199 of 887 restaurants in Hoi An
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great lunch place 16/11/2018
    • Delightful 14/11/2018
    • Mango Mango
    Address:
    45 Nguyen Phuc Chu
    Hoi An
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 90 354 56 73
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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