What to Do in Hoi An

Updated: Mar 21, 2021

Hoi An is one of the most stunning cities Vietnam has to offer. Located on the central coast with a population of around 120,000, this beautiful town offers an array of things to see and do. Famous for its lantern lit streets, this once old port city sits along the Thu Bon River. Hoi An has been listed as a UNESCO world Heritage Site since 1999.

Here are my top 5 recommendations of things to do whilst visiting Hoi An.


Hoi An is a haven for shopping. With market stalls and shops lining the old town, it’s hard to leave empty handed. From souvenirs, clothing, jewellery, bags and tea cups, there’s something for everyone to take home in Hoi An.


There’s no doubt that Hoi An is a picturesque and unique place. It presents the perfect opportunity to take some great, colourful and beautiful photographs (I had a great time practising my night photography skills). The lantern lit streets and beautiful architecture make for some great photographs. The best time for photography in Hoi An is dusk/night so you can capture all the lanterns starting to light up this magnificent city.

Do a Cooking Class:

Cooking classes are common throughout Hoi An and a great opportunity to not only try some authentic Vietnamese food but to learn how to make it (what’s not to love). I did my class through Gioan Cookery School and would highly recommend. Note: This class also involved a lot of laughter and singing, as well as delicious food.


Buy Tailor made clothes:

Hoi An is well known for its tailor made clothing. They can make you anything imaginable, all for reasonable prices. If you are looking for something fancy or something simple, the amazing tailors in Hoi An are sure to create something to suit your taste.


The streets are magnificent, I love just walking around looking at everything this city has to offer. Some things that are worth visiting as you wander the streets are The Japanese Covered Bridge, and Fukian Assembly Hall. This city is stunning and wandering the streets is the best way to take it all in, as well as discovering hidden gems you weren’t expecting.

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