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How to Spend 1 Day in Hoi An

How to Spend 1 Day in Hoi An

Renowned throughout Asia for its traditional charm, Hoi An is a town untouched by modernization. The pedestrian-only streets of Hoi An Ancient Town lend themselves well to walking tours, making it an easy place to explore in just a few hours. Here’s how to make the most out of even the shortest stint in Hoi An.

Morning: Explore the Ancient Town

Rise early and devote your morning to exploring Hoi An Ancient Town, an open-air museum characterized by colorful heritage houses. Orient yourself on a walking tour, which typically only takes two hours to cover highlights such as the Japanese Covered Bridge (Chua Cau) and sometimes includes a cruise on the Thu Bon River. Some tours focus on the history and cuisine of Hoi An, while others take you to relatively undiscovered parts of town. To enter any of the 18 heritage houses that are open to visitors, you’ll need to purchase an Old Town ticket, valid for 10 days. 

Afternoon: The Taste of Hoi An

No visit to Hoi An would be complete without taking part in a cooking class. In all of Vietnam, Hoi An offers the widest range of cooking classes, which last anywhere from a few hours to a full day. Express classes tend to include a tour of a local market and a couple of hours making classic dishes such as pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), while others include a bicycle tour of Tra Que Village and a ride on a traditional basket boat. 

Evening: Lanterns Light Up the Night

After sunset, Hoi An Ancient Town becomes even more magical, with lanterns lighting up the streets and the river. Although you can expect the Old Town to become crowded, it doesn’t diminish the enchanting atmosphere. Experience the best of Hoi An’s food scene on a food tour, on foot or on the back of a moped, that reveals street-food stalls favored by locals. Alternatively, you can see the Ancient Town from a new perspective during a Thu Bon River cruise by wooden riverboat. Book a cruise that includes a candlelit Vietnamese dinner for a romantic end to your day in Hoi An. 

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Hoi An Old Town Food Tour by Night

Hoi An Old Town Food Tour by Night

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Feast your senses on the delectable tastes and enticing aromas of Hoi An’s Old Town on an evening walking tour. Immerse yourself in a vibrant maze of bustling markets and narrow alleyways while a knowledgeable guide offers insight into Vietnam’s fascinating food culture. Savor the explosive flavors of local delicacies at market stalls or within restaurants and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 12 fellow food lovers.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Hoi An Cooking Class and Basket boat tour

Hoi An Cooking Class and Basket boat tour

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Learn about Vietnamese cuisine during your time in Hoi An in this immersive cooking class. Visit the Hoi An central market to shop for your ingredients and take a boat trip along the river to the Cam Thanh Village for your class. Then spend the next two hours preparing a variety of dishes before sitting down and enjoying the fruits of your labor.
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Half-Day Thuan Tinh Cooking Class with Row Boat Ride

Half-Day Thuan Tinh Cooking Class with Row Boat Ride

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Get away from the crowds and explore Vietnam’s culinary traditions with a cooking class on Thuan Tinh Island, offered as a half-day tour from Hoi An. You'll ride downriver in a traditional boat to the small island then visit a local family upon arrival. Learn how to prepare four dishes with guidance from your chef-instructor, then sit down to enjoy the meal. Includes cooking class, lunch, boat ride, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 5 hours
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Hoi An Street Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Hoi An Street Food Walking Tour with Tastings

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Get to know Hoi An's street food scene on a walking tour with a guide who leads you to places you might not find if you explored on your own. Enjoy tastings of local items as you wander the narrow lanes and tree-lined boulevards, learning about the city's food culture as you go so you can feel comfortable ordering food on your own during the rest of your trip.
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  • 4 hours
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