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How to Spend 3 Days in Hoi An

How to Spend 3 Days in Hoi An

Three days in Hoi An gives you ample time to appreciate the Ancient Town, explore local villages in the countryside, and spend time on the coast. You can also travel farther afield and experience another city in central Vietnam—Hue, Da Nang, and the Hai Van Pass are all within day-tripping distance. See below for the ideal 3-day itinerary.

Day 1: Inside and Outside Hoi An

Kick-start your stay by getting oriented in Hoi An Ancient Town. The pedestrianized zone lends itself well to walking and bike tours, which typically cover top sights such as the Japanese Bridge (Chua Cau) and Quan Cong Temple. If you want to indulge your love of Vietnamese cuisine, opt for a food-focused tour that reveals hidden spots specializing in crusty baguettes and white-rose dumplings. In the afternoon, charter a bicycle and explore the Hoi An countryside, which provides a welcome break from the often crowded Old Town. Cycle past rice paddies and observe locals going about daily life at an entirely different pace. 

Evening activities in Hoi An are varied and typically center around the Ancient Town, which looks even more enchanting at night due to the many lanterns lining its streets and the Thu Bon River. End your first evening in Hoi An on the illuminated river with a sunset cruise. 

Day 2: Discover Da Nang or Historical Hue

Your second day is for exploring farther afield. Day-trip options are plentiful, and private tours give you the freedom to customize your itinerary according to your interests. For history buffs, the imperial city of Hue is the obvious choice: Spend the day exploring the Citadel (Da Noi), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and cruising down the Perfume River, and stop to admire the scenery of the Hai Van Pass along the way. Nearby Da Nang also offers a wealth of wonders. Only a 45-minute drive from Hoi An, it’s the shortest day trip on offer. Highlights include the ancient temple caves of the Marble Mountains; the Hindu-temple complex My Son Sanctuary, hailed as Vietnam’s answer to Angkor Wat; and Son Tra Mountain (Monkey Mountain), home to several Buddhist shrines. 

Day 3: Culture, Cuisine, and Countryside

Spend your final day immersing yourself in the culture of Hoi An. Rise early to check out one of the town’s morning markets before getting acquainted with Vietnamese cuisine during a cooking class, many of which include a visit to Tra Que Village, an organic vegetable farm in the countryside. Then, dedicate the afternoon to exploring several local villages on a tour that lets you take part in daily activities such as fishing and farming. Alternatively, get off the beaten path during a jeep tour, which allows you to tackle off-road terrain and see a side of the town that most first-time visitors miss.   

Devote your last evening to soaking up the magical atmosphere of Hoi An by night. Enjoy local delicacies such as avocado ice cream and noodle soup at the night market, and snap your last few photos of the lanterns. 

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Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge from Hoi An

Ba Na Hills & Golden Bridge from Hoi An

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Take a day trip to the Ba Na mountain range, a perfect place to escape the heat of Hoi An. At this must-see location outside of Da Nang, you'll ride a cable car at the Ba Na Hills mountain resort and view Linh Ung Pagoda. Snap photos of the scenic panorama from Vong Nguyet Hill and learn about traditional methods in the fishing village of Man Thai. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport from Hoi An included.
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  • 8 hours
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$109.00
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Lantern Making Class

Lantern Making Class

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Colored lanterns are a symbol of Hoi An, where locals believe they bring happiness, luck, and wealth. Bring home a souvenir with a difference, a lantern that you made yourself, after this fascinating class. Choose from a wealth of different silks then work with your instructor to craft a bamboo frame and create your lantern, which will fold away neatly into your luggage. Your class includes a Vietnamese tea tasting.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$16.42
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Hoi An Countryside Bike Tour Including Thu Bon River Cruise

Hoi An Countryside Bike Tour Including Thu Bon River Cruise

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Immerse yourself in the cultural splendor of Hoi An on an enriching 4-hour bicycle and boat tour of the picturesque region. Weave your way through the atmospheric back streets of Hoi An then discover the verdant beauty of the countryside as you pedal past paddies and quaint towns. Climb aboard a boat for a calming cruise down the majestic Thu Bon River then satisfy your appetite with a sunset barbecue on the water. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to just 12 people.
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  • 3 hours
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$54.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.00
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Afternoon Countryside Bike Tour from Hoi An

Afternoon Countryside Bike Tour from Hoi An

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Glide around the islands of the Thu Bon River delta on a leisurely bike tour from Hoi An. Kick-off your adventure with a scenic boat cruise down the Thu Bon River, then mount up for an easy circuit around Duy Vinh Island. Pause along the way to glimpse local life in the villages, watch farmers at work in the rice fields, and learn about traditional crafts like straw weaving and boat making.
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  • 5 hours
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$19.49
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Buffalo riding and Basket Boat Half Day Tour

Buffalo riding and Basket Boat Half Day Tour

This tour transports you from the bustle of Hoi An Ancient Town to the quieter countryside, which is home to unspoiled mangroves and the village of Cam Thanh. Included hotel pickup and drop-off, and a Vietnamese lunch make for a seamless experience, while a ride in a spinning basket boat add a layer of exhilaration to the tour.
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  • 3 hours
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My Son Holy Land Day Trip with Lunch Cruise from Hoi An

My Son Holy Land Day Trip with Lunch Cruise from Hoi An

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Visit My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a full-day trip from Hoi An that explores the Champa Kingdom and Vietnam’s rural landscapes. See a traditional dance performance, follow a jungle track into the Cham ruins, and learn the history of the fascinating site. In the afternoon, return to Hoi An for a leisurely lunch cruise on the Thu Bon River, passing a series of traditional crafts villages along the way. This full-day tour includes hotel pickup in the Ancient Town area, entrance fees, and lunch.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$48.00
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Jeep tour to Marble Mountain, Son Tra Peninsula and Hai Van Pass from Hoi An

Jeep tour to Marble Mountain, Son Tra Peninsula and Hai Van Pass from Hoi An

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Hop into a Jeep to explore Da Nang and its surroundings on this day trip from Hoi An. Travel with your guide along rugged roads through the lush jungle to the Marble Mountain on the Son Tra Peninsula. You'll visit caves, see the Goddess of Mercy at Linh Ung Pagoda, and appreciate views of Da Nang Beach. Enjoy riding in this sturdy vehicle, a style widely used by American GIs during the Vietnam War.
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  • 7 hours
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$119.00
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Sunrise Fish Market Tour in Hoi An

Sunrise Fish Market Tour in Hoi An

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Get up before the sunrise and observe the daily ritual of fishermen in Hoi An. This morning tour takes you along the Thu Bon River to the mouth of the Cua Dai Sea to watch locals unload and prepare their catch for sale at the market. You'll row a bamboo basket boat and eat a typical fishermen's breakfast while watching a magnificent sunrise.
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  • 2 hours
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$50.26
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Hoi An Sunrise or Sunset Photo Tour

Hoi An Sunrise or Sunset Photo Tour

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Discover the best locations to capture photos of the sunrise or sunset at the Hoi An village of Tra Que on this tour with a professional photographer-guide. Whether you’re an amateur or expert, you’ll enjoy receiving local insight into the ideal vantage points for the perfect shot. Select either the morning or evening tour when booking.
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  • 3 hours
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$42.00
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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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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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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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$51.29
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Day Tour Of Hue Unesco Imperial From Hoi An City

Day Tour Of Hue Unesco Imperial From Hoi An City

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See the highlights of Hue on this full-day trip from Hoi An. Visit the Tomb of Tu Duc, Thien Mu Pagoda, the tomb of Khai Dinh, and other significant landmarks, plus take a wooden boat ride on the Perfume River. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.
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  • 1 day
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$133.00
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Da Nang Day Trip from Hoi An

Da Nang Day Trip from Hoi An

Spare yourself the trauma of negotiating Vietnam’s scooter-clogged roads and relax as a professional takes the wheel on this door-to-door guided tour of the highlights around Danang. Explore the sinister Am Phu Cave in the Marble Mountains, with its recreation of Buddhist hell, then visit the Linh Ung Pagoda on the Son Tra Peninsula and enjoy a Vietnamese lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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$27.00
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