Explore the old town with its timber-framed buildings, market and photogenic covered bridge. Dine in one of the riverside restaurants or grab a beer in one of the many bars and soak up the old-world atmosphere. If you are planning a trip to Hoi An that expands a few days, head to the beach or explore the lush countryside by bicycle.
- The old town is full of interesting old wooden houses and several museums, including the Museum of Trade Ceramics and the Folklore Museum.
- Many hotels, restaurants and cooking schools offer classes where you can learn to make the local specialties. Classes often include an ingredient-buying trip to the market.
- The night market is a good place to shop for clothing, jewelry and artisanal goods.
- Tan Ky House, a 200-year-old house with a decorative interior is a must for architecture fans.
- The Japanese Covered Bridge is a photogenic old bridge built to connect the town’s Japanese and Chinese communities in the 1590s.
- Combine your trip with the atmospheric Full Moon Festival, a monthly event that sees musicians performing along the riverbanks and silk lanterns are floated down the river.
- Try traditional dishes like cao lau (noodle soup with pork) and banh bao (steamed parcels of crab and shrimp).
- Remember that it is respectful to leave a small donation when visiting temples and other religious buildings.