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2 Days in Hoi An, Must Try Activities – Rich and Unforgettable Culture

Only have a couple of days in Hoi An? You can still make the most of your travels; Fit these five activities into your itinerary for a great trip exploring the city.


Hoi An Old Town

Even if you have only a few hours in Hoi An, the old town is definitely not to be missed. It is a unique step back in history, so brilliantly preserved that it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area was once a popular trading town, hundreds of years ago, and thus has been influenced in its style from various parts of the world. Enjoy the town by cycle or foot, as some of the smaller roads cannot be explored by vehicle, and admire the great architecture, and sites such as temples and pagodas. You will also find plenty of great treats to dine on here. To be close to all the act, choose your Hoi an hotel close to this site.


Hoi An Central Market

A short walk away from the Old Town you will find the Central Market, an authentically local market place that will put your bargaining skills to the test. Part of the market is dedicated to selling fresh fish, poultry and other food items and is more popular among the natives. Visitors however may prefer the part of the market selling souvenirs and other memoirs of the city they can take home. Especially inviting are the tailors who can stitch fine silk items impeccably, and if you're on a tight schedule, some may even provide these garments in 24 hours.


Hoi An Museum of History and Culture

If you are a visitor who doesn't want to just see a city, but wants to understand it, and the story that made it what it is today, then schedule a trip to the Museum of History and Culture. Witness remnants of three periods of the city's past, the Prehistory era, the Champa era and the Dai Viet era. You will find a range of displays, from pottery and ceremics, to bronze, iron and wooden items. The building the museum is housed in is an attraction in itself, the Quan Am pagoda is not just seeped in history but is outright beautiful.


Hoi An Riverside

The banks of the Thu Bon river are a favourite among tourists, especially in the evenings when the charming old streets are beautifully illuminated by lamps and lanterns. There are both modern and traditional boats docked here, and the roads are lined with an eclectic range of restaurants and cafes. You will enjoy the laid-back vibes in the evenings, when tourists gather for good food, a drink or company. If you prefer a more private dining experience after a long day walking the city streets, you can still have river views at a place such as Anantara Hoi An Resort.


My Son Sanctuary

If you're willing to take a short-day trip away from Hoi An, visit the My Son Sanctuary just about 40km away. Set amidst a lush tropical forest, visitors will find an ancient Hindu temple, and many other ruins around it. What remains of the site has faced much destruction, including attacks during the Vietnam war, but it still remains a favourite among history buffs and environmentalist alike.