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Fun Things to Do in Hoi An, Vietnam - A list of the best

Once a famous port for trading, Hoi An still holds on to the history and architecture though some of it was destroyed during the war. Here are the must-see and do things when in Hoi An.


Visit the Japanese Bridge

This bridge is the pride of Hoi An. The bridge connects the Japanese area with the Chinese Quarters. Built during the 1950s by the Japanese, the structure has gone through various changes, especially in 1986, but the main building architecture mostly remains Japanese in terms of design. Call to see if the bridge is open to visitors before you head there, in case of more renovations.


Rent a bicycle and ride around town

Motor vehicles are usually banned in the central part of Hoi An. Thus, hiring a bicycle is the best and only mode of transport you can go for. Since it is one of the more popular things to do in Hoi An, many resorts the likes of Anantara Hoi An Resort might also have bicycles for you to rent. There are tours you can choose too, which would take you to the best spots in town, and these usually last for a couple of hours or more.


Explore the Old Town

Found on the banks of the local river, the Ancient town has an Eastern oriental vibe for you. This place is also a well preserved UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town reflects the blend of cultures, showcasing both the foreign and aboriginal origins. The buildings and homes you will see here have been made of wood with traditional motifs are carved into them. All houses here are built close to one another. Since they are built with wood, these structures need consistent repairs and renovations, due to wear and tear.


Enjoy the full moon festival

Hoi An celebrates the Full Moon Festival on the 14th day of every lunar month throughout the year. This is also the time when the lanterns come out to play. The streets and homes are decorated with colourful and brightly lit lanterns in all sizes and shapes imaginable. The people here also burn incense for good luck, thus the whole town will smell amazing. You will also see hundreds of coloured and lit lanterns floating as if the stars fell into the waterbody.


Shopping and Dining

Vietnam is known for having many locally sourced and created products, be it art items or spices and herbs. You can buy handmade silk scarves of exquisite quality here. There are other hand-crafted items like authentic hand-painted hats too. Most of these items for sale can be taken back home as souvenirs. While you are at it, do not miss out on trying the local food, and the favourite dishes loved by both travellers and townspeople. Make sure you taste grilled meat encased in rice paper wrappers. This is one of the most popular street food items you will find in all parts of Vietnam.