What to do in Hoi An for 3 days?

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Last Updated on 3 years by Tam Le Van

You are going to travel Hoi An and have not much ideas about things to do in three days? Actually, this is not only challenged to travelers but also to local people. Read our guide below to find out answer for the question what to do in Hoi An for 3 days?

Hoi An Life’s Recommendations for Day One

Hoi An Ancient Town is the focus in your first day. It’s the best thing to see and one of the must-visit destinations across the country. Over centuries, traders left over 1.000 old timber houses, richly-decorated assembly halls, ornate temples and pagodas in this living commercial hub of the Silk road. UNESCO added it in a world heritage site list in 1999, at the same year with My Son sanctuary in the same province. Known as “the most colorful town of Vietnam”, buildings in Hoi An feature yellow walls, mossy color of roof tiles,

Wandering Hoi An Ancient Town’s streets, sightseeing historical sites, visitting a coffee shop to taste Vietnamese coffee, getting some personalized fashionable garments in a tailor shop, sampling mouth-watering local dishes in Hoi An central market and relaxing in sandy An Bang beach are things to do recommended. Travelers can leisurely walk around, take photo with multi-colorful lanterns, buy survenirs and get a drink with live music in Nguyen Hoang night market to end one fabulous day in Hoi An. See the detail of this day in our article through http://hoianlife.net/what-to-do-in-hoi-an-in-two-days-48-hours-in-hoi-an/.

You need to buy an entrance ticket to visit Hoi An Ancient Town’s attractions. It costs 120.000 VND (5.2 USD).

Day Two Itenerary

My Son sanctuary is the great destination to start your day two. With a complex of 20 standing Hinduism temples, it brings something different to the previous twenty-four hours. In this UNESCO world heritage site, you will learn about a new culture that is of Champa kingdom from many past centuries. The earliest buildings may date back 1.600 years ago. Read our full guide about My Son through http://hoianlife.net/everything-you-need-to-know-about-my-son-sanctuary/ for further details and how to get it from Hoi An with different vehicles. We make another article about My Son tours as well if you like to travel with a local guide who probably shares much interesting facts. Due to the convenience between the town and the sanctuary, there is not hard to design a self-guided trip by yourself. Hiring the private car and motorbike rental are popular ways. Make sure you have driver license in case want to ride the bike.

The early morning is the best time to visit My Son sanctuary, to avoid midday heat.

After arrive Hoi An with tons of knowledge and beautiful memories, cooking class is another thing to do you can’t miss out. In which, you get the chance to know more Vietnamese cuisine and have so much funs with hands-on experiences. Vegan menu is available upon request. In the late afternoon, walk out to catch cooling winds and ensure that you try must-savour street foods sold around Hoi An Ancient Town. Locals do the same thing, therefore everything you sample, you feel is authentic. Getting a massage then to keep your body relaxing after long day out with many stunning things.

When the sun goes down, why not spend 15 minutes to take lantern boat ride to admire charming beauty of the town from a different view. Sparkling, colorful and wonderful are words to describe this Hoi An’s best thing to do. Cold beers or nice cocktails in the upbeat music and social atmosphere at Nguyen Phuc Chu pub street nearby will be perfect before rest in room. See details of each activity in our article through http://hoianlife.net/what-to-do-in-hoi-an-in-two-days-48-hours-in-hoi-an/.

Day Three

Experience Cham islands snorkeling

Just minutes moving from Hoi An coast, you arrive Cham islands. It is a group of seven granite-formed islands and each one of them has an own shape. The largest member in this family is Hon Lao where all fisherman settlements located. For that reason, historical monuments, market, tourist accommodations, restaurants and the main harbour for whole archipelago are established here.

There are two ways to get Cham islands from Hoi An: by local boat or speed boat. To save time and keep your safety in a better way, you should choose second option although its cost will be higher. All tour operators use the speed boat to transfer tourists, from Cua Dai harbour. You can go there direct to buy tickets by yourself to make a self-guided trip. Just keep in mind that most speed boats leave before 9 a.m and from the island, prior to 2 p.m to avoid bad weather phenomenons on sea. Come to a tour operator/booking desk near you or reserve online to secure your seatings on boat the day after, especially during high tourist seasons. We have an article about homestays in Cham islands, read it if you like to stay overnight in this natural jewel.

All tours from Hoi An to Cham islands cover snorkeling, the most awaited thing to do. You should prepare your personal swimsuit, sun cream and towels. On tour, the guide will give you a snorkeling mask and some tips before discover colorful underwater world of the World biosphere reserve. If like to dive, scuba diving equipment is available as well, as an additional fee. Read Hoi An Life’s guide to know more via http://hoianlife.net/hoi-an-islands-cam-nam-cam-kimcu-lao-cham/.

Get basket boat ride in Cam Thanh coconut forest

To keep your time away from hustle and bustle in town, Cam Thanh is a good choice. This pretty piece of Hoi An countryside features fisherman villages and extensive water coconut forests in the end of Thu Bon river. Unique round basket boat supports locals to move easily around maze-like waterways of the area everyday and formerly, helped the Communists to convey goods in their hiding places. Today, it has another use, carrying tourists. In common, a basket boat trip lasts 1.5 hours and you have the chance to see “dancing on the round boat”, know local traditional ways of catching fish or crab as well as making accesseries by palm leaves. Some operators arrange a cooking class, lunch, massage, a visit to Taboo Bamboo workshop or cycling around the village as inclusions. You can search online or come straight away to boat stations in Van Lang or Thanh Tam villages to book. Select the best up to your time, budget and liking. Read our article for further information and know our travel advices via http://hoianlife.net/boat-trips-in-hoi-an/ before make up your mind.

In the Central Vietnam, basket boat tour in Hoi An is unmatched. You have opportunity to experience one more time when travel to the Mekong Delta.

Watch sunset in Cua Dai bridge

Not only sunrise, newly-built Cua Dai bridge is also in the bucket list of sunset lovers. It’s really close by stations where you start your exploration around the coconut forest by local basket boat. Generally, can travel on foots, without any transfers. During the time the sun goes down, dazzling lights dress on water surface of Thu Bon river making it turn into a red-and-yellow carpet. Local fisherman nets also adorn your pictures more sparkling. Cua Dai bridge is one of the best sunset-watching spots in Hoi An.

Enjoy live music in An Bang beach’s bars

No where else better than bars in An Bang beach to treat yourself well after the sundown. They offer plenty of breezy comfortable seatings overlooking the sea, numerous lounges setting along the front beach, an extensive menu of many gourmet dishes, awesome drinks and signatures as well as friendly service. Visit The Fisherman if you’re looking for vegan and vegetarian delicious bites. More than that, live music is organised at several selected nights during the week, depending on different places. All of these makes your experience in Hoi An’s most popular beach really chilly.

Checking out your favourite bar’s social medias to know the latest information, specifically timetable of their live music show. See the best of them in Hoi An Life’s article via http://hoianlife.net/hoi-an-beachside-restaurants/.

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Tam Le Van

Tam is a tour leader and passionate traveler who has beautiful memories over 50 provinces of Vietnam. During the time Corona virus spreads out globally, he decides to become a blogger to share his experiences.
Contacts for work: Levantam0906@gmail.com or (+84) 968009827

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