How to Spend 3 Days in Hoi An
Capitating Experiences, Enthralling Adventures
A city which has a rich history and heritage, Hoi An offers much to explore those heading to this charming destination in Vietnam. Located in the country's central coast, it provides the ideal combination of beachside relaxation and cultural discoveries. The more time you have to spend here the better; if you are planning a three-day visit, here are some things to keep in mind to help you create an itinerary.
Find Central Accommodation
When planning your trip to Hoi An, where to stay is a question worth giving some thought to. You will find several options available from hotels and apartments to aparthotels which offer the best of both worlds. Ideally, choose a property that is within easy reach of the Danang International Airport and one which provides easy access to the sites you plan to visit. One option would be to stay close to the Old Town area, while also worth considering is accommodation beside An Bang Beach which is within easy reach of this historical quarter too.
Spend Time at the Old Town
One of the main attractions in Hoi An, the Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a remarkably preserved trading port well worth exploring. As you wander the ancient alleyways and walk beside age-old canals you will come across wooden shophouses, family shrines, French-colonial buildings, Chinese temples and more, some dating back to the 15 century.
Amongst the most popular sites are the Japanese covered bridge, Tran family home, Guan Yin Temple and the Chinese assembly halls. There are also cafes, museums and art galleries here which make it the kind of place you can visit more than once.
Chill-Out at An Bang Beach
As part of your three-day holiday, make sure you take time to just relax and unwind amidst the idyllic shores of An Bang Beach. One option would be to stay right beside the beach at properties the likes of Citadines Pearl Hoi An so you can begin and end your day by the ocean.
Apart from spending time lazing in the sand and working on your tan, you can take part in some activities including swimming, surfing and paddle-boarding. The beach area is also home to restaurants and eateries as well as bars that provide ideal spots to savour your favourite drinks and enjoy some music at night.
Visit the Night Market
The Hoi An Night Market should also be included on your tour and is another place you can look to visit more than once. It is held on An Hoi Islet near the Old Town and begins at five in the evening and runs till around ten at night. The market's lantern corner where all manner of lanterns of different colours and sizes are sold is not to be missed. Amidst the hustle and bustle, you will also find stalls offering handicrafts, souvenirs, jewellery, clothing, toys, home décor, bags, hats and more.
Additionally, the market is also one of the best spots to enjoy dining in Hoi An and there is an eclectic range of street food on offer. It is the ideal spot for a foodie tour with much to savour; amongst the highlights to try are the "mi quang" and "cao lau" noodle dishes, "com ga" which is a chicken rice dish, Vietnamese-style pizza, grilled meats and coconut cake.
Head Off on Excursions
Hoi An makes an ideal base from which to head off on excursions as well and it is worth setting aside at least one day for this. A popular option is to explore the countryside where you can see rice paddy fields and traditional farming as well as have a chance to visit local villages and markets. You could also take a cruise along the Thu Bon River, enjoy a ride on a basket boat or head to the Marble Mountains home to ancient caves with Buddhist shrines and stunning summit vistas.