Ultimate Hoi An Travel Guide

Best things to see & do

Hoi An was my favorite place during my Vietnam trip. It’s got everything you could ask for and more: cozy cafes (with great Vietnamese coffee), delicious food, a charming old town and plenty of historical sites and attractions. This Hoi An travel guide includes the best things to see and do in Hoi An.


- The name Hoi An translates to “peaceful meeting place”.

- The city is a historic trading port with a mix of indigenous and foreign influences, dating back to the 15th century.

- There are four museums in the city – the Museum of Culture, the Folklore Museum, the Museum of Trade Ceramics, and the Museum of Sa Huynh Culture.

- Hoi An became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

- Hoi An receives more than 3 million tourists a year.

- Food in Hoi An is an interesting blend of Asian influences, and therefore the city offers unique cooking classes which are quickly becoming a popular tourist activity.


While the city of Hoi An is the perfect place to wander around and explore without a set itinerary or travel plan, there are a few attractions you shouldn’t miss during your trip to Hoi An. This Hoi An travel guide covers the most beautiful must-see attractions in the city.

Japanese Covered Bridge

The Japanese built this stunning bridge in the 18th century as a way to reach the Chinese quarter across the water. Today, it’s one of Vietnam’s most iconic attractions and definitely one of the top things to see in Hoi An. The bridge also features the sculptures of two dogs and two monkeys to commemorate the year the bridge was built and completed.

Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An

Hoi An Night Market

The night market in Hoi An is a bustling place across the river from the Ancient Town, on Nguyen Hoang. To get to the night market, simply cross the bridge to An Hoi and look for a large orange sign reading “Nguyen Hoang Night Market”. Hoi An Night Market is filled with countless colorful paper lanterns – the iconic symbol of Hoi An.

The iconic Hoi An Night Market The iconic Hoi An Night Market

Quan Cong Temple

If you are into temples (and also if you’re not) be sure to check out Quan Cong Temple in Hoi An. It was founded in 1653 and is dedicated to a Chinese general worshipped for his loyalty, sincerity, integrity and justice. You can find his gilded statue on the central altar in the back of the temple.

Temple inner court Temple inner court

Phuc Kien Assembly Hall

The instagrammable Fujian (Phuc Kien) assembly hall was created as a place for the residents from Fujian in China to meet and socialize during their time in Hoi An. The hall was built around 1690 but the photogenic main gate was added later on. Today, the assembly hall is a World Cultural Heritage site.


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