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How to Spend 2 Days in Hoi An

How to Spend 2 Days in Hoi An

With two days in Hoi An, you can tour Hoi An Ancient Town and explore some beyond city limits. Plan carefully and you can discover the quiet countryside, take a cooking class, and delve deeper in Vietnamese culture. Here’s how to enjoy two perfect days in Hoi An.

Day 1: Essential Hoi An

**Morning:**Spend your first morning getting acquainted with Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that looks almost the same today as it did hundreds of years ago. Make the most of the pedestrian-only zone on a walking tour before escaping the crowds on land during a riverboat ride down the Thu Bon River. 

**Afternoon:**While the Old Town offers a wealth of attractions, the countryside of Hoi An is well worth exploring. Rural villages and farms operate at a completely different pace to the often-crowded center. The easiest way to get around the countryside is on a bike tour, the majority of which make stops at Tra Que Village, an organic vegetable farm.

**Night:**After your bike tour, head back to the Ancient Town to watch Hoi An’s famous lanterns lighting up. Ensure you sample the best of Hoi An’s culinary offerings on a food tour, most of which focus on no-frills street-food stalls that serve classic central Vietnamese dishes such as cao lau (noodles topped with boiled egg and pork). 

Day 2:  Beaches, Basket Boats, and Banh Mi

**Morning:**If you’re keen to beat the crowds, rise early and watch Hoi An wake up on a sunrise tour of the fish market, where you can get an authentic glimpse into local life. If sunrise is a little too early, opt for a morning cooking class instead. Hoi An offers a wide variety of food-focused experiences, which can include a ride on a basket boat or a visit to a fishing village.   

**Afternoon:**Take the afternoon to delve deeper into the culture and history of Hoi An. For a couple of hours of family fun, book a lantern-making class; indulge a love of history at My Son Sanctuary, home to ancient ruins; or, if you’re ready to take a break from sightseeing, head down to An Bang Beach to relax on golden sands.  

**Evening:**Dedicate your final evening in Hoi An to the Thu Bon River, which provides visitors with a magical way to watch sunset and see the Ancient Town light up with lanterns. Couples can opt for a romantic candle-lit dinner cruise, while groups can charter a traditional wooden row boat and release paper lanterns into the water. 

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Lantern Making Class

Lantern Making Class

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Colored lanterns are a symbol of Hoi An, where locals believe they bring happiness, luck, and wealth. Bring home a souvenir with a difference, a lantern that you made yourself, after this fascinating class. Choose from a wealth of different silks then work with your instructor to craft a bamboo frame and create your lantern, which will fold away neatly into your luggage. Your class includes a Vietnamese tea tasting.
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Hoi An Countryside Bike Tour Including Thu Bon River Cruise

Hoi An Countryside Bike Tour Including Thu Bon River Cruise

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Immerse yourself in the cultural splendor of Hoi An on an enriching 4-hour bicycle and boat tour of the picturesque region. Weave your way through the atmospheric back streets of Hoi An then discover the verdant beauty of the countryside as you pedal past paddies and quaint towns. Climb aboard a boat for a calming cruise down the majestic Thu Bon River then satisfy your appetite with a sunset barbecue on the water. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to just 12 people.
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  • 3 hours
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Hoi An Old Town Food Tour by Night

Hoi An Old Town Food Tour by Night

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Feast your senses on the delectable tastes and enticing aromas of Hoi An’s Old Town on an evening walking tour. Immerse yourself in a vibrant maze of bustling markets and narrow alleyways while a knowledgeable guide offers insight into Vietnam’s fascinating food culture. Savor the explosive flavors of local delicacies at market stalls or within restaurants and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 12 fellow food lovers.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Afternoon Countryside Bike Tour from Hoi An

Afternoon Countryside Bike Tour from Hoi An

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Glide around the islands of the Thu Bon River delta on a leisurely bike tour from Hoi An. Kick-off your adventure with a scenic boat cruise down the Thu Bon River, then mount up for an easy circuit around Duy Vinh Island. Pause along the way to glimpse local life in the villages, watch farmers at work in the rice fields, and learn about traditional crafts like straw weaving and boat making.
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  • 5 hours
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Half-day HOI AN SUNRISE OR SUNSET PHOTO TOUR

Half-day HOI AN SUNRISE OR SUNSET PHOTO TOUR

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Discover the best locations to capture photos of the sunrise or sunset at the Hoi An village of Tra Que on this tour with a professional photographer-guide. Whether you’re an amateur or expert, you’ll enjoy receiving local insight into the ideal vantage points for the perfect shot. Select either the morning or evening tour when booking.
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  • 4 hours
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Hoi An Cooking Class and Basket boat tour

Hoi An Cooking Class and Basket boat tour

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Learn about Vietnamese cuisine during your time in Hoi An in this immersive cooking class. Visit the Hoi An central market to shop for your ingredients and take a boat trip along the river to the Cam Thanh Village for your class. Then spend the next two hours preparing a variety of dishes before sitting down and enjoying the fruits of your labor.
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Half-Day Thuan Tinh Cooking Class with Row Boat Ride

Half-Day Thuan Tinh Cooking Class with Row Boat Ride

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Get away from the crowds and explore Vietnam’s culinary traditions with a cooking class on Thuan Tinh Island, offered as a half-day tour from Hoi An. You'll ride downriver in a traditional boat to the small island then visit a local family upon arrival. Learn how to prepare four dishes with guidance from your chef-instructor, then sit down to enjoy the meal. Includes cooking class, lunch, boat ride, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 5 hours
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Hoi An Street Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Hoi An Street Food Walking Tour with Tastings

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Get to know Hoi An's street food scene on a walking tour with a guide who leads you to places you might not find if you explored on your own. Enjoy tastings of local items as you wander the narrow lanes and tree-lined boulevards, learning about the city's food culture as you go so you can feel comfortable ordering food on your own during the rest of your trip.
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  • 4 hours
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