We booked 3 nights in Hoi An and immediately increased it to 5 nights! So many people travelling on a free schedule so this! Everyone says after arriving they immediately want to stay longer: So why is it so good?
Great variety of accommodation for all budgets
For us, we’d be pretty high speed and it was the perfect place to properly unpack our bags and slow the pace for a few days. What made that more do-able was our AMAZING homestay, around 15 minutes walk from the old town at “Gia Vien”. We honestly both agreed this was the best place we’ve ever stayed (including 5* hotels), as the hospitality, the facilities and the food was just top notch! You felt like you were as comfortable as staying in their house, but with thoughtful immaculate service! I can’t recommend them highly enough should you ever visit Hoi An.
Exploring the old town
Beautiful historical buildings abound. Temples, assembly halls, old houses and bridges, all from when Hoi An was called Faifo and traded with Japanese and Chinese merchants many years ago.
Food and drink
Aside from our hosts’ AMAZING Cau Lau every morning for breakfast, we also enjoyed other food in Hoi An.
Coffee houses and amazing restaurants galore are enough to fill a relaxing day of mooching around!
We loved What Else coffee shop and Cargo Club, Streets and the Hoianian for a lovely dinners in the old town.
We’re travelling so we can’t really buy much to take home with us. That said we brought some beautiful art in the old town as well. There’s art galleries everywhere.
A lot of people come to Hoi An for getting clothes tailored. The quality is meant to be great for the price and the tailors offer a quick turnaround service. As we didn’t use any, we can’t recommend any.
We were so caught up with how beautiful the lanterns are in every house and garden that we decided to do a course to make them! Check out our blog post all about it!
Cycling around the countryside and beach
There’s so many bike tours you can go on the cycle in a group around the countryside and to the beach. We did ours DIY though and we borrowed bikes from the homestay and of we went with a map. Very straight forward and a good way to spend half a day. We wrote a blog post about that too!
There are literally hundreds of cooking courses available in Hoi An, but we chose Herbs and Spices. Their courses are for six or less people and feel hands on and exclusive. We did the market tour first and enjoyed seeing the “real Hoi An” early morning markets in that way. We made four dishes and our favourite unanimously in the group was the fish in banana leaf. It was so deliciously flavoured with so many spices and herbs. It was mouth wateringly good!!!
We also enjoyed our down time. Mark went to a gym he found and I visited nomad yoga after finding them on google. Again, we borrowed bikes from the homestay and went off for our own bit of time.
As the pictures show, Hoi An is a special place. Spending an absolute MINIMUM of 3 days here is our recommendation!