I spent a total of 4 nights in Hoi An to visit the city and the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, the weather was not the best because there was a typhoon in the south part of Vietnam. However, I had some fantastic days and here are the things you can and should do in Hoi An.
Going to the An Bang beach
The first day the weather was still fantastic, and I was tired from the night bus, so I went to the beach. I went to the An Bang Beach. This beach is a little bit further out of the city (about 7 km) but easily accessible with a Bicycle. The beach is all the way from Hoi An to Da Nang, but only a few places are publicly available, most parts are private beaches from Resorts. However, the public beach is lovely, and you can perfectly chill on there.
Visiting the Hoi An Old Quarter by night (Best case during the lantern festival)
I was lucky, and on the first day, the monthly lantern festival took place in the city center. For that occasion (Always around full moon) all the lights turn out between 8 pm and 9 pm. Only the lantern in the streets, on the river and boats, spent light which makes the city to a magical place. Around the river are a lot of bars and restaurants where you can eat right or have a drink. It’s also very popular for young party people. One of the best bars is the tiger tiger bar where backpackers meet every night to party into the late night. In addition to that, there is a night market and a lot of delicious street food. Some exotic things can be found there too, I ate, for example, a frog.
Visiting the Hoi An Old Quarter by day and get something tailored
The city of Hoi An is not only beautiful by night but also by day. The tiny streets filled with tailor shops, colorful houses, and little markets are worth walking through. Hoi An is famous for its tailors and for little money you can get high-quality clothes tailored to your needs in a short time. My bag is full, so I didn’t buy anything but friends of me have bought some dresses or shirts, and they are fully satisfied with the services provided.
Visiting Da Nang and the Marble Mountains
Da Nang is the next big city and only 20 km away from Hoi An. I took a motorbike and drove alongside the coast to visit the marble mountains first. It’s just a 40 minutes ride, and the road is beautiful. The marble mountains are five mountains from which you can climb on one of them. The entrance is only 40.000 if you don’t take the elevator to go up. From there you can drive over the dragon bridge and have lunch or Dinner in the city of Da Nang.
Drive with a motorbike on the Hai Van Pass
The Hai Van Pass is a road which connects Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An together. But the most beautiful part is near Da Nang to pass over the mountain. Most people arrive in Hue and drive all the way down to Hoi An. If you succeed in Hoi An, you can just rent a Motorbike and drive past Da Nang over the pass and come back later. It is easily possible to do it in one day, and the motorbike rent is by far cheaper because you return it to the same place as you rented it. I only paid 80.000 VND for the Bike and 100.000 for the Gas. I was driving until the Elephant Waterfall, but I wouldn’t recommend that. It was dirty and looked like a dead city around. There is one small waterfall with a rock formed like an elephant, and that’s it. So, if you drive the pass and return after that is enough. Coffee break in Da Nang and you’re good to go home.
- Total countries I visited until now: 29
- Distance traveled: 17356
- Planes: 4
- Busses: 18
- Trains: 14
- Boats: 4
- Km running: 691
- Drinks: 70