It’s easy to get to Hoi An and let your quest for impeccably tailored garments overtake your sightseeing agenda, but don’t miss out on some of the nature beauty and ancient treasures tucked into this town. In addition to the countless "Old Houses" featuring well-maintained traditional architecture, there is a wealth of colorful markets, grand halls and stunning pagodas.

Discover the past through the remains of Cham rule, most notably at the ancient Ba Le Well, and the extensive Museum of History and Culture, boasting a collection from the major civilizations that have occupied Vietnam. For more recent history, tour one of the many assembly halls in the region, each outfitted with timely and artistic flourishes.

Start your pagoda tour at the Quan Cong temple, adorned with elaborate statues and artwork. The unique carp fountains spit water out of their mouths whenever it rains. Head next to the Phuoc Lam pagoda, a holy site known for the history of one of its monks, An Them. Upon returning from his time in the army, his remorse for the lives he took drove him to clean the central market without pay for twenty years. Before retirement, he considered sending a bill, but the penance was enough reward in itself.

What to See in Hoi An

Cantonese Chinese Assembly Hall

Cantonese Chinese Assembly Hall

Beautiful granite columns support the entrance of this popular hall built in 1885. Visitors will also see carved Jackfruit tree columns, a commonly used wood in Vietnam for buildings and furniture. Chinese motifs feature throughout and the main altar is dedicated to general Quan Cong.

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Japanese-Covered Bridge

Japanese-Covered Bridge

Hoi An’s most celebrated icon is the Japanese Covered bridge which lies on the west end of Tran Phu. Its pinkish hue, ornate roofing and arched frame have been restored to original design. Built in the 1590s by the Japanese, the bridge hosts a temple and is guarded by monkey and dog statues.

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Phung Hung Old House

Phung Hung Old House

On the more serene side of the Japanese bridge, this family-run house is over 230 years old. It’s a two-storey building of grand proportion with both Japanese and Chinese design features. Tasteful souvenirs, such as local embroidery and crafts are on display at the entrance. You can also experience a guided tour from one of the family members.

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Tra Que Vegetable Garden

Tra Que Vegetable Garden

This organic vegetable commune is an impressive 500 years old, 45 hectares in size and home to 245 families. Visitors can experience the life of the village ‘artisans’ with various tours available. Be sure to try the unique hybrid herb “rau hung”, a mixture of basil and mint.

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Cham Islands

Cham Islands

The stunning Cham Islands offer the type of beachside aesthetic one sees in a travel magazine. Crystal clear waters, vibrant marine life and silky white powder sands are common to their shores. Diving spots around the eight islets have earned a good reputation among experts. Day trips can be booked easily through tour operators.

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An Bang Beach

An Bang Beach

Hoi An regulars know that An Bang is a quieter and more community-oriented stretch than Cua Dai. For international cuisine and activities, walk either to the far left or far right of the strip. Local restaurants offer decent fresh seafood options. Be aware that the currents can be strong, regardless of the season.

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Cantonese Chinese Assembly Hall

Cantonese Chinese Assembly Hall

Beautiful granite columns support the entrance of this popular hall built in 1885. Visitors will also see carved Jackfruit tree columns, a commonly used wood in Vietnam for buildings and furniture. Chinese motifs feature throughout and the main altar is dedicated to general Quan Cong.

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Chuc Thanh Pagoda

Chuc Thanh Pagoda

This is Hoi An’s oldest pagoda. It’s a little off the beaten track, but makes for a worthwhile stop if you’re on bicycle exploration. Built by Buddhist Chinese monk Minh Hai in 1454, it is host to several ancient ritual objects, including a 200-year old stone gong. It is located close to Phuoc Lam Pagoda and Japanese Tombs.

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Japanese Tombs

Japanese Tombs

Altogether there are 40 Japanese tombs in Hoi An but the largest and easiest to access is that of Tani Yajirobei, a merchant who died in 1647. This tomb lies in the picturesque rice fields between old town and coast. The location also indicates the original “Japanese road” of olden Hoi An.

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Central Market

Central Market

One of Asia’s foremost trading ports, Hoi An was historically one big market. Today, it continues to thrive as a city of commerce. Make your way through the diverse stalls at this main shopping centre and encounter pungent smells, vivid colours and some interesting local characters.

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Tra Que Vegetable Garden

Tra Que Vegetable Garden

This organic vegetable commune is an impressive 500 years old, 45 hectares in size and home to 245 families. Visitors can experience the life of the village ‘artisans’ with various tours available. Be sure to try the unique hybrid herb “rau hung”, a mixture of basil and mint.

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Thanh Nam Fishing Village

Thanh Nam Fishing Village

Watch the local fisherman bring in their catch after a night out at sea. Learn the traditional way of casting and maintaining a net. The folk here are friendly, photogenic and willing to let you participate. You can capture some great photos of the local life in this quaint village. Drink coffee with the villagers at one of the many ...

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Fujian Chinese Assembly Hall

Fujian Chinese Assembly Hall

There are five assembly halls in Hoi An established by different Chinese groups. The Fujian hall is by far the most prominent. Check out the mural, statue and Chinese boat replica which venerate Thien Hau, the goddess who rescues sailors from stormy seas. There are many other artistic and symbolic features in this well-preserved complex which make it well worth ...

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Quan Cong Temple

Quan Cong Temple

In honour of revered Chinese general Quan Cong, this temple is festooned with elaborate statues and artwork. Its majestic entrance of red and gold is impressive. Quan Cong is a Chinese symbol for justice and integrity and is still worshipped today. Note the unique rain spouts, designed to depict carp fish.

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Tran Family Chapel

Tran Family Chapel

Built by Tran Tu Nhac, a favoured mandarin who lived under the rule of Emperor Gia Long around 200 years ago, this ancient house harbours many Chinese antiques and artefacts (including a 250 year old Tran history book) which are exquisitely preserved. Look for a row of plants in the garden where placentas of the Tran clan children are buried, ...

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Confucius Temple

Confucius Temple

The Confucius Temple is unfairly neglected by most guidebooks. Confucius philosophy is widely recognized in Vietnam and temples were constructed to honour his teachings in Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi. There is a serene atmosphere at the temple which is conducive to study. A large lotus pond is situated in the front garden and there are ample places to sit ...

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Phuoc Lam Pagoda

Phuoc Lam Pagoda

Typical in design, Phuoc Lam is known for the history of one of its monks, An Thiem, who was a local prodigy. When his brothers were drafted into the army, he asked instead to take their place. Upon returning, he felt so remorseful for those he had slain he cleaned central market for 20 years without pay. Close by are ...

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GAM Gemstones Art Museum

GAM Gemstones Art Museum

This unique museum, housed in a charming, colonial-style building, displays a vast collection of Vietnamese gemstones, crystals and sculptures. Visit the adjacent outlet and have a drink in the garden bar and lounge.

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Handicrafts Workshop

Handicrafts Workshop

Living up to its name, the handicrafts workshop is the definitive place to purchase locally crafted souvenirs. Beyond the retail aspect, you can experience local folk dances, mini operas and songs up close here. Performances are free for those who have purchased on old town ticket.

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Tan Ky Old House

Tan Ky Old House

Hoi An has a plethora of recognized ‘old houses’, and while Tan Ky is not the oldest, it is one of the best preserved. It’s also centrally-located. The dark timber facade, quaint doorway and inner-courtyard are typical of Chinese-Fukkein design. Inside, see Chinese characters and intricate bird carvings.

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Phung Hung Old House

Phung Hung Old House

On the more serene side of the Japanese bridge, this family-run house is over 230 years old. It’s a two-storey building of grand proportion with both Japanese and Chinese design features. Tasteful souvenirs, such as local embroidery and crafts are on display at the entrance. You can also experience a guided tour from one of the family members.

Read More
Japanese-Covered Bridge

Japanese-Covered Bridge

Hoi An’s most celebrated icon is the Japanese Covered bridge which lies on the west end of Tran Phu. Its pinkish hue, ornate roofing and arched frame have been restored to original design. Built in the 1590s by the Japanese, the bridge hosts a temple and is guarded by monkey and dog statues.

Read More
Cua Dai Beach

Cua Dai Beach

Brimming with activity, Cua Dai beach is Hoi An’s more renowned stretch of beach compared to An Bang. Besides swimming, you can jet ski, enjoy the facilities of a beach club or dine in one of the many seafood restaurants. Many of Hoi An’s luxury resorts are found here. During the summer months hordes of locals inhabit the beach early ...

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Cham Islands

Cham Islands

The stunning Cham Islands offer the type of beachside aesthetic one sees in a travel magazine. Crystal clear waters, vibrant marine life and silky white powder sands are common to their shores. Diving spots around the eight islets have earned a good rapport with experts. Day trips can easily be booked through tour operators.

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My Son

My Son

While not as magnificent as Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the ancient ruins of the Champa Kingdom in My Son is Vietnam’s most significant archeological site. Statues at My Son associate the Cham monarchs with Indian divinities such as Shiva and while many have been pillaged or destroyed by war, others have remained in good condition. The distinct style of the ...

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Suoi Tien (Fairy Spring)

Suoi Tien (Fairy Spring)

The Suoi Tien Spring, or Fairy Spring is a magical forestland alive with 14 waterfall chains. While many Vietnamese are aware of this beautiful “fairyland” foreigners seldom visit. At the head of the river at 400m high, a stream cascades down large boulders, creating a sparkling effect as the spume hits the rock.

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Hoi An Museum of History and Culture

Hoi An Museum of History and Culture

For history buffs, this museum gives a useful insight into the history and culture of Hoi An. With various relics relating to the different historic phases (Sa Huynh, Champa, Dai Viet and Dai Nam cultures) as well as documents chronicling the development of Hoi An, this is the town’s foremost museum.

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Ba Le Well

Ba Le Well

This famous well of original Cham design is the only traditional one used by locals to draw water for the local noodle dish Cao Lau. It’s tucked away down Kiet Gieng Lane in the garden of Mr Ba Lo Le. The square shape of its mouth is its distinguishing feature, indicating it was built in the 10th century.

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Cam Kim Island

Cam Kim Island

Renowned for its woodcarving village (Kim Bong) Cam Kim island also boasts beautiful countryside. You can find other crafts here too including the colourful woven sedge mats and the locally-made “basket” fishing boats. Peddle through rice and corn fields around the island without a tour guide - you won’t get lost and the experience will be more worthwhile.

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Thuan Tinh Eco Island

Thuan Tinh Eco Island

Catch a boat over to this ecological island zone for unspoiled greenery and relaxation. Paddle through water coconut groves. Pick organic vegetables and enjoy a village cooking class. The island is also host to one of Hoi An’s magic spinning tables. Join the table master in getting the table to spin right or left on demand.

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