Tucked away along Vietnam’s central coast, the city of Hoi An is a destination full of old-world charm and these are some of the best things to do for those heading here for the first time.

Wander Around the Ancient Town

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ancient Town is steeped in history and a lovely location to wander around. It’s located less than a kilometre from Anantara Hoi An Resort which also offers engaging walking tours here; the town is home to traditional shophouses, Confucian family shrines, museums and historical attractions like the 16th-century Japanese Covered Bridge and the Guan Yin Temple.

FunSail1, Japanese covered bridge, Hội An, CC BY-SA 4.0

Visit the Sunrise Fish Market

To soak up some local culture, amongst the most memorable things to do in Hoi An is to visit the traditional fish market in Cua Dai that comes to life at dawn. At this time, you can witness fishermen on their return after a night spent out at sea, while their wives wait at the dock to take in the catch to be sold at the lively market; it makes for a truly captivating sight.

Unwind at An Bang Beach

No visit to Hoi An would be complete without enjoying some beachside bliss and one of the best spots for this is An Bang Beach. With its pristine shores and mesmerising ocean backdrop, it’s an ideal place for sunbathing, swimming and savouring scintillating seafood too! The active type can go surfing here from September to March as well.

Go Cycling in the Countryside

When it comes to excursions in Hoi An, don’t miss some pedal-powered exploration of the countryside! Some resorts will offer bicycles for guests which adds to the convenience, and you will soon be cycling amidst lush landscapes and paddy fields; you can also cycle to places like the Tra Que Vegetable Village to enjoy hands-on insights into local organic agriculture.