We were lucky enough to spend a weekend in Hoi An during our 10 days in Vietnam and were so glad we did.
Having spent a few days in Da Nang visiting friends, we all embarked upon our trip to Hoi An like a holiday within a holiday. Even though we travelled in winter, we were still able to enjoy everything this charming place could offer, and really felt that we got to see the best of Hoi An in 2 days.
For some ideas about things to do in Hoi An, read on.
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A Weekend in Hoi An
How to get to Hoi An
If you’re already in Da Nang, it’s really quick and easy to travel to Hoi An.
We ordered a Grab car with our friends, and it took about 20 minutes to drive to our hotel. Definitely make sure you download the Grab app if you’re going to be travelling in Southeast Asia. You can use it to call a taxi and order takeaways!
If you’re arriving from elsewhere, Da Nang is the closest hub anyway and the place where most visitors to Hoi An arrive into.
There are loads of taxis at the airport. Alternatively, you can book an airport transfer with your accommodation through Booking.com for that extra piece of mind.
We did this a lot during our trip to save having to sort out transport when we were tired and from having just got off the plane.
What to do in Hoi An
Explore the Ancient Town
Ahh Hoi An… where do we begin? This place is just insanely pretty. All the walls in the ancient town are washed in yellow paint. At night, the river running through it comes alive with colours and lanterns.
The streets are small and narrow, but when we went (December) we were still able to have a lot of them to ourselves come the evening. We spent time wandering around the many market stalls.
Hire bikes and explore the area around Hoi An
Bikes are the best way to get around Hoi An, as a lot of the town itself is pedestrianised. If you cycle for a few minutes out of town, you reach the rice paddies. There are so many paths across the fields, all leading to different little rural towns and villages.
We spent the morning exploring these settlements and the countryside around Hoi An, before heading out towards the beach. There are loads of little beach bars, but the sea was looking a bit wild when we were there!
There is a cycle path along the side of the main road back into Hoi An itself, so it’s an easy ride if you don’t fancy taking the scenic route like we did.
Take A Lantern Making Class
If organised fun is more your kind of thing, why not try your hand at lantern making? These colourful lights are strung up all over Hoi An and make the whole place come alive at night.
Get a Tailored Outfit
Hoi An is famous for its tailors, who can knock up a perfectly fitted suit or dress in a matter of days. If you are only going to be in Hoi An for 48 hours, you may find yourself a bit stretched for time.
However, some tailors do offer a delivery service. This means you can get your measurements taken and your item shipped out to you.
Where to stay in Hoi An
Truc Loc Villa
This hotel was such a good find and totally exceeded our expectations. The rooms were a good size for 2 adults. Plus, one of them had a balcony overlooking the street and river.
Breakfast was included, and we hired bikes from them the whole time we were there. Centrally located but still quiet, we’d definitely stay here again.
Anio Boutique Hotel Hoian 4*
Hoi An has some decent luxury accommodation options, being such a popular tourist destination. Complete with a pool and located very centrally, this hotel is the perfect place to relax after a day exploring the old streets of the town.
Bed Station Hostel & Pool Bar
This basic, but well-reviewed, hostel offers free parking, a pool, and a bar. It’s close to a lot of attractions in Hoi An, and great for budget travellers.
A Short Hoi An Itinerary
Although ideally, you’d have unlimited time to spend in Hoi An, there is still plenty to see and do there in a two day period.
This little town offers up an authentic Vietnamese experience. If you go in the low season like we did, you can end up with it almost all to yourself!
We hope this little guide has helped inspire you, and that you enjoy seeing Hoi An in 48 hours on your Vietnam travels.
If you’re heading to Vietnam, check out our complete 10 day North to South travel itinerary!