What to do for 2 days in Hoi An?

May 27, 2021 - 124 views

Hoi an is absolutely a must for anyone who plans to visit Vietnam as the city has beautiful colonial buildings, wonderful shops, and restaurants, a cozy atmosphere with friendly local people. The ancient town will be the perfect place for your next holiday. Tourists spend at least 3 days in this city for sightseeing, relaxing, shopping, getting tailor-made clothes. Some even extend their stay to one week. However, you can still have a great time in Hoian, visit most of the must-see places in Hoian for only 2 days. Our article of What to do for 2 days in Hoian including a detailed itinerary will help you to better plan your next holiday.

Day 1: Half-day city tour and visit My Son Sanctuary

On the first day in the 2 days’ Hoi An itinerary, you are recommended to join a full-day tour to explore the ancient town and My Son sanctuary.

Hoian half day city tour

Hoian is a beautiful and romantic city with lanterns, ancient houses, shops, and tailors. The best way to explore the city is just walking, and you can stop at any places for sightseeing, trying food, shopping, getting your clothes made…

Join the Hoi An a half-day walking tour with us, you will be brought to the best sightseeing places in Hoian such as Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, Hoian ancient houses, local market… The city is small, so you will need only 4 hours on the guided tour. Normally walking tour in Hoian starts at 8:00 after breakfast at your hotel. You will walk to the old town and buy the entrance ticket, then the tour begins.

Hoian is like a ‘living museum’ as it is home to more than 800 traditional homes including Chinese temples, shophouses, French colonial buildings, pagodas…The visit to old buildings in Hoian such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, Phuc Kien Assembly Halls, Hoian ancient houses will help you to understand more about Hoian history, Hoian culture, how Hoian people lived in the past…If there is any place you want to stop for a longer time, you can come back later, so take your chance to check with the tour guide best places to visit, where to eat when you have time. 

The tour ends around noon, you have free time to enjoy lunch and do whatever you want.

Hoi An Ancient town

Hoi An Ancient town


My Son Sanctuary

In the afternoon, we head to My Son Sanctuary for the visit to the ancient Champa kingdom. It is located 40 kilometers from Hoi An ancient town, you will need more than 1 hour to get there from Hoian. The tour to My son starts around 14:00, you will be crossing the Cua Dai bridge, and the local fishing village, which is the chance to enjoy the spectacular views of the Hoian river system, mountains, and Cham Islands.

The sanctuary is one of the most beautiful and famous temple complexes in Southeast Asia, which is often compared with other historical temples in Southeast Asia such as Bagan of Myanmar, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Borobudur of Java in Indonesia, or Ayutthaya of Thailand. The complex includes more than 70 Hindu structures and mainly temples and towers, which were built by Cham Kings to commemorate important events during their reign. The complex now attracts a large number of tourists coming to visit.

Coming to the complex, you will be explained by the tour guide about the history of the religious site which served as a burial place for the Cham monarchs centuries ago, as well as watch the traditional dance performance

After few hours on the sanctuary, you will be transferred back to Hoian center by cruise. During the cruise trip, tourists can enjoy the picturesque Thu Bon river, life along the river. The tour ends at Hoang Nguyen dock in the old town. You are free to explore Hoian.

My Son sanctuary

My Son sanctuary


Day 2: Half-day tour to Cam Thanh Village and free to explore Hoi An ancient town

Half-day tour to Cam Thanh village

On the second day in Hoian, you will be cycling to Cam Thanh village which is about 7 kilometers from Hoian ancient town. Coming here, you will get a chance to see how wonderful the farming life scenery is. Local farmers work very hard in their own gardens to grow vegetables. You can spend few hours helping them do the farm work such as raking the ground, sowing, watering, and picking greens…

At noon, you will enjoy lunch with local people, try the dishes made from the ingredients you picked up from the garden. After lunch, you will get back to Hoian center using the bike. You have a free afternoon to explore Hoian ancient town.

Cam  Thanh Village

Cam Thanh Village


Free time in Hoian

Please see our recommended for your free afternoon in Hoian below

  • Go shopping: 2 days is a short amount of time for getting your clothes tailored, so it is best to go to the market to buy some. Hoian is a fabric and suits, and dress paradise, surely you will be able to choose some which suit your interest. Besides clothes, you can buy handicrafts to bring home for your friends, family members such as pottery, art lanterns, rattan and bamboo, conical hats, mats, weaving, embroidery, garments, lacquerware, woodcarvings
  • Try local food: The food in Hoian is delicious, which is even considered the best of the country by some tourists. Do not miss your chance to taste Hoian specialty such as Banh Mi, Cao Lau, Quang noodle, Xeo cake

That is the end of a 2-day itinerary in Hoian. Some tourists even plan to come back to the city right after the tour ends. You will know the reason why you are there. Therefore, do not hesitate to plan your next holiday to Hoian. Bestprice Travel provides flight tickets, Hoi An tours, hotel accommodation, transfers, so contact us for any information and assistance you may need. Hope to see you in Hoian in the very near future.

Jenny Tran

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