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Travelling to Hoi An: What to do if you have 2 days and 2 nights?

Hoi An is an ancient city located in the Central of Vietnam. Hoi An impresses with the tourists by the clean streets, less traffic, the small and beautiful shops, Hoi An also is recognized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) as World Cultural Heritage. With fresh air and tranquility, this is an ideal place to relax and rest.

If you have 2 days 2 nights in Hoi An, what is the best itinerary you should make for visiting? We can offer the Hoi An travel suggestion in 48 hours for travelers with outstanding tourist activities.

By the riverside in Hoi An
By the riverside in Hoi An

Where to go and what to do?

One of the most prominent features of Hoi An is the ancient houses painted yellow which is hundred years old. At this time, most tourists spend their days strolling around to enjoy the ancient space as well as explore the art galleries, tailor’s shops and handicrafts workshop.

The old town is painted in antique yellow
The old town is painted in antique yellow

Visit Japanese Covered Bridge – The Symbol of Hoi An

The Japanese Covered Bridge, also known as the Bridge Pagoda or Lai Vien Kieu, is one of the symbols of Hoi An. It was built by Japanese traders in the 1600s, The Japanese Covered Bridge crosses over the creek which goes to the Thu Bon River bordering with 2 streets: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street and Tran Phu Street.

Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An
Japanese Covered Bridge in Hoi An

Japanese Covered Bridge is 18 m long, with roofs were made of yin and yang roof tiles. At two side of the bridge, there are animals that the Japanese worshiped from the ancient, in the central part is the pagoda – where people worship the wooden statue of “Bac De Tran Vu”, the god of protection and bring the happiness for human. Japanese Covered Bridge is the only bridge in the world having a Buddhist temple inside. At the same time, this is also the only remaining ancient bridge in Hoi An.

Japanese Covered Bridge at night
Japanese Covered Bridge at night

Shopping in Hoi An

Hoi An is famous for its tailor and garments, especially those are made of leather that are designed according to customer’s requirements. The artisans here can help you make the items according to your order, according to the template available in the magazine or catalogue such as leather briefcase, bag, backpack….

Market in Hoi An
Market in Hoi An

In addition to the leather items, in Hoi An also have many stores provide traditional dresses which are delicate tailor-made and unique accessories with affordable prices. You can completely order dresses in your size. Usually the time of sewing is quite fast, if you order in the morning, you will get finished products in the afternoon.

Souvenir shops
Souvenir shops

In addition, souvenirs such as lanterns, embroidery items, and wood carvings… are also sold a lot in Hoi An. In order to get the best price, you can bargain. In Hoi An, The most interesting thing is watching the lantern shops along the street and walk under hundreds of colorful lanterns. Lantern has become one of the symbols of Hoi An beautiful tourist destination. In Hoi An, tourists often buy unique and beautiful lanterns as gifts for their friends and relatives.

Hoi An lanterns
Hoi An lanterns

In Hoi An, wood carving items are sold very popular. A lot of wood carving items are bought by tourists. From wood stamps, landscape or portrait pictures on very special materials. In Hoi An, wood carving items are sold very popular. A lot of wood carving items are bought by tourists. From wood stamps, landscape or portrait pictures on very special materials. Or the beautiful pictures of mountain and river which are carved in sophisticated technique, you will enjoy when traveling to Hoi An.

Special food

Like other places in Vietnam, Hoi An is also famous for its street specialties. The food carts are ubiquitous, serving the typical Vietnamese dishes such as pho or some kind of snacks. Especially, when coming to Hoi An, definitely you should not forget to enjoy Cao Lau. This dish is made of local ingredients; Cao Lau is considered the No. 1 popular food for tourists in Hoi An.

Street snacks
Street snacks

Morning Glory

If you want to find a comfortable dinner restaurant with a reasonable price, you can visit Morning Glory restaurant. Located in an old house, it is known as the reputation of the restaurant but the space here is very simple and close. Morning Glory menu is extremely diverse with three groups of dishes: street food, family food and dishes for party. The prominent street food are included Vietnamese Steamed Rice Rolls, fresh spring rolls …, traditional Vietnamese food can be referred to stewed beef, pork ribs with beans … Because Morning Glory restaurant is always crowded so the best, visitors should book table in advance.

Morning-glory restaurant
Morning-glory restaurant

Transportation to Hoi An

Because there is no airport in Hoi An, so tourists need quite a lot of time for transportation. The best way is taking a flight to Da Nang airport and then take a taxi to Hoi An. Normally, the taxi fare from the airport to Hoi An is about $ 15 (~ 315,000 VND). Alternatively, you can also take the bus, the first bus departs at 5 – 6 am and every 30 minutes there will be a bus departs.

Da Nang airport
Da Nang airport

Transportation inside Hoi An

Hoi An is quite small, so most visitors choose walking to visit tourist spots. However, if you feel tired, you can take a taxi or cyclos (you should bargain prices before using service). Motorbike rental service is also quite popular here, this vehicle help you freely in moving and the price is not too expensive. You can contact the hotel for specific instructions.

the peaceful life in Hoi An
the peaceful life in Hoi An

Cost

The cost in Hoi An is equivalent to Hanoi. One meal costs about 80,000 – 120,000 VND, beer is about 40,000 VND. In addition, the cost of accommodation and transportation depends on the type of accommodation and kind of vehicles you choose.

About the author

Hi, I'm Ho Lam! That's me, the boy who wants more experience each day. I'm slowly but surely working my way, travelling and sharing is my taste. The articles of this blog are not only from me, but also from my friends and the travellers mailed to me.

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