In Hoi An, there are plenty of typical things you can do to experience the town in your own way.
Motorbike Food Tour
Trying local cuisines is one thing you should not miss when travelling if you want to get the true taste and flavour of the place you visit.
In Hoi An, you should not hesitate to join in a motorbike food tour. The expert riders will take you to the best local food stalls to try the street food as Vietnamese really eat and you will have opportunity to talk with locals and discover the making of these dishes. These are things you cannot find from guidebooks.
In a tour from 3pm to 8pm, you are taken to at least 5 places to discover about food preparation and try at least 10 dishes.
Normally, you will visit a famous banh mi shop to try one of the best Vietnamese sandwiches first. Then, you will discover the Hoi An Central Market, enjoy authentic cuisines such as Cao Lau, traditional snacks like banh beo, banh khot, local seafood and deserts. The last stop is where you can have a drink in the way Vietnamese do it, the so-called Nhau, with a lot of cold beer and delicious food.
You can book a motorbike food tour for a group of up to 12 people with the price of $45 each. For chidren aged from 4 to 10, the cost is reduced to $35 and under 4-year-olds can join the tour free of charge. Please be noted that if you want to book a private tour, you will be charge 30% additionally.
Exploring the Old Quarter
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Quarter of Hoi An retains countless memoir of the past time, when it was a trading port. You can watch the ancient houses, shops by narrow streets and assembly halls that deliver the nostalgic vibe and the harmonious mixture of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese culture in a tiny town. Tradition art performances, the city lit up with lanterns and specialities sold in restaurant scattering the area are something you can enjoy in your exploration.
Two of the best ways to explore an ancient town with narrow streets like Hoi An is to walk or ride a bike to experience every little attractive thing in this tiny town as you can stop wherever you want to have a closer look at anything interesting.
With a bike, you can even ride to the suburban villages or Cua Dai beach to enjoy the peace of Hoi An.
Walking along Hoai River is something advisable if you want to discover the backstreet along the canal to see how normal people are living in their real and quiet life beside the gorgeous scene of a tourist hub.
Hoi An offers one of the best culinary themes for visitors to Vietnam. There you can try both cheap street foods to fabulous dishes in luxurious restaurants.
More interesting, you can even learn more than just the taste of the typical cuisines. You can learn how to cook these dishes at the place you try them. Many restaurants provide short cooking courses with guidance on how to make their signature dishes.
Besides, tourists can join separate cooking classes to have a brief understanding of Hoi An’s culinary arts. A typical class lasts half a day and cost less than 50$. There are special class such as floating cooking class, or cooking class combined with travelling to other attractions like My Son Sanctuary or Tra Que Vegetable Village, which are more expensive.
Take a trip to My Son
50km away from Hoi An is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, My Son Holy Site. You can book a one-day tour to My Son to admire a collection of Champa ruins displayed in their original situation. The complex has 8 groups of temples and 71 standing monuments.
It is easy to book a one-day tour from Hoi An to My Son or you can travel there by rented motorbike.
Note: The weather in Hoi An is hot and humid nearly all year round so you should dress light.