TOP THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN 2
- Hoi An Central Market
You can’t experience the best of Hoi An without adventuring to the Central Market. Make sure to brush up on your bargaining skills, then get ready for this exciting experience.Located on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Hoi An Central Market is renowned for its fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables, spices, and silk. This market thrives throughout the day and will be packed with locals and tourists alike.The stalls closest to the entrance tend to have the highest prices, so make sure to walk around for a bit before you choose what to buy. Regardless of what you choose to buy, don’t forget to haggle :)
At the market you can also enjoy local food at the many food stalls inside the Central Market such as Cao Lau, Mi Quang, Fried Spring rolls and more. And unlike most street stalls the prices are on the menu so you won’t have to worry about paying the “tourist price”.
Opening Hours: daily from 06:30 and is best visited early starting with a walk by the docks to watch the fish arrive before you enter.
Location: Nguyen Hue and Tran Phu on the Thu Bon River.
Remarks: It's a good idea to wear closed shoes as the floor in the market can get damp and sticky, especially if you are visiting the fish section.
-Tra Que Vegetable Village
Learn about the daily life of farmers by visiting the Tra Que Vegetable Village. It’s well-known for over 20 different vegetables, and instead of using manure or fertilizer, farmers use algae only found in the village’s lagoon. Though small, this impressive village supplies organic vegetables to all of Hoi An and other areas close by.
Only three kilometers from Hoi An’s center, many love enjoying a leisurely bike ride or a relaxing walk around the area. Along with touring the area, you can take advantage of gardening activities, a cooking class, and a foot massage with medicinal herbs.
There’s no doubt the Tra Que Vegetable Village is one of the most wonderful places to visit in Hoi An.
Full Moon Festival
Hoi An is a delightful place to be on the 14th day of each lunar month, when the town celebrates a Full Moon Festival. Motorised vehicles are banned from the Old Town, street markets selling handicrafts, souvenirs and food open up, and all the lanterns come out! Traditional plays and musical events are also performed
- Handicraft Workshop
Add: 9 D Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An, Vietnam
Housed in a 200-year-old Chinese trading house, the Handicraft Workshop has artisans making silk lanterns and practising traditional embroidery in the back. In the front is your typical tourist-oriented cultural show with traditional singers, dancers and musicians. It makes a sufficiently diverting break from sightseeing.
- Vy's Market Restaurant and Cooking school
Offering a (sanitised) street-food-style experience for those slightly wary, this huge place has food stations cranking out Vietnamese favourites from all around the country. You sit on benches in a courtyard-like space and the menu is available on electronic tablets. Drinks include beer, lassis, smoothies and juices, and don't leave without trying the cinnamon or lemongrass ice cream.