I could, and did, easily spend more than just three days in Hoi An. My sister has gotten into a pretty good beach-yoga-read-cycle-repeat groove during her multiple travels there. The point is that each person will find their own magic in Hoi An, and in an ideal travel world, they have enough time to explore the city more before moving on to the next destination. If you can stay for a fourth (or fifth) day, consider pursuing what you’re passionate about. The costs of these ideas range from free (therefore more money for beer!) to luxe.
River & Chill
The rivers that extend around Hoi An create idyllic views that merit a fair amount of mindless gazing. They are also the perfect backdrop for a growing number of new homestays and small hotel properties. Guests of Serene River Villa can enjoy the view of the river from their intimate pool. Or opt for something a bit more physical and actually use the property’s kayaks to explore the river. A good book. A cold beer. And the occasional traditional round boat floating by. What could be better? For a slightly more social scene still by the river, Hoi An Backpackers Hostel is halfway between the old town and beaches.
Did somebody say FREE? Hoi An Free Tour is run by volunteer students looking to practice their English skills. Lucky for you, they charge nothing for their time. However, guests will have to pay small fees for various local transport, food purchases, or optional community donations. Expect to shell out less than $14 USD per tour for all of these incidentals. Itineraries include exploration through Kim Bong Village, Tra Que Village, Cam Kim Island by bike, and a ‘cheap’ walking food tour. The organizers are friendly, but volunteers, so expect some delays in booking responses.
Pandanus Spa Hoi An ranks number one in the city. With reasonable prices, it often books up so be sure to make an appointment in advance. They also offer free transport to and from hotels in Hoi An. A few minutes away, White Rose Spa also delivers impressive massages in a clean, professional environment. Expect to pay 280k-350k VND for a 60min full body massage, reflexology treatment, or facial.
Exploring Mỹ Sơn Ruins
Extend your Hoi An travels by venturing about an hour to yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Departful contributor J.P. shares his half day adventure in Exploring Vietnam’s Ancient Temples at Mỹ Sơn. Pronounced my sun, the Hindu ruins actually predate Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temples, though they are much smaller in size. Combine the visit with a ride through various villages and rice fields en route and you’ve got a memorable half day trip.
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