The rivers and canals in and around Hoi An are full of life and color, and what better way to explore this than on a sunset cruise around the Thu Bon River? There are plenty of options, but we recommend Cinnamon Cruises, a traditional local barge that has been refurbished to the highest standards. The tour consists of a five-course meal, juicy cocktails, mellow music, and of course, incredible scenery.
76 Bạch Đằng, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam, +84 235 3623 777
Bai Choi is a traditional Vietnamese game. By the Hoi An bridge, there’s a wide yard with a daily crowd playing what looks like a card game. If this ignites your curiosity, join them; they are very welcoming. Buy in and get some cards, and they will teach you how to play. All you have to do is listen to the Hoi An folk songs the locals sing. At the end of each song, you’ll hear the name of the card you have to play. If you get three, you get a gift!
Hoi An’s cooking classes are some of the most popular in Vietnam. Instead of just getting dinner at a restaurant, why don’t you try to cook dinner? Head over to Hai Café. They offer a fantastic introductory level cooking class in the evenings. The class is only 20USD. You will learn to cook some of central Vietnam’s favorites, and then, of course, eat the food you prepared. Hai Café is also located in the heart of the Ancient Town, so a stroll afterwards under the starry night sky will be the cherry on top of your evening.
49 Nguyễn Thái Học, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam, +84 235 3863 210
After 6:00 p.m., you will see street vendors of all ages starting to sell paper lanterns by the river. A common tradition is to buy these, light them up, and make a wish as you set them afloat on the water. It’s thought to bring you luck and happiness. The river twinkles with hundreds of these lanterns floating away into the distance.
Squeezed between the river and the Hoi An Market on Bach Dang Street is a row of simple beer stalls that have some of the best river views in town. If you’re a little broke and can’t afford the sunset cruise price tag, then this spot is ideal. After a long day of being a tourist, you can grab a few cheap pints and watch as the sun sinks below the hills. You will most likely be surrounded by locals, as this spot is relatively unknown by tourists, so it’s as authentic as it gets.
In a peaceful countryside town, you don’t expect the party scene to be great. However, Hoi An attracts many tourists and now has a small expat community, so there are a fair share of bars scattered around.
Q Bar is a favorite among the expat crowd; it’s an opulent bar, serving an extensive list of drinks and finger food for affluent customers looking for a sophisticated night out. Despite being categorized as an affluent bar, the prices are not too expensive; for example, a pizza is just 5USD.
94 Nguyễn Thái Học, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam, +84 235 3911 964