As has been the story of my life the past month or so- I’ve been pretty swamped with work. It’s actually been a really good thing and I’m absolutely loving my new job. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s been pretty busy lately though, leaving little time for other things. And while I don’t like to mix work with pleasure, I’m happy to announce that the project I’ve been slaving over is finally public!! If you’re interested in knowing more, check out The Future of Real Estate to see what I’ve been up to!
Okay enough of that ….
Considering I haven’t had much time to focus on much anything else than the launch of this new series, I’m incredibly thankful that Mike swept in once again and saved the day. You might remember Mike from a few months back when he wrote a One Day in Guide for his hometown of Wells in England! Today, he’s talking about a place a hop, skip and a large leap across the globe over in Southeast Asia!
Hi, I’m Mike, and I’m currently living life as a “Digital Nomad”. When I’m not carrying around my backpack – I’m helping out these guys! The kind Lauren at Lauren On Location has let me share my tips on Hoi An with you today. I hope you like them!
A One Day In Hoi Itinerary
You have a day in Hoi An. Lucky you! Unfortunately, planning what to do can be pretty overwhelming – because this little city is bursting with endless options of things to do and see.
To keep your stress levels low (you are on holiday after all!), I’ve come up with a fun and full day out. From chilling on the beach to savoring the food, art and history of the charming Old Town, it’s definitely a day to remember!
So, let’s go ahead and get started!
A Sunrise by the Sea
Suggested time: 6:15 am
If you’re an early riser, the sunrises of Hoi An are likely to make your jaw drop. Start your day in a memorable way with a sunrise by the sea.
Feeling active? Pop into the beginner’s yoga class by Nomad Yoga on the beach. Held at Luna d’Auttuno and hosted by experienced yoga instructors from around the world, it’ll energize and invigorate you for your day in Hoi An.
A Quick Change
Suggested time: 7:30 am
Head back to your hotel and freshen up. Grab a juice and you’re good to go!
Suggested time: 8:15 am
Get your caffeine fix at Espresso Station – a hidden gem of a coffee shop down one of Hoi An’s ancient alleyways. The Vietnamese owner, King, certainly knows how to make a delicious brew – my favorite is the heavenly creamy “Coconut Coffee.”
Address: 28/2 Tran Hung Dao, Hoi An
A Stroll through Ancient Town
Suggested time: 9:00 am
Next, it’s time to hit the Ancient Town. Take your time as you stroll through the streets, soaking up the history and the beauty that permeates every butter-yellow wall. Speaking of butter, by now you’re probably fairly hungry…time for breakfast!
The Best Breakfast in Town
Suggested time: 9:15 am
Head to Cargo Club for one of the best breakfasts in town. Sit out front for a view of the beautiful Thu Bon River. Enjoy a feast of Eggs Benedict – their hollandaise sauce is delicious – as you watch boats and street vendors drift by.
A Relaxing Boat Ride & A Trip to the Market
Suggested time: 10:30 am
After breakfast, it’s time for a little relaxation – which you can find right in front of you. Take one of the many boats out of the harbour for a 20-minute tour of Hoi An’s waterways. Float lazily down the river and enjoy seeing the Ancient Town from a new perspective.
After you return to dry land, head down the street to see what the bustling Central Market has to offer. A destination for locals to get anything and everything, plus for visitors to get clothes tailored, shoes custom-made or souvenirs collected, the Central Market is a historic trading site and a must-see activity.
Address: Nguyen Hue and Tran Phu Streets, Hoi An
A Taste of “Ca Phe Sua Da”
Suggested time 11:30 am
It’s coffee o’clock again – this time, you’re on the hunt for your first Ca Phe Sua Da, a traditional Vietnamese-style coffee served with condensed milk over ice. Just the refresher you need.
Finding it won’t be a problem in the Old Town – after all, the coffee scene in Hoi An is booming. If you’re looking for a bustling and authentic experience, Bo Bo Cafe is an excellent stop.
Alternatively, Hoi An Roastery has three locations in the Old Town with comfortable seating, fast wifi and delicious coffee. It’s a great spot to take a break from the tourist rush and unwind for a while.
Bo Bo Café, Address: 18 Lê Lợi, Minh An, Tp. Hội An
Hoi An Roastery Address: 135 Trần Phú, Minh An, Tp. Hội An
Time for a Bike Ride
Suggested time: 12:30pm
On yer bike! You can take a tour if you like – but these typically last half a day. Great if you’ve got longer, but we’re on a one-day whirlwind here! Maybe next time.
Instead, rent a bike for an hour or two and explore the Old Town from the saddle.
As you go, keep your peepers peeled for the street food for which Hoi An’s famous. You’re bound to have worked up an appetite and there’s nothing wrong with a cheeky snack before lunch, right?!
The Local Food Court
Suggested time: 1:30 pm
Lunchtime! Again, you’ll be spoiled for choice. My advice is to join the locals at the Outdoor Food Court on An Hoi Island. Here, 10-15 different food vendors line up and rotate their stalls weekly to give everyone a fair chance to be first in line. Sweet.
Take your time and indulge in Hoi An classics like Mi Quang, Cao Lao and White Rose Dumplings. Everything’s delicious so you can’t go wrong!
Alternatively, if you fancy treating yourself, head to one of my favourite Vietnamese spots – Bon Restaurant on Cua Dai. Mrs. Bon looks after each guest with a certain charm that makes you feel right at home.
After welcoming you, she goes into the kitchen and prepares your meal fresh. Every dish I’ve had here has been incredible but some personal favourites are the Eggplant Claypot, Banh Xeo, Fried Wonton…and the the best Com Ga in town.
Address: 474 Cửa Đại, Minh An, Tp. Hội An
Just One More Coffee
Suggested time: 2:30 pm
Heart not racing enough yet?! Stop in for an afternoon coffee and a short break at the beautiful Rosie’s Cafe. Order a Cold Brew and one of their delicious, homemade vegan desserts. Plus, if you’re up for a chat, take some time to get to know the delightful owners, Thuy and Ha Mi. The story of Rosie’s and the journey of these two friends to bring their dreams to life is truly enchanting.
Address: 8/6 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Tp. Hội An
Beach Bum it
Suggested time: 3:00 pm
Be a dedicated beach bum for a few hours at Hidden Beach. This local favourite is generally free from the tourist hustle and bustle of An Bang Beach but has all the beauty. Here you can enjoy great Vietnamese cuisine, ice cold beers and views of the Da Nang skyline and Cham Island.
Enjoy sunset at Hidden Beach or move north a few kilometers to the well-known An Bang Beach. Grab a sun-lounger and chill out at H’mong Sisters or one of the many spots along the sandy shore. (H’mong Sisters happens to be one of my favourites for the comfortable, cushy couches, the friendly, attentive service and the great cocktails!)
*Insider Tip: On your return to Hoi An, try a dive with the folks at Cham Island Dive Centre. It’s an amazing experience and a great way to spend a full day of your holiday.
Catch Some Live Tunes
Suggested time: 6:00 pm
Depending on the night of the week, there’s always someone singing somewhere in Hoi An’s young, up-and-coming music scene.
The key is knowing where to go to get the good vibes. Schedules change regularly so it’s best to double check – but our favourite spots are Soul Kitchen on the beach, O’Malley’s Irish Pub and Dublin Gate.
Last Minute Souvenirs
Suggested Time: 8:00 pm
It’s time to head back to Ancient Town, where you can amble down the extremely photogenic Lantern Lane and pick up some souvenirs at the Night Market.
A Traditional Vietnamese Meal
Suggested time: 8:30 pm
Enjoy a leisurely dinner at the recently opened Home Hoi An. This restaurant has quickly made a name for itself; its traditional Vietnamese menu served with modern flair.
Excellent service, a great selection of beer, wine and cocktails and a truly delicious experience await you. Bon appetit!
Address: 112 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Hoi An
An After Dinner Wish
Suggested time 10:00 pm
After dinner, step outside and release a candle onto the Thu Bon river, making sure you’ve come up with a good wish as you do so. Probably to come back to Hoi An, right?!
This might be the best finish to your day but, if you still have a bit of life left in you, head to The Chef – the best rooftop bar in town – for a nightcap. Feeling more like dessert? Go for the Love Hoi An, a creamy mix of all the best liqueurs and…chocolate!
Wrap up your night in Hoi An with a stopover at one of the newest ice cream spots in town, BLVD. With multiple locations in the Ancient Town, it’s easy to find and the ice cream is hard to forget.
So, there you have it – your essential guide to the perfect day in Hoi An. Hope you enjoyed it…and that you come back soon!
Thanks for filling in this week Mike! Hoi An looks like an awesome place with so many things to do (and even more to eat). I’d definitely need more than a day here to try all these tasties! 😀
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This week I’m highlighting An Expat’s Musings on Home by Jamie of Ink + Adventure. This beautifully written post really hit home for me. If you’ve ever lived abroad at some point, I think you’ll be abe to related to the feelings she expresses here. I used to be really afraid about finding the perfect place to call home, but throughout the years I’ve come to think of home as a feeling too! If you haven’t already, be sure to go check out her post and spread the love! Thanks for linking up with us Jamie! 😀
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