Hoi An,  Vietnam

What to do in Hoi An for 2 days? Detailed Itinerary and Tips

Hoi An is a charming old town nested on the romantic Hoai River with beautiful beaches, rich cuisine and luxurious resorts. With the Hoi An itinerary 2 days will show you the best of Hoi An and help you make the most of your Hoi An experience. 

The perfect Hoi An itinerary 2 days in brief

Day 1:

– 10:00: Arrival at Danang International Airport, transfer to Hoi An

– 12:00: Have lunch with the chicken rice

– 13:00: Check-in hotel and have some refreshments. 

– 15:00:  Wander Hoi An, enjoy Hoi An specialties

– 17:00:  Admire sunset in Faifo Coffee.

– 18:00:  Wander along Hoai River, release lanterns

Day 2:

Option 1: 

7:00 Morning tour to My Son Sanctuary 

12:30: Have lunch at Banh My Phuong

14:00: Lantern Making Class

Option 2: 

Cham Island

Option 3: 

Cycling to Hoi An Villages 

Detailed Hoi itinerary for 2 days:

Hoi An itinerary – Day 1: 

Hoi An Ancient Town is only 30km from Da Nang city, it only takes about 30 minutes from Danang Airport to Hoi An. 

After you arrive in Danang, take a taxi or hire a private transfer from Danang Airport to Hoi An. 

Considered one of the specialties of Hoi An, Hoi An chicken rice has captured the hearts of many visitors every time they come here. Start your holiday in Hoi An with a delicious chicken rice dish, to fuel up the trip. The rice is cooked with chicken fat so it has an attractive golden color, is served with shredded chicken salad, sour papaya, little fish sauce. Simple as it seems, but you will regret if you miss it. 

Hoi An itinerary 2 days - chicken rice

After fueling up, head to your hotel. There are many beautiful hotels and resorts in Hoi An. You can choose to stay in the center of the town or near the beaches. 

Take a short rest after the flight, the first destination will be Hoi An town center.. Take a leisurely stroll on every corner of the old town, enjoy street food, buy souvenirs and feel the tranquil atmosphere here. 

Hoi An itinerary 2 days

Faifo is a lovely coffee shop located on the bustling Tran Phu street. The shop is located in an old house. Sitting on the rooftop, you can see the whole old town, this is considered the most beautiful place to watch the sunset in Hoi An. 

Faifo Coffee - Hoi An Itinerary 2 days

Faifo Coffee - Hoi An itinerary 2 days

Endowed by nature for a gentle, poetic Hoai river next to the old town. Come to Hoi An, do not miss the opportunity to take a boat trip, experience the lives of the people on both sides and release the colorful lanterns. 

Hoai river in Hoi An Itinerary 2 days

End of the first visit with a “ Cao Lau”-, one of the delicious dishes you must try in Hoi An. Cau Lau is sold everywhere, so you just choose a shop and then go there to enjoy it.

cao lau - Hoi An itinerary

Hoi An Itinerary – Day 2

There is wide a range of interesting things to do in Hoi An beside the beautiful old town. With only 2 days in Hoi An, you can choose either one of the following activities or you have more than 2 days, you can combine them to have in-depth experience in Hoi An. 

Option 1: My Son Sanctuary – Banh My Phuong – Lantern Making Class – Cua Dai Beach

My Son Sanctuary – UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a great sample of the ancient Champa civilization located in the southern part of Vietnam.

The impressive Hindu-themed ruins feature many beautiful stone sculptures, temples, and towers in tropical jungle surroundings. The best time to visit is early in the morning as it offers cooler temperatures and smaller crowds. You can either opt for a day tour to My Son Hindu Sanctuary or rent a motorcycle if you prefer exploring at your own pace.

After visiting My Son Sanctuary, head back to Hoi An Town and have lunch with the famous Banh My Phuong. Crispy on the outside, soft and delicious on the inside. They are so tasty & so cheap 20,000 VND (less than $1 people!).  Do not forget to buy a soya cup to enjoy with the bread. 

In the afternoon, you can choose a lantern making class or book yourself a cooking class.

And then head to Cua Dai Beach 

Option 2: Cham Island 

Cham Island is 15 km from Hoi An Ancient Town. Their turquoise waters provide visitors with snorkeling, diving and fishing opportunities, along with many powdery sand beaches to choose from. The Cham Islands themselves are home to a number of small historical sights. 

The Cham Islands are a cluster of eight islets just off the coast of Hoi An, one of which is a protected marine park where you can enjoy a day of snorkeling or scuba diving.

Cham Island - Hoi An Itinerary

Option 3: Cycling to Hoi An Village

Explore the natural and cultural splendor of Vietnam in full with a bike ride through Hoi An’s picturesque countryside. Pedal past paddy rice fields, small quaint villages, and atmospheric gardens.

  • Tra Que Herb Village 

Tra Que Village is a charming little village in Hoi An that supplies organic veggies for the whole town and nearby areas. 

  • Cam Thanh Village:

Explore exotic Hoi An waterways in Cam Thanh coconut villages. 

  • Thanh Ha Pottery Village:

The village is located in the Thanh Ha ward of Quang Nam province, just off one of the tributaries of the Thu Bon River. It is 3 km from the Hoi An Ancient Town.As you walk through the narrow pathways, you will smell the scent of wood burning in the kiln. You will see all sorts of pottery in various stages of production, stacked sometimes five feet high by the entrances. The craftsmen and women here create all sorts of decorative work and pottery such as cups, jars, bowls, pots and the like.

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hanh Ha Pottery - Hoi an itinerary

Complete your Hoi An itinerary 2 days with a spectacular show ” Hoi An Memories Show”  at night.

Hoi An Impression Show - Hoi An itinerary

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