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How To Spend a Perfect Day in Hoi An


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This is a guest post by Mike, a full-time traveler and lover of adventure quotes. He stumbled into the Old Town of Hoi An in Vietnam recently to help out, sharing advice and tips for those who visit this magical place. 

You’ve explored the Old Town in Hoi An and maybe even shopped until you’ve dropped. You’ve only got one day in Hoi An left, so what do you do? Check out this one-day bike ‘n’ beach itinerary and get inspired! Psst…make sure you bring a map, though. It’ll come in handy.

A Perfect Day in Hoi An Vietnam

The Morning

9.00 – 10.00: Breakfast at Cargo Club

Start your day in the best way – with a hearty and tasty breakfast at Cargo Club, right on the Thu Bon river. Head to the balcony upstairs for the best views!

Address: 107 Nguyen Thai Hoc

Recommended: Eggs Benedict; this dish includes your choice of tea or coffee, plus a juice.

  10.00 – 11.00: Grab a bike!

Time to work off that breakfast with a DIY cycling tour you can do a guided tour but they typically take at least half a day and we haven’t got time for that! Most hotels offer free bikes but if yours doesn’t, there’s plenty of places you can go. Next to Thanh Binh 2 Hotel (at 712 Hai Ba Trung) is a lady renting bikes for around $1 a day. She’s in the right direction for your next destination too.

Note: Please cycle slowly and be aware of your surrounding traffic. If you’re unsure, feel uncomfortable or realize you’re lost, pull over to the curb safely and gather yourself. Once you’re out of town, the roads get quieter and you can relax in the gorgeous scenery around you.

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11.00 – 12.00: Coffee at Jack’s Cat Café

Time for some kitty love. Follow your map to 12 Le Hong Phong street. Opposite this house is a side road; take this and the first big gate on your right is Jack’s Cat Café – a shelter for over 60 rescued cats and kittens. Owner Emma runs Vietnam Cat Welfare – a registered UK charity – and has opened her home for a few hours a day for people to enjoy coffee and great vegetarian food in the big garden space. All proceeds go towards her charity and the kitties. Purr-fect.

Hoi An Vietnam Cat Cafe

Image courtesy Hoi An Now

The Afternoon

12.00 – 13.00: Lunch at Nomad Café

Just across the road from Jack’s, at 6 Le Hong Phong, is Nomad Yoga and Café – well placed for your lunchtime break. Chef Julien serves amazing veggie dishes and fresh juices to match, all in a quaint location away from the hustle of the Old Town.

Recommended: Poutine with veggie gravy and mozzarella cheese and any one of their huge, fresh salads. Healthy and Hearty.
13.00 – 16.00: Beach time at Soul Kitchen

Just a few kilometers away, through some pretty rice paddy fields and past some water-lingering buffaloes, lies An Bang beach. When you get there, veer left and keep going until you see a sign for Soul Kitchen; a spacious beer bar and restaurant that’s a hit with expats.

Order a beer, get settled and enjoy a lazy afternoon at the beach. Buy food there or get your snack fix from the local ladies on the beach, who sell a range of treats from sweet tofu to quail eggs to monkey nuts. Sorted.

Beach in Hoi An Vietnam

Image courtesy Hoi An Now

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The Evening

16.00 – 17.30: Sunset at Tra Que

As you head back to your hotel, stop just off of Hai Ba Trung main road at Tra Que Vegetable Village. This scenic spot is famous for its organically grown vegetables and local farmers who spend their days tending their crops. The farmers don’t use chemical or fertilizers, but a kind of algae found in a nearby lagoon at Tra Que. The village itself is really charming (and friendly!) and makes for a lovely cycle trip. Stop at Tra Que Water Wheel (a rustic, traditional Vietnamese building) for a drink as the sun begins to set.

BREAK  – Head back to your hotel to freshen up for the evening.

19.30 – 20.30: Dinner at Nu Eatery

   This small restaurant, tucked away in an alleyway near the Japanese bridge, is frequented by tourists and locals alike. Reasonably priced, the menu is small but packed with flavor and the cute setting makes for a lovely ambiance, too.

Recommended: Their steamed pork buns are to die for. As are all of their desserts! Bring a big appetite.

Address: 10A Nguyen Thị Minh Khai

TAKE A LITTLE WALK – Hoi An’s Old Town is especially beautiful at night, so take a stroll along the riverfront of Nguyen Phuc Chu until you reach the night market. Now this only needs half an hour of your time as it’s all very ‘same same’. But you might find some last minute knickknacks’ or lanterns you need as gifts to take back home.

21.00 – 22.00: Drinks at Dive Bar

Pop into this local bar for a nightcap on your way back to your hotel. Choose between the quieter garden area at the back or take a load off on the comfy sofas inside. Dive Bar plays some great music and has a lively atmosphere, with some really interesting people!

Recommended: Sex on a bar (don’t worry…it’s just a cocktail!) 

Tip: Don’t forget to head to the top of Le Loi to get a taxi home; no motorbike drivers please! 

That’s all, folks! Hopefully you’ve had a great day…next time, make sure you book a longer stay in Hoi An and experience all this wonderful place has to offer!
Have you visited Hoi An? What was your favorite thing to do there?

Jhon roach

Monday 18th of December 2017

Thanks a lot Natasha Amar for this informative blog this will definitely help the tourists who are travelling to vietnam for the very first time.This itinerary will give them an idea about the popular cafe's and places and how to spend their day in hoi an.


Wednesday 13th of December 2017

Love it. Love my Hoi an ;)


Thursday 6th of July 2017

Hoi An is great. This is the place I feel most international in Vietnam as I can talk and hang out with Western travelers every where.


Sunday 2nd of July 2017

Loved Hoi An! I spend 8 days there and really enjoyed it. Cargo club, soul kitchen and dive bar were all places that I went to too! x

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