The city has four museums highlighting the history of the region. These museums are managed by the Hoi An Center for Cultural Heritage Management and Preservation. Entrance to the museum is permitted with a Hoi An Entrance Ticket, which costs 120,000 VND, or around $6 per ticket for international visitors and 80,000 VND, or $4 per ticket for domestic visitors.
The Museum of History and Culture- located at 13 Nguyen Hue St, it was originally a pagoda, built in the 17th century by Minh Huong villagers to worship the Quan An, and is adjacent to the Quan Cong temple. It contains original relics from the Sa Huynh, Champa, Dai Viet and Dai Nam periods, tracing the history of Hoi An's inhabitants from its earliest settlers through to French colonial times.
The Hoi An Folklore Museum- at 33 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, was opened in 2005, and is the largest two-storey wooden building in the old town, at 57m long and 9m wide, with fronts at Nguyen Thai Hoc St and Bach Dang St. On the second floor, there are 490 artifacts, organized into four areas: plastic folk arts, performing folk arts, traditional occupations and artifacts related to the daily life of Hoi An residents.
The Museum of Trade Ceramics is located at 80 Tran Phu St, and was established in 1995, in a restored wooden building, originally built around 1858. The items originating from Persia, China, Thailand, India and other countries are proof of the importance of Hội An as a major trading port in South East Asia. When stepping inside, tourists will discover a wide selection of Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese ceramics found during the archaeological digs in the region from the 8th to the 18th centuries. The collection of over 430 artifacts here is also contributed by objects from the Middle East.
The Museum of Sa Huỳnh Culture- located at 149 Tran Phu St. Established in 1994, this museum displays a collection of over 200 artifacts from the Sa Huỳnh culture - considered to be the original settlers on the Hoi An site - dating to over 2000 years ago. This museum is considered to be the most unusual collection of Sa Huynh artifacts in Vietnam.
Walking Around Hoi An Old Town- this part of the city is what most tourists come to Hoi An for. It is almost trapped in time, and therefore gives a unique romantic feeling to it, especially at night, when the electricity of all houses is switched off and replaced with the light from lanterns, making the beauty of Hoi An old town more mysterious. Surprisingly enough, it seems as if though all residents of the Old Town speak fluent English, from children to old people. Another plus side to this idea is that it is absolutely free.
Exploring Thanh Nam Fishing Village- This village is well-known for its seafood trading. One can take a ferry from Cua Dai harbor to the village and cycle around it in the early morning to watch locals sell their fish after catching a full boat of fresh fish. It is also a popular village for those who like to take pictures, since it embodies both the beauty of this area and hard life of the local people.
Enjoying Regional Cuisine Of Hoi An- Vietnamese cuisine is very popular around the world. The regional cuisine around Hoi An is delicious and unique. One can look for Cao Lau on the menu, a noodle soup which is not like Pho or any other soup in Vietnam.
Walking over the Japanese Bridge- Also called the Japan Bridge, it is a particular example of a wooden bridge designed in Japanese style. It is about 60 feet in length and is decorated in a long-faded red with the pagoda located within the actual bridge. Tourists could traverse the bridge and then go to Cau Pagoda in order to view slabs of monuments or an assortment of stone with inscriptions named Steles. Here, you will find four major statues of two monkeys and two dogs flanking the bridge.
Visiting Hoi An Silk Village- Silk weaving traditions were preserved well in Hoi An over many centuries. Situated down the street from the center of Hoi An, this village offers visitors a unique, but interesting experience of learning the whole production of silk, from silkworm to practical dressmaking. Also, it has some restaurants which serve local cuisines of Quang Nam Province, along with a showroom of the best collections of silk.
Scuba Diving- For those who like active vacations and sports, the Cham Island Diving Center, about 30 km away from Hoi An, offers a speedboat tour to Cham Island for snorkeling and scuba diving activities. There are different activity packages for all types of divers, with various preferences and experiences available.
Visiting Cua Dai Beach- Only 15 minutes away from the Old Town, tourists can move towards Cua Dai Beach. The white sand which stretches endlessly accompanied with tall coconut trees make this beach a fantastic space for relaxation. Furthermore, tourists could immerse themselves in the blue water and take part in some fun activities on the beach, like driving water motor, flying a kite, and so on.
Visiting the Lantern Market- The old town of Hoi An after dark turns into a mystical row of lanterns and lights. Hoi An is the big base of paper lantern manufacturers as well as merchants. Vietnamese folk dancers as well as musicians perform some traditional art pieces. This theatre runs between 9 to 10 pm at the square on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. There is no fee to pay here, so it is very interesting to see.
My Son Sanctuary Tour from Hoi An- UNESCO World Heritage-listed My Son Sanctuary during an exhilarating 4-hour excursion from Hoi An. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich heritage of the landmarks that decorate the ancient capital of the Champa Kingdom. Visiting sandstone bas-reliefs that depict mythological scenes and observing physical devotions to deities like Krishna, Vishnu and Shiva. It takes 4 hours and costs $38.
Marble Mountain Rappelling Tour with Temple and Cave Exploration from Hoi An- This one day trip starts from Hoi An, and heads north along the beach to Marble Mountain. The drive takes about 30 minutes and the walk up into the rappelling area takes about another 10 to 15 minutes. Upon arrival to the practice slope, the basics of knot tying, harness wearing, hardware, and proper rappelling technique are instructed. After the guides are satisfied that the tourists got it down, they all head down the first of 2 possible rappels. The second rappel is down into one of the caves at Marble Mountain that was used as both a place of worship and a hideout for VC during the war. This rappel is about 15 meters down. After lunch the tour does the final rappel; a monster 50 meter drop into a gaping hole so deep and dark that you can’t see the bottom. This fantastic cave rappel drops right out of the jungle down into a temple chamber. There is no fixed duration to this adventurous tour, and it costs $58.
The Cam Kim Island Discovery Cycle Tour- This trip starts with a short boat trip crossing the river from Hoi An. Follows the visit to a number of families who make local specialities- delicious My Quang noodles, home made rice wine. During the tour, one will learn about the traditional farming methods, see water buffaloes and witness the fishermen setting and harvesting their nets. Price- $35.
Hoi An Countryside Bike Tour Including Thu Bon River Cruise- Admiring luscious landscapes thronged with paddies and winding waterways and stoping at several quaint towns to gain insight into indigenous cultural traditions. Next, the tour goes to the picturesque banks of the Thu Bon River and embarks on a majestic cruise down the waterway. Price of this 4-hour tour starts at $51.