Discovering the Hidden Gems: Things to Do Beyond The Old Town Hoi An

Hoi An is a picturesque ancient town in central Vietnam that is known for its rich in culture, history and friendly people. But if you want to find some places that are not too touristy and give you a chance to experience with local, it’s better to explore areas beside Old town. It’s much more to offer than just its old town, with countless activities.  This blog is Hoi an travel guide, which will expose you from quiet vegetable farms to vibrant nightlife scenes,

Things to Do beside the Old Town Hoi An

Visit and tend the vegetable farms in Tra Que village

For a glimpse into the local way of life and a peaceful escape from the town’s crowds, head to Tra Que Village. This is a small farming community located just 3 kilometers northeast of Hoi An. Tra Que is famous for its organic vegetable farms, where you can learn about the traditional farming methods and even try your hand at tending the crops.

visit Tra Que village - best things to do beside the Old town Hoi An
Tranquility in Tra Que village

You can enjoy a peaceful morning stroll in the fresh green fields, watch the farmers at work, and capture photos of the stunning natural scenery around you. Moreover, the friendly locals in Tra Que are always happy to welcome visitors into their homes for a home-hosted lunch, where you can savor the fresh, organic vegetables straight from the farm.

An Bang beach

An Bang beach is a hidden gem that every traveler should visit when coming to Hoi An. One of the highlights of this stunning beach is having banh mi for breakfast. You can easily find it at many local restaurants and cafes. It’s the perfect way to start your day off right.

relaxing at An bang beach in Hoian is best thing to do
An Bang beach

All in one, An Bang beach has everything for everyone. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, local life or a little bit of both, this cozy corner of Vietnam has it all. You can take some time to soak up the sun or just read a book while listen to the calming sound of the waves.

If you want to explore the area, you can rent bicycles and discover the surrounding villages and countryside. It’s a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the fresh air, and see the local sights.

Experience a home hosted lunch with truly farming locals

The best thing you should do is move around and meet the locals. The people of Vietnam is what makes Vietnam so good. They are always happy to talk and happy to help. You should consider booking a home-hosted lunch with a local family in Hoi An.

Home hosted lunch in Hoian in Hoi An private tour
Home hosted lunch with local people in Hoian

You’ll get to sit and chit chat with them while enjoying a delicious meal made from the freshest ingredients. It’s absolutely a great opportunity to explore more about the local daily lives.

Gliding along the river in basket boat

Gliding along the river in basket boat
Fishman and his basket boat

If you want a more adventurous and entertaining experience, hop on a basket boat and glide along the Thu Bon River, which runs through Hoian’s outskirts. The basket boat is the typical mode of transportation for the local fisherman. You may enjoy the excitement of a river cruise while observing the serene surroundings and the local way of life. Also, because this sport is generally calm, you may relax and escape the rush and bustle of town.

Going to a family run cooking class

Vietnamese food wear its pride for its variety, balance, and rich tastes. It’s make sense that attending a cooking class to learn how to make authentic Vietnamese foods is one of the most sought-after activities in Hoi An.

Best cooking class in Hoian
Cooking class in Hoian

We recommend enrolling for a cooking session with a local family for a truly immersive and amazing experience. You will be welcomed and learned to cook dishes with family recipes. Besides that visit the local market to collect fresh ingredients experience and learn to prepare traditional foods such as spring rolls, pho, or banh mi give you a deep understand about Vietnamese life.

Cycling around the country neighborhood

If you want to appreciate the spectacular landscapes and fresh air of Hoian’s countryside, jump on a bicycle and explore the area. Cycling would be the perfect choice for people who are nature lovers.

Cycle in Hoi An - best thing to do in Hoi An
Cycling around Hoian countryside

You can pick one bicycle route that suits your travel style, ranging from gorgeous rice paddies to historic sites and tranquil villages. Take your time cycling around town and its environs to know more about local activities during their daily life. After that, you can sit back and enjoy the ambiance at a local coffee shop.

Places and activities you better try in Hoian 2023

Best Restaurants in Hoian

Before COVID 19, there were some pretty good places to dine in Hoi An, but they all closed down. Here are some best restaurants has a high-quality still exists that you should check out in 2023:

  • Cargo Club Cafe & Restaurant

If you want to grab meals in Hoian riverside restaurant, Cargo Club is for you. This restaurant is known for its excellent food, services, and great views of the river especially at night with the lantern boats. It’s located in a beautiful building with a charming courtyard. They served full meals from breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch to late at night. They offer a range of dishes, which are fresh and well-displayed. Coming here you can try from Vietnamese classics to Asia favorites. Address.

Cargo restaurant in Hoian at night
The Cargo restaurant is gorgeous at night (Image: Cargo Club Cafe & Restaurant)

  • Reu Restaurant

Rêu is a cozy and intimate restaurant that serves Vietnamese fusion dishes. It is located in a rural area of Hoian, so you will have a chance to enjoy the natural beauty and peace of the countryside, with frogs serenading as you dining.

Best Hoian riverside view - Rêu restaurant
Rêu restaurant with river view

This restaurant is recognized for its innovative spin on classic Vietnamese meals. Once you go in, you can feel the ambiance is one-of-a-kind, and the food tastes really fresh. Because the menu changes regularly, there is always something new to try. Address.

Rêu restaurant space
The wood from boat is recycled to decorate

  • Tok Bar and Restaurant

Tok Bar and Restaurant is known for its authentic Vietnamese dishes, including delicious seafood. It’s located on a quiet street and has a charming ambiance. This is a stylish and modern restaurant that serves delicious Vietnamese cuisine. The menu is diverse, and the atmosphere is lively and fun.

tok bar and restaurant in hoian
Enjoy meal with rice field view

Tok Bar and Restaurant is a lovely hidden gem place with service and top-notch ambiance. The dish is delicious and refreshingly innovative, served as Vietnamese cuisine. It’s not far from Hoi An Oldtown, so this place is worth the short drive or you can slightly longer walk. Address.

  • Cơm Linh

Cơm Linh Restaurant - must try restaurant in Hoian
Cơm Linh Restaurant

Cơm Linh is a charming family-run restaurant serving traditional Vietnamese food made with fresh, , local ingredients. It’s also a great place to taste street food in a clean and cozy ambience. Coming to Com Linh, you do not need to worry about the price since it’s affordable. Address.


Best Coffee Shop in Hoi An

Hoian has no shortage of cozy cafes and excellent coffee shops. Some of the best places to get your caffeine fix include.

Phin Coffee

You will be absolutely loved this fantastic find this coffee tucked away down a little alley in the Old Town. They serve traditional Vietnamese coffee and a range of delicious cakes and western breakfast dishes. If you are a vegetarian you can give it a try. Address.

Charming coffee shop in Hoian - Phin Coffee
Hidden coffee shop – Phin Coffee (Image: Phin Coffee & Restaurant)

145 Cafe

145 Cafe located near the Hoi An Old Town, so it’s easy for you to access. This is such a beautiful coffee shop and has a tranquil atmosphere. Especially because in Hoian every western cafe is more pricey, this one is amazing coffee, but not overpriced. 145 Cafe is a perfect location with great service will be the best done to enjoy Hoi An. Address.

145 Coffee in Hoian - Hidden coffee shop in Hoian
Tranquil atmosphere in 145 Cafe

Mia Coffee

This is a cafe designed by contemporary style and a great selection of coffee from egg coffee, latte, cappuchino,… It’s much more taster when you have coffee with cakes, especially grabbing it with decent carrot cake. I would certainly recommend if you ‘re looking for a good place to sit on the terrace and watch the world go by. Address.

Mia Coffee in Hoian
Mia Coffee

Fefe Coffee

FeFe Coffee is a lovely coffee shop situated in Cam Ha Commune, just outside of Hoian’s Old Town area. As soon as you enter it, you will feel the cozy and relaxing atmosphere, with a beautiful garden and pond that provide a serene environment to enjoy coffee.

FeFe coffee - best coffee shop in hoian
FeFe coffee shop

If you are a coffee addicted, FeFe is known for serving high-quality coffee beans and brewing techniques to create delicious drink. They offer a range of options on their coffee menu, including traditional Vietnamese coffee, espresso-based drinks, and iced coffee. You can pick some other unique drinks as coconut coffee, which is definitely worth  trying if you love the taste of coconut. If you’re looking for a more intimate and relaxed coffee experience in Hoian, you can’t miss out it.

Hoi An Private Tours

Imagine you have a trip to Hoi An and you can interact with local, get to off the beaten path and been to a place uncommon for tourist. All of them are designed to suit with your travel style and you can broaden your knowledge by a informative tour guide.

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