It's a great feeling to get a break from the big city vibes and get back to country-side life. Easiest way to get to Hoi An is flying to Da Nang -- from there it is only about a 40 minute drive and costs around $15.
The real magic of Hoi An's old town comes out at night, so be sure not to skip out on it. Pro tip: there are ticket offices that sell tours on the streets that lead into the old town, and some of them will try to scam you and tell you that you can't "get into town" without a ticket. Just ignore them and keep walking.
Where to stay
Loc Phat Home Stay
This family-owned homestay is being run by the most wonderful people. The private rooms are spacious and comfortable. It is a 5 minute scooter ride (rent at the hotel for $5 per day) to Hoi An's old town, and 10 minutes to XXX beach. If you prefer, you can rent and ride bicycles ($1 per day).
Where to eat
There are a few of these around Hoi An's old town. Fun and laid-back atmosphere with a good, simple menu that includes shakes, sandwiches and salads. Vegan and vegetarian options here as well.
If you feel like taking a short break from Vietnamese cuisine this Indian joint is the best place to do it. Really awesome Indian food!
What to do
Hoi An is known for its many master-tailors that can turn around a custom-made, well-fitted suit within a day or two at a bargain price. It is the perfect opportunity to get yourself covered for that upcoming event.
An awesome experience that will give you an inside look into the local life on the tiny islands around the city of Hoi An. If you're hankering to dive into culture with some light bike riding, this one is definitely for you. First, you will take a boat to the tour's starting point from which you will ride your bicycle through the villages, stopping along the way to learn about local practices and professions: a 96 year old woman still hand-weaves and sells Vietnamese sleeping mats, a local man makes rice wine for the entire village, and a few more surprises we will save for you to discover. Cost: $17 per person or XXX for a morning tour that includes a local lunch.