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Hoi An has always been a highlight of Vietnam for us, with its riverside old town oozing colonial charm and so many places to enjoy good food and drink. We’ve even spent New Year’s Eve in Hoi An, with all its fantastic festivities and fireworks. However, whilst it is best enjoyed on a sunny day, there are a range of fun rainy day options in Hoi An and you don’t necessarily need to ‘splash’ the cash or drop a great deal of Dong to have fun.
Here is our rainy season guide to ‘things to do in Hoi An on rainy day’
Things to do in Hoi An on a rainy day
After trying many dishes in Vietnam, you may want to learn how to prepare them when you get back home. We booked a fun morning cooking class with Hoi An Eco Cooking Class which also included a visit to a local fresh market and a ride in a bamboo basket boat! Being massive foodies this was one of the highlights of our 2 week Vietnam itinerary.
We prepared a variety of delicious traditional Vietnamese dishes from scratch including Phở Bò (beef noodle soup), Banh Xèo Vietnamese pancakes and fresh springs rolls. At the end you get to sit down and eat everything you’ve cooked with an ice cold beer! Read our ‘Cooking Class in Hoi An’ blog post.
Other cooking classes you can book online:
- Home Cooking Class with Market Visit
- Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class
- Walking Tour and Cooking Class in Hoi An
Lantern making workshop
Creating your own Vietnamese lantern is believed to be a symbol of luck, happiness, and wealth, and also makes a wonderful souvenir. Using traditional techniques, you get to experiment with materials like silk and bamboo to create lanterns of different shapes.
We have heard some excellent reviews about The Lantern Lady Lantern Making Workshops (advance booking is recommended, especially if it’s a rainy day), or you can book a lantern making class online with Klook.
Check out our ultimate guide to Hoi An blog post
Make sure you have sufficient room in your luggage to take home an outfit of your very own sartorial styling. A rite of passage for Hoi An is to visit one of the many tailors in the Old Town, get measured up and come back the next day to pick up your new clothes.
The most famous ones like A Dong Silk (as seen on BBC’s Top Gear programme decking out Jeremy Clarkson) do not need to advertise so we would recommend you avoid any of the tout ones, who try and get you to come in off the street. Check the reviews for Hoi An tailors on Tripadvisor.
Hoi An coffee shops
Vietnam is known for it’s excellent coffee and you’ll find a high density of cute coffee shops in Hoi An’s old town – some have excellent views of the river and are great for watching the world go by. Highly rated coffee shops include Hoi An Roastery, Mia Coffee, May Concept, and Reaching Out Tea House.
Coffee tours and classes you can book online:
- Morning Food and Coffee Tasting Tour
- Vietnamese Coffee Making Class in Hoi An
- Hoi An City Tour with Vietnamese Coffee Tasting
Hoi An Central Market
When it starts to rain head to Central Market and go straight to all the food stalls inside. The dishes in here are crazy cheap, fresh and above all, authentic. Each of the stalls have several small seats, so pull up a pew and point and pick what you want from the english picture menus. Prices are around 30,000 VND for a bowl of noodles.
When the heavens open, take some time out to relax and rejuvenate at one the several spas in Hoi An offering very affordable Vietnamese massage and beauty treatment packages.
Some spa packages you can book online:
- Ylang Ylang Spa Massage Experience in Hoi An
- Ylang Ylang Spa Scrub and Wrap Massage Experience
- Maison Spa Experience at Belle Maison Hadana Hoi An Resort and Spa
Hoi An Food tour
If you are a fan of Vietnamese cuisine and fancy eating your way around some hidden local spots in Hoi An then we recommend going on a food tour. There are many types of tours available including ones where you head into the countryside whilst riding on the back of a moped!
We enjoyed a 4 hour Afternoon Street Food Walking Tour which also included visits to local food stalls outside of the old town, plus a huge home cooked Vietnamese feast inside a local’s house!
Some food tours you can book online:
Click here to read our guide to the best street food in Hoi An
If you’re travelling to Hoi An during the rainy season between October-Febraury, make sure to pack:
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- A waterproof backpack or a rain cover for your backpack
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Other Vietnam blog posts
- Our New Year’s Eve in Hoi An, Vietnam
- An afternoon visiting Lady Buddha in Da Nang
- Bag slashing | our awful experience in Marble Mountains, Da Nang
- Hanoi travel guide
- The best local dishes and food experiences in Hoi An
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