7. Da Nang/Hoi An: Coconut Village Boat and Hoi An City Tour
Experience life in the Vietnamese countryside on a guided trip that includes traditional fishing, a basket boat ride through water coconut trees, a tour of Hoi An ancient town, shopping at the lantern-lit night market, and transfers from Da Nang or nearby areas. After a hotel pickup, start your adventure at Cam Thanh Coconut Village. Ride a bamboo basket boat through the tranquil coconut palm waterways. Gain cultural insight into the local way of life in central Vietnam. Take part in some hands-on activities such as traditional fishing. Next, head to Hoi An old town. Visit the Phuc Kien Chinese Assembly Hall, a colorful mélange of bright gates, dragon statues, and elaborate rooftops. Get an introduction to ancestor worship while visiting the family altar and watch local devotees make offerings. See the well-preserved Phung Hung Ancient House or Tan Ky Ancient House that has withstood 200 years of weather and war. Learn about the prosperous merchants who used to live in these homes, trading with buyers from all around the world. Then, enter the Museum of Folklore to witness a display of artifacts depicting ancient local daily life over 2 floors of a 150-year-old Chinese merchant house. Watch live demonstrations illustrating the values of Hoi An’s folk art. Stop at the Japanese Bridge that was constructed more than 400 years ago to connect the Japanese community with the Chinese who lived on the other side of the water. Admire the carvings and paintings inside the bridge, and learn about their symbolic and cultural significance. Next, visit some of Hoi An’s well-known handicraft shops and artwork galleries. Discover smaller alleys and local neighborhoods, gaining a better appreciation of Hoi An’s endless charm. Then, it’s time to recharge your batteries with a dinner with local specialty food. Once the sun sets, watch the city light up with lanterns. Take an evening boat ride on the Hoai River. Release a flower lantern to pray for good luck. Finally, spend some time at the night market soaking in the sights and smells of the bustling old town.