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From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

1. From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

Spend time in Vietnam's countryside on a morning or afternoon guided tour from Hoi An. Browse a local market before floating through a dense coconut palm forest on a traditional bamboo basket boat. Learn how to prepare Vietnamese food and savor your work during a cooking class. Meet your guide at the Godiva coffee shop before heading to explore a morning or afternoon market in Hoi An. Marvel at the seasonal fruits, noodles, herbs, vegetables, meat, and fish on display. Interact with the vendors and get some tips on how to bargain.  Then, paddle through the water coconut palms aboard a bamboo basket boat for 40 minutes. Learn how to fish with a fishing net, listen to some folk songs and receive some handmade souvenirs made from coconut leaves. Learn how to cook Vietnamese food, such as Bánh cuốn (Vietnamese steamed rice rolls), Bánh Xèo (Hoian rice pancakes), Phở (pho noodles with beef), and Chè (sweet bean soup) as you prepare your own lunch or dinner.

Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

2. Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

One of the most stunning sights to see in Hoi An area is My Son, Viet Nam’s most important site of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountain ranges, My Son was named a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence

Ba Tran :Hoi An Basket Boat Ride in the Water Coconut forest

3. Ba Tran :Hoi An Basket Boat Ride in the Water Coconut forest

Be welcomed to the Dragon restaurant in Hoi An Take the bamboo basket boat , navigate the small canals of the mangrove forest and coconut palms with a local and join some interesting activities in the mangrove palm jungle: boat spinning and dancing, singing karaoke, try fishing nets, traditional folk song performance and fishing crabs along the river… End and say goodbye .

Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

4. Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

Upon arrival at the class at Cam Pho, in the heart of Hoi An, you'll be greeted with a traditional Vietnamese tea. Then, start to make a 30 cm lantern made of silk and bamboo in the shape you like - choose between a lotus, diamond, sunrise, or sunset.  All the materials you need will be provided, so you can focus on enjoying the experience of making your own lantern. You can either make your lantern completely from scratch for a full class, or choose the express class to start with a pre-made frame. Vietnamese people believe that hanging lanterns in front of their house brings luck, happiness, and wealth to the family. After the class you can take your foldable lantern home as a souvenir from Hoi An.

Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

5. Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Da Nang or Hoi An, visit the Son Tra Mountain, also known as Monkey Mountain, to gain insight into Vietnam's rich history of Buddhism and Hinduism. Then, visit the Lady Buddha statue, the tallest Buddhist statue in Vietnam, reaching a height of 220 feet (67 meters). Next, visit local stone factories and sculpture shops, before visiting Marble Mountain. Visit the Âm Phủ cave, to take a walk through a re-creation of Buddhist hell. At midday enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with authentic Vietnamese dishes. You'll be transferred back to your hotel around 1:00 PM.

From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

6. From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

Rich with cultural and historic significance, My Son sanctuary is one of the most beautiful and important religious sites in Vietnam. Your tour starts early, with pickup from your expert English-speaking guide at 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM. After a stunning drive through amidst lush hills and rushing rivers, you’ll arrive at the My Son at 10:00 AM — still early enough to beat the heat. Wandering through the ruins of ancient temples to the Hindu god Shiva, your guide will recount the fascinating history of the kingdom of Champa, whose religious leaders began the construction of My Son in the 4th-century. See the ornate towers, now covered with bright green grass, with ornate pillars still suggesting the beauty of the complex when it was built. After 2.5 hours of exploring, you’ll hop on a colorful boat bound back for Hoi An, where you’ll gather more priceless insight from your guide while you enjoy a local vegetarian lunch. Drifting down the Thu Bôn River, you'll get a further taste of the verdant beauty of the Vietnamese countryside, flanked by mountains and jungles on either side. By 2:30 PM you’ll be back at Nguyen Hoang pier in Hoi An, ready to take on the rest of your day.

Imperial City, Hue: Tour from Hoi An and Da Nang

7. Imperial City, Hue: Tour from Hoi An and Da Nang

Travel back to the Nguyen Dynasty on a multi-stop tour from Hoi An and Da Nang to Hue. See the Imperial City, the Mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh, and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Get a taste of Hue cuisine during lunch at a local restaurant. Following pickup in Hoi An, the journey to Hue begins by crossing one of the best coastal roads in the world, the Hai Van Pass. Take advantage of a 30-minute stop at the peak and 5 minutes to take photos at Lang Co Beach.  After a final round of pickup in Da Nang, visit the Khai Dinh Tomb, a blend of Western and Eastern architecture constructed between 1920-1931. Then, enjoy lunch at a local specialty restaurant serving Hue-style dishes.  With a full stomach of local cuisine, continue to Hue’s main attraction, the Imperial Citadel. Once the home of the Nguyen Emperor, the citadel also contains the Forbidden Purple City. Explore Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s largest pagoda. Built in 1601, it is the subject of many local folk rhymes and is considered the unofficial symbol of Hue. Finish the day with drop-off back in Da Nang and Hoi An.

Shared Shuttle Bus to the Golden Bridge from Hoi An/ Da Nang

8. Shared Shuttle Bus to the Golden Bridge from Hoi An/ Da Nang

If you don't want to join a big group tour and want a more affordable option than a private car, choose this shared shuttle bus that offers convenient round-trip transportation from Hoi An/ Da nang to the Golden Bridge in the Ba Na Hills. The Golden Bridge has become one of the hottest sights in Asia. This shuttle bus offers a fast, safe, comfortable, and affordable option to visit the Golden Bridge from Hoi An. Skip the stress of securing local transportation and avoid the risk of taxi scams. Meet your driver for the day in the morning, then take a 1 hour and 15 minute ride to Ba Na Hills. Arrive at 9:00 AM, then enjoy plenty of free time to explore and ride a cable car up to the Gold Bridge. At 3:30 PM, return via cable car to Ba Na Hills to meet your driver, who will take you back to the meeting point in Hoi An/ Da nang. Shuttle bus from Hoi An/ Da Nang to Golden Bridge is the best choice for tourists who want to be flexible during their trip. The shuttle bus is also the cheapest and most comfortable option. Share Shuttle bus from Da Nang/ Hoi An to Ba Na hill • 7.45 AM - 8.30 AM: Pick up at Da Nang/ Hoi An hotel center • Arrive Ba Na hill 9.30 AM • 3.30 PM: Meet driver at Ba na Hill car park • 5.30 PM: hotel drop off

Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Marble Mountains, and Hoi An Day Trip

9. Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Marble Mountains, and Hoi An Day Trip

Join this tour to visit the Linh Ung Pagoda and Old Town Hoi An. Visit Lady Buddha, the Marble Mountains, and the Cam Thanh Coconut Jungle. Start your tour with pickup at your hotel or at the specified meeting point. First, stop at Son Tra Peninsula national park and admire its views of the sea. Visit Linh Ung Pagoda, home to the tallest statue of the Goddess of Mercy in Southeast Asia. Admire the caves of Buddhist pagodas of the Marble Mountains. Visit the Stone Carving Village of Non-Nuoc and enjoy local cuisine at a restaurant. Explore the peaceful Cam Thanh Coconut Jungle and go round net and cast net fishing and basket boat rowing. Visit Old Town Hoi An to discover Phuc Kien Pagoda, the Old House of Phung Hung, and the Japanese Bridge. Shop at the Hoi An Central Market, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, and explore the night market.

Da Nang Airport - Hoi An: Private and Shuttle Transfers

10. Da Nang Airport - Hoi An: Private and Shuttle Transfers

Take the worry out of your arrival at Da Nang Airport and book the best transfer service to locations in Hoi An. Suffering from the effects of jet lag and culture shock, arriving at an unfamiliar destination can be disorientating. With Vietnam’s rapid expansion, even if you have been before, things may have changed dramatically. Pre-book a transfer by air-conditioned sedan, minibus, van or coach and you will get door-to-door service that is both relaxed and efficient. An airport representative will meet you on arrival and will be holding a sign with your name on it for ease of contact. While they take care of your belongings, you can refresh yourself from your flight with complimentary wet tissues and bottled drinking water. For shuttle transfers, the journey takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. The transfers leave a fixed schedule. For private transfers, the journey takes 40-50 minutes. There are 3 options for this: a standard 4-seater car for a maximum of 2 passengers with luggage or 3 passengers without luggage. A 7-seater minivan for a maximum of 3 passengers with luggage or 5 passengers without luggage. A 16-seater minibus for a maximum of 6 passengers with luggage or 10 passengers without luggage.

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What people are saying about Hoi An

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,629 reviews

Our guide Tri was amazing. Went nice and slow for us. Had rain gear for when it lashed out of the heavens and he had great English which really helped. He explained everything as we went along. Lovely lunch by the sea. Highly highly recommend this tour Make sure to ask for Tri he was a great.

All around excellent tour. The cooking class was 10/10 so the basket boat, massage, market tour were all bonuses and equally wonderful. The guides were kind and efficient.

Nice mix of sites - but concentrating mainly on the Imperial Citadel. The guide was fun and informative.

A very good tour of local islands near Hoi An. Local crafts plus a ride in a basket boat

I hope we could stay longer at the sanctuary. Other than that, everything was great!