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Hoi An: Morning Countryside Tour by Bike

1. Hoi An: Morning Countryside Tour by Bike

Morning is the ideal time to explore the hidden passageways and winding alleys of Hoi An. Meet at the local tour provider's shop at #21 Hai Ba Trung Street. Walk 20 meters up the small alleyway and you’ll see it on your left behind the green gates. Your guide will fit your bike, give a safety briefing and provide an overview of the tour. Have the chance to photograph the iconic Japanese Bridge in the historic district. Crossing the canal bridge first near the night market, continue to the new metal bike bridge connecting Hoi An proper and its southern villages of Quang Nam Province. Not far from the bridge, visit a local family making Banh Beo using the traditional method. These small, savory rice flour bowls are a common breakfast staple in the countryside. Continue riding to one of Hoi An's most beautiful villages, stopping at a family home to learn about the tradition of family chapels. Your host is nearly 90-years-old and vividly remembers his experiences during the American War. Pedal past rice fields and vegetable farms along small canals and waterways towards a wooden boat building site. Fishing is still the lifeblood of the province and the construction of these ships is quite amazing to witness and photograph. If the timing is right, you'll also see families gathering to clean fishing nets between journeys at sea. The roads narrow again to concrete paths and your final stops will include a traditional mat weaving shop and a family distillery, where rice wine has been produced in the same manner for generations. Of course, samples for a tasting will be provided. A short ride from here, you will board a local ferry for a trip back to town. Have your cameras ready for great views of the Hoi An waterfront. Once dockside, it's a short 5 minute ride through alleyways back to the local tour provider's shop. 

Hoi An: Vietnamese Cooking Class only

2. Hoi An: Vietnamese Cooking Class only

Dive into authentic Vietnamese cuisine with this cooking class in Hoi An, perfect for the whole family. Learn how to prepare four Vietnamese specialties and enjoy your dishes for lunch or dinner. Choose between a morning or afternoon class. After getting picked up, get transferred to a cooking house in Cam Thanh Village where your class will take place. Afterward, it’s time to get cooking. The menu for the class includes Beef Noodle Soup, Deep-fried spring roll, Hoi An Pancake ( Banh Xeo) with pork and prawns, Fresh spring roll without the rice paper Vegetarian option available on request

Hoi An: 4-Hour Countryside Sightseeing Bike Tour

3. Hoi An: 4-Hour Countryside Sightseeing Bike Tour

Visit Tra Que vegetable village where you will feel the green with a distinct aroma of local varieties of vegetables. See the farmers grow, water, and fertilize vegetables . Travel to Cam Thanh eco village. Contemplate the beauty of the countryside in Vietnam, have photo opportunities of the rice paddies, and sumptuous landscapes, and sightseeing some special animals on the Vietnam rice fields such as cows, storks, and water buffalos. Move on to the water coconut forest (the Nipa forest). Ride through the coconut palm jungle and have a chance to row basket boats with the locals. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Nipa Palm Forest and enjoy some local activities on the river. Enjoy some local food for lunch or dinner at a restaurant such as Hoi An fried spring rolls, banana flower salad, stir fried water morning glory with rice and seasonal fruits for dessert.

Hoi An Countryside by Electric Scooter

4. Hoi An Countryside by Electric Scooter

Your shared or private tour kicks off in style with a delicious smoothie and muffin at the classy riverside lounge in the center of Hoi An. After that, it’s time to hop on your scooter to start exploring Hoi An’s hidden gems and charismatic locals. First up is a drive past the old town to Cam Nam Island where you’ll visit some local houses and places where people live and work traditional lives. You'll first visit a local ship repair yard to experience the hard work involved in maintaining a local fishing boat. This stop represents the special connection Hoi An people have with the ocean and river and you’ll learn about daily life both on and off the water. Next on the agenda is a short drive through a local village and beautiful countryside, before visiting a traditional lantern marker and a unique and creative outdoor gym of local people. Also included is a stop at an ancestor house where guests can learn more about the belief system in Vietnam and the importance of family. You’ll then continue on to your friends at the local shoemaker, the funniest stop en route where you’ll get to interact with a jolly bunch of shoemakers and learn about the ancient tradition of tailoring and shoemaking in Hoi An. Before having a short break at a stall overlooking Hoi An Ancient Town and the Thu Bon River, you'll visit a rice cracker place to observe the traditional cracker making process as well as have a taste of the yummy end-product. During the riverside break stop, you will meet one of the trainee chefs from the NGO partner, Streets International, who will bring along some delicious bread for you to sample whilst you spend some time chatting with him about the project. Afterwards, on the drive through the countryside, you’ll experience up close the resplendent beauty of the rice paddies, grazing buffalo and monkey bridges (the local nickname for unique bamboo bridges so thin that it is joked that only monkeys can cross them!), all of which are guaranteed to provide plenty of perfect photo opportunities. You’ll cruise on to Tra Que Village, a beautiful herb and vegetable garden which supplies many of the restaurants in the ancient town. Here you’ll learn about the herbs and spices that give distinct flavor to local dishes, and the hard work that goes into growing them. At the end of the tour, guests can unwind at a stunning beach lounge overlooking one of the best beaches in Vietnam, An Bang Beach, with a refreshing drink.

Hoi An: Half-Day Silk Cloth Producing Process Tour

5. Hoi An: Half-Day Silk Cloth Producing Process Tour

We will pick you up at your hotel and head to Hoi An Silk Village. Upon arrival, you can relax and enjoy a welcome drink. This village is the tourist destination chosen by a number of domestic and foreign visitors. Specially, in this village, more 40 mulberry roots about hundreds of years old and many other species of mulberry from the nationwide are kept. We will visit the traditional house in Quang Nam and listen to the story of craft sericulture there. Next, we will visit the ancient mulberry gardens and the silkworm-breeding houses, where we can see the cocoons, learn how to feed the silkworms and unravel silkworm cocoons using traditional methods. You can feed cocoons by yourself. Food for these cocoons are collected from the mulberry trees in the gardens. Discover the handicrafts of Champa people and learn how to make traditional textiles as we visit the Vietnamese traditional silk weaving house. Finally, we will visit the showroom to see the silk products and tailors then enjoy snack in the mulberry garden.

Hoi An: Bike Tour to Kim Bong Carpentry Village

6. Hoi An: Bike Tour to Kim Bong Carpentry Village

The carpentry village of Kim Bong belongs to the Cam Kim commune, nestled on a scenic rural island almost entirely free of tourists. Enjoy a pleasant bike ride around the beautiful countryside of Vietnam, meandering through stunning rural scenes, rice paddies, villages, fields of water buffalo and bustling local life. The tour includes the following activities: A visit to a boat building workshop to learn how to build Vietnamese wooden boatsA bicycle ride around the village to see the rice fieldsA try at making traditional rice paper with a local familyA visit to Duy Vinh village where you learn how to weave sleeping mats with locals in their houseA visit to a local kindergarten with 230 kids from 3-6 years old (not available on Sundays)Interactions with local people to see their daily routineA bike ride back along the country roadsA Vietnamese coffee or a light lunch Soak up the unique Vietnamese atmosphere and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Hoi An: Unique Street Food Tour

7. Hoi An: Unique Street Food Tour

Famous for its well-preserved Ancient Town, the seaside city of Hoi An is also known for the delicious cuisine that reflects its historical status as a melting pot of many different cultures.  Eat as the locals eat and see what the locals see on a food-focused walking tour through the streets of Hoi An. Let your knowledgeable local guide what your preferences are or follow their itinerary to ensure you sample the best that Hoi An has to offer.  Some food you might try on the way include café sữa đá (Vietnamese coffee), hột vịt lộn (Balut egg), thịt nướng (Vietnamese grilled pork tenderloin), Quang noodles, bánh bột lọc (Vietnamese clear shrimp and pork dumpling), bánh bèo (water fern cake), Cao lau , sugar cane juice, and the best Bánh mỳ in Vietnam. Get ready for an experience your tastebuds won't soon forget. 

Hoi An: City Tour, Banh my and Coffee

8. Hoi An: City Tour, Banh my and Coffee

Hoi An “is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century... Hoi An was a major Asian trading port in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and its architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years. The town reflects a fusion of indigenous and foreign cultures (principally Chinese and Japanese with later European influences) that combined to produce this unique survival.” Discover Hoi An with our half-day city tour to have an overview of Hoi An's architecture and people’s lifestyle easily on your first day in Hoi An. During the walking tour, you will discover a destination with two faces - the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses. Your trail includes a leisurely stroll around Hoi An old town, passing by cultural attractions like the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, Hoi An Museum, Ancient Houses, Handicraft Workshop, a journey to the Hoi An Center market You will try best Banh Mi in town and secret coffee stop. This is a great way to spend your very first days in Hoi An.

Hoi An: Night Food Tasting Tour

9. Hoi An: Night Food Tasting Tour

Work your way around Hoi An’s Old Town after the sun has gone down. On this small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people, you will be joined by a local leader who will give you an insight into the food scene in Hoi An. Enjoy a culinary adventure away from the Midday heat. Meet your guide at sunset for a walk through the local cafes, food stalls, markets, and restaurants at the heart of the historic city. Go to a bakery that has been making the town’s tastiest banh mi (a type of sandwich) for over 20 years, using fresh local ingredients. Next, join the locals at a small café to try the hot and crunchy banh can crackers, served with quails eggs, pork, and a tasty salad. Continue into the heart of Vietnamese cuisine as you head straight for some favorite local eating spots. Your knowledgeable local guide will walk you through the colorful array of ingredients, explaining to you the most popular dishes in Hoi An and the significance of these foods to the traditional culture of central Vietnam. Dig even deeper into the local food scene, passing through a maze of tiny alleys to emerge at a favorite (secret) restaurant in Hoi An, where you’ll sample Hoi An’s specialties: Cao Lau noodles with pork and wonderful sesame and peanut hot milk. There is more food to come. Your Hoi An food tour continues with more bites, based on what’s available that day. Be sure to save space though, as you still have yet another treat in store for you, dessert and a local beer.

Hoi An City Tour

10. Hoi An City Tour

Take a stroll the old town and visit total 5 famous Places in Old Town: The Japanese Covered Bridge; The Assembly Hall; The Old House of Tan Ky ; Museums and Hoi An Traditional Art Performance House. Enjoy a famous dish in Hoi An : Banh Mi (Hoi An Bread) for meal and end of the tour.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 355 reviews

I did the tour with Ánh and I had a wonderful time. I was lucky enough to be the only one who booked that morning so it was just her and me and it was like hanging out with a friend. She was so nice and helpful, she even acted as a photographer, camerawoman and hypewoman! She was also very knowledgeable, answered all my questions and shared her experiences with me. At the eco garden she named and showed me the different herbs, made me smell them, and explained how they were used in Vietnamese cuisine etc. Very interesting. She also arranged for a driver to drop me off directly at my hotel after the tour. All in all a really great half day! The food at the end of the tour was quite good too, especially the first dish.

This cooking class was super interesting and I really enjoyed participating in it! I discovered lots of flavors and another way of cooking. I can't wait to reproduce the recipes at home because we leave the course with a little book of the recipes we cooked. I highly recommend this cooking class!

Anna was our tour guide and she was great. Despite having some decent rain we really enjoyed the tour through rural Hoi Ann and the boat was a lot of fun.

It’s a good way to tour anywhere outside the Old Town in Hoi An. We visited Cam Nam, Tra Que Vegetable Village, and An Bang beach. We enjoyed it.

Bong is amazing!! She guided our family through the streets and alleyways of Hoi An and gave us an experience we will never forget!!