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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.

Romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise in Hoi An

2. Romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise in Hoi An

Step on board and be escorted to your own private table, sip on a complimentary cocktail and snack, and enjoy the sumptuous surroundings of the sun setting over the Thu Bon river. This is a relaxing sun set cruise, perfect for unwinding after a day of sightseeing. A great way to start your evening is by watching the boat cast off from the idyllic outdoor observation deck. Dinner is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Dine on the water and sample the fresh produce of the ocean with seafood including fresh prawns, fish, and squid. Choose from a selection of fine wines, and order a tasty dessert of tropical fruit. The elegant dinner cruise lasts a leisurely 2 hours, giving you plenty of time to sip some cocktails and relax while listening to music. This is an excellent opportunity to learn a little more about the local history and see some of the lesser-known areas of Hoi An. The tour ends upon return to the Cinnamon Cruises pier.

Hoi An: Morning Countryside Tour by Bike

3. 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

4. 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

From Hoi An: Authentic Vietnamese Cooking Tour

5. From Hoi An: Authentic Vietnamese Cooking Tour

This is a cooking tour, which is different from a cooking class. The journey will take you through the beautiful and scenic countryside of Hoi An to Cam Thanh village (around 4 kilometers away from the town center). This adventure will include a visit to a local produce market and a boat trip along the beautiful Thu Bon River, with sights that include the island of Cam Nam and Duy Hai fishing village, as you pass under the majestic Cua Dai Bridge.  Your adventure continues on a fun-filled Basket Boat ride through the Water Palm Village, followed by a ride in a water buffalo cart that will take you to the local supplier's cooking school and restaurant. Upon arrival, you can then unwind by soaking up the joys of a foot, head, and shoulder massage.  The menu for the cooking class includes the following Vietnamese dishes:  Rolled wet rice paper with minced pork and vegetables Chicken Noodle Soup (Pho Ga)Grilled Fish in a Banana Leaf Vietnamese Prawn Curry You may then relax and enjoy the sumptuous delights of your cooking creations, in the pleasant surroundings of the local supplier's restaurant. 

Hoi An/Da Nang: Vegetarian Cooking Class & Basket Boat Ride

6. Hoi An/Da Nang: Vegetarian Cooking Class & Basket Boat Ride

Enjoy a cooking class and basket boat ride near Cam Thanh village on a combo activity from Hoi An or Da Nang. Start with pickup from your hotel in Hoi An or Da Nang. Discover the Cam Thanh Coconut Village as you paddle through the narrow channels of the area. Learn how to create a full vegetarian meal of “Pho" noodle soup, tofu rice paper rolls, fried spring rolls, and a traditional Vietnamese Pancake. Enjoy your creations in the serene surroundings, before returning to your hotel.

Basket Boat Experience

7. Basket Boat Experience

Coming Bay Mau Coconut Forest, you will have a chance to experience coconut basket boat riding, learn some traditional fishing techniques and how to paddle the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats while exploring the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war. Option 1: Basket boat riding experience Duration: 45 minutes Exclude pick up and drop off Option 2: Basket boat riding and pick up & drop off service Duration: 1.15 hours Include: pick up & drop off service, basket boat riding Option 3: Basket boat and local speciality lunch Duration 2 hours Include: pick up & drop off service, basket boat riding, lunch/ dinner Fried Spring Rolls, Banana Flower Salad, Crispy Vietnamese Pancakes, and fruit.

Hoi An: Unique Street Food Tour

8. 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

9. 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.

Eco Cooking Class, Cruise Trip, and Basket Boat Riding

10. Eco Cooking Class, Cruise Trip, and Basket Boat Riding

Vietnamese food is among the best and most healthy cuisines in the world. No wonder so many people come to Vietnam to learn how to make Vietnamese food. This Eco Cooking Class in Hoi An will be a great way for you to not only learn to make some famous Vietnamese dishes, but also you will have the chance to experience different activities in the coconut jungle in Hoi An. Paddle basket boats and watching people catch fish using traditional methods. With this Hoi An Eco Cooking Class, you will pass through the water coconut jungle on basket boats. Afterwards, you will go to cook in a countryside area of Hoi An's ancient town. If you are traveling in big groups, this cooking class is a perfect choice. Menu: Goi cuon – Fresh Rice Paper Salad Rolls with Pork and Shrimp with a Tangy Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce Pho Bo cooked Ha Noi style Mi Xao Hai San: Fried Noodle Banh Xeo: Crispy Vietnamese Crepes

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What people are saying about Hoi An

This was one of the highlights from our trip to Hoi An. I would highly recommend, as it’s a great way to see where the locals purchase their fresh food daily. The coconut boat tour was really long and a great way to see the local area. The cooking class was definitely the standout, making some traditional dishes and then getting to devour them! We had two local chefs assisting us throughout the experience.

The boat ride was a fun way to start the day. It was very cute how the lady made us shrimp and flower finger rings out of palm trees. Then we started our cooking class. Lilly was very friendly and explained it in a simple way. Cooking the rice pancake was a bit scary because of the flames, but Lilly was always on hand to help.

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.

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

Very punctual and helpful. All the staff from the guide to the basketball rides were very friendly. Cooking class is fun!