Hoi An plays testament to its remarkable history as a major port town, booming with grand architecture of old Japanese merchant houses, pale yellow houses draped in bougainvillea, shopfronts lit with glowing silk lanterns, and ageing tea warehouses. Set alongside a charming river and to the backdrop of fisherwomen in conical hats, Hoi An is the epitome of a picture postcard, and unique in that it has no congestion or hullabaloo. This is in part due to Thu Bon River becoming silted in the 19th century, which prevented passage to trading ships, but also because cars are forbidden on its main roads. Motorcyclists rarely use their horns, unlike in the rest of Vietnam. With noteworthy culinary excellence you can expect the finest Vietnamese food. To top it off, the city also boasts its own pleasant beach.

Interests

  • Heritage
  • Wine & Food

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Beach
  • Relaxation
  • Chinese
  • Japanese and Vietnamese Architecture

Places to Stay

Anantara Hoi An Resort

Style: Resort

Located along the scenic Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort offers a sweeping view of this tranquil river and is a short stroll from the colorful and bustling Ancient Town.

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Boutique Hoi An Resort

Style: Beach Resort

Boutique Hoi An Resort is set on ‘Cua Dai Beach' Hoi An.

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Fusion Maia Resort

Style: Beach Resort

This luxury resort is located between Hoi An and Danang on the infamous China Beach.

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Maison Vy, Hoi An

Style: Boutique

Maison Vy is a boutique hotel located just a few minutes from the serene Thu Bon River in the ancient…

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Nam Hai (Hoi An)

Style: Beach Resort

The Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, is located on a beautiful stretch of beach just ten minutes from downtown.

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Victoria Beach Resort (Hoi An)

Style: Beach Resort

The Victoria Beach Resort & Spa lies approx.

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Activities in Hoi An

Half Day Walking Tour of Hoi An City Highlights

Discover the World Heritage town of Hoi An on a walking tour, manoevering narrow streets of the Ancient Quarter. Once a prosperous trading port (17th-19th Cent), it boasts well-preserved buildings, pedestrianized streets and unique cuisine, providing insight into Hoi An’s illustrious past. Visit Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings, the 200-yr-old Tam Ky ancestral house, old merchant houses with Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architectural influences, the 400-yr-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the colorful market offering an array of fresh ingredients and umpteen local specialties including silks..which can be stitched into garments within 1-2 days.

Half Day Sunset Photography Tour

The avid photography enthusiast can join professional a photographer this evening, to capture the best of Hoi An. His customized tour delivers ‘shot’ suggestions and ways to improve camera skills. Meet the photographer at 1530hrs in the Old Town to discuss techniques. Take a boat to a remote farming village. Capture local life; rice fields; grazing buffalos; the setting sun and twilight hues. Stop for tea or a cold beer before returning back.

Half Day Sunset Cruise – Local Boat

Sunset is the start of a long day for local fishermen…best observed on a sunset cruise. Board a local river boat, cruise into the sunset, watch the red sun dipping into the western horizon, see fishermen get into their boats heading into the Cua Dai Sea. Stop at a good spot, disembark and attempt casting fishing nets! Try paddling in round basket boats in unique Viet style as you head back to the river boat. En route to town, stop for a cool drink and snack.

Half Day Sunrise Photography Tour

The avid photographer can join professional photographer, Etienne this morning, to capture the best of Hoi An. His customized tour delivers ‘shot’ suggestions and camera skills. Meet Etienne at 4.45am, board a small boat at the pier for a fishing village. Capture the sunrise and its hues; fishermen unloading fish; women laying fish to dry and a busy fish market. Stop for coffee. Next is a fish sauce factory. Back at the pier, take a scenic cycle ride along the river’s edge.

Red Bridge Cooking Experience (Shared)

For the adventurous palates, visit Red Bridge cooking school – a highlight of Hoi An’s culinary scene. Meet your chef at Hai Café in the old town for an introduction and welcome drink. Then explore the central market with him, learning about the quintessential ingredients of Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy photographic moments on the 20min cruise to the school, with glimpses of local river life. Visit the school’s herb garden and enjoy a private hands-on cooking class. Savor what you have created.

Half Day Cycling around Hoi An

Post breakfast, cycle out along the Thu Bon River and photograph fishing boats and small houses. Continue through Thuan Tinh Ecological Village – see areca-nut gardens, family shrines and daily village life. Cycle inland past water-coconut palms, fishing farms and rice paddies to reach Cua Dai Beach. See Cam An, a local fishing village with ocean views, kumquat gardens and corn fields. While returning, you may stop by Tra Que village to see herb and vegetable farming.

Visit to My Son Temples

Today, explore My Son, one of SE Asia’s foremost Hindu temple sites – an important religious site and place of worship for the Cham civilization (2nd-13th cent). A 1.5Hr drive from Hoi An takes you to My Son – see 20 monuments still standing. Temples here are set in a verdant valley surrounded by hills and overlooked by the imposing Cat Tooth Mountain. Stroll around this UNESCO listed complex – learn about Cham culture, architecture and civilization before returning to Hoi An.

Full Day Herb Village & Countryside Tour

​Pedal off on a leisurely 4 km bike ride (or drive) to Hoi An’s rural outskirts for an organic herb village visit with local farmers. Tra Que vegetable village is named after the sweet scented herb that is used to flavor Vietnamese specialties, such as Cao Lau noodles. From your host family you will learn about the village history and customs and enjoy a hands-on experience in the garden learning their traditional methods. Head to Cam Thanh and pass through paddy fields, idyllic canals and shrimp raising ponds. Learn how to make rice paper which is then grilled over a charcoal fire and eaten as a crunchy snack. (The cycling activity is best suited if you enjoy bike rides and are moderately fit).​

Full Day Fishing Life Tour

On this full day trip, you will visit a fishing village and by observing locals get to learn more about residents’ lives and the community. Take a cruise along the Cua Dai River on a local river boat and once at the Vietnamese fishing nets you get the chance to cast the net yourself, supported by fishermen who are happy to share their wealth of experience. Later, learn how to paddle a coracle (round basket boat), traveling through coconut lined canals. After, board the larger boat for your journey upstream with a soothing, cold drink.

Full day visit to Cham Island

Renowned for its rich marine life and secluded beaches, visit Cham Island – a cluster of just seven small islands 45kms from Hoi An – on this full day tour. Only a short 30 minute speedboat ride away, discover a traditional fishing village, alongside a boat shelter for when storms threaten, as well as the beautiful Ong temple, where the remnant of a whale buried on this site is worshipped. Adventure seekers will be thrilled with snorkeling at Xep beach, followed by a visit to Chong beach with its breathtaking scenery. Enjoy a seafood lunch at its restaurant before cruising back to Hoi An.

Day Trip to Hue

Embark on a scenic drive (3.5 hours) to the Ancient Imperial Capital of Huè lying at the mouth of the famous Perfume River – explore the Forbidden Purple City

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