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These add-on tours are a selection and example of what is available in Vietnam.
Most hotels will be able to assist you in booking such tours.
You can view more day tours and evening tours for Hoi An here.
If you are planning to explore Hoi An but are not really into guided tours, this is definitely for you! It is test of your navigational, investigative and negotiation skills. You will not find this kind of tour anywhere else. Through this treasure hunt/team challenge, you will explore Hoi An and its countryside, learning interesting things about some of the most famous places and of course, having a lots of fun.
Start the day with a bicycle tour to Tra Que Village. The tour guide will give you information about Tra Que and you will meet the local farmers. This will be the perfect opportunity to spend some time preparing the land with them. Continue your journey with a ride to Hoi An, exploring the beautiful countryside. Stop for a lunch break in the centre of the city.
The afternoon will be dedicated to the treasure hunt. Your challenge will start and you will have around 30 minutes to complete your first questions. In order to fulfill your missions, you will have to find specific places in Hoi An (using a map) and answer various questions. Some of the questions and/or tasks will require you to take some pictures or even try traditional Vietnamese foods. All the questions are related to famous places in Hoi An and will give you the opportunity to interact with the local people. Once you have completed your mission, you will meet your tour guide to check and correct your answers (and photos). When everyone finishes and all answers have been checked and corrected, the guide will announce the winner who will receive a traditional gift. Have a refreshing drink before heading back to your hotel. This tour will definitely be a fun experience that you will remember for a long time!
Cham Island located off the coast of Hoi An, is a beautiful and fun getaway. Start your day at Cua Dai Beach to embark by speedboat to Cham Island. After a 40-minute ride, you will arrive at Cu Lao Cham, a large island area consisting of several small islands about 25 nautical miles off the coast.
The island has a plethora of beautiful coral reefs and stunning scenery along with about 3,000 residents living at Lang and Huong beaches. The living reef around Cham Island offers some of the best opportunities in Asia to see exotic fish in their natural habitat.
Spend a half-day at Lang Beach where you will visit interesting places such as Au Thuyen – a shelter for boats in bad weather, the ancient Hai Tang Pagoda and the Ong Temple. When the tour concludes, return to Hoi An and back to your hotel.
Note: This trip is not advised from October – January due to the weather conditions.
Depart from your hotel to Da Nang and visit Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountain) where you will discover the stunning natural caves of the mountain and enjoy the beautiful view from the top. You will also visit mysterious pagodas and the sculpture village. Then, visit the Cham Museum, which displays the most complete collection of rare and valuable items of the famous Cham Culture. After lunch, continue by going through the Thuan Phuoc Bridge - the longest suspension bridge in Vietnam; then on to Son Tra Peninsula to visit Dong Dinh Museum, Quan Am Status and Linh Ung pagoda which is known as one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations for Buddhists in Vietnam. Before returning to Hoi An, take a nice walk along a beautiful long white sandy beach that offers picturesque sea views.
Upon arrival in Hue, visit the Citadel, Hue’s prime attraction, which contains the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Emperor's Private Residence. Following the morning activities, have a short break for lunch and afterward, take a boat trip on the Perfume River with a stopover at Thien Mu Pagoda. Considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue, Thien Mu is an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. One of its most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime and its cruel treatment of Buddhist monks and followers. From here, visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui.
Take a 2 hour drive Southward on the National Highway, 80 km to My Lai Massacre memorial in Quang Ngai province. Before reaching My Lai village, make a stop at the Pig market which offers some of the most close-up views of the daily local life in the Central Coast. After, visit Chien Dan Cham towers, a vestige of the Champa civilization.
In one of the most horrific incidents of violence against civilians during the Vietnam War, a company of American soldiers brutally killed the majority of the population of the South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai in March 1968. Though the exact numbers remains unconfirmed, it is believed that as many as 500 people were murdered including women, children and the elderly in the My Lai Massacre. This tour to the historical site of My Lai will give you an insight into the American - Vietnam War. You will visit the museum, stroll around the village, interact with the locals before going back to Hoi An late in the afternoon.
Rappelling is descending an otherwise impossibly steep face, by using ropes, a harness and a friction device. This one-day trip begins with heading North along the Da Nang Beach to Marble Mountain. At the practice slope, you will learn the basics of knot tying, harness wearing, hardware and proper rappelling techniques. After the guides are satisfied that you have geared safely; you will head down the first of 2 possible rappels. The first rappel is a short walk from the practice area and boasts a fantastic view of the ocean. This 22-meter line has great exposure, fantastic scenery and makes you feel like you are much higher than you actually are. Your second rappel is down into one of the caves at Marble Mountain that was used as both a place of workshop and a hideout for VC during the war. Get ready for a full Indiana Jones experience. This rappel is about 15 meters down. Enjoy a picnic style lunch after both rappels have been done. After lunch, you will have some free time to explore the other caves and temples in the area.
The Farming & Fishing Tour provides you with a close-up and intimate look at the local farming and fishing communities. Accompanied by your tour guide, you will start the day leisurely cycling along country roads and witnessing local Vietnamese rural life first hand. This pristine and beautiful experience will offer you an array of distinct and unique photo opportunities - maybe a water buffalo working in a rice paddy field, colourful roadside market stalls or farmers tending their crops. The photo opportunities are endless and you would be hard-pressed to find better opportunities than this to take beautiful photos of your stay in Vietnam. No matter where you are from, you will experience the warmth and friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way. Later, take a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats while exploring coconut-palm flanked waterways. This tour provides you with a cultural window into the ways of life of both the farming and fishing communities.
After a boat trip from Cua Dai station to Cham Island, you will board a fishing boat to start the tour. Cham Island is a beautiful secluded place full of idyllic fishing spots, unspoiled beaches and an abundance of marine life. You will enjoy fishing with the local people and learn about the daily work of the fishermen in Vietnam. Then, head back to the beach where you have time to relax and enjoy swimming. A seafood lunch will be served before getting back on the boat to return to Cua Dai Station where you will be taken back to your hotel.
Discover Hoi An countryside by bicycle. Start the tour at 8:00 and ride through the streets of Hoi An, discovering the local houses along the road. Take a small, shady path alongside the river to enjoy a beautiful view of the boats. Stop by the Fish Market and the Thanh Ha pottery village to experience the local life and discover how they make traditional potteries. Your ride will continue on through the sprawling rice fields. You will be amazed by the marvellous landscapes in Tra Que: rice fields as far as the eyes can see, exotic lotus fields, local people fishing or working the land and buffalos bathing in the small ponds. This tour is the perfect way to gain insight into life and landscapes in Hoi An. As your tour ends stop to enjoy a foot massage; then if time permits, you may have a chance to join in a daily cooking hour before enjoying a hosted lunch with a local family.
Hoi An has preserved the ancestral traditions, protecting handicraft villages that tourists can discover. Your tour guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to travel by bicycle to a lantern craftsman’s house. You will observe and learn how to make one of the beautiful lanterns that you see all around Hoi An Old Town. You will continue your trip to a local farm known as Tra Que Village where you can learn how the farmers here work and cultivate their vegetable gardens. Lunch will be served at a restaurant in Hoi An. Continue the afternoon with a boat trip along Thu Bon River with a stop to visit Thanh Ha Pottery Village, where you will meet local people working on handmade potteries before returning to your hotel.
Marble Mountain is a popular sightseeing location in Da Nang because of its alluring beauty. Stone steps carved into the mountain lead to a Buddhist Pagoda. You can also discover the stunning caves and enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the mountain. Upon arrival to the mountain, climb up the stone stairs and visit the caves and pagodas as well as admire the beautiful panoramic view. Head down the mountain and visit the stone village where the local skilled sculptors create many marble products. Then return to Hoi An for lunch.
In the afternoon, discover the city of Hoi An by foot. The historic town, which used to be a prosperous seaport city from the 16th to 18th centuries, is now a beautiful city. While walking through the city, make a few stops and visit Hoi An’s colourful local market, Tan Ky Old House, Fu Jian Assembly Hall and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. You can also see local residents raising silkworms and produce silk for Hoi An's burgeoning textile industry.
Ten kilometres North East of the city centre is Son Tra Peninsula. It can be seen from every vantage in the city. With its sea-oriented location, Son Tra acts as a giant screen protecting Da Nang from storms and cyclones coming from the sea. It looks like a mushroom with its peak 693 meters above sea level. The cap of the mushroom is Son Tra Mountain and its stalk is the white sandy beach that offers an ideal area for playing sports, fishing and swimming.
Son Tra mountain is a natural preservation area with various kind of plants and animals. On this mountain, there still remains more than 30 sq. km. of untouched natural forests. Here you can find nearly 300 types of plants and several hundred kinds of fauna, including rare animals, such as monkeys, which is why Son Tra Mountain is also called “Monkey Mountain”. The scenery is beautiful. It is said that fairies usually chose this place to land, sing, dance and play chess. The name Tien Sa (Tien = Fairy, Sa = Landing) is rooted from that.
Travel by sidecar to go to the top of the mountain. The summit here is beautiful and peaceful and you can see the panoramic view of the beloved city of Da Nang, Marble Mountains and Ba Na. Lunch will be served on the top of the mountain or at Suoi Da stream where the monkeys wait to take your leftovers.