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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.
Exploring Hoi An on foot is one of the best ways to take in the city’s charm. While exploring the small yet beautiful town, tourists and frequent visitors alike find that it is a place of quiet and peace. The unique atmosphere combines elements of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese culture. Some of the most remarkable views of the city are from the ancient houses. From here, visitors can catch a glimpse of a long gone past and more subdued and simple time.
The tour includes visits to Hoi An Museum, many of the town’s renowned Ancient Houses which boast remarkable architecture, Assembly Halls of Chinese influence, a handicraft workshop and of course the must-see Japanese Covered Bridge. An optional stop is at the private home of Diep Dong Nguyen (subject to availability) to view a stunning collection of pottery, seals and old Hoi An photographs.
It is always a good idea to get the body moving in the morning, which is why this tour will begin with an exciting bicycle ride to a local farm in Tra Que Village. When you arrive, you will be given an introduction to the history of the village. This short lesson provides a lot of interesting information about the cultivation of vegetables and discovering their uses in traditional Vietnamese medicine.
You will take a trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing and fertilising the land with seaweed from the local lake. Other activities include: raking, sowing, picking greens and much more. After time with the farmers, spend some time working the land until it’s time to prepare some special foods with a local family. Enjoy the “Tam Huu” (spring rolls) and “Banh Xeo” (local pancakes from the central region of Vietnam). This tour gives you an authentic glimpse into the traditional lives of the people in this village. When the tour is finished you will return to Hoi An.
This tour allows you to get in touch with your creative side as well as allowing you to take part in an important aspect of the Vietnamese culture. Your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel to go to the centre of Hoi An city where you will visit the Hoi An Museum, Ancient Houses, the Assembly Hall with Chinese influence, handicraft workshops and the Japanese Bridge. You will move on to the home of a local lantern craftsman. There, you will have a hands-on workshop to learn the traditional art of lantern making. You will bend the frame and select the cloth to build your own lantern from scratch and even take it home with you when you are done. This is the perfect souvenir of Hoi An.
From the port, depart for Thanh Ha Pottery Village where you can learn about and take part in the daily life of Thanh Ha people. Observe the necessary steps used for producing pottery products such as vases, pots and kettles. After learning about pottery making, take another 30-minute boat ride up the Thu Bon River where you will head to the Kim Bong Carpentry Village. Visit and learn about the shipbuilding area where wooden fishing vessels are built using traditional techniques. Visit the carpentry workshop where carpenters create handcrafted furniture and sculptures. After watching the local people creating these beautiful objects, return to Hoi An.
On the Fishermen & the war waterways of the past tour, you will enjoy a wide range of experiences from learning traditional fishing techniques to paddling the strange and unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats while exploring the now tranquil coconut-palm flanked waterways of a past war.
On this tour gain an authentic social and cultural insight into the Vietnamese way of life. You will also take part in some hands-on activities that are fun, safe and interesting to people of all ages.
Start the tour with an early pick-up to go Tra Que Village before sunrise, to watch the fishermen bring their catch from a night at sea on the river’s delta where the ocean and the river meet. Discover amazing scenery, river landscapes and portraits of the local people.
Begin the tour in Tra Que Village. While walking through beautiful fields and vegetable gardens, you will have an introduction to the village. Capture farmers working the rice paddies with the sunset reflecting off their hats and villagers heading home. Take a rest to enjoy delicious coffee at the riverside. Focusing on farm life, travel by boat to a village surrounded by Thu Bon River.
Level: The tour can be joined by both beginner and professional photographers and is adaptable to all kinds of camera.
Please note: This trip is not advised from October – January due to the weather conditions. However, we can still arrange an exclusive extreme professional photographer.
Hoi An is one of the most charming and relaxing towns in Vietnam. At the start of this unique tour, you will be collected from your hotel and taken directly to the spa where you will begin with a refreshing hour-long massage therapy by Hoi An’s finest therapists.
After having a soothing massage, continue the relaxing tour by riding a local boat across the Thu Bon River, which was Hoi An’s most famous port for trading in the early centuries. On the boat ride, you will have the opportunity to witness both sides of Hoi An charm; the local fishermen finishing their work before the sun sets and of course, Hoi An’s panoramic view from the river.
Continue the final leg of your tour by visiting a very special garden restaurant by the river for lunch/dinner. Here, you’ll have more opportunities to enjoy the views and to take advantage of the photo opportunities. This tour will surely make you want to stay longer in this charming town. After lunch/ dinner, you have the option of either being driven back to your hotel or spending the rest of the day walking around town.
Enjoy a half-day tour to experience the daily life of the local people and to join in some traditional activities in the countryside …
Start the tour with a boat trip to Kim Bong Carpentry Village. Visit the artisans making beautiful and unique wooden products. Continue the journey with a discovery of the countryside, travel by bicycle down the green, quiet roads. Take notice of the green bamboo, areca and Chinese tea plants surrounding the paths as you ride. The tour guide will give you some interesting information about the local plants, herbs and vegetables along the way. Stop to meet a local family who will show you how to make wine from rice, colourful sleeping mats, rice noodles and rice paper. You will be able to try the Bèo cake, a culinary specialty of Vietnam.
Before having lunch, visit Tra Nhieu fishing village where you will learn about and try your hand at traditional fishing techniques. During your time there, you can also try to row a traditional bamboo boat. After that, have lunch and enjoy the bike ride back to the harbour, where you will take a boat to return 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. Upon arrival to the mountain, climb up the stone stairs and visit the caves and pagodas as well as admiring the beautiful panoramic view. Head down the mountain and visit the stone village where the skilled local sculptors create many marble products. Then you can visit Linh Ung Pagoda. Built under the reign of King Minh Mang in the Nguyen Dynasty (the 19th century), legend has it a Buddhist statue drifted downstream to the area and got anchored at a sandy embankment. The local villagers thought it was a good sign, so they built up a small pagoda to worship the statue. From that day on, they said, the whole coastal region enjoyed good weather, with no big storms and rough sea waves, while local fishermen harvested good fishing.
Rice is a staple diet in many Asian countries, especially in Vietnam. Perhaps, you have seen rice growing in most Asian rice paddy fields. However, you may not know the process of rice cultivation in Vietnam. This tour will give you the opportunity to take part in the rice paddy farming with the local farmers. On this, you will learn how to cultivate rice in the field and experience the challenges of the Vietnamese farmers.
Leave your hotel by bicycle and ride to the countryside crossing through rice paddies and enjoy the fresh air (a minivan is available for guests than cannot ride a bike). Meet the local farmers, discuss the daily life of local farming and enjoy a cup of tea in the middle of the rice paddy field. Wear farming clothes before getting into the muddy rice field. Your tour guide will provide an introduction and explanation about the process rice farming and how it grows in the wet field. Take part in the work to learn how to grow rice using water buffalo ploughs. Transplant baby wet rice at the rice paddy field. Enjoy riding the water buffalo in a small pond at a rice farm, have a local meal with the local farmer in their home and then cycle back to the hotel.
Enjoy a half-day experience golfing at one of the top-rated golf courses in Hoi An or Da Nang. Only a few kilometres from Hoi An City, the Montgomerie Links Vietnam Golf or the Da Nang Golf Club welcomes you with two magnificent 18-hole courses.
The Da Nang Golf Club is characterised by wild seaside vegetation and many sand dunes, with a superb view of the ocean while the Montgomerie Links Vietnam Golf is known for its striking landscape of wispy casuarinas pines and sand dunes. Asian Golf Magazine selected it as the best golf course in Vietnam in 2010.