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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 this tour from Hoi An. Browse a local market and float along the Thu Bon River to witness rural life firsthand. Learn how to prepare Vietnamese food and savor your work during a cooking class. Following pickup from your hotel, visit a morning market in Hoi An and 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.  Cruise down the Thu Bon River and get up close to the traditional fishing nets and boats. Then, paddle through the water coconut palms aboard a bamboo basket boat. 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 spring rolls, papaya salad, and pork in clay pots as you prepare your own lunch or dinner.

Hoi An: Unique Street Food Tour

2. 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), Hoi An White Rose (one of the city's most beloved specialties), hột vịt lộn, thịt nướng (Vietnamese grilled pork tenderloin), Quang noodles, bánh bột lọc (Vietnamese clear shrimp and pork dumpling), bánh bèo (water fern cake), xí mà or Đậu hủ (tofu), sugar cane juice, and the best Bánh mỳ in Vietnam. Get ready for an experience your tastebuds won't soon forget. 

Eco Cooking Class, Cruise Trip, and Basket Boat Riding

3. 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

Hoi An: 5-Hour Countryside Sightseeing Bike Tour

4. Hoi An: 5-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. You'll have a hands-on experience of growing vegetables with the farmers. Then, you'll ride to Cam Thanh ecovillage. On the way, you will contemplate the beauty of the countryside in Vietnam, have photo opportunities of the rice paddies, and sumptuous landscapes, and ride water buffalo in the rice fields. Next, you'll ride through the coconut palm jungle and have a chance to row basket boats with the locals. You will also be immersed in the natural beauty of the nipa palm forest. Get some lovable handmade souvenirs made from nipa palm leaves such as hats, watches, and rings. Afterward, enjoy some local food for lunch or dinner at a restaurant

Hoi An to Hue: Private Sightseeing Drive & My Son Sanctuary

5. Hoi An to Hue: Private Sightseeing Drive & My Son Sanctuary

Take a drive from Hoi An to Hue by private car, stopping at scenic views and important landmarks along the way on an 8- to 9-hour excursion.   After pickup from your hotel in the Hoi An city center, start your trip with the highlight: a visit to My Son Sanctuary, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and 14th centuries. Even partially ravaged by time and war, these gorgeous ruins are still worth a trip.   Next, stop at the Marble Mountains, famous for their image of rocky peaks rising above homes and resorts. Here, you’ll learn about Buddhism and see religious architecture that exists in harmony with nature. Continue on to Hai Van Pass, where there are vestiges of an ancient fortified gateway. At the peak is a rest station where you can take a break and enjoy a coffee. Just 60 kilometers from Hue, you’ll stop at the serene fishing township of Lang Co, whose beach was recognized in 2009 as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world. Sample some local seafood before continuing on to Lap An Lagoon, surrounded by Bach Ma Mountain Range, an incredibly popular tourist destination.   Your last stop will be Hue Fishing Village, located on a bio-diverse lagoon full of rare and valuable marine products. Locals here survive by catching fish and shrimp and selling them to local markets.   Finally, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Hue.

From Hoi An & Da Nang: Authentic Vietnamese Cooking Tour

6. From Hoi An & Da Nang: 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 Countryside by Electric Scooter

7. 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: Cam Thanh Basket Boat Ride

8. Hoi An: Cam Thanh Basket Boat Ride

Escape the bustle of the city and discover the stunning nature around Cam Thanh. Ride a basket boat down the river and admire the scenes of village life. Select the option including hotel transfers to enjoy pickup and drop-off in Hoi An. Row through small channels and quiet backwaters as you appreciate the view of verdant coconut trees. After the boat trip, watch local residents perform a one-of-a-kind boat show. Enjoy a taste of traditional Vietnamese life with this unique activity.

Cooking Class With Farm Trip and Herbal Massage Fom Da Nang

9. Cooking Class With Farm Trip and Herbal Massage Fom Da Nang

Cycle to a rural herb garden before enjoying a hands-on cooking class followed by a relaxing herbal massage with this tour package. This cooking class and farm trip with a herbal massage tour package cannot be missed during your vacation in Hoi An. Spend a half day tour with a local family to get a taste of Hoi An's countryside lifestyle and the local cuisine. Have a wonderful and relaxing time with this three in one tour package. You will prepare four main dishes during the cooking class. Vegetarian options are available on request.

From Da Nang: Full-Day My Son and Hoi An Tour

10. From Da Nang: Full-Day My Son and Hoi An Tour

Choose from a shared or private experience to visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day: the ancient Champa Kingdom of My Son, and the ancient town of Hoi An. Begin your guided day trip with hotel pickup from Da Nang and start with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. This fascinating archaeological site was constructed between the 7th and 13th centuries. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, admire the dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries. After exploring this area with your guide, you’ll head to Hoi An to enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch.   In the afternoon, discover Hoi An by foot. This historic town, which used to be a prosperous seaport city from the 16th to 18th centuries, is now a beautiful city that cannot be missed while touring the Southeast Asian region. While walking through the city, you’ll make a few stops: visit Hoi An’s colorful local market, ancient houses, Assembly Halls, manufacturing workshops, and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. You’ll also see local residents raising silkworms and producing silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry. At the conclusion of the tour, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Da Nang.

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4.6 / 5

based on 355 reviews

Our guide was exceptionally friendly and sweet! It was just us who booked the tour on this day so it was private. The car was very comfortable and spacious, there was also complimentary water provided. There was a nice small walking tour through some of the murals in the village. The only thing I was a bit disappointed with is that we did not have an opportunity to see all the murals in the village. This is because we were led back into the car which quickly drove past the second section of murals and some painted basket boats. And by the time we realized, it was too late to feel comfortable asking to turn back. It would have been nice to have more time to walk around, explore and take a closer look.

This is our first time riding an electric scooter. It was so fun and exciting as this would probably be our once in a lifetime experience, since we don’t have a motorcycle license and never intended to get one. We had a quick 30 min lesson on how to ride the scooter in a compound before head on the street. The whole ride tour were well taken care with several escorts surrounding us. It is a must try activity in Hoi An. Highly recommend

Amazing tour run by a local family with great levels of English, the husband has great levels of the local markets and area and is extremely helpful whilst the wife gives an excellent cooking class with delicious and tasty dishes. The basket boat is also extremely enjoyable and fun! Pick this tour if you would like to support friendly locals and have a great day

Fantastic experience. Hip, the host, is absolutely brilliant. Would thoroughly recommend.

Tom and the others were very helpful. Fantastic experience!