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Our most recommended South Central Coast Cruises & Boat Tours

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.

Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

2. Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Da Nang or Hoi An, visit the Son Tra Mountain, also known as Monkey Mountain, to gain insight into Vietnam's rich history of Buddhism and Hinduism. Then, visit the Lady Buddha statue, the tallest Buddhist statue in Vietnam, reaching a height of 220 feet (67 meters). Next, visit local stone factories and sculpture shops, before visiting Marble Mountain. Visit the Âm Phủ cave, to take a walk through a re-creation of Buddhist hell. At midday enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with authentic Vietnamese dishes. You'll be transferred back to your hotel around 1:00 PM.

Nha Trang: Day Trip to Ba Ho Waterfall

3. Nha Trang: Day Trip to Ba Ho Waterfall

After pickup from your accommodation, head approximately 25 kilometers north to the Ba Ho Waterfalls. Ba Ho means “Three Pools” in Vietnamese, and the iconic waterfalls consist of 3 clear, refreshing pools with their respective waterfalls. Trek up to the top of the local mountain and take in the views of the surroundings. Feel the exhilaration of jumping into the pools from the surrounding cliffs. Swim in the cooling water and look out for local fish and wildlife. Stop for lunch and enjoy some delicious Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant.

Cham Island: Snorkeling Tour

4. Cham Island: Snorkeling Tour

After pickup, travel to Cua Dai Wharf and board a traditional Vietnamese wooden boat. Relax on your hour-long ride to Cham Island and enjoy a coffee on board.  After arrival at Hon Nhon Beach, take some time to swim and snorkel at your pleasure. Cham Island is a world biosphere reserve area recognized by UNESCO. Discover the area's beautiful sea life. Then, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at a Cham Jungle Restaurant.   Travel to Bai Chong Beach and take the opportunity to rest in the hammocks, sunbathe or take another swim. Return to the boat and the journey back to your hotel in Hoi An or Da Nong.

Marble Mountains & Son Tra Peninsula Tour from Da Nang

5. Marble Mountains & Son Tra Peninsula Tour from Da Nang

Visit the Marble Mountains, a cluster of 5 marble and limestone mountains, on this 4-hour tour from Da Nang. Climb the stone steps carved into the mountain up to a Buddhist pagoda. Choose from a shared or private tour. Discover hidden caves and enjoy spectacular views from the top of the mountain. Stop at Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village, located at the foot of the Marble Mountains. Next, you’ll head to the Son Tra peninsula. Visit the Linh Ung Bai But pagoda, one of the largest pagodas in Da Nang, and also known as the Lady Buddha. From the pagoda, enjoy views of the city, the mountains and the sandy beaches of the Son Tra peninsula.

Da Nang: Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge Small Group Tour

6. Da Nang: Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge Small Group Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in Da Nang and travels to the popular Ba Na Hills district. To start the day, enjoy a gravity-defying cable car ride through the misty mountains and pass by the famous Golden Bridge. Make sure to snap a photo of this incredible feat of engineering, an elevated walkway through the mountains supported by 2 enormous stone hands. Later, learn about the history of the region on a below-ground adventure to see French cellars that were used to distill alcohol during the colonial era. As you explore the cellars, allow yourself to be transported back in time and imagine what life was like during this historical period. Finally, take a gentle hike up Chua Mountain to admire panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Here you will also stop by the iconic Linh Chua Linh Tu Temple and Linh Ung Pagoda, famous for its large Buddha statue.

Eco Cooking Class, Cruise Trip, and Basket Boat Riding

7. 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

Cham Island: Underwater Walking & Snorkeling Tour

8. Cham Island: Underwater Walking & Snorkeling Tour

After pick-up, begin the short drive to Cua Dai Wharf, where you will board a traditional Vietnamese boat. Relax on deck and take in your surroundings on the 1-hour ride to Cham Island. Upon arrival at Cham Island, enjoy various activities, such as swimming, snorkeling and the underwater walking. Explore the underwater world and discover the animals inhabiting it. Admire the colorful and plentiful marine life while taking a stroll through its natural environment. Continue to Bai Chong Beach to enjoy a delicious seafood lunch. Take the opportunity for another swim or just relax in the hammocks. Then, start the journey back to your hotel in Hoi An.

Private Hoi An: My Son Discovery Adventure

9. Private Hoi An: My Son Discovery Adventure

Be picked up from your hotel in Hoi An, early in the morning and be whisked off through the peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside. After about an hour of driving through rural Vietnam, reach the historic complex of My Son.  My Son is one of Vietnam’s most important heritage sites, providing a unique insight into the lives of the Cham people who lived here over a thousand years ago. Skip the line and explore this atmospheric architectural ensemble before the tourist hordes arrive. Learn about the original building techniques applied during construction and the traditional materials that were used, such as timber, brick, and stone. Look out for the numerous craters that were left here by American bombs from the war in the 1960s and 70s. After exploring the ruins, stop off for an unforgettable experience to watch the Apsara dance beside the historic temples. The performers will give a dance demonstration to the sounds of panpipes and drums, wearing colorful traditional costumes and cone-shaped hats. On the way back to Hoi An, stop at a rice paper workshop to test your culinary skills and learn how to make a delicious local snack. Afterward, sit back and enjoy your creations with a cup of Vietnamese coffee and engage in a friendly chat with our hosts about the rural way of life here. To finish the tour,  head back into Hoi An and be dropped off at your hotel or perhaps at a local restaurant for lunch, whichever you prefer. Don’t forget to ask your local guide for hints and tips on how to get the most out of your stay in Hoi An. 

From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

10. From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

Enjoy a lesson in Vietnamese history on this day trip from Da Nang. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Hue, stopping at Hai Van Pass to explore some abandoned war bunkers. Upon arrival, head to the city's prime attraction, the Citadel. Wander through this vast complex containing the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Emperor's private residence, and learn more about Vietnam's last dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty. You will also discover other architectural masterpieces such as temples, pavilions, gardens, and the gates to the Imperial City. In the afternoon, stop for lunch to reenergize before enjoying a boat trip along the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery, and admire its iconic 7-story pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city.   From the monastery, head to the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, the final resting place of a Nguyen Emperor. Admire the tomb's unique architectural design and learn more about the many myths and legends that surround this controversial emperor before heading back to Da Nang.

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I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone interested in a shorter nature hike. Gorgeous views, really fun but mild bouldering and refreshing swims in natural pools & rivers. Our guide Tu did an excellent job! Great english, knowledgable, social and well prepared. Also, my wife is a vegetarian and we forgot to mention that before the tour began. For the provided lunch, Tu re-directed us to the most amazing local Vietnamese Vegetarian restaurant and it was the perfect ending to a great day. Several other pieces of advice. (1) Bring some water as well. Yes the tour provides some but generally tourists need a lot more water than locals around here! (2) Remember your sunscreen. (3) Remember a towel with your change of clothes. There are showers available at the park entrance so you can rinse off before putting on your fresh clothes, but a towel would have been nice. (4) Your shoes need grip, but if you have something without socks, that is best, as you swim a lot!

A wonderful tour that shows you everything you need know the history of the My Son sanctuary and Hoi An. Our tour guide was very friendly, we learned a lot not only about the sights but also the life of the local people and how it's still being affected by the recent history of the country. My Son is beautiful, impressive and the tour was timed so we could watch a charming local music & dance performance. In Hoi An, we visited several sites with great historical importance. It was very enjoyable thanks to interesting stories, information told by our guide. Much recommended!

We were lucky to have a friendly, knowledgeable and attentive tour guide who gave us an excellent overview of the past and the present of the attractions in and around Hue. The tour is well-assembled, it collects impressive sights and keeps being interesting the whole day. Wonderful experience!

This tour is a great way to get away from the noise of the city for a while. We enjoyed paddeling along the river, seeing Banana and Mango Gardens and Rice Fields. So nice and peaceful!

Driver was on time. Tour was informative and enjoyable Food was tasty and fun to make