Ba Na Hills Resort | Basket Boat Riding | Bicycling Hoi An | Cham Islands | Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
Night Market | Marble Mountain | My Son | Play Zone For Kids | Taboo Bamboo | Thanh Ha Pottery Village
Timing Mask Workshop | Tra Que Waterwheel Organic Farm and Cooking Class | Water Puppets | VinKE
Vinpearl Ice Skating Rink
An hour and half outside of Hoi An, Ba Na Hills offers a theme park experience coupled with a resort and spa that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Constructed on the site of a French colonial hill station, Ba Na Hills is now a European-themed park for families to enjoy a bit of Europe in Vietnam complete with the thrills and spills of its fun park.
Book through a local travel agent or hire a car and guide through the official booking office:
Tel: +84 (0) 905 766 777
Spin yourself around in the tipsy world of Vietnamese basket boats. Hewn from sturdy bamboo and vietnamese ingenuity, these watertight baskets will have you bobbing down the river like a fisherman of yesteryear. Hired from town, you can explore the quiet waterways that surround Hoi An in traditional style.
Approx. Add: Trần Nhân Tông, Cẩm Thanh, Tp. Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
One of Hoi An’s best activities on your own or with friends, bicycling in Hoi An is a great way to explore or get from A to B. Structured bicycle tours are also available and provide a stimulating opportunity to discover what Hoi An and its surrounds offer beneath the surface. Rice fields, duck farms, fishing villages and glorious beaches are just minutes away.
Check out bicycle tour options here.
Spend the day snorkeling and exploring the lovely and unspoiled marine-protected Cham Islands, the least developed islands in Vietnam. Experience the islands as a day trip from Hoi An or an overnight stay in one of the rustic island homestays. Also the best spot for scuba diving enthusiasts.
Day tours go for around 600-700,000 VND (ask your hotel or any travel shop). Four homestays provide overnight accommodation and dive tour operators are listed on here.
Chuc Thanh Pagoda
With its once bright walls that have weathered to rust, Hoi An’s oldest pagoda is definitely a sight to be seen. Located just on the outskirts of Old Town, this pagoda is known for its 600-year-old gateway. Although newer pagodas have been added to the complex, old world charm has not been lost at the Chuc Thanh Pagoda.
Add: Area 7, Tan An Ward, Hoi An, Vietnam
Hours: Daily, 08:00 – 18:00
Phuoc Lam Pagoda
Still in use by a fraternity of local monks, the Phuoc Lam Pagoda is part of the larger Phuoc Lam temple complex. The temple is open to visitors and can be visited on one’s own, though to make sense of it all, it is best to go with a knowledgeable guide. The temple is known for its ornate decoration and many renderings of the life of Buddha.
Add: Area 7, Tan An Ward, Hoi An, Vietnam
Tele: +84 (0)235 3861 099
Kayaking and Paddle Boarding in Hoi An
There are myriad options in Hoi An for kayakers and paddle boarders. Take in the scenery with an organized tour with Hoi An Kayak Tours or Hoi An Kayak Adventures or have at it yourself. No experience is required and there are kayaking adventures for all levels of expertise.
Grab your small bills and get ready to barter at Hoi An’s famous night market. For those wishing to take home a piece of Hoi An’s lantern-lit charm, the Night Market on An Hoi Islet is the go-to place for inexpensive souvenirs and street food.
Located on Nguyen Hoang Street on An Hoi Island
Only 20 minutes from Hoi An by bus or hired car, Marble Mountain is the perfect destination for history lovers or anyone looking to get a better view of the central Vietnamese plain from above. Marble Mountain is also famous for its sculpted marble statues that range widely in size and price.
Entrance ticket: 15,000VND
One-way elevator ticket: 15,000VND
Hours: 8am to 5pm
A UNESCO world heritage site under an hour from Hoi An city center, the My Son ruins are some of the only remaining constructions of the ancient Cham Empire in Vietnam. Better done with a local guide, My Son is a popular day trip for tourists wanting to learn more about South East Asian history.
Parasailing at An Bang Beach
Fly high at An Bang Beach (at the southern end) with what could only be described as ‘a rollercoaster in the sky.’ Accommodating two, the parachute lifts you up off the beach and into the sky for a ten minute flight. While expensive, parasailing is a great activity for the adrenaline junkie or anyone looking to get a better view of Hoi An and the surrounding countryside.
The wildly colored, cricket-clad Play Zone For Kids is the perfect location to take your young ones who need to burn of a bit of energy. With its cheap as chips entry fee (that also includes a train ride) the Play Zone for Kids is a clean and modern alternative to some of the other child play spaces in town.
Address: Corner Cua Dai & Tran Nhan Tong
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 4pm – 9pm; Sundays and Public Holidays: 3.30pm – 9.30pm
Owner Tan kicks old-school Vietnamese bamboo construction up a notch at Taboo Bamboo. Hidden away in the verdant outskirts of the Coconut Palm Village, Taboo Bamboo is an inspiring setting for making your own unique bamboo creations under the guidance of a third generation bamboo craftsman.
Price: 250.000-300.000 VND
Hours: 7.30am – 5.30pm (7 days)
Add: Thanh Tam Dong, Cam Thanh
Tel: +84 (0)905 312 812
Facebook: Taboo Bamboo Workshop
To book:[email protected]
If you’re looking for a different experience in Hoi An, head 3 kilometres out of town to Thanh Ha Terracotta Park and Pottery Village to paint your very own souvenir Vietnamese theatre mask. With pot making and a little bit of history in between, this is a fun day for adults and kids alike.
A family business headed by patriarch Mr Phong Bui, the Timing Masks Workshop aims to preserve one of Vietnam’s oldest cultural activities: the art of mask making. Fun for all ages, an afternoon at the Timing Masks Workshop is a great family activity with a handmade takeaway to remind you and yours of your trip to Hoi An.
Add: 66 Bach Dang Street, Hoi An Old Town
Tel: +84 (0)235 395 9159
More than just a cooking class, the Tra Que Waterwheel Farm offers visitors a comprehensive view into the art of Central Vietnamese cooking. From the central market to the farm to the kitchen, visitors get to take part in every step of the process.
A short walk from the Old Town, Hoi An’s Water Puppet Show is an entertaining prelude to dinner and fun for all ages. Set under the stars in amphitheater-styled seating, this energetic and frequently humorous 45-minute show presents a series of fables and stories on Vietnamese village life through colorfully hand carved puppets.
Add: 548 Hai BàTrưng (near corner of Ly Thuong Kiet and Hai Ba Trung)
Tel: +84 (0)235 386 1327; +84 (0)941 378 979(hotline)
Water Buffalo Riding
It could be your best photo from Vietnam — you, conical hat askew, astride a water buffalo up to its knees in muck. Head out into the rice paddies where you will find cheeky locals charging a dollar for a photo on top of their beloved buffalo. Many tours also include water buffalo riding as part of their experience.
Van Duc Pagoda
Van Duc Pagoda, Hoi An’s largest pagoda, is a short trip out of town towards the Tra Que Organic Farm that is easily accessed by bicycle. Welcoming visitors at all hours, this pagoda is home to a large fraternity of monks who are happy to show visitors around the grounds. Van Duc pagoda is currently undergoing reconstruction that should be completed by 2018.
A new kind of experience for kids, the VinKE (That’s Eduta!nment), located inside the Vincom Center, gives kids the opportunity to learn as they play. Children can transform themselves in to fashion stars, doctors, dancers, artists or police while learning from knowledgeable staff about these different professions. Imaginative play and arcade games will keep the children entertained for hours.
Add: Vincom Centre, Da Nang
910A Ngo Quyen, Q Son Tra, Da Nang
Tele: +84 (0)236 399 6688
VinKE hours: 9.30 am – 10pm every day
Vinpearl Land Ice Skating Rink is fun for all the family and well worth a visit when the heat’s overwhelming. Situated on the top level of Da Nang’s newly-opened Vincom shopping mall, this ice rink is as good as any you’ll find around the world.
Add: 910A Ngo Quyen, Q Son Tra, Da Nang
Tele: +84 (0)236 399 6688
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