The flat roads and relatively small area of Hoi An make bicycling both a great way to get around and a fun way to explore. Most hotels offer free or inexpensive bikes. And while the local traffic may be intimidating for many Westerners, there is a wealth of structured, expertly-guided tours to put you at ease as you discover Hoi An. It’s also easy to get off the beaten track if you want to explore on your own. Whether it be across the rice fields, to the coconut (Nipa) palms or to and from the beach Hoi An is a natural treasure trove at your doorstep.
Blue Coral Diving is a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) center that runs a variety of tours for people with all levels of experience. The dive team conveniently speaks several languages as well. Prices range from 950,000 VND for snorkeling to 1,900,000 VND for trips for licensed divers. PADI classes are also available for those looking to improve their diving skills. All tour prices include transfers, equipment, dive guide, instructor, lunch, and government taxes.
Add: 33 Tran Hung Dao Street; Tel: (+84) 0235 627 9297
Captivating Cham Island
With historical sites, beautiful seaside villages, and beaches of white sand and turquoise waters, Cham Island has something for everyone. Settled hundreds of years ago by the Cham, Hindu traders of unknown origin, the island boasts ancient pagodas, a secluded beach at Bai Chuong, and the perfect natural settings for numerous water sports, including snorkeling and parasailing/ gliding. Daytrips, with pickup from your hotel, are available from 600-700,000 VND.
With Cham Island Diving you can choose from a multitude of pre-arranged tours or create a private, customized tour to suit your needs, including overnight and multi-day trips. Their website is offered in seven languages and dive team members speak English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Cham Island Diving is a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) center that offers a range of classes for those looking to improve their diving skills. Tour prices include transfers, beverages and snacks, professional-grade equipment, lunch, and all taxes and fees. Prices begin at $45 for snorkeling daytrips.
Add: 88 Nguyen Thai Hoc; Tel: (+84) 0235 391 0782
A sunset boat ride with Cinnamon Cruises is the perfect end to any day. Enjoy a fine dining atmosphere with numerous courses, colorful cocktails, and a charmingly romantic vibe as you make your way down the alternately peaceful and lively Thu Bon River. Cinnamon Cruises has several options including a Finger Food and Cocktail Sunset cruise, as well as Sightseeing and Cooking cruises.
Add: 82 Bạch Đằng, Cinnamon Cruises Pier: 21 Bach Dang (opposite 82 Bach Dang)
Tel: +84 (0)235 3623 777
Escape to the Mystical Coconut Palms
The Coconut (Nipa) Palms of Cam Thanh Island offer a uniquely tranquil escape from the bustle of Hoi An. Here you can explore a vast forest on a guided tour in bamboo basket boats. Long periods of peaceful silence in the shade of towering palms, punctuated by the occasional row of colorful houses and waterside restaurants ensure that your tour will have the perfect blend of relaxing silence and interesting sights to view along the way.
The tour is only 100,000 VND/ person, but with an array of fun activities nearby, don’t be surprised if you spend an entire day exploring this beautiful area.
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Etienne Bossot's Sunset Photo Tour
Join Etienne Bossot for his Sunset Photo Tour and experience dazzling views of Hoi An while gaining personal attention and tips that will improve your photographs for a lifetime. Etienne leads you into authentic, un-staged Vietnamese life as you wander past verdant fields of farmers at work and small local industries. Whether you are an experienced amateur or a curious beginner, Etienne’s tours offer something for you, with hands on lessons on composition, night photography, and so much more.
For just a small sample of what is on offer, check out Etienne’s wonderful blog, Pics of Asia.
Add: 42 PhanBoiChau; Tel: +84 (0) 905 671 898
Grasshopper Adventures: off the beaten track by bicycle
Don’t let the meticulous attention to the care and comfort of riders and the brand new equipment fool you, cycling with Grasshopper Adventures is truly an adventure. With well-planned routes that include scenic fields being worked by local farmers, a quiet market away from the trinkets of more touristy areas, and the historic ruins of My Son, the tours are loaded with sights to excite people of all interests. As you traverse these less-traveled lanes your only regret in the end may be how to find the time to do all the tours on offer.
Add: 621 Hai Ba Trung (20m down the lane)
Tel: +84 (0)93 203 42 86
Heaven and Earth Countryside Bicycle Tour
M. Pascal’s Heaven and Earth Countryside Bicycle Tour is an adventure for the whole family. You’ll wind your way down small lanes, back alleyways, and even have the chance to pilot one of the area’s unique bamboo basket boats through Cam Kim Island’s impressive palm tree strands.
Price Guide: Adult: 500,000 VND; Child (6 – 12): 310,000 VND
Morning Tour – depart 8.30 am, return 3.00 pm (price includes lunch).
Add: 61 Ngo Quyen
Te: 0126 842 2260
Hoi An Free Tours
Staffed by energetic student volunteers, Hoi An Free Tours packs a lot into a short period of time. With two free tours to choose from and enthusiastic students wishing to practice their English skills, Hoi An Free Tours offers plenty of behind-the-scenes cultural insight. Trips include the boat building yard at Kim Bong Village, Tra Que Vegetable Village, and numerous local industries.
Check out Hoi An Free Tours’ website for complete tour details.
Hoi An Kayak Tours
The name Hoi An Kayak Tours is a bit of a misnomer, as this operator also offers tours on stand up paddleboards and motorized long-tail boats. Kayak tours run the gamut of settings and difficulty levels, with everything from the Easy Paddle tour for beginners to a 24km Full Day Cam Island tour for more experienced paddlers. Some tours even include a mix of cycling and time on the water. If you want a less structured trip on the river, then kayaks, paddle boards, and long-tail boats are available for rental. Hotel pickup. Kids: under 5 free; 5-9 half price.
Add: Thuan Tinh Pier, Tran Nhan Tong Street
Tel: +84.979.43.7338 (HOTLINE) +84.916.64.5858
Hoi An Motorbike Adventures
Don’t be fooled by the many companies with similar names – Hoi An Motorbike Adventures, affectionately known as HAMA, is Hoi An’s premier motorbike tour operator. With a mix of local and expat staff, HAMA provides English-speaking guides while immersing you in local culture and scenery. A variety of half, full, and multi-day options are available, with prices starting at 45 USD for the popular Village Adventure Tracks half-day tour. All tours include International Safety Standard helmets, saddle bags, gloves, and rain ponchos. Optional GoPro rental offers a unique opportunity to capture all the excitement of the road.
Add:54 Hung Vuong St; Tel: +84 235 3911 930
Hoi An Photo Walks
Engaging photography is about more than finding the correct settings on a camera, which is why Hoi An Photo Walks teaches you these essentials and much much more. During Pieter Janssen’s photo tours, beginners and advanced photographers alike gain an understanding of everything from the fundamentals of aperture and shutter speed to respectful strategies for approaching subjects – all this in a stress-free environment with an emphasis on one-on-one attention. Janssen offers a variety of tours, including the afternoon Rural Hoi An Tour and Hoi An By Night, ensuring that there is something to cater to your specific interests and schedule.
Tel: +84 (0)988 705 755
Motorbiking In Hoi An
Motorbiking in Hoi An is a great way to see the city and its more rural environs. While the rules of the road differ in Vietnam and can be a bit harrowing for Western drivers, there are plenty of guided tours that can give you a more relaxing and enjoyable experience.
Some of the more popular options are listed here, but there is also no shortage of drivers claiming to be part of the original Easyriders, willing to pop you on the back of their bikes and take you for an adventure …
The Road to Tam Ky
Take the road to Tam Ky to see the wonderful attractions it has on offer and enjoy the picturesque scenery along the way. Until recently an unassuming village, Tam Ky has been transformed by government planners and now reflects a distinct and impressive Russian influence. After exploring Tam Ky, head to the nearby Painted Village (Tam Thanh) to enjoy its vivid tapestry of pastel-colored homes as well as its murals and ceramic fences depicting village life.
With marvels new and old, from the imposing Cua Dai Bridge and Heroic Mother statue to the ornately decorated graves that dot the landscape, the sights along the way ensure that the journey to Tam Ky is its own reward.
Street Food Tour: Safari Barney
Safari Barney’s Hoi An Street Food Tour will take you on a whirlwind adventure of foods and flavors to excite all palettes. Barney’s more than 22 years’ experience as a tour guide around the world and small group size – he limits tours to three – guarantee that you will enjoy a personalized experience dining like a local.
Other tours include the ‘Hoi An Food and Life Safari,’ with a visit to a fishing village, and the ‘Herb Village Cooking Class Safari,’ which includes a visit to Tra Que herb and vegetable village. For Safari Barney’s Street Food Guide click here.
Tel: +84 (0)0918 355 756
Vintage Sidecar to Son Tra (Monkey Mountain)
While the highlight of most tours is the destination, riding with Sidecar Vintage Bike Trips to Son Tra is an exception to the rule. Simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the hum of the stylish Ural motorbike as your guide does all of the hard work driving. And though you’ll be sad to hop out, stops include the Lady Buddha at Pham Lam Pagoda, a thousand-year-old banyan tree, and the majestic peak itself. Tours are 2.5 million VND/ person (as of July 2016) and cover admission prices and lunch.
Add: Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort & Spa
Tel: +84 (0) 235 3927 040
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