HOI AN PHOTO TOURS AND WORKSHOPS
Whether you are a beginner keen to learn how to use your camera, an advanced photographer looking to improve your composition skills, or a semi-professional looking for the best locations around Hoi An, Hoi An Photo Tours and Workshops has you covered.
TOP TEN THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN – TOURS
What are the top ten things to do in Hoi An? Who has the best tours? The local food, people and countryside – how can you make the most of it in the short time you have.
Hoi An 360 Photo Tours and Workshops
Hoi An 360 Photo Tours and Workshops’ two photography courses are tailored closely to your skill level and can cover both basic and advanced techniques in all aspects.
Hoi An Food Safari $$
Vietnam packs a plethora of culinary delights into its north-to-south-stretch. Each region has its own unique tastes and specialties, and this is true of Hoi An and Quang Nam province as well.
HOI AN SIDECAR TOURS: HOI AN HIGHLIGHTS
It’s difficult to think of a better introduction for newcomers to this fascinating town than Hoi An Sidecar Tours: Hoi An Highlights. In just over an hour this tour provides intriguing snapshots of local sights and sounds. Riding in a retro-soviet-style Ural sidecar is a nifty bonus where you can just relax and soak it all in or, with both hands free, record your journey photographically or on video.
BEST HOI AN TOURS
So you’ve drank enough coffee to quadruple your heartbeat, you’ve transformed your wardrobe thanks to several tailors and you’ve filled 3 memory cards with images of yellow walls, red lanterns and multi-colored market stalls. What next? Maybe this travel guide to tours with its fund of ideas is just what you need.
Sabirama Cooking Class
There are lots of cooking classes in Hoi An these days. How to choose? If your time in Hoi An is short Sabirama Cooking Class is one that packs a lot into a half day : a visit to the market, a 45-minute river cruise, a paddle in a traditional basket boat, a water buffalo cart ride, a foot massage, the preparation of four traditional Vietnamese food dishes (including decorative touches) and, last but not least, consuming the scrumptious food with relish. Phew!
Hoi An Photo Tour and Workshop
Etienne Bossot is one of Hoi An’s most established photographers. Having conducted photographic tours in Hoi An since 2009 to thousands of visitors, he now also runs photo treks to Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Iran. But in Hoi An, Etienne Bossot – Hoi An Photo Tour and Workshop teaches you everything you need to take excellent photos – it is an experience that must be considered cheap at any price.
Red Bridge Cooking School
Red Bridge Cooking School is not just a cooking class, it’s an ‘experience’ that includes a visit to markets and herb gardens followed by a trip down the river to the cooking school restaurant which enjoys one of the most glorious settings Hoi An has to offer.
My Son: Chariots of the Gods or the Emperor’s New Clothes?
How were the ancient buildings of the Hindu sanctuary at My Son put together apparently without mortar yet they have lasted millennia? How can it be that the bricks used in the restoration have already weathered more quickly than the originals?
Grasshopper Adventures – Hoi An Food Tour by Bike
With only a few days experience cycling the streets of Hoi An, I was a little nervous when asked to review Grasshopper Adventures’ ‘Hoi An Food Tour by Bike’. My fears soon dissipated after a warm welcome at the Grasshopper Adventures gate from tour guide Tommy and meeting the other people in our group – two guys around my age and a lovely family, all on holiday and all great people!
Awesome Monkey Mountain: Da Nang’s Untamed Backyard
On an incredible, stock-still, sparkling day the ripple-free East Sea mirrored like a monstrous pane of glass. As I stood at the peak of Monkey Mountain my gaze was drawn to the heat haze on the horizon as it yielded the only movement. Above this, I scanned a glorious gradation of deep cobalt blues smeared with fine white streaks, a heaven on earth, an empyrean descended. From my unsurpassable vantage this panorama loomed roundly and powerfully.
Heaven and Earth Countryside Bicycle Tour
The Heaven and Earth Countryside Bicycle Tour, the brainchild of M. Pascal, provides an off-the-beaten-track experience where you’ll likely meet rice wine makers, pig farmers, craftsmen from Kim Bong’s boatyards and war veterans along the way.
Sunrise with SUP Monkey
The sunrise in Hoi An is one of the most beautiful you will ever see – a mixture of pink, lavender, and coral, broken only by clouds and the peaks of the Cham Islands.
Hoi An Diving Center
‘Lapping up the sun on deck while a cooling sea breeze ruffles your hair ain’t a bad start to a Wednesday’, I thought happily as the waiting boat rumbled awake and the eager tourists clambered aboard.
Hoi An Kayak Tours
Although the Nipa Palms (Coconut Palms) have been a Hoi An tourist attraction for several years, few experiences can deliver, as they can, the illusion of ‘being the first person ever there’ – an illusion that transports one back millennia.
Da Nang Discovery Tour – 30% off Wednesdays
Da Nang Discovery Tour – 30% off Wednesdays – Hoi An Now
My Son Sanctuary and Marble Mountain – 30% off Sundays
My Son Sanctuary and Marble Mountain – 30% off Sundays – Hoi An Now
Exploring Cam Kim Island
Part of the allure of Hoi An is its vibrancy. There is a charm to the mixing of its old world history and architecture with its still-lively markets, filled with locals and visitors alike. But step away from the city center by degrees, and by degrees you find a quieter – though no less vibrant – pulse.
Escape to the Mystical Coconut Palms
To explore the peaceful escape of the Hoi An’s Coconut Palms (Nipa Palms) you first need to make your way through the quiet, scattered hamlets of Cam Thanh Island.
The Road to Tam Ky
When venturing out of Hoi An most visitors head north towards the attractions of Da Nang – Monkey Mountain and Marble Mountain – or south-west towards the ruins of My Son.
Grasshopper Adventures: off the beaten track by bicycle
True to its name, biking with Grasshopper Adventures is a genuine adventure.
Captivating Cham Island
Most visitors are attracted to a Cham Island trip by the swimming, snorkeling over the extraordinary coral reefs, eating and drinking, karaoke and shopping, parasailing/paragliding and motor bike rides. If you are one of these, you will not be disappointed.
Vintage Sidecar to Son Tra (Monkey Mountain)
I can see Liem’s smile widen out of the periphery of my right eye as he slides back into third gear to take on the sharp, ascending corner, then back again to fourth as we valley down a straight stretch of Da Nang’s famed Son Tra peninsula.
Tra Que Waterwheel Cooking Class
Who doesn’t want to go for a countryside bike ride, dress up and pretend to be a farmer, cook and eat, and finish off the day riding a water buffalo?
Hoi An Free Tours
Staffed by energetic student volunteers, Hoi An Free Tours packs a lot into a short time.
Street Food Guide: Hoi An Food Safari
Hoi An Food Safari runs an exceptional, personalized food tour in Hoi An with a particular emphasis on street food.
Cinnamon Cruises $$$
It’s hard to beat cocktails on the water at sunset and Cinnamon Cruises takes it to a new level:
Bicycling in Hoi An
To go cycling in Hoi An most hotels offer free access to bicycles or at a nominal charge.
Cham Island – Unspoilt Paradise
If you are one of those selfish types who simply hate sharing your tropical paradise with the general public then get a move on and visit Cham Island, a lovely unspoiled, marine-protected island – one of the least developed islands in Vietnam and for now mostly a secret, but the hordes will descend.