Top Ten Things to Do in Hoi An - Tours

HOI AN OLD TOWN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. Hoi An 360

As Chosen by the Hoi An Now Team

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.

 

From historic sites to ethnic minorities, to water adventures to honing your photography skills and much more. Hoi An Now’s Top Ten Things to Do in Hoi An covers a lot of bases.

 

There are lots of tour operators in this tourist town and we have personally tested all those recommended here. They all delivered exemplary service and a fascinating experience and thereby earned their place. This doesn’t mean of course that these are the only options in town but they’re a great place to start. If you want to check out even more tour options check out our quick guide to tours or explore the tours home page.

Sabirama Cooking Class Tour. Fresh Spring Rolls

Street Food Tours

Street walking tours allow you to sample the diverse street food of Hoi An and get up close to the locals in the back lanes – great options whether you’re a foodie or not. Hoi An Food Safari takes you on a whirlwind adventure of foods and flavors sure to excite all palettes. It is our pick because the groups are kept small and there’s plenty of individual attention as you sample ten of Hoi An’s signature dishes.

 

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Sunrise and Sunset Tours 2

Bicycle Tours

Bicycling is a great way to explore the river delta and its traditional lifestyle. Rice fields, duck farms, fishing villages and glorious beaches are just minutes away. See our DIY tours or for structured bicycle tours we have two great selections. Heaven & Earth’s countryside tour of magnificent Cam Kim provides a sensational taste of local life. For a splendid roving feast try Grasshopper Adventures’ food four.

 

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HOI AN OLD TOWN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. Hoi An 360

Photography Tours

Three fabulous photographic tours all deliver no matter your level of expertise. While it’s difficult to split them Hoi An 360 may have the edge with its Old Town tour which starts in the best light at dawn and includes a model in traditional clothing while in the countryside Hoi An Photo Tour & Workshop is possibly your best bet. Check them all out in the photography section of our quick guide to tours.

 

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Cham island, under the water, fish 1

Cham Island

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. Tours abound and can be arranged from all hotels. For something special try SeaTrek – they can lower you to the seafloor even if you can’t swim!

 

See also: Captivating Cham IslandCham Island – Unspoilt Paradise and Cham Island (Tour)

Hoi An Motorcycle Adventures. Hoi An Sidecar Tours. Rice Fields

Around Hoi An by Motobike Sidecar

For a quick fix this tour is hard to beat and great fun to boot. You’ll be picked up and dropped home and whisked around Hoi An from rice field, to market to river to Old Town in just over an hour by Hoi An Motorbike Tours. Great snapshots of this beautiful city from the comfort of a motorbike sidecar abound. Also includes a water buffalo ride and a visit to Hoi An’s impressive Tra Que market garden area.

 

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My Son

My Son

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. My Son, which is pock-marked by bomb craters,  is a popular day trip for tourists wanting to learn more about South East Asian history. This one best done with a local guide organized by your hotel but avoid big groups.

 

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Co Tu Weaving. Things to Do in Hoi An

Co Tu - Rainforest

The Co Tu people take you back to life as lived millennia ago. Expert hunter gatherers, musicians, weavers and herbal medics – observe first-hand the old traditions becoming enmeshed with new cash crops and farming techniques in a magnificent mountainous, rainforest wonderland. Hoi An Motorcycle Adventures can take you every inch of the way or book directly with Bho Hoong Village.

 

See Hoi An Motorbike Adventures or Bho Hoong Bungalows

Hoi An coconut palm village, basket boats, vietnam

Coconut (Nipa) Palms

Spin yourself around in the tipsy world of Vietnamese basket boats or hire a kayak to explore the magnificent, Jurassic Park-like Coconut (Nipa) Palms. To be sure you get away from the crowds take the kayak option. As for basket boats, avoid group bookings and urge smaller operators into more distant waterways away from the crush and clamor of busloads of Asian tourists.

 

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Marble mountain, hoi an, vietnam

Marble Mountain

Below the surface, a complicated system of caves and tunnels interlaced with pagodas, shrines and gigantic statues make it an unforgettable experience. A guide is not essential but will broaden knowledge of Vietnamese culture and history. Marble Mountain is rightly very popular so the best advice is go early to avoid the crowds and the heat. Tours from all hotels and agents.

 

Also see: Marble Mountain Marvel

Sabirama Cooking Classes. Banh Xeo

Cooking Class Tour

You can do cooking classes or cooking class tours. The latter include a market visit and river cruise – sometimes buffalo rides and a spin in a basket boat are thrown in! Our favorite cooking class tour is Sabirama. It includes all the above and a foot massage as well! Somehow there’s still time to cook up a storm and you get to do much more than chop and watch.

 

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