Popular Activities in Hoi An City to do

Hoi An City is an beutiful place to stop during your holidays in Vietnam. There are many attractions to visit and plenty of activities to do in this city. Here are the popular things to do for you when you travel to Hoi An Ancient Town.

1. Walking Tour at Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An Ancient Town used to be the most active trading center and has been largely preserved. This city is a perfect place to stop and spend your time on the way to go through Vietnam. Vietnamdrive introduces Hoi An Walking Tour to create a good chance for you to explore its beauty. the Assembly Halls, the Japanese Covered Bridge and Hoi An traditional lifestyle.

Hoi An Ancient City
Hoi An Ancient Town – Photo by Bao Huy

Detail of Walking Tour at Hoi An Ancient Town:

We will pick you up at your hotel in Hoi An or Da Nang city for your walking tour at Hoi An Ancient Town. You will explore the traditional lifestyle, the old architectural buildings. The city also reflects the culture of Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, French and British traders. We stop at the old merchant house (Tan Ky), the Chinese Assembly hall, the unique 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, handicraft to learn more the technique of Hoi An people to make some local products, and the colorful market Hoi An.

We have lunch or dinner – optional choice. Then, we drive back your hotel after 3 hours for your private discovery.

The time to departure for this tour is up to the requests of travellers.

2. Hoi An boat trip on the Thu Bon River

Hoi An used to be the most active trading center. The Thu Bon River (or the Hoi An River) was an important gate for international merchant boats entering for trade. Hoi An boat trip on the Thu Bon River will give a chance for tourists to relive on the important way of the old traders.

Hoi An Fishing Man
Fishing man on the Thu Bon River by Loi Nguyen

What is the detail of Hoi An boat trip?

We start from the Bach Dang boat station; or we can pick you up from your hotel, depending on your requests. We take a boat for leisure trip down near the estuary of the Hoi An River.

It is good to relive on the important way of old international traders entering Hoi An ancient town. You should remember carrying your camera for amazing photos.

You will enjoy the peaceful views along the river and local activities on the Thu Bon River.

How much to pay for Hoi An Boat Trip?

The price for the boat trip depends on how long you like to use the boat (but at least 2 hours for this trip); and how many people of your group. This will help us to range small or big boat for traveling.

The price is ranged from 15USD for 2 people per one hour.

And, other things influences on the price that you like to pick you up from the hotel or you come to the boat station to catch the boat.

Please tell us clearly your request! Then, Vietnamdrive will organize the great boat trip on the Hoi An River.

When is the departure of the boat trip?

We can start early for sunrise or late for sunset, which is recommended. Howerever, you may start during the day time for exploring the beauty of the river and local activities on the river.

Do I need an English-speaking guide?

Most of the guests come with this do not need English speaking guide. But, if you want to react with a local guide or if your group is big from 10 guests, Vietnamdrive recommends that you pay for the guide to go with you. That is perfect.

Now it is time for you to book Hoi An boat trip.

3. My Son Holy Land Tour from Hoi An

Hoi An to My Son Tour is an interesting activity for half day when you stay in Hoi An Vietnam. From Hoi An to My Son Holy land is around 45 km. It takes us 75 minutes to drive from Hoi An Ancient City. My Son sanctuary is located in the lush green valley to the southwest of Hoi An with many old temples and towers built from the 7th to 13th century. This was the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, and now it is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Hoi An to My Son Tour
Cham Dance in My Son Sanctuary – photo: Bao Huy

Trip detail to visit My Son Holy Land:

We will depart Hoi An to My Son Tour at 8:00 a.m (suggested time) from your hotel at Hoi An. We will drive forty-five km to My Son Holy Land. Along the way to My Son holy land, there are a lot of rice fields and beautiful views. Sometimes, you can see many water buffaloes and cows grazing on the fields. When coming to My Son Holy Land, you will explore the mysterious brick temples and towers here which date back to the 7th and 13th centuries. You can also have a chance to enjoy an interesting Cham dance at My Son.

On your return journey, we can stop at some interesting sites for taking pictures and enjoying beautiful countryside view.

We end My Son Holy Land tour at your hotel in Hoi An.

Departure for this tour: Daily, optional, half-day

4. Hoi An traditional village tour

Traditional villages in Hoi An are the good places keeping the traditional lifestyle, especially typical skills of works. Travelers will find out the hidden charming of Hoi An from the pottery village, vegetable village, and silk handicraft village.

Tour detail to visit a Hoi An traditional village:

We will drive you from your hotel to Thanh Ha pottery village on the bank of the Hoi An river. You will be surprised by unique skills for making pottery products. Then, we come to Tra Que vegetable village to enjoy the beauty of the beds of fresh green vegetables. You can learn how the local people grow vegetable here with organic style.

After that, we return to Hoi An City center to visit a silk handicraft village where silk worms are grown, both old and modern methods to weave fabric is used and embroidery-photos and lanterns are made by hands. You can also spend your time with tailors for making some tailored-made clothes.

We end the tour at your hotel.

Departure for this tour: Daily, time: optional, from 3 to 4 hours

5. Hoi An bicycle tour

Travelers will have an opportunity to discover the daily life at tranquil villages with bicycle ride tour. We will ride bicycles through the countryside, rice fields, and vegetable villages.

Biking tour in Hoi An Vietnam
Biking in Hoi An – by Vietnamdrive

Details wth Hoi An bicycle tour through the countryside:

We start from your hotel by bicycle. You will ride through tiny country lanes to enjoy the daily life of the villagers, you can also get the chance to take some photos of great views of the countryside.

We keep on cycling through paddy-fields. Sometimes you are able to see some water buffaloes grazing in the fields; through rice fields; stop at Tra Que vegetable village to enjoy the beds of green fresh vegetables.

Then, we go around the kumquat village where the kumquats are grown for Tet. You can also get photos of ancestor temple where the villagers worship the ancestors of their family.

Ride back your hotel after 3 hours for your enjoyment.

Departure for this tour: Daily, time: optional- 3 hours

6. A tour to make silk lanterns in Hoi An

At Hoi An Ancient City, the local people make the lanterns to decorate inside and in front of the old houses, shops, and the temples. This creates the attractive beauty for Hoi An ancient town. To get the experience of making Hoi An silk lanterns, you will enjoy the half day trip to learn how to make them at the local family.

The detail of the tour to make silk lanterns:

Our representative will pick you up at your hotel in Hoi An or Da Nang. We drive through the lovely countryside view to the local family’s lantern factory. You will get the chance to look at the skillful hands of the craftsmen and craftswomen here and to explore the history, shapes, colors and the stages of making lanterns. Then, you will start learning how to make a lantern. The craftsman or craftswoman supports you to study; you will make a lantern and keep it as a souvenir for yourself.

This is also the wonderful chance to contact with the local people and learn the local life in Hoi An.

After studying, you will say goodbye the local here and back your hotel.

Departure of this trip: Daily-optional, half-day (around 3 hours)

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