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From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

1. From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

Spend time in Vietnam's countryside on this tour from Hoi An. Browse a local market and float along the Thu Bon River to witness rural life firsthand. Learn how to prepare Vietnamese food and savor your work during a cooking class. Following pickup from your hotel, visit a morning market in Hoi An and marvel at the seasonal fruits, noodles, herbs, vegetables, meat, and fish on display. Interact with the vendors and get some tips on how to bargain.  Cruise down the Thu Bon River and get up close to the traditional fishing nets and boats. Then, paddle through the water coconut palms aboard a bamboo basket boat. Learn how to fish with a fishing net, listen to some folk songs and receive some handmade souvenirs made from coconut leaves. Learn how to cook Vietnamese food, such as spring rolls, papaya salad, and pork in clay pots as you prepare your own lunch or dinner.

Hoi An: Vietnamese Cooking Class only

2. Hoi An: Vietnamese Cooking Class only

Dive into authentic Vietnamese cuisine with this cooking class in Hoi An, perfect for the whole family. Learn how to prepare four Vietnamese specialties and enjoy your dishes for lunch or dinner. Choose between a morning or afternoon class. After getting picked up, get transferred to a cooking house in Cam Thanh Village where your class will take place. Afterward, it’s time to get cooking. The menu for the class includes Beef Noodle Soup, Deep-fried spring roll, Hoi An Pancake ( Banh Xeo) with pork and prawns, Fresh spring roll without the rice paper Vegetarian option available on request

Hoi An: Unique Street Food Tour

3. Hoi An: Unique Street Food Tour

Famous for its well-preserved Ancient Town, the seaside city of Hoi An is also known for the delicious cuisine that reflects its historical status as a melting pot of many different cultures.  Eat as the locals eat and see what the locals see on a food-focused walking tour through the streets of Hoi An. Let your knowledgeable local guide what your preferences are or follow their itinerary to ensure you sample the best that Hoi An has to offer.  Some food you might try on the way include café sữa đá (Vietnamese coffee), Hoi An White Rose (one of the city's most beloved specialties), hột vịt lộn, thịt nướng (Vietnamese grilled pork tenderloin), Quang noodles, bánh bột lọc (Vietnamese clear shrimp and pork dumpling), bánh bèo (water fern cake), xí mà or Đậu hủ (tofu), sugar cane juice, and the best Bánh mỳ in Vietnam. Get ready for an experience your tastebuds won't soon forget. 

Hoi An: Half-Day Silk Cloth Producing Process Tour

4. Hoi An: Half-Day Silk Cloth Producing Process Tour

We will pick you up at your hotel and head to Hoi An Silk Village. Upon arrival, you can relax and enjoy a welcome drink. This village is the tourist destination chosen by a number of domestic and foreign visitors. Specially, in this village, more 40 mulberry roots about hundreds of years old and many other species of mulberry from the nationwide are kept. We will visit the traditional house in Quang Nam and listen to the story of craft sericulture there. Next, we will visit the ancient mulberry gardens and the silkworm-breeding houses, where we can see the cocoons, learn how to feed the silkworms and unravel silkworm cocoons using traditional methods. You can feed cocoons by yourself. Food for these cocoons are collected from the mulberry trees in the gardens. Discover the handicrafts of Champa people and learn how to make traditional textiles as we visit the Vietnamese traditional silk weaving house. Finally, we will visit the showroom to see the silk products and tailors then enjoy snack in the mulberry garden.

Hoi An: 5-Hour Countryside Sightseeing Bike Tour

5. Hoi An: 5-Hour Countryside Sightseeing Bike Tour

Visit Tra Que vegetable village where you will feel the green with a distinct aroma of local varieties of vegetables. You'll have a hands-on experience of growing vegetables with the farmers. Then, you'll ride to Cam Thanh ecovillage. On the way, you will contemplate the beauty of the countryside in Vietnam, have photo opportunities of the rice paddies, and sumptuous landscapes, and ride water buffalo in the rice fields. Next, you'll ride through the coconut palm jungle and have a chance to row basket boats with the locals. You will also be immersed in the natural beauty of the nipa palm forest. Get some lovable handmade souvenirs made from nipa palm leaves such as hats, watches, and rings. Afterward, enjoy some local food for lunch or dinner at a restaurant

Hoi An: Night Food Tasting Tour

6. Hoi An: Night Food Tasting Tour

Work your way around Hoi An’s Old Town after the sun has gone down. On this small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people, you will be joined by a local leader who will give you an insight into the food scene in Hoi An. Enjoy a culinary adventure away from the Midday heat. Meet your guide at sunset for a walk through the local cafes, food stalls, markets, and restaurants at the heart of the historic city. Go to a bakery that has been making the town’s tastiest banh mi (a type of sandwich) for over 20 years, using fresh local ingredients. Next, join the locals at a small café to try the hot and crunchy banh can crackers, served with quails eggs, pork, and a tasty salad. Continue into the heart of Vietnamese cuisine as you head straight for some favorite local eating spots. Your knowledgeable local guide will walk you through the colorful array of ingredients, explaining to you the most popular dishes in Hoi An and the significance of these foods to the traditional culture of central Vietnam. Dig even deeper into the local food scene, passing through a maze of tiny alleys to emerge at a favorite (secret) restaurant in Hoi An, where you’ll sample the Hoi An’s specialties: Cao Lau noodles with pork and a wonderful sesame and peanut hot milk. There is more food to come. Your Hoi An food tour continues with more bites, based on what’s available that day. Be sure to save space though, as you still have yet another treat in store for you, dessert and a local beer.

Eco Cooking Class, Cruise Trip, and Basket Boat Riding

7. Eco Cooking Class, Cruise Trip, and Basket Boat Riding

Vietnamese food is among the best and most healthy cuisines in the world. No wonder so many people come to Vietnam to learn how to make Vietnamese food. This Eco Cooking Class in Hoi An will be a great way for you to not only learn to make some famous Vietnamese dishes, but also you will have the chance to experience different activities in the coconut jungle in Hoi An. Paddle basket boats and watching people catch fish using traditional methods. With this Hoi An Eco Cooking Class, you will pass through the water coconut jungle on basket boats. Afterwards, you will go to cook in a countryside area of Hoi An's ancient town. If you are traveling in big groups, this cooking class is a perfect choice. Menu: Goi cuon – Fresh Rice Paper Salad Rolls with Pork and Shrimp with a Tangy Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce Pho Bo cooked Ha Noi style Mi Xao Hai San: Fried Noodle Banh Xeo: Crispy Vietnamese Crepes

Private Hoi An: My Son Discovery Adventure

8. Private Hoi An: My Son Discovery Adventure

Be picked up from your hotel in Hoi An, early in the morning and be whisked off through the peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside. After about an hour of driving through rural Vietnam, reach the historic complex of My Son.  My Son is one of Vietnam’s most important heritage sites, providing a unique insight into the lives of the Cham people who lived here over a thousand years ago. Skip the line and explore this atmospheric architectural ensemble before the tourist hordes arrive. Learn about the original building techniques applied during construction and the traditional materials that were used, such as timber, brick, and stone. Look out for the numerous craters that were left here by American bombs from the war in the 1960s and 70s. After exploring the ruins, stop off for an unforgettable experience to watch the Apsara dance beside the historic temples. The performers will give a dance demonstration to the sounds of panpipes and drums, wearing colorful traditional costumes and cone-shaped hats. On the way back to Hoi An, stop at a rice paper workshop to test your culinary skills and learn how to make a delicious local snack. Afterward, sit back and enjoy your creations with a cup of Vietnamese coffee and engage in a friendly chat with our hosts about the rural way of life here. To finish the tour,  head back into Hoi An and be dropped off at your hotel or perhaps at a local restaurant for lunch, whichever you prefer. Don’t forget to ask your local guide for hints and tips on how to get the most out of your stay in Hoi An. 

Hoi An Countryside full day: 23 Km Small Group Bicycle Tour

9. Hoi An Countryside full day: 23 Km Small Group Bicycle Tour

After departing Hoi An, cruise in a boat transfer for about 1 hour on the Thu Bon river. Arrive at a small village in the middle of the delta to begin your cycling tour. The tour goes for about 23 kilometers (15 miles) and includes plenty of stops with no traffic. Spend the morning cycling 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) across the countryside and rice fields. Cross from island to island with the bridges or a local boat, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. A short boat crossing brings you to a small island for lunch with a local family. In the afternoon, explore the local crafts and learn how the wooden river boats are made. Discover the secrets of weaving the colorful straw from traditional sleeping mats, and try the renowned local basket boats.

Hoi An Countryside by Electric Scooter

10. Hoi An Countryside by Electric Scooter

Your shared or private tour kicks off in style with a delicious smoothie and muffin at the classy riverside lounge in the center of Hoi An. After that, it’s time to hop on your scooter to start exploring Hoi An’s hidden gems and charismatic locals. First up is a drive past the old town to Cam Nam Island where you’ll visit some local houses and places where people live and work traditional lives. You'll first visit a local ship repair yard to experience the hard work involved in maintaining a local fishing boat. This stop represents the special connection Hoi An people have with the ocean and river and you’ll learn about daily life both on and off the water. Next on the agenda is a short drive through a local village and beautiful countryside, before visiting a traditional lantern marker and a unique and creative outdoor gym of local people. Also included is a stop at an ancestor house where guests can learn more about the belief system in Vietnam and the importance of family. You’ll then continue on to your friends at the local shoemaker, the funniest stop en route where you’ll get to interact with a jolly bunch of shoemakers and learn about the ancient tradition of tailoring and shoemaking in Hoi An. Before having a short break at a stall overlooking Hoi An Ancient Town and the Thu Bon River, you'll visit a rice cracker place to observe the traditional cracker making process as well as have a taste of the yummy end-product. During the riverside break stop, you will meet one of the trainee chefs from the NGO partner, Streets International, who will bring along some delicious bread for you to sample whilst you spend some time chatting with him about the project. Afterwards, on the drive through the countryside, you’ll experience up close the resplendent beauty of the rice paddies, grazing buffalo and monkey bridges (the local nickname for unique bamboo bridges so thin that it is joked that only monkeys can cross them!), all of which are guaranteed to provide plenty of perfect photo opportunities. You’ll cruise on to Tra Que Village, a beautiful herb and vegetable garden which supplies many of the restaurants in the ancient town. Here you’ll learn about the herbs and spices that give distinct flavor to local dishes, and the hard work that goes into growing them. At the end of the tour, guests can unwind at a stunning beach lounge overlooking one of the best beaches in Vietnam, An Bang Beach, with a refreshing drink.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 355 reviews

A wonderful tour that shows you everything you need know the history of the My Son sanctuary and Hoi An. Our tour guide was very friendly, we learned a lot not only about the sights but also the life of the local people and how it's still being affected by the recent history of the country. My Son is beautiful, impressive and the tour was timed so we could watch a charming local music & dance performance. In Hoi An, we visited several sites with great historical importance. It was very enjoyable thanks to interesting stories, information told by our guide. Much recommended!

We were shown the places that the silk was made and the machinery and we got to do some ourselves. And we got taught history between the Champa people and Vietnamese people

Awesome cookery classes, taught myself and my teenage son lots and the food was amazing too :)

Driver was on time. Tour was informative and enjoyable Food was tasty and fun to make

What a brilliant experience. excellent guided tour. so much to see and learn about