Hoi An Ancient Town
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  • From Da Nang: Monkey Mountain, Marble Mountains & Hoi An

    1. From Da Nang: Monkey Mountain, Marble Mountains & Hoi An

    See the finest sights in the region of Da Nang, enjoy an included lunch, and benefit from pick-up and drop off from your accommodation. After pick-up your first stop is the Marble Mountains, just outside Da Nang. Admire beautiful caves, historic Buddhist pagodas, and visit a traditional marble carving village. Next you’ll reach Son Tra, nicknamed ‘Monkey Mountain’ by American troops. The national park stands 693 meters above sea level, and its location on a peninsula affords breathtaking views of the surrounding sea. Whilst there, explore the Linh Ung pagoda - home to the tallest statue of the Goddess of Mercy in Southeast Asia. The 67-meter tall statue is located on top of a lotus-shaped platform and features 21 miniature Buddha sculptures. Enjoy some local cuisine at a local restaurant before visiting Hoi An. Walk around the historic old town and be amazed by the influences from Chi...

  • Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary & Ancient Town Day Tour With Lunch

    2. Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary & Ancient Town Day Tour With Lunch

    Spend the day exploring well-preserved history and culture in and around Hoi An by visiting an abandoned Hindu temple complex and walking through the city's Ancient Town. Learn the fascinating history of the region with an English-speaking tour guide while taking in natural and architectural beauty.  After being picked up at your hotel, this day trip begins with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, this serene sanctuary represents the unique culture’s spiritual origins in Indian Hinduism. Walk around, marvel at, and learn the history behind the dozens of red brick tower temples built over 10 centuries. After the first half of the tour, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, discover the coastal city of Hoi An on foot. The his...

  • Hoi An: Guided Heritage Painting Tour

    3. Hoi An: Guided Heritage Painting Tour

    After being picked up from your hotel, your day will begin with a delicious coffee in a quaint Vietnamese cafe, where you’ll meet a local artist and receive your painting set.  Wander the peaceful streets of Hoi An Ancient Town, taking in historic surroundings as you go. The unique atmosphere here is an amalgamation of elements from Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese culture, evident in the architecture and urban design. Next, it’s time to capture the beauty of this unique location on canvas. Get watercolor and painting technique tips from your local artist, then paint your very own picture of charming Hoi An. Take your time portraying your surroundings under the expert guidance of your local artist, who will help you improve your brush technique as you work.  To enhance your experience, enjoy some delectable local cuisine to snack on while you paint. Once you’ve finished your work of ...

  • Da Nang: Cham Sculpture Museum, Marble Mountains & Hoi An

    4. Da Nang: Cham Sculpture Museum, Marble Mountains & Hoi An

    After pickup from the port, the driver will take you to the Cham Sculpture Museum, dedicated to the period of the Champa. The museum displays almost 300 terracotta and stone works of art ranging from the 7th to the 15th century. Continue to the Marble Mountains. Climb the stone steps carved into the mountain that lead to a Buddhist Pagoda and a beautiful panoramic view. Next, you will go to Am Phu Cave where there's a replica of heaven and hell, and an eerie underground tunnel where you can hear bats hanging in the cave. You will then visit the Linh Ung Pagoda, built under the reign of King Minh Mang in the Nguyen Dynasty. Stop to have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will discover the city of Hoi An on foot. The historic town, which used to be a prosperous seaport village from the 16th to 18th century, has a beautifully preserved old town that cannot be missed while ...

  • From Hue: Private 1-Way or Rountrip Tour to Hoi An

    5. From Hue: Private 1-Way or Rountrip Tour to Hoi An

    Create your very own full-day itinerary and explore Hoi An according to the attractions and places in or around Hoi An that you would love to visit.  Get picked up from your hotel in Hue by your private English-speaking driver and travel in comfort in an air-conditioned vehicle. Visit the most popular sites like Hoi An Old Quarter, Hoi An Lanterns, Hoi An Japanese Bridge, and An Bang Beach. Benefit from the flexible options of a 12-hour roundtrip from Hue or simply a 6-hour 1-way trip which ends at Hoi An.

  • Hoi An: Full-Day Marble Mountain and Ancient Town Tour

    6. Hoi An: Full-Day Marble Mountain and Ancient Town Tour

    After being collected from your Hoi An accommodation, you will travel to Marble Mountain. Upon arrival to the mountain, you will climb up the stone stairs to visit the caves and pagodas whilst admiring the beautiful panoramic views. Next, you will go to the Am Phu Cave, where you will discover eerie underground tunnels, an experience which will be accompanied by the echoing sound of bats' wings. You will then go to visit the Linh Ung Pagoda. Built under the reign of King Minh Mang in the Nguyen Dynasty (the 19th century), legend has it a Buddhist statue drifted downstream to this area before becoming anchored at a sandy embankment. Following this exploration, you will have lunch at a local restaurant. Following lunch, you will discover the city of Hoi An by foot. This historic town, which used to be a prosperous seaport city from the 16th to the 18th century, is now a beautiful city th...

  • From Da Nang: Private Day Tour to My Son and Hoi An

    7. From Da Nang: Private Day Tour to My Son and Hoi An

    Get picked up from your accommodation and immediately proceed to the first stop of your tour. Explore My Son Sanctuary, the former capital and religious center of Chams.  Discover this huge religious complex with over 70 towers and temples of different architectures strongly influenced by India. Spend a couple of hours to discover with you guide Cham's charming cultures, stories, and architecture. Besides, you may have the chance to watch Cham’s people dancing. Head to Hoi An and enjoy lunch near the Hoi An Old Quarter. Discover the rich and fascinating history of the former port city cut through with canals. Travel back in time in the Hoi An Ancient Town as you explore the various landmarks in the area, such as the 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge. See a selection of old houses that follow different architectural styles like Chinese, Japanese, French, and European, including the ...

  • Hoi An: Ao Dai Photography Tour

    8. Hoi An: Ao Dai Photography Tour

    There are many things traditional to Vietnam that deeply impress people from all over the world. Ao Dai is one of them. As you can see, Ao Dai is not just a costume, it is the essence and the glory of the Vietnamese culture. Nowadays, Ao Dai is worn more commonly in daily life, such as by teachers and students in schools, flight attendants in Vietnamese airlines, office workers and hotel and restaurant employees. Hoi An Ancient Town is a famous tourist destination with ancient houses, small alleys and cozy cafés. On this tour to Hoi An, you can have a wonderful experience while dressing up in traditional Vietnamese costume and taking many photos in the different beautiful places that this city boasts. Each destination in your tour is chosen carefully and for your best experience. You will have that chance to explore whilst not only sightseeing, but also learning culture and capturing m...

    Great experience! Tour offered ao dai selection then a photo tour of Hoi An. Photographer and guides were easy to work with and know what to do which make the process smoothly. We got the pictures the day after and it turned out beautiful!!

  • Hoi An to Mỹ Sơn Half–Day Cycling Tour

    9. Hoi An to Mỹ Sơn Half–Day Cycling Tour

    The historic city of Hoi An gives way to beautiful rural landscapes on a half–day cycling adventure to the historic Cham ruins of Mỹ Sơn. Your tour winds through from ancient Hoi An to the nearby countryside, past small farms and villages following rural pathways and small roads hidden from most tourist routes. See hardly any four wheeled vehicles as you sneak through a network of shortcuts and connections that only locals would know. After replenishing your energy with a healthy snack of fresh fruit with local coffee or tea, it is a short transfer to the entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a private tour of the site with your guide. The temples and towers of My Son were built by the Cham people, initially Hindu and later of Muslim faiths. Descendants of the original tribes are now scattered throughout the region, mostly along inland waterways. After your tour, board a pri...

    Beautiful bike ride through the countryside, delicious food and very educational tour of the ruins. Loved the tour and Lyna was a wonderful guide!

  • Hoi An: Half-Day Ancient Town Tour

    10. Hoi An: Half-Day Ancient Town Tour

    Discover Hoi An Ancient Town’s quaint buildings, cosy teahouses, and lantern festivals down by the river during a half-day guided tour. Start the experience with a gently bob downstream in a traditional basket boat. Once you have soaked up the luscious scenic views, head to the next stop of the day, Hoi An Ancient Town. Next, stop off at several Chinese and Japanese assembly halls, each built and decorated in a traditionally ornate style. Learn about the town’s flourishing ceramics industry as you pass by a traditional pottery museum and watch locals at work. Enjoy the highlight of the tour, a visit to the elegant Japanese Covered Bridge, originally erected to divide the city during the Japanese occupation. While the bridge was once a symbol of segregation, over time it has become a much-cherished location for tourists and locals alike. Finish things off with a handicraft tour of Hoi...

    Tour guide Phu was kind and knowledgeable. He explained a lot and answered all our questions. Thank you for a nice morning!

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What people are saying about Hoi An Ancient Town

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Thank you very much to our guide Mike for this wonderful experience! We really enjoyed the bike tour, that gave us the opportunity to explore the beautiful landscape and get an impression on the daily life of the locals. The ride was relaxed, with two breaks in very nice local cafes. Of corse My Son was also impressive and it was good to have the guide with us who explained everything and took very nice photos of us :) This tour is a really good alternative to the bus tours, in case you don't want to see only the highlights but the country itself as well. Don't be scared by the distance, the ride is not difficult.

Great experience! Tour offered ao dai selection then a photo tour of Hoi An. Photographer and guides were easy to work with and know what to do which make the process smoothly. We got the pictures the day after and it turned out beautiful!!

The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a lovely day and learnt a lot about the beautiful city of Hoi An. It was an excellent experience.

Beautiful bike ride through the countryside, delicious food and very educational tour of the ruins. Loved the tour and Lyna was a wonderful guide!

The guide was very nice and explained a lot of things to me...she was kind and answered all my questions.