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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

Following pick-up 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: Night Food Tasting Tour

2. 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.

Evening Food Tour with a Local Home Dinner

3. Evening Food Tour with a Local Home Dinner

Head off the usual tourist trail and straight into foodie heaven. A local food-loving guide will uncover hidden treasures and snacks favored by locals, such as white rose bread. Next, go to a Hoi An local market and wander around the food stalls, where you might find amazing cao lau noodle and much more besides. Next, we will taste Vietnamese coffee, also visit a local house to have a dinner with local family. Then, head to the heart of Hoi An's ancient town, sit on an authentic boat on Hoai River and in the evening and release flower garlands like a local, and play games such as bingo or Dap Nieu (a game involving breaking clay pots with wooden clubs while blindfolded). After the tour, you have the option to return to your hotel, or head to Pub Street, where you can experience Hoi An bar life. Menu: Bánh mì (a type of Vietnamese sandwich)White Rose DumplingsCao Lau NoodlesCoffeeBalut egg (optional)

Hoi An: Full-Day Customized Private Tour

4. Hoi An: Full-Day Customized Private Tour

Create your own full-day itinerary according to the attractions you're most interested in. Get picked up from your hotel in Hoi An by your guide and travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Choose from any of the sights below to make your ideal city tour of Hoi An. Japanese Covered Bridge One of the most popular landmarks in the Old Town of Hoi An, this 400-year-old bridge with its reddish-pink hue is a symbol of unification. Take in the fine architectural details awhile walking across the bridge or snap some photos of its striking silhouette from afar. Hoi An Museum of History and Culture Housed in a 17th-century temple, this museum features an eclectic mix of artifacts such as ceramics, maps, photos, bells, and more that collectively span approximately 2,000 years of Hoi An history. Roam through the exhibit halls and get a glimpse of Hoi An’s glorious and prosperous past. Chinese Assembly Hall (Fujian Assembly Hall) While there are many Chinese assembly halls in Hoi An, none is as aesthetically pleasing as the Fujian Assembly Hall. With its faded red brick gate and intricate architecture, it was once a traditional Chinese meeting point but is now a temple dedicated to Thien Hau, a sea goddess. Museum of Trade Ceramics Located in a restored two-story house reminiscent of Hoi An’s old shophouses, this museum houses a collection of pottery pieces not just from Hoi An but from around Asia and even some parts of the western world. This is a must for pottery aficionados. Hoi An Central Market Hoi An’s biggest and busiest market, this is located in the center of Hoi An’s Old Town and is the perfect place to buy souvenirs and fill up on delicious local eats. Take in the sights, sounds, and smells to complete your Hoi An experience. Hoi An Handicraft Workshop Also known as the Handicraft Village of Hoi An, this workshop is housed in a 200-year-old Chinese trading house. See artisans at work creating traditional Vietnamese crafts such as lanterns, silks, pottery, woodwork, and more in the same way they were made hundreds of years ago.

Hoi An Street Food Tour by Motorbike

5. Hoi An Street Food Tour by Motorbike

Your friendly local guide will meet you at your hotel. After a quick briefing in motorcycle safety,  you will head off to start your delicious food tasting adventure. Your first stop is Hoi An's famous bakery where you will try one of the best Vietnamese sandwiches in Vietnam. From here you will walk around the local market. Resting on the banks of the Thu Bon River, the bustling Hoi An Central Market is worth a visit to see an authentic slice of Vietnamese life. Here, you will enjoy Cao Lau, the specialty dish of Hoi An with an authentic local taste. Next you will stop at a shop in a small alley. Here you will  have the chance to see what real Vietnamese life looks like.  You will discover Banh Beo, a Vietnamese traditional cake and a popular snack of Hoi An locals. You will have a chance to chat to the owners and take photos with them. After all this food, it's time to relax your stomach.  Your guide will take you to the oldest pagoda in Hoi An, a spot where few tourists go.  You will then go on a ride through the beautiful countryside. You will see farmers working the rice paddies with the setting sun reflecting off their hats. Following this, you will head back to Hoi An and try Banh Khot, a round pancake made with rice flour, turmeric, coconut milk, quail's egg and vegetables at a famous street vendor near Hoai square. Next, a challenge! You will have the opportunity to try Balut, one of the weirdest foods in the world: egg no more, duck not yet. Try it if you dare!  To finish your tour you will eat at local restaurant by the river.  Here you will enjoy a special dinner with cold beer and soak up the atmosphere of Hoi An. After the meal you are free to continue exploring the area, or if you prefer your guide will take you back to your hotel.

Hoi An: Home Cooking Class with Market Visit

6. Hoi An: Home Cooking Class with Market Visit

Discover the world-renowned Vietnamese cuisine in one of the culinary meccas of Vietnam. Learn how to prepare your own dish during a hands-on cooking class with a local. Begin your culinary tour with a visit to Hoi An's colorful market. Experience the lively atmosphere and take in the aromatic flavors of the Vietnamese cuisine. Interact with merchants while purchasing ingredients to use for the cooking class. Choosing ingredients is an important step as they need to be fresh, green and fragrant. Then it's time to meet your passionate chef who will first demonstrate how to prepare each dish before guiding you in the preparation of your own dish. Get creative and feel free to add in your own ideas during the course of the lesson.  Experience the art of Vietnamese cooking and get a feeling for it. After the lesson, enjoy the meal you have prepared. At the end of the lesson, you'll have a general understanding of the Vietnamese cuisine and Hoi An cuisine in particular.

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What people are saying about Hoi An Market

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 323 reviews

Spring was a great guide with fantastic clear English. It was a little difficult to hear what was being said around the market because of the bustle and size of the group. My daughter (11) and I had a great day. To travel to the course by boat was nice and the bamboo boats were a fun thing to do with my daughter. We caught 7 crabs! The cooking course was hands on which was brilliant. I liked that you ate each course as it was cooked rather than everything at the end. An enjoyable day and highly recommend.

I had a great experience on this tour, from the market visit, to the bamboo boat ride & of course the cooking lesson. Our guide was very helpful & full of useful information, even sharing the locations of her favourite restaurants to try cao Lau, bahn mi etc. The cooking lesson was good and we were given a copy of the recipes to take with us. I will definitely cook them again at home, although I may have to adapt them slightly if I can't find rice paper easily!

Our quite Nam made a very enjoyable tour, all the food offered was delicious and was often not somewhere we would normally have chosen to eat. And none of us got sick.

Excellent tour! We loved the entire day, the boat rides, the locals and of course the cooking class was top notch!

I was able to spend a very meaningful time. And it was delicious! Recommended!