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Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

1. Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Da Nang or Hoi An, visit the Son Tra Mountain, also known as Monkey Mountain, to gain insight into Vietnam's rich history of Buddhism and Hinduism. Then, visit the Lady Buddha statue, the tallest Buddhist statue in Vietnam, reaching a height of 220 feet (67 meters). Next, visit local stone factories and sculpture shops, before visiting Marble Mountain. Visit the Âm Phủ cave, to take a walk through a re-creation of Buddhist hell. At midday enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with authentic Vietnamese dishes. You'll be transferred back to your hotel around 1:00 PM.

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

2. 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: Boat Trip to the Cham Islands with Snorkeling

3. Hoi An: Boat Trip to the Cham Islands with Snorkeling

After being collected from your accommodation at 8:00AM, you will depart for the Cham Islands (locally known as Cu Lao Cham), which feature some of the most beautiful seascapes and landscapes in the area. This island complex has only 3,000 inhabitants and most of them make a living from fishing. You can take a trip of only 25 minutes by speedboat from Hoi An Town (Cua Dai Quay) for this amazing beach and nature excursion. Snorkel or dive to experience the beautiful coral reefs, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on the island or walk along the eco-tour trail. The island is rich in aquatic resources, with 165 hectares of coral and 500 hectares of seaweed. The waters around Cu Lao Cham are home to 135 species of coral, 4 species of tiger shrimp and 84 species of mollusk, many of which are listed in the World’s Red Book of endangered species. There are many other interesting attractions for visitors, including fresh seafood, traditional crafts, swimming and sightseeing. Recently, important archaeological remains were found and these are now exhibited in a small museum near the main jetty.   The cluster of islands that make up Cham island are also a Marine Protected Area (MPA) due to numerous important marine inhabitants, particularly beaches and coral reefs, and rich biodiversity. The Marine Protected Area includes eight islands; the largest island being Hon Lao, featuring magnificent beaches and forests. You can also experience the township of Bai Lang, a small harbor, a Traditional Fishing Village (Bai Lang), temples, shrines and a pagoda. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your accommodation at 3:00PM.

Hoi An: City and Food Tour

4. Hoi An: City and Food Tour

If you’re adventurous with food and enjoy exploring local cuisine, then this is a tour you’ll probably want to do. This Hoi An city and food tour focuses on the unique local breakfast street food of Hoi An, as well as some of the typical architecture styles of the city. Your trail includes a leisurely stroll around Hoi An Old Town, passing by cultural attractions such as the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, the Chinese Assembly Halls, handicraft making, a journey to the Hoi An Center market, some hidden food treasures favored by locals, and a foot massage at the end. This is great way to spend your very first days in Hoi An. You'll find out more on this single tour than you would have in a month of random wandering around town!

From Hoi An & Da Nang: Authentic Vietnamese Cooking Tour

5. From Hoi An & Da Nang: Authentic Vietnamese Cooking Tour

This is a cooking tour, which is different from a cooking class. The journey will take you through the beautiful and scenic countryside of Hoi An to Cam Thanh village (around 4 kilometers away from the town center). This adventure will include a visit to a local produce market and a boat trip along the beautiful Thu Bon River, with sights that include the island of Cam Nam and Duy Hai fishing village, as you pass under the majestic Cua Dai Bridge.  Your adventure continues on a fun-filled Basket Boat ride through the Water Palm Village, followed by a ride in a water buffalo cart that will take you to the local supplier's cooking school and restaurant. Upon arrival, you can then unwind by soaking up the joys of a foot, head, and shoulder massage.  The menu for the cooking class includes the following Vietnamese dishes:  Rolled wet rice paper with minced pork and vegetables Chicken Noodle Soup (Pho Ga)Grilled Fish in a Banana Leaf Vietnamese Prawn Curry You may then relax and enjoy the sumptuous delights of your cooking creations, in the pleasant surroundings of the local supplier's restaurant. 

From Hue: Private Transfer to Hoi An & Sightseeing

6. From Hue: Private Transfer to Hoi An & Sightseeing

Take the hassle out of your journey from Hue to Hoi An with a private car transfer. You will be picked up from your hotel in Hue and dropped off in Hoi An at your desired location, with plenty of time for sightseeing on the way. Stop off at Lang Co beach, a popular tourist destination. This beautiful beach is situated on a lagoon, separated from the sea by the highway. Relax and enjoy some fresh seafood. Once you are back in the car, you will drive over the Hai Van (ocean cloud) pass along one of the world's most beautiful coastal roads. Enjoy incredible views along the series of hairpin turns, steep inclines, and breathtaking vistas.  Next you will see the Marble Mountains. This group of five limestone hills are named after five elements (fire, metal, earth, water, and wood). Thuy Son, the water mountain, is the largest of the five and boasts several caves, pagodas, and two viewpoints with spectacular views of Da Nang city. Afterwards, it is possible to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, to learn about this ancient art form (available upon request). Finally, you will be dropped off at a convenient location in Hoi An. 

Hoi An: Full-Day Small Group Trip to My Son Sanctuary

7. Hoi An: Full-Day Small Group Trip to My Son Sanctuary

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Hoi An then travels the 50 km journey to the captivating Cham temples of My Son Sanctuary. A must-see for history buffs, the sanctuary dates back from the 4th to the 13th century and owes its spiritual origins to the Hinduism of India. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the temples and learn about the site's headless statues, whose upper bodies are currently on display behind glass at The Louvre in Paris. Unlike a half-day tour, this full-day experience allows you plenty of time to explore the complex and see everything that the sanctuary has to offer. After your tour of the temple, stop by a local restaurant for a traditional lunch to replenish your energy. Later, enjoy an incredible cultural performance practiced by the Cham people for many centuries. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to your hotel in Hoi An.

From Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary Early Morning Tour

8. From Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary Early Morning Tour

Following early 4:30 AM pick-up from your hotel in Hoi An, travel towards the ancient sanctuary of My Son and enjoy a light lunchbox-style breakfast on the way. Journey back in time upon arrival at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and watch the sunrise over the beautiful countryside. Get the chance to explore the My Son sanctuary before the crowds arrive and enjoy the cooler temperatures of the morning. Watch the sunrise over the countryside of Vietnam before visiting the Hindu sanctuary. Learn more about the ancient Champa Kingdom as you explore the abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples, built between the 4th and 13th century AD. Soak up the amazing views of the lush valleys and surrounding mountains. 

Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

9. Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

Upon arrival at the class at Cam Pho, in the heart of Hoi An, you'll be greeted with a traditional Vietnamese tea. Then, start to make a 30 cm lantern made of silk and bamboo in the shape you like - choose between a lotus, diamond, sunrise, or sunset.  All the materials you need will be provided, so you can focus on enjoying the experience of making your own lantern. You can either make your lantern completely from scratch for a full class, or choose the express class to start with a pre-made frame. Vietnamese people believe that hanging lanterns in front of their house brings luck, happiness, and wealth to the family. After the class you can take your foldable lantern home as a souvenir from Hoi An.

Hoi An: Full-Day Ba Na Hills Tour and Golden Bridge Visit

10. Hoi An: Full-Day Ba Na Hills Tour and Golden Bridge Visit

Visit the spectacular Ba Na Hills on a full-day trip. Ride the world's longest cable car. At the top, escape the heat and perhaps even experience 4 distinct seasons while you're there. After being collected from your Hoi An accommodation at 7:00 AM, stop at the tour operator's office in Da nang then transfer to a big bus to Ba Na Hills. Arrive at the Ba Na Hills station at around 9:30 AM When you arrive at the cable car’s second station, you can visit a variety of attractions. Sights include the Debay wine cellar and the Linh Ung pagoda, with its 27-meter-high Buddha statue. Enjoy a walk through the Loc Uyen garden. Visit Entertainment Paradise by cable car, where you can participate in many exciting games, discover the ghost house and watch 4D films. After a buffet lunch at Ba Na, head to a natural monkey garden and God Mountain – the highest peak in central Vietnam. You will also have the chance to visit Golden Bridge, a 150-meter-long pedestrian bridge with two giant stone hands supporting the structure.

Frequently asked questions about Hoi An

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Planning Your Visit

  • What to eat in Hoi An?

    The cuisine of Hoi An is full of nuanced and exotic flavors. Make sure to try one of the many chicken rice dishes or for full authentic flare--make sure your meal has vegetables from the Tra Que vegetable village and the water came from an ancient Cham well.

  • How to get around Hoi An?

    The small streets of Hoi An are best traversed on foot. Beware of motorbikes whizzing about! You can also rent a motorbike, but know that during some hours they are banned from the city center. You can also take a taxi or go old-school and take a boat around.

Good to know

  • Language
    Vietnamese
  • Currency
    Vietnamese Dong (VND)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
    +84
  • Best time to visit
    If you visit from February to July, you'll find warm, sunny weather. Year-round Hoi An has pleasant weather but can be quite rainy. The best time to go is before the rainy season begins.

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What people are saying about Hoi An

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,091 reviews

You need yo take these tours! I can't stress enough how great this service was. My husband and I were in Da Nang for a couple of days during Tet, and they were so kind to take us on a tour to Marble Mountains, The Lady Buda and An Phu Cave. Communication was great from the very start, we could arrange everything online and by a phone call. Our guides were so nice and experienced people, they picked us up at our hotel early in the morning and took us on their bikes, it was so fun. We stopped on the road to take some pictures while they were explaining us about the places we would visit, then they took us to many hidden little paths so we could reach points with gorgeous views, and God they are fit people, the tour demands some energy from your body since you'll be walking and doing some climbing as well, but it's all worth it, you get to see incredible sculptures in dramatic caves, impressive landscapes... while learning a lot about a fascinating culture. Highly recommend this tour!

Our guide was exceptionally friendly and sweet! It was just us who booked the tour on this day so it was private. The car was very comfortable and spacious, there was also complimentary water provided. There was a nice small walking tour through some of the murals in the village. The only thing I was a bit disappointed with is that we did not have an opportunity to see all the murals in the village. This is because we were led back into the car which quickly drove past the second section of murals and some painted basket boats. And by the time we realized, it was too late to feel comfortable asking to turn back. It would have been nice to have more time to walk around, explore and take a closer look.

Was a great tour with simultaneous transfer. Especially our guide (Mr.D) was super friendly & spoke good English so that we could learn a lot along the way.

Great trip, you could have saved yourself the snorkeling at this point but it was still great to jump into the water and swim :)

Worked perfectly. Used in Thailand: Bangkok and Koh Samui.