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  1. Vietnam
  2. Quang Nam
  3. Hoi An

Hoi An: Vintage Vespa Cultural Afternoon

Product ID: 131037
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Just a short ride out of the Old Town, the stunning countryside will leave you spellbound with its endless rice paddies, conical hats and water buffalo. Journey further to discover the real local people, performing ancient arts and trades.
About this activity
Duration 4.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Vietnamese, English

Pick-up service

From your hotel in Hoi An.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Ride along the country lanes to the water coconut forest
  • Have a coffee and meet some villagers from the forest who will take you on a coracle boat ride through the forest waterways
  • Ride alongside shrimp farms and rice fields to Tra Que vegetable village
  • Explore the vegetable gardens, learn about the village and the herbs that are grown in Tra Que
  • Visit a monastic pagoda for quiet reflection
  • Travel along a river levee to return to Hoi An to eat a bowl of mi quang noodles, one of Hoi An’s local specialties
Full description
Start from your hotel at 14:00 and meet your drivers, guide and classic vintage Piaggio Vespa. Then jump on, click on your helmet and off you go. Listen to the sounds of this famous engine as you whir away on the start of your journey. Your first stop will be a coffee shop run by the local people of a small village. The village is famous for its Nypa Fruticans (coconut palms) - a beautiful palm tree that is fundamental to life in Hoi An. Enjoy a Vietnamese coffee while your guide provides you with detailed information about the tour, the village and the coconut palms.

While you enjoy coffee, learn about the coconut palms and their myriad uses in Hoi An, from food right through to housing construction. Once ravaged by war, these waterways are now tranquil and serene and play a vital role in the Hoi An economy. Jump aboard a coracle boat and let the local fishermen and women row the small canal systems. The scenery will be stunning and always changing. Feel the cool breeze as it comes off the water and watch the local bird and other wildlife that has returned to this once war-ravaged area. At 16:15, take a moment to stop for photos and stretch your legs before continuing the trip along little countryside laneways and alleys. Pass beautiful lakes stocked with shrimp and stunning rice paddies to arrive at the Tra Que vegetable village. Taking time to explore the vegetable gardens, you will learn about the village and the local herbs that are grown here and are fundamental to the local cuisine. Then continue your journey into the countryside, making your way to an old pagoda. The pagoda is a place for quiet reflection, listening to your heart, forgetting your troubles and enjoying the harmonious environment of the monastery.

The sun will start to set and the sky will begin to change color. Continue your trip on the country laneways along a beautiful river making your way to a levee. Here, you will stop for photos and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings and the setting sun. Arriving back in Hoi An along the riverside, enjoy a bowl of mi quang near the fish market. Mi quang is a delicious and traditional dish of Hoi An and Quang Nam Province. After your noodles, you will be taken on your final ride and return to your hotel.
Includes
  • Vespa tour with hotel pick-up and drop off
  • English-speaking escort
  • Coffee and fruit
  • Local food for dinner
  • Coracle boat
  • Entrance fee
What’s Not Included
  • Tip
  • Personal expenses
  • VAT tax
  • Travel insurance
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Bring sunscreen
• You may wish to bring a long-sleeved light top
• Wear appropriate footwear for being a pillion passenger
• Shoes as opposed to open sandals are suggested