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Hoi An: Night Food Tasting Tour

1. 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.

Hoi An Countryside by Electric Scooter

2. 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.

Hoi An Ancient Town Walking Tour

3. Hoi An Ancient Town Walking Tour

Following pickup from your hotel in Da Nang or Hoi An city center, head to the historic heart to see the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Hoi An Ancient Town. Admire different architectural styles and soak up the atmosphere as you stroll among ancient houses that combine elements of Vietnam, China, and Japan. Get a glimpse back through history to a more subdued and simple time. Look inside the impressive Hoi An Museum, see remarkable assembly halls of Chinese influence, and visit a handicraft workshop and the beautiful Japanese Covered Bridge. Available as a shared or private tour.

Hoi An by Night: 4-Hour Tour with Dinner

4. Hoi An by Night: 4-Hour Tour with Dinner

At 18:00 your guide will meet you and take you on a 3.5-hour tour of centuries-old Hoi An. Experience sights and sounds that are vastly different from the hectic pace of the daytime hours. See the ancient houses by the subdued light of lanterns and enjoy watching locals play traditional games and listening to folk music. After sunset, all vehicles are prohibited in town, meaning that you can comfortably walk and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. You’ll visit the Japanese Covered Bridge and Tan Ky Old House, where the mystique of centuries of history is enhanced by moonlight. You’ll head to a traditional restaurant for dinner. Afterwards, local musicians will perform time-honored Vietnamese music, completing your evening out in Hoi An.

From Da Nang: Full-Day My Son and Hoi An Tour

5. From Da Nang: Full-Day My Son and Hoi An Tour

Choose from a shared or private experience to visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day: the ancient Champa Kingdom of My Son, and the ancient town of Hoi An. Begin your guided day trip with hotel pickup from Da Nang and start with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. This fascinating archaeological site was constructed between the 7th and 13th centuries. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, admire the dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries. After exploring this area with your guide, you’ll head to Hoi An to enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch.   In the afternoon, discover Hoi An by foot. This historic town, which used to be a prosperous seaport city from the 16th to 18th centuries, is now a beautiful city that cannot be missed while touring the Southeast Asian region. While walking through the city, you’ll make a few stops: visit Hoi An’s colorful local market, ancient houses, Assembly Halls, manufacturing workshops, and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. You’ll also see local residents raising silkworms and producing silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry. At the conclusion of the tour, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Da Nang.

Hoi An: Half-Day Guided Walking Tour in a Small Group

6. Hoi An: Half-Day Guided Walking Tour in a Small Group

Exploring Hoi An on foot is one of the best ways to take in the charms of this town. Its unique atmosphere has been created by a combination of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese influences. On this guided walk you’ll see a number of ancient houses, reminiscent of times long past. You’ll visit the Hoi An Museum and admire the architecture of many of the town’s ancient houses, see the Chinese-influenced Assembly Hall, a handicraft workshop, and the well-known Japanese Covered Bridge. An optional stop is at the private home of Diep Dong Nguyen (subject to availability), which features a stunning collection of artifacts ranging from pottery to seals and paintings, to money and old Hoi An photographs.

Hoi An: Ao Dai Photography Tour

7. 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 memorable moments in each picture that you take.

From Da Nang: Private Tour to Hoi An and Marble Mountains

8. From Da Nang: Private Tour to Hoi An and Marble Mountains

Explore beyond the borders of Da Nang, with this private day trip by visiting the fascinating Marble Mountains and Hoi An’s Ancient Town for the most beautiful spots. Start the journey with a pickup at your accommodation in Da Nang and head to Non Nuoc Village. Also known as Non Nuoc Fine Arts Village, it is set at the foot of the Marble Mountains and features hundreds of artisans showcasing their work. Find stone and marble statues as well as household items, utensils, and jewelry. After browsing through the many sculptures at the foot of the mountain, take a short lift up the Marble Mountains. One of central Vietnam’s famous landmarks, the Marble Mountains are a cluster of five limestone cliffs named after the elements of the Earth. But don’t be deceived by its imposing facade. The mountains themselves have many caves, tunnels, and shrines to visit and explore. On this tour, pass by the Linh Ung Pagoda, the Tang Chon Cave, Huyen Khong Cave, and Tam Thai Pagoda. After descending the mountain, head to Hoi An’s Ancient Town. Once a flourishing trading port, this UNESCO World Heritage Site remains well-preserved with old-style shophouses, museums, and temples all open to explore. Wander through the weathered streets and pass by bridges, museums, and assembly halls before stopping for a tasty Vietnamese lunch (at your expense) and heading back to Da Nang.

Explore Hoi An City With a Private Chauffeur

9. Explore Hoi An City With a Private Chauffeur

Sit back and relax in the privacy of your vehicle as your driver takes the quickest routes to get from one destination to the next. You'll be able to observe the daily life of the city around you without worrying about transportation, and have as much time as possible to explore at each location. You can choose to follow the recommended route, specially designed by the local experts, or you can create your own itinerary to explore Hoi An City in your own way. The full-day tour from Hoi An City includes Hoi An Old Town, Thanh Ha Pottery Village, Tra Que Village, An Bang Beach, and Cam Thanh Coconut Forest. The half-day Hoi An City tour includes Hoi An Old Town and Cam Thanh Coconut forest or you can choose a half-day tour to My Son Sanctuary. The vehicle for your private tour will be selected based on the size of your group.

Evening Food Tour with a Local Home Dinner

10. 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)

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What people are saying about Hoi An Ancient Town

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 112 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!

interesting tour with 5 stops, only in places where local people were eating. Generous portions, you won't go home hungry. we experienced "balut"....

Very nice trip with scooters. Very nice and knowledgeable tour guide. Was fun and we met local People. Made our own lantern! Thanks, Vinnie!!

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

Bong was amazing, was stuffed by the end of it; really enjoyed it all. Thank you