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Hoi An Countryside by Electric Scooter

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

Hoi An: Half-Day Ancient Town Tour

3. 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 An: learn how locals make a living and shop for colorful souvenirs.

Marble Mountains and Hoi An City: Full-Day Large Group Visit

4. Marble Mountains and Hoi An City: Full-Day Large Group Visit

The Marble Mountains are a popular sightseeing location in Da Nang thanks to their alluring beauty. Stone steps carved into the mountain lead to a Buddhist Pagoda. Upon your arrival, you will climb up the stone steps to visit the caves and pagodas, as well as to admire the beautiful panoramic view. You will then head down the mountain to visit the stone village, where the skilled local sculptors create many beautiful marble products. Exploring Hoi An on foot is one of the best ways to take in the city’s charm. It is a place of surprising quiet and peace. After lunch, set off in Hoi An to feel the unique atmosphere, which combines elements of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese culture. Some of the most remarkable views of the city are from the ancient houses. From here, visitors can catch a glimpse of a long gone past and more subdued and simple time. At the end of the tour you will be transported back to Da Nang with a shuttle service.

Hoi An Countryside, Arts & Crafts by Electric Scooter

5. Hoi An Countryside, Arts & Crafts by Electric Scooter

Choose from a shared or private tour and kick off your day with a delicious smoothie and muffin at the local suppliers comfortable riverside lounge in the center of Hoi An. After that, it’s time to hop on your scooter to start exploring. First up is a drive past the old town to Cam Nam Island where you’ll 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, you will visit some local houses and locations to see and speak to people making important local products such as rice crackers, shoes, lanterns. You’ll also visit a unique and creative outdoor gym which is sure to entertain you. After all that exploration, it will be a good time to take a break for rest and refreshment. You’ll stop at a local stop overlooking Hoi An Ancient Town and the Thu Bon River where our NGO partner, Streets International will provide a healthy local snack and drink and tell you about their mission to educate and train disadvantaged youth in order to offer them a career in hospitality. Then, time to capture the beauty of Hoi An landscape.  Afterward, on our drive through the countryside, you’ll experience up close the resplendent beauty of the rice paddies, grazing buffalo’s 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 offer plenty of perfect photo opportunities. You’ll cruise along 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, guest can unwind in a stunning beach lounge overlooking one of the best beaches in Vietnam, An Bang Beach, with some delicious food and drinks. 

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

6. 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 touring the region. While walking around Hoi An old town, stop to visit the Hoi An Museum, a few of the town’s ancient houses and a craft workshop. You will also walk over the must-see Japanese Covered Bridge. These spots are built in the typical architectural style of Hoi An, which reflects the town's influences from France, Japan, China and Vietnam.  After exploring Hoi An, you will be dropped back to Da Nang port.

From Hue: 1-Way Private Car Ride to Hoi An with City Sites

7. From Hue: 1-Way Private Car Ride to Hoi An with City Sites

A coastal drive from Hue to Hoi An is considered to be the most beautiful drive in Central of Vietnam, taking you through the unique combination of rural, mountain and coastal settings. Our driver picks you at Hue city center and depart for Hoi An. on the way from Hue to Hoi An, we stop to visit: Lap An lagoon is a brackish water area with a surface of over 800ha in the west of Lang Co Bay, stretching from the foot of Phu Gia Pass to Hai Van Estuary. Surrounding the lagoon is a winding small road and in the distance, there is the majestic mountain of Bach Ma. A long white-sand beach with blue seawater of Lang Co may capture every visitor’s heart at first sight. Visiting Lang Co Bay at the sunset, you may feel nostalgic when seeing a peaceful fishing village with a boat sailing in Lap An Lagoon (near Lang Co bay), together with flocks of storks flying back to their nest. The Hai Van Pass, is an approximately 21 km long mountain pass on National Route 1A in Vietnam. It traverses a spur of the larger Annamite Range that juts into the South China Sea, on the border of Da Nang Marble Mountains is a cluster of five marble and limestone hills located in Ngu Hanh Son, south of Da Nang city in Vietnam. The five mountains are named after the five elements: Kim (metal), Thuy (water), Moc (wood), Hoa (fire) and Tho (earth). All of the mountains have cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit of Mt. Thuy. Several Buddhist sanctuaries can also be found within the mountains, making this a famous tourist destination. The area is famous for stone sculpture making and stone-cutting crafts. My Khe beach with a coastline of 35km long from Hai Van Pass to Non-Nuoc, Da nang is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Vietnam. Closed to the city center (5km), the most popular beach My Khe is the common name of the coastline lasted 10km from the base of the Son Tra Peninsula to the Marble Mountains Arrive Hoi An city. End of tour transfer Hue to Hoi An by cars Hoi An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colorful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge with its pagoda.

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4.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

This is our first time riding an electric scooter. It was so fun and exciting as this would probably be our once in a lifetime experience, since we don’t have a motorcycle license and never intended to get one. We had a quick 30 min lesson on how to ride the scooter in a compound before head on the street. The whole ride tour were well taken care with several escorts surrounding us. It is a must try activity in Hoi An. Highly recommend

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

as always very well organized, great guide to Hoi An, you deserve her bonus!

Tom and the others were very helpful. Fantastic experience!