Full Day Hoi An Ancient Town & Countryside Experience With Local

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Overview

This day tour allows travelers to get insight into 2 different sides of Hoi An. In the morning, walks in the Ancient town world heritage lead to vintage lantern streets and the best preserved buildings. The town is an intact international trade port that thrived from 15th to 19th centuries. As a capital of tailors, top-quality tailor shops are also recommended, to make an own custom made suit or dress. After having delicious foods cooked by a wife in a local house, fishermans propell basket boats to take travellers through a tranquil palm forest. Waterways there are small, maze-like and harbour an abundant source of fishes. Later, buffalo riding and learning how to grow and water vegetables by a shoulder pole are what to expect. 

*Tour departs from Da Nang or Hoi An

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One Day Car or Minivan English 2 Minimum (Private available)

Highlights

  • Stroll around lantern quarters and sightsee the best-preserved buildings of Hoi An ancient town – a world cultural heritage. The guide will explain lots of knowledge about the history and culture of this melting pot.
  • Explore the former hiding place of Vietcong communists during the American war (1960s and 1970s) by a basket boat. It’s the only water coconut palm forest in the region.  
  • Local experiences that allow travelers to know about authentic Vietnamese rural life and the chance to interact with owners of the land.
  • Plenty of photo and shopping opportunities.

What's Included

Departure & Return

Tour guide will be in the hotel reception at 8 a.m in Da Nang or Hoi An. Then, the driver takes traveler(s) to Hoi An ancient town, coconut village and placed mentioned in the itinerary. When the tour ends, he drops off in the hotel or another place in Da Nang center or Hoi An if requested. A small extra fee is charged for pick up and drop off in Son Tra peninsula or South Hoi An area.

Itinerary

Pick up
At 8 a.m in hotel reception at Hoi An or Da Nang. (ealier if requested)
Tra Que Vegetable Village
Farmers in Tra Que village grow fresh vegetables and herbs with the highest quality in Hoi An. For over 400 years, they have been using traditional, organic techniques that don’t exist anymore in many areas today. Here, travellers have the chance to learn about this know-how, under the instruction of local growers. If traveling with kids, farming experiences give them a fun-filled time, apart from educational meaning.

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Buffalo Ride Experience
Water buffalo is the best friend of Vietnamese farmers. Because of its importance in the agriculture, killing and eating it were banned. Childrens offen “hang out” with this friendly animal to let it swim in the rive and eat grass culms. And then, they ride it to return home. In Hoi An’s countryside, visitors today still have the chance to do the same. The ride may be not found anywhere in the region.
Basket Boat Ride - Hoi An Coconut Forest
Near the estuary of Thu Bon River, Hoi An Coconut Forest is 200-years-old.During the Vietnam war, communists (Vietcong) made full use of its vastness, interlaced canals and inaccessibility by big boats, to build a hiding base. They used basket boats to move around like locals and now, travelers have a similar experience. During the ride, how people catch small crabs by the rob or fishes by the net, makeaccessories by palm leaf and the “dance” (boat spinning) absolutely can be expected.In 2009, the forest became a part of a Unesco world biosphere reserve. 

See details in Hoi An Basket Boat Ride and Hoi An Coconut Village
Lunch
Have lunch with a Vietnamese foods in local house.

1 hour recommended • Vegetarian menu available if requested
Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour
By the Thu Bon River, Hoi An is the best-preserved trading town in South-east Asia. Thrived between 15th and 19th centuries, this international hub of commerce drew foreign merchants coming to trade whose nationality were Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese and more. Lost its important role in the end of the nineteenth century, architectural heritages and culture of local inhabitants in Hoi An today are still unchanged. Besides places included by the entrance ticket*, the guide also recommends other highlights to allow travelers to know different slices of the town. There are lots of opportunities to photograph, taste local street foods and buy souvenirs while wandering around lantern-lit streets.

(*) Picked sightseeing places for Hoi An old town ticket may be the Old House of Tan Ky, Japanese Covered Bridge, Fujian Assembly Hall, Traditional Art Performance House, and Museum of Trade Ceramics.

See details in Hoi An Old Town Travel Guide
hoi an memories show (optional)
This is the largest outdoor visual art performance in Vietnam, with a participation of around 500 actors and actresses. During an hour, the audience will catch up in flexible dancings, good songs, musics, lights, and the stories. The show is a part of the Hoi An Impression Theme Park, 1km walk from Hoi An central market.

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Back to hotel

Additional Info

  • This experience is run with 2 travelers minimum but private one is still available. Chat with us via whatsapp number +84968009827 for the best price.
  • Confirmation may be received at time of booking.
  • If traveling with kids, an announcement in advance is necessary.
  • Free for childrens under 5 years old and 50% off for childrens from 5 to 10 years old, full fee for older ages.
  • A small extra fee will be surcharged to pick up in the Son Tra peninsula (Da Nang) and South Hoi An area (Hoi An)
  • Most travelers can participate, LGBT-friendly
  • No wheelchair accessible.

How to Book & Pay

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A reply will be made within a few hours
Confirmation
Meet up & Pay (in Day of departure)
Cash only, USD & VND accepted
On Tour
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Frequently Asked Questions

Travelers need to wear clothings that airpits, knees and navel are covered, to express the respect to the gods. Because of requiring walking many, a good pair of shows is necessary (waterproof one if in rainy season). Sun glasses, sun cream, hat/cap, mosquito repellent and rain poncho are what should be in the bag as well.

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