Marble Mountains, Basket Boat Ride & Hoi An Old Town Walking Tour

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This day tour allows visitors to know about different sides of Vietnam and Vietnamese culture, as well as discover well-preserved nature. In the morning, steep stairs in the Marble Mountains (aka the Five-Elements Mountains) lead to pagodas, ancient shrines, big trees, peaks and fantastic caves. Around its foot, local artisans have carved stone sculptures since 16th century and now, their products are exported to many countries. Later, visitors have a basket boat ride around small and peaceful canals inside Cam Thanh Coconut Village. “Boat dancing”, watching how to catch fish or crab, how to make accessories by palm leaves and listening to folk songs are what to expect next. In the afternoon, after a lantern making class, Hoi An Ancient Town is the focus. It was a bustling trading port from 15th to 19th centuries, playing an important role in commerce across South-east Asia. Not only wandering around historical quarters, visitors also sightsee the best-preserved buildings, visit famous tailors, the night market and tour around colorful lantern-lit streets at night.

*This tour starts from Da Nang or Hoi An

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


  • Explore magnificent caves and visit century-old Buddhist temples in the Marble Mountains – the iconic mountain of Da Nang. Learn about history, culture, religion and traditional handicraft with a local guide.
  • Basket boat ride through a nearly-primitive coconut palm forest where locals daily come to catch fishes and Vietnam communists hide during the American war.
  • Visit Hoi An Ancient Town – a Unesco world heritage site and see the best of it in both daytime and nighttime. There are lots of chances to photograph, go shopping and taste delicious street foods. 

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 all attractions and restaurant in the itinerary. When the tour ends, he drops off in the hotel or another place in Da Nang center and 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.


Pick up
At 8 a.m in the hotel in Da Nang or Hoi An.
Marble Mountains & Stone Carving Village
Around the top of Marble Mountains, the visitors will see Da Nang’s oldest Buddhist temples, grandest grottoes, holiest shrines to local people, pretty outlooks and heritage trees. A viewpoint where all mountains are in sight is included in the trekking. In the surrounding, 400-years-old Non Nuoc marble village is proud of its traditional sculpture carving. One of the largest statue galleries is recommended, providing many opportunities for photography. The Giant Lady Buddha was sculpted by artisans here.

See details in The Marble Mountains Travel Guide
Basket Boat Ride - Hoi An Coconut Village
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, make accessories 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 with Local Food
Try delicious Mi Quang noodles in one of the most famous local eateries in town and listen to the story about how the owner family establish it
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
Night Maket & Lantern Streets
Two highlights in Hoi An Old Town at night, providing so much opportunities to take pictures and buy souvenirs to bring home. Lantern boat ride to see the sparking scene of lanterns from the river, is optional.

See details in Hoi An Night Market and Hoi An Lanterns
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.

See details in Hoi An Memories Show
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

Text in whatsapp +84968009827
A reply will be made within a few hours
Meet up & Pay (in Day of departure)
Cash only, USD & VND accepted
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Frequently Asked Questions

In the tour, travelers will sightsee Buddhist temples, pagodas and religion spots, therefore wearing respectively is required. Particularly, clothings of travelers need to cover airmpits, navel and knees. In the Marble Mountains and Lady Buddha Pagoda, sarongs are available for free in the doors of worshipping spaces. That’re not in Hoi An.

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