Great experiences guaranteed by locals
LATEST REVIEW FROM GLOBE TROTTERS:
If it is the first time of coming Hoi An, it is okay to go to the Ancient Town where is very crowded and too commercial (for me) to know how Hoi An is.
But if you like to discover more and enjoy the beauty of this small town, you can hire a bicyle (usually free at hotel or homestay) to go through the rice and vegetable field in Tra Que. In Tra Que, there is a small bridge where is the best place to watch the sunset.
The rural areas called Cam Kim, is also worth to go. Actually there isn’t a tourism destination here but a small restaurant (let’s call it restaurant but actually not as the one we usually go in the downtown). The restaurant is beside the river, usually not very crowded, and the food is tasty.
Besides, you can go to beach. In Hoi An, there are 2 beaches: Cua Dai and An Bang. Cua Dai used to be the most beautiful beach but now it was eroded. So not many people come Cua Dai beach nowadays. An Bang beach is the replacement.
Last but not least, visiting Hoi An means eating local foods. There are so many tasty foods you can have here, such as: Cao lau, Quang Noodle, Chicken rice, Wonton....
THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN
In Hoi An farming life is closely integrated with the urban. Many people explore by taking the paths through the large rice fields that abound only a kilometer or so from the city center. Nearby islands, especially Cam Kim, are natural wonderlands that can also be explored this way. Formal parks don't really exist here although they have them in Da Nang because nature's wonder is on display everywhere. One place of keen interest is Tra Que, just 2-3 kilometers out of town -- it's the market garden for the town and has an array of vegetables and herbs stretching over a square kilometer or so. You can also cycle through this on well sealed cement paths. If you explore this way you are bound to come across many 'hidden' gems - everyone in Hoi An is a gardener.
DA NANG EXPERIENCES: Golden Bridge, Son Tra peninsula, Hai Van Pass and Lang Co beach.
HOI AN STREET FOOD TOUR & CULTURAL UNESCO HERITAGE SITE
We will kick off your private food experience with a 'Banh Mi' before exploring of this historic and charming Vietnamese town. This include visits to a temple, workshops, old houses with a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Hindu, Japanese & Portuguese influences, some dating back to 1780 and the Japanese Bridge built in 1719. Hoi An is a shoppers paradise, especially its well known tailor and shoe shops.
The Central Market is a perfect choice to see local food and is a good starting point for our evening foodie journey.
We will try more than 06 different local delicacies during this walk. From traditional Vietnamese coffee to central Vietnam's famous spring rolls and BBQ pork skewers, from steam savoury rice cakes to deep fried seafood wonton, perhaps ending with a favourite street dessert.
End the tour with a short seating with local people drinking draft beer.
HOI AN BIKE RIDE, BASKET BOAT TRIP, FARMING & COOKING TOUR
8:00 am: We will pick up from your accommodation with bicycles and start to ride to the countryside enjoying a day of sun and water, exploring the pristine Hoian rice paddy field.
We then take the River boat ride passing local fisherman arriving at the water coconut groves in Cam Thanh nipa palm village with exciting water activities such as to fish crabs, to get challenging the boat ride in a basket boat (round shape bamboo made).
11:00 am: Leave the village and bike again for the trip along the Coco River, indulging your senses at Vietnamese prawn farm and fish traps in the river.
Reach the Tra Que herbal village to be greeted with a relaxing foot massage and a complimentary drink. Then have a fun family eco-experience with a Vietnamese cooking class and taking part in one of the community activities to give back to the local communities are the must try experiences at Hoi An Eco village..
In the cooking class: you and local chelf will prepare and make dishes selected from the local food menu and cook then enjoy all the dishes that you have friendly done.
3:00 pm: Leave the villgers and ride back to your hotel or villas. End of the tour.
TASTE OF VIETNAM - FOOD TOURS
1. Hoi An street food tour, from 5pm to 8pm, $ 38 US per person.
2. Da Nang street food tour, from 5pm to 8pm, $ 43 US per person.
3. Food tour by locals in Da Nang city
4. Food tour by locals in Hoi An city
5. Cooking class by chefs or family owners
6. Farming and cooking tour in Tra Que Vegetable vilalge.