Vietnam

Land of the Rising Dragon

Hoi An Riverside Wonder

Private Tour

Starting from $359 pp

Overview

Hoian

With over 2000 years of history Hoi An dates back to the spice trade with Indonesia from the 7th to 10th century. The town was once a major port until the Thu Bon River silted up in the late 19th century, meaning ships could no longer reach the towns docks. This stroke of bad luck has created the most delightful historic town with a beautiful riverside setting that can rival Luang Prabang with its character. The town has a wonderful atmosphere and calm about it as you wonder the streets amongst old tea warehouses, Chinese temples and Japanese merchant houses.

A trip to Hoi An now will not disappoint even though tourism has started to change the face of the town with tailor shops, boutique hotels and bars. Making a short trip here more enjoyable as you can have the best of both worlds from modern living to crossing to Cam Nam Island where you will find little has changed. On this break you will discover the charm of the old town, visit the UNESCO site of My Son as well as enjoying a cooking class and visiting some local markets. You then have time to delve further in to the melting pot by enjoying a bike ride, boat trip or just relax on the nearby beach of An Bang.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW

Day 1: Arrive Danang

On Arrival at Danang International Airport located near Hoi An, you will be met by an Asia for Expats representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You are then free to settle in to your new surroundings or take a trip to the beach if arriving in the morning.

Day 2: Hoi An Ancient Town & My Son Sanctuary

This morning you’ll travel to the charming sanctuary of My Son, a World Heritage site located 40km southwest of Hoi An. The towers and sanctuaries are considered to be in the same league as some of Southeast Asia’s greatest archaeological sites such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Myanmar’s Bagan. In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a fascinating walking tour through Hoi An’s ancient Town. During the tour you will visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Hall, and the local market.

*(B)

Day 3: Hoi An Market Tour & Cooking Class

Your Vietnamese cooking class starts with a short bicycle ride to visit the local markets. You have the chance to interact with the local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients needed for your cooking class. This gives you a better understanding of the Vietnamese culture, as well as arouses those senses. During the Gourmet Cooking Class, the Chefs will demonstrate how to prepare each dish before getting hands.

*(B,L)

Day 4: Depart Danang

After breakfast, you are free until we pick you up and transfer you to the airport with plenty of time before your departing flight home.

*(B)

*Please see our list of activities that can be added to your getaway.

Activities

Hoi An Sunrise Photography TourHoi An Sunrise Photography Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 3 hours
Capture the morning light spilling across the water and get some great shots of the fisherman bringing in their catch. In this tour your host will help you take better shots and approach locals. This workshop is suitable for beginners and advanced photographers

Hoi An Sunset Photography TourHoi An Sunset Photography Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 3 hours
Sunsets in Hoi An offer great chances to capture the best of the local life.  Enjoy a boat ride to Thanh Ha Village exploring the rice paddies in the warm afternoon light. Enter a traditional village along the river and get some shots of the Old Quarters with professional advice.

Hoi An Fishing AdventureHoi An Fishing Adventure
Minimum Number:
2 People
Duration: 6 hours
Your fishing adventure starts in Cam Thanh Village, famous for its seafood. During this tour you will learn some traditional fishing techniques, as well as trying to paddle the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boats.

Half Day Authentic Hoi An City TourHalf Day Authentic Hoi An City Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 4 hours
Enjoy a guided walking tour around picturesque Hoi An Ancient Town.  Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Hall and the local market. Explore art galleries, souvenirs and tailor shops before learning about the history of the town’s traditional lanterns and try making one by yourself.


My Son Sanctuary Half Day TourMy Son Sanctuary Half Day Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 4 hours
Enjoy a guided tour to My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 40 km southwest of Hoi An.  Located in a lush valley, My Son was the capital and religious center of the Cham people. The structure is a great sample of the ancient Champa civilization.


Vietnam Life Bike TourVietnam Life Bike Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 8 hours
Ride through Hoi An’s old streets, visit the Tra Que Vegetable Village and join the farmers in preparing the land, fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. Learn how to prepare ‘Tam Huu’ spring rolls and rice pancake with your host before cycling back to town.

Hoi An Savour Food and Cooking TourHoi An Savour Food and Cooking Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 4 hours
Start by visiting the local market to buy some ingredients, cruise along the Thu Bon River to the Red Bridge Cooking School and learn about Vietnamese cuisine. The Red Bridge’s chef will show you how to prepare some of Vietnam’s most traditional dishes.

Escape Hoi An Full Day bike tour

Escape Hoi An Full Day bike tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 8 hours
This tour takes you past the Duy Hai Fishing Hamlet, boarding a local ferry to the Duy Hai Fishing Hub. You’ll continue to ride along Duy Hai to the lush Kim Bong Craft Village.  Get to know some of the locals and explore the wood carving workshops before boarding a boat back to Hoi An.

Expat Tips

Top Expat Tips:

  • If you want some tailor-made clothes then this is the perfect place as there are numerous tailor shops to choose from
  • Enjoy some local delicacies like Com Ga chicken rice, Cao Lau noodles or Hoanh Thanh wontons
  • Take some time out to chill on the nearby beach of An Bang

Challenges:

  • Help out on the farm at the Waterwheel restaurant and see if you can earn yourself lunch
  • See if you can find the origin of ‘Banh Bao Vac’ or White dumplings made with translucent dough

For Families:

  • Take some time off and go swimming on the stunning kids friendly Cua Dai Beach
  • Enjoy a farming tour in Tra Que Village (Vegetable Village)
Information

Tour Includes:

  • Land transportation within Vietnam by private vehicles.
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation listed
  • Breakfasts each morning on the tour
  • Excursions as mentioned
  • All admission fees at activities mentioned in the itinerary, temples and attractions.
  • All taxes

Tour Excludes:

  • Flights to/from Asia. (Our team can help you arrange flights if requested)
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Meals, unless otherwise mentioned
  • Beverages and personal expenses
  • Other excursions and entrance fees
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation and evacuation in the event of accident of illness).
  • All other services not listed in “Tour Includes”.

Flights

We will arrange all flights and transportation within Asia as mentioned in the itinerary. Our team can arrange bonded ATOL flights to/from Asia upon request. Please complete the enquiry form with the necessary information to issue a quote for your international flights.

Visa

A visa is required to enter Vietnam. Our team will happily advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months beyond stay. Also at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting and 4 passport-size photos are needed.

Insurance

Please make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance adequate for your holidays and the activities you want to undertake. Your insurance must cover medical costs related to hospitalisation, repatriation and emergency travel.

Vaccinations

Please consult your doctor, clinic or your national Department of Health for recommended vaccinations and medication when travelling to Southeast Asia. It is important to arrange the necessary appointments well in advance of your trip.

Currency

US Dollars (USD) are accepted in some places in Vietnam. You can exchange US Dollars for the local currency Vietnamese Dong (VND) once you arrive. For currency conversion please click here.

How to Book

Only once you are fully happy with your tailor-made itinerary you will receive an invoice. In order to secure availability for your booking, tour, activities and accommodation we require a 20% deposit.

Responsible Travel

Asia for Expats is committed to promote tourism that creates better places to live in and better places to visit. As expatriates living in Asia we care about the people and regions where we travel. Please read our Responsible Travel section to find more.

Please note: 

Our prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are subject to changes and can only be confirmed after receiving an enquiry.

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