1. Join Free Bicycle Cam Kim Island Tour with www.yourlocalbooking.com
Cam Kim is a scenic rural island which is almost entirely free of tourists. Stunning rural scenes, rice paddies, villages, fields of water buffalo and quiet roads are the big draws of Cam Kim. While cycling in Vietnam usually involves nerve wracking encounters with large trucks and straying cars.
Cam Kim’s roads are traffic free, flat and relatively safe. With your bike, you will be able to explore numerous picturesque pathways along with some marvellous bamboo bridges, nicknamed monkey bridges. This FREE tour experiences are heightened by the absence of souvenir sellers along the route so that all you see are the REAL friendly Vietnamese faces. It is truly local culture explore.
More info at www.yourlocalbooking.com
2. Japanese Covered Bridge
Surprisingly short and stocky, Hoi An’s most famous landmark has a tall story behind it. The story begins with a monster called Cu, which was so big it had its head in India and its tail in Japan. The products of its nether regions, which are situated over Vietnam, have been credited with most of what is good, and bad, in the country’s history.
In the 1590s a covered bridge was built in Hoi An to link the Japanese side of town with the Chinese quarter. According to the story, because the bridge spanned the weakest part of the monster, the pressure killed it. Hence the shrine of atonement halfway across. As if that legend were not odd enough, one entrance is guarded by a pair of monkeys and the other by a pair of dogs.
3. Take a lazy boat ride on the river. Catch any tourist boat from Bach Dang St, there is a size and price to suit every budget and persuasion, shop around.
4. Look out for the Full Moon Festival, once every month. Take a boat (70,000VND) down the river at night and float a lantern on the water and watch thousands of candles making their way out to sea.
5. Cooking class
Vietnamese cuisine is globally known for its varied flavours, presentation and freshness. Classes usually take a half a day and there are several to choose from in Hoi An. The more developed classes involve a trip to the nearby market to buy the traditional Vietnamese ingredients. There are many cooking classes in Hoi An which have different experiences. More info at www.yourlocalbooking.com
6. Hoi An Harbour
To see the harbour at its most magical, rise at daybreak and go to the bridge. A guide will take you out on a wood-boards-and-peeling-paint ferry for a fresh, laid-back take on the town. Bobbing and lolling around, you may feel that you have stepped back in time to the age of Marco Polo.
So much appears in print about Hoi An’s old quarter that the visitor may forget that the town lies beside the South China Sea. Fringed with palm trees, Hoi An’s beach, Cua Dai, boasts clean white sand that stretches all the way to Danang and is short on hawkers: a blessing in a country where you are far too often assailed with the demand “You, buy my things.”
8. Hoi An evening walking food tour
If you are foodies and want to have some local friends to hang out at night then Hoi An evening walking food tour is a must. This is a great way to discover Hoi An’s food as well as to get an excellent insight into Hoi An’s night life. Not just eating the food, you will be taken around playing some of Hoi An’s traditional games and having fun, then taking your time to release small paper lanterns down onto the river on a boat will be very interesting. Details about the tour is available at http://hoianfoodtour.com/holiday/evening-walking-food-tour/
Our Transfer Services in Hoi An
Da Nang Airport -Hoi An Hotels: 17 USD/ 1 way
Hoi An- My Son Sanctuary: 37 USD
Hoi An- Marble Mountain- China Beach- Cham Museum- Hoi An: 45 USD
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Hoi An- Hue city: 70 USD/1 way. Stop Hai Van Pass, Lang Co Beach
Hoi An- My Lai Massacre: 75 USD