Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s most unique cities, is an old town which is a UNESCO heritage site. The old architecture here is well preserved and displayed. Just like in many other Vietnamese cities, Hoi An’s local agencies and guides offer an abundance of activities, tours, and day-trips, but one can easily organize an excursion on their own, free of any charge. Here are some suggestions on what to do in this city.
Day-trips and excursions
My Son and Marble Mountain Day-Trip including Lunch from Hoi An- This day-trip begins our with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, there are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries in this old town. In the afternoon, the tour goes to Ngu Hanh Son (Marble Mountain). Here, tourists have the opportunity to explore the stunning natural caves of the mountain and enjoy the beautiful view from the top of the mountain. The price is around $85.
Cham Island Full Day Trip by Speed Boat with Snorkeling- Tourist choosing this day-trip will be transferred to the Cua Dai port for an adventurous transfer by speedboat to Cham Island, a Marine Protected Area. Upon arrival, they will step on white sand beaches, especially Au Thuyen, and the nearby fishing village with a lively fish market. Later on, a trip to the beautiful coral reef where one can go snorkeling and swimming or just relaxing follows. In the afternoon get on the speedboat back to Hoi An, followed by a ride back to the hotel in Hoi An. This relaxing tour’s duration will be approximately 10 hours, and price around $75.
Full-Day Hoi An Town and Tra Que Vegetable Village Tour- It begins with a ride out to Tra Que Vegetable Village. Upon arrival, one can grab a shovel or a pair of watering cans, don a straw hat, and head out into fields bursting with fresh produce. Tilling up fresh earth, planting delicate seeds, and harvesting delicious vegetables while learning what life is like for local farmers. Afterwards, return to Hoi An, strolling between centuries-old stone houses and narrow lanes that lead to bustling piers and old trading docks. Price of this tour is around $91.
Full-Day Jeep Tour from Hoi An- Departure is from Hoi An in the morning and the drive goes along the coastline to the historic Marble Mountain. The tour will then continue along to the coast of Monkey Mountain, where the road climbs to Son Tra Quan Yin Goddess at Linh Ung. Taking six years to build, and unveiled in July 2010, Bai But pagoda, Quan Am Statue, and Linh Ung pagoda is known as one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations for Buddhists in Vietnam. There are many myths about this peninsula. One legend claims that fairies have often been observed landing on the top of Son Tra Mount to play chess on the big flat stone there, hence the name, Ban Co Peek, or Chess Board Peek. Afterwards follows the visit to the Monkey Mountain Heliport Vestige. Built in 1965 by the U.S. Army, the Monkey Mountain Helicopter Port was a strategic site for supplying, accessing and withdrawing to/from mountain's bases. At the height of 580m (1,900ft) above the sea level, Son Tra view Tower offers panoramic views of Da Nang, Son Tra Beach and the lush green surrounding forest. After lunch, the tour continues along the North coast of Da Nang to the top of Hai Van Pass, where bunkers remaining from the war can be explored. Price of this full-day excursion is $125.