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“The Best Hoi An day tours offer unique insights of the local culture and history of the UNESCO-listed coastal town. Hoi An, Vietnam is one of our favorite places in the world.”


Once a prominent Vietnamese trading port due to its proximity to the Thu Bon River, Hoi An’s sightseeing opportunities comprise traditional shops, ornate Buddhist temples, traditional markets, and interesting museums. Due to Hoi An Ancient Town’s pedestrian-friendly streets, it’s also relatively easy to get around on foot, cyclo and bicycle while local villages and pristine beaches are less than an hour away.

In Hoi An, one of the best things to do is to grab a bicycle and simply follow your nose. Every nook and tiny lane of Hoi An’s unique heritage Old Town can be explored this way.

On the town’s outskirts, magnificent rice paddies beckon, as do the nearby islands of Cam Kim and Cam Thanh – where artisans, farmers and fishermen go about their business as they have done for centuries. Such DIY excursions will reap rich rewards.

Further afield, however, there are famous destinations that are also worthy of your attention. Some of these sites attract uncomfortable numbers of tourists most days, so it’s best to hit them early before the big bus loads roll in.

The following is a guest post from a fellow digital nomad on some of the nearby day trips you can enjoy from Hoi An.


If you’re one of those selfish types who hates sharing your tropical paradise with the general public, get a move on and visit this lovely marine-protected island, one of the least-developed islands in Vietnam.

Day-trippers already come in numbers on public holidays and weekends but pick a weekday – especially out of peak season – and you may find yourself relatively alone, with just a handful of other Westerners scattered amongst the locals.

Cham Island’s coral reefs attract divers and snorkelers and some operators offer scuba divingsnorkeling and trekking packages at quite reasonable rates. The ferry there takes about 90 minutes.

Marble Mountain’s religious significance and amazing views make it one of Hoi An’s most famous and popular destinations. Marble Mountains is belong to Da Nang.

Below the surface, a complicated system of caves and tunnels, interlaced with pagodas, shrines and gigantic statues, makes this an unforgettable experience. Go early to avoid unbearable heat during the summer months, as well as the hordes of tourists all year round.

The approaches to the peak of nearby Monkey Mountain, winding through what was once lush rainforest, feature some of the steepest inclines in SE Asia. It’s a ripper of a drive, curving sharply and climbing abruptly, so much so that standard bikes won’t make it with a pillion.

At the base of the mountain, the iconic Lady Buddha marble statue – viewed as a spiritual protector from natural disasters like typhoons – is almost twice the size of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer (67 meters). Behind her is the impressive Linh Ung – Bai But Pagoda, an active monastery and pilgrimage site for domestic tourists.

Begin your day with a hotel pickup and journey through the countryside and lush natural landscape. Finally, arrive at My Son, a cluster of ancient temples dedicated to the worship of the Hindu God Siva.

Discover UNESCO-listed My Son on this day tour from Hoi An. Explore more than 70 ancient Hindu temples and tombs constructed between 4 and 14 AD. Marvel at unique architectural designs and learn the history and culture of the people of Champa..

Although the Hoi An day tours with basket boat tour (Coconut Palms) have been a Hoi An tourist attraction for several years, few experiences can deliver, as they can, the illusion of ‘being the first person ever there’, of transporting one back millennia.

However, if you go by kayak or paddle board, you’ll enter relatively unexplored channels through narrow keyholes of encroaching foliage. In these areas the only sound rhythmic swish of paddles dipping into the still, primeval waters. And the only sight is the glorious Nipa Palm Forest itself. Swarming over the Thu Bon Riverdelta in every direction. Some channels are shrouded by denser foliage than others. But uplifting shafts of light invariably pierce the gloom here and there as if by magic.


You can cycle, of course – but exploring the countryside is best done by motorbike. However, unless you’re an experienced driver (and licensed also – your insurance won’t work otherwise), consider taking a tour.

There are many options for day trips to My Son, Marble Mountain and Monkey Mountain (see above). Others include the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Always using the roads less traveled, this is an opportunity to come face to face with the real Vietnam.

You can explore the river delta and the nearby mountains via quiet countryside laneways. Where only motorbikes can travel, avoiding the traffic on Vietnamese highways.

It’s your chance to meet the locals away from the tourist circuit. Eat in backwoods diners and take in sites of cultural and historical significance along the way.


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