Hoi An: The Classics Renewed

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Overview

A full picture of Hoi An that blends the impressive Historical UNESCO Town with another heritage wonder: the rural scenery and the traditional wisdom that can be found just a few miles from the city center. In other words, this is the Hoi An that you would like to get to know.

Highlights

  • Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An Ancient town with our local guide. 
  • A glimpse of the scenic rural life in Hoi An’s surroundings.
  • Tasty Vietnamese meals with organic products.
  • Organic farming and cooking with our friendly hosts, local farmers in Hoi An’s countryside.
  • A fun ride in a traditional basket along a wondrous coco palm forest. 

What to bring

  • Sun and rain gear (brimmed-hat recommended).
  • Comfortable clothes that you don’t mind if they get dirty.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Appropriate shoes/sandals for wandering.
Getting to Know Hoi An

Day 1 Getting to Know Hoi An

Meals: lunch | Accommodation: not included

Our visit to Hoi An Ancient town will start at 9.00 am, when our guide will meet us in our hotel. Our guide will be the key for us to gain some insight about the city, its ancient architecture and its important role in the History of Vietnam due to its trading port, which was once the largest in Indochina. We will then understand that Hoi An has always been (and somehow, keeps on being) a meeting point for many diverse cultures. 

After a morning soaking up the magnificence around the Ancient town and the curious information provided by our local guide, we will embark on a private cruise on the Thu Bon river so that we can get a glimpse of the surrounding rural life in Hoi An. Before lunch, we will also have time to visit a local family who still practices the traditional craft of sedge mattress weaving using ancestral technics that have been passed down to multiple generations.

In the afternoon, our boat will take us to a bamboo studio where we will spend some time with a talented craftsman, an authentic artist that manages to create almost everything made of bamboo and who will teach us how to make our own preferred bamboo item under his guidance. 
Around 4:00 we will be transferred to our hotel, enjoying the rest of the day at our leisure.

Getting closer to the Farmers’ life

Day 2 Getting closer to the Farmers’ life

Meals: lunch | Accommodation: not included

Today we will set off on our exploration trip at 8:30. We will start firstly with a soft pedal which will serve us to warm up while being surrounded by picturesque and laid-back villages, passing by wide rice fields, beautiful gardens and orchards and witnessing how the residents proceed with their daily routine and work. 

In less than one hour we will reach a local organic farm in Cam Thanh, where we will be welcomed by our friendly hosts, who will happily share with us the story about this community-based project. Afterwards we will be invited to join them in their daily duties (don’t be shy and give it a try at least!), such as cultivating the soil, planting, watering, applying organic manure or making organic pesticides to control and prevent pests.

Once the farming work is done, we will return to the farmers’ house and use what we have harvested in the organic vegetable garden to learn how to cook a Vietnamese lunch. Afterwards, it will be time to enjoy our well-deserved meal at the garden (weather permitting). 

Before we leave we will also have the chance to experience the genuine local means of transport travelling by basket boat under the mangrove forests, and maybe even helping the locals with some net fishing before returning back to our hotel after this 2-day journey in which we will have been able to get a pretty complete picture with the different facets of Hoi An.

Note: If you are not keen on cycling, a transfer by car can be arranged with a surcharge. Otherwise, we recommend you the cycling option to get a better appreciation of the landscape and interaction with your host destination, to “go green”, and quite a few more good reasons. The terrain is pretty flat and the ride will be enjoyable. So if your can cycle, please let's re-cycle and just enjoy the ride!

Price per person based on group tour

Group size 2 Pax
Price per person USD 133
[vnd 3 090 000]

 

* Fixed prices in USD. Prices in VND are subject to currency fluctuations upon making the trip reservation.

* Prices valid till 31 December 2019 for the ready-to-book adventure outlined on this detailed program.

* Special prices for larger groups, children and the possibility to connect the tour with other stages of your trip around Indochina by contacting us at info@handspan.com. 

* A private tour for a solo traveller is also available with a surcharge.

Included

  • The service of an experienced English-speaking guide.
  • Transfers by taxi, private or electric cart.
  • All entrance fees, visits and activities mentioned.
  • VAT and other taxes.

Not included

  • Accommodation.
  • Flight tickets and visas.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Supplements on peak season.
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