Paddling in Hoi An at Sunrise or Sunset
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A reward for those who get out of the bed early, witnessing how the day begins in Hoi An as we paddle towards the horizon on the beautiful Thu Bon River.  

If you are an early bird, we definitely recommend you not to miss this sunrise paddle experience. Otherwise, the sunset option may work better for you. Check both choices out and enjoy yourself!


  • Connecting with nature, immersing ourselves in Hoi An’s unique ecosystem and getting a closer look into the local life by the banks of the river while enjoying a wonderful landscape.
  • Experiencing the peace and tranquility of Hoi An from the Thu Bon River as the sun rises and the town starts to wake up, getting ready for another busy day, OR capturing a stunning view over ancient architecture blanketed in the gold of the sunset.
  • Exciting life at a local market and tasty local breakfast at a genuine place.

* We also count on other paddling trips around Hoi An at different times of the day, just comment your preferences with your Handspan travel consultant so that your paddling tour can be arranged as per your needs. 

What to bring

  • Light outdoor clothes.
  • Broken-toes sandals (or similar) recommended.
  • Sun protection.
  • Insect repellent.
Paddling Hoi An

Day 1 Paddling Hoi An

Option 1: Paddling Hoi An at Sunrise

Meals: not included | Accommodation: not included

Don’t forget to set your alarm the previous day. Our guide will pick us up at 04.30 am to bring us from our hotel to our kayak station in Cam Thanh.  After a briefing on paddle safety instructions and after receiving some info about the area where we will be kayaking, we will be off towards Cua Dai bridge to catch up with an amazing view of the sun as it rises over the ocean (weather permitting). 

Time to enjoy ourselves during this very special time of the day.  Only when we have had enough amusement with these first sunlights, then with some short strokes we will arrive at a local fishing market. We will disembark for a walk through the bustling market till a local spot where we will sit down for a local breakfast and coffee.
On our way back, we will paddle through a coco-palm island so that we can get a glance at this unique ecosystem in Hoi An before returning to our hotel around 8:00 – 8:30 am.

Paddling distance: 4km.

Note: The Sunrise paddling tour is not available from 1st Nov to 28th Feb (cloudy/rainy season in Hoi An)

Option 2: Paddling Hoi An at Sunset

Meals: not included | Accommodation: not included

Get a closer look to Hoi An’s river life while the sun goes down over the Lantern Town. The river system and the countryside of Hoi An reward their visitors with countless charming moments (and with stunning photo opportunities too!). Join us also to appreciate either from our kayak or stand-up paddle the beauty of Hoi An’s Ancient Town right during the golden hour.

We will be picked up in our hotel at 2:30/3:30 pm for a quick transfer to the place where we will start paddling (our Handspan travel consultant will concrete the pick-up timing for us, since it will vary depending on the season in which we visit Hoi An, so that we can witness the sunset at the right timing). 

After a briefing on paddle safety instructions and after receiving some info about the area where we will be kayaking, we will set off on our paddle trip along the coco palm forest and different local villages. Our paddling ride will end up in a pier close to the heart of the Lantern Town (Ancient town) where we will enjoy a soft drink at a local café before being transferred back to our hotel. 

Note: Pick up time will vary depending on the season in which we visit Hoi An. 

Price per person based on a group tour


Price per person

(based on group of 2 people)

1. Paddling Hoi An at Sunrise USD 40
[vnd 930 000]
2. Paddling Hoi An at Sunset USD 37
[vnd 860 000]


* 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. Our travel consultants will also be glad to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and travel-style. 

* Would you like to adapt the itinerary, accommodation, length of the trip or any activity as per your needs and preferences? Then just forward us your comments at

* Special prices for groups of more than 2 people, children and the possibility to connect the tour with other stages of your trip around Indochina by contacting us. 

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


  • The service of an experienced English-speaking guide.
  • Kayak or Stand-up-paddle, paddle, dry bag and life vest.
  • Transfer by taxi or private car.
  • All entrance fees, visits and activities mentioned.
  • VAT and other taxes.

Not included

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