The shear number of things to do in Hoi An will have you scrambling to try and fit in everything. While there are plenty of low key, slow paced things to do, you may want to get out and stretch your legs a bit as well. The ‘hot’ season can be pretty unforgiving in central Vietnam so any activities should be done with plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat.
By far the cheapest thing to do is to hire a bicycle and navigate your own way around the small roads, alleyways and rice paddies. Head East and you will find the beach for a cooling interlude. If you head down to Cua Dai Beach you can enjoy a spot of jet skiing or parasailing over the blue waters looking out towards The Cham Islands. Just further up the beach is An Bang beach where relaxing music settings go down really well with an Ice cold beer or cocktail.
List of activities in Hoi An
There are three beautiful 18 hole golf courses that proudly belong to central Vietnam. The Da Nang Golf Club was voted Best Golf Course in Vietnam by USA Golf Digest in 2012. It boasts 18 beautifully designed holes with restaurant and café. The second award winning golf course, Montgomerie Links, was voted by Forbes Travel Guide in 2012 ‘The top 10 best golf courses in Asia’. Beyond Da Nang and to the north lies Laguna Golf Club beautifully set in its natural surroundings.
If you are a water baby and love to snorkel or dive the Cham Dive Centre do day excursions out to the very tropical Cham Island. You also get to spend the day laying on a tropical beach and swimming in the beautiful clear water. The trip also includes light breakfast with coffee as well as traditional seafood lunch on the island itself. If you find yourself staying over night on the beach, a brisk 30 min walk north will take you to the islands very charming local villages sure to make a lasting impression.
If you are up for a beautiful morning view compliments of the Song Thu Bong River system, then a sunrise trip out on the water is just for you. Rent single Kayaks and go out on your own private adventure or take a canoe in a guided tour of this majestic and truly Vietnamese river mouth. Prices for the river experience are extremely modest and a romantic sunrise or sunset trip will be sure to take your breath away. Contact the Hoi An Kayak Centre and visit their website for prices and extra tour details.
Jump in a boat at the local market and visit Cam Kim Island for the day. This peaceful river island offers picturesque bicycle rides and walks through the local villages and rice fields. Take a glimpse of daily Vietnamese lifestyles, laugh with the locals and try an authentic local dish for lunch. Cam Kim island is also the best place to buy authentic art and woodcarving.
Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang is only a 45min drive away and about 20 minutes past the famous Marble Mountain. There are lots of little hidden roads, secret beaches and elusive monkeys all around this beautiful nature reserve. The beach road from Hoi An to Da Nang is relatively uncrowded and picturesque once you reach Da Nang. Make sure you take your swimming trunks for a cool dip.