Hoi An

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Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most attractive cities, due in part to the preservation of historic buildings in its Old Town (Hoi An avoided being bombed in the Vietnam War). Look out for Chinese temples, Japanese merchant houses and evocative tea warehouses, or head to the enticing market on the Thu Bon river. Hoi An is also an excellent base for exploring the villages and countryside of central Vietnam.

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  • Ho Chi Minh City

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Previously known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City changed its name after Vietnam unified following the Vietnam War...Read more
  • Hanoi


    Vietnam’s capital is a riot of blaring horns, stunning architecture and delicious street food...Read more
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  • Halong Bay

    Halong Bay

    Halong Bay is a World Heritage Site and Vietnam’s most popular tourist destination...Read more
  • Mekong Delta

    Mekong Delta

    The Mekong Delta is Vietnam’s breadbasket, with 70% of the country’s fruit and 50% of its rice grown here...Read more
  • Phu Quoc

    Phu Quoc

    Phu Quoc is an idyllic island that offers beaches, diving and kayaking to those looking to escape the bustle of Vietnam’s cities...Read more
  • Hue


    Charming Hue was once the capital of the Nguyen dynasty and is a great place to explore the history of Imperial Vietnam...Read more
  • Dalat


    Dive into a bit of adventure with a guided canyoning experience at the Elephant and Pongour Waterfalls near to the city of Dalat in Vietnam’s central highlands...Read more
  • Con Dao Islands

    Con Dao Islands

    This remote archipelago off the southern coast is Vietnam’s premier spot for viewing sea life...Read more
  • Phong Nha Caves

    Phong Nha Caves

    Home to the largest and third largest cave in the world, Phong Nha is a wonder of ancient karst and underground worlds...Read more
  • Fansipan Mountain

    Fansipan Mountain

    At 3,143m, Fansipan is the highest mountain in the Indochinese Peninsula...Read more

Vietnam north to south

Cities, Mekong Delta and Halong Bay
Approx. 10 days
Hanoi (2 days) → Halong Bay (1) → Hoi An (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (2) → Mekong Delta (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1)
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Classic Vietnam

Historical cities and rural waterways
Approx. 12 days
Hanoi (2 days) → Halong Bay (2) → Hue (2) → Hoi An (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1) → Mekong Delta (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1)
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Culture, cities and beach resorts

Vietnam’s cultural highlights plus a beach break
Approx. 14 days
Hanoi (2 days) → Halong Bay (2) → Hue (2) → Hoi An (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1) → Mekong Delta (2) → Phu Quoc (2) → Ho Chi Minh City (1)
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Things to do in Hoi An

Our recommended experiences and activities

Two-wheel the Hai Van Pass
Hoi An

Two-wheel the Hai Van Pass

Located between Hue and Hoi An, a ride over the Hai Van Pass is the scenic way to connect these two popular tourist destinations. The 19km roadway winds over the mountain and delivers stunning coastal views best enjoyed by motorbike or bicycle.

Take a cooking class in Hoi An
Hoi An

Take a cooking class in Hoi An

Explore the vegetable and herb gardens at Tra Que in Hoi An, before learning how to cook traditional Vietnamese food with fresh ingredients.

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