What an unexpectedly fun time touring Hoi An with Tràm. I’ve been traveling Southeast Asia solo for 5 weeks and was looking for a good 1-day tour of Hoi An – so glad I found this group! Tràm is super sweet, full of energy, and quite knowledgeable about the surrounding area. Her English is very good and she even helped me out with my Vietnamese lessons as well.
Thankfully the tour didn’t start too early, more around 10:30AM. I was picked up from my hotel in Da Nang and we rode via motorbike south to Hoi An. I highly recommend the motorbike ride – there are beautiful views and the wind whipping past you feels quite good.
Late morning and midday we visited an island where carpenters and farmers live and work. We saw ships being built, how rice paper is made, and the production of sleeping mats – I was even invited to participate in the last two activities which was quite a learning experience.
Tràm showed me a fantastic lunch spot and afterwards we took a ferry back to Hoi An to see the ancient town. We visited gathering spots, the Japanese bridge, old houses, and even shopped a little. Tràm was super flexible and went whichever direction I wanted to go. She was also full of knowledge about the history, building architecture, and symbolism found throughout Hoi An.
We relaxed with some coffee after visiting a shop with an aerial view, and after the sun set we strolled through new and old town, snapping pictures of lanterns and trying some of the local food (Vietnamese ‘pizza’ is a first for me!).
Our time together wound down and we left around 7:15 to return to my hotel in Da Nang. Although it was a 30-40 minute ride, Tràm has a love of singing like myself, so we belted out a few pop and Disney tunes at the top of our lungs which turned out to be a highlight of the day.
Thanks, Tràm, for such a great time. Or as you taught me to say, Cám ơn rất nhiều!
Traveller: Matthew C from Tripadvisor