9 Best Day Trips From Hội An, Vietnam - Updated 2021

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From picturesque beaches and mountains to lush islands and major historic highlights, there are lots of fascinating sites to see in Vietnam, and it can be hard to tear yourself away from the city. However, venture out into the surrounding Hoi An region and you’ll discover there are a host of Vietnam’s most famous destinations to explore on a day trip. The best thing is that Hoi An offers its visitors a plethora of hassle-free day trips for all ages and budgets, targeting to make your Vietnam holiday unforgettable. So, whether you’re in the mood for exploring the lush Vietnamese mountains or discover the treasures of the sea, Hoi An’s surrounding region has something special for everyone to explore. Here are the best day trips from Hoi An, Vietnam, to keep you hooked.

1. Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge (from USD 41.0)

Commonly regarded as Vietnam’s Disneyland, the Ba Na Hills is the ultimate day-trip destination to spend with your family and friends. Sitting atop of the Troung Son Mountains means Ba Na Hills offers spectacular views of the sprawling valley below, Danang city, and the panoramic view of the distant coast. At the resort, you’re guaranteed to enjoy some of the most exciting experiences as the place has amusement park rides, mystical castles, and remarkable pagodas. Here, you’ll also get a chance to walk in the clouds across the famed Golden Bridge. Get a cable car ride to enjoy the stunning views of tropical flowers, admire a giant Buddha statue, stroll around the cobblestone streets of a massive French medieval style replica town, and discover your inner-child at an indoor fantasy park.

Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge Day Tour

Duration: 8 Hrs 30 Min Duration

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2. My Son Sanctuary and Marble Mountains (from USD 83.0)

My Son Sanctuary is another outstanding example of the ancient Cham Empire civilization. Situated only 40 km (25 mi) from Hoi An, this ancient place is home to over seventy Hindu temples and tombs, and several abandoned towers and altars. If you’re interested in ancient civilization, architecture and also want to learn about Vietnamese history, then you should not miss a trip to My Son Sanctuary. After a visit to My Son Sanctuary, you can then embark on a tour to the inspiring Marble Mountains and enjoy breathtaking views of this ancient architectural wonder. You’ll also have a chance to explore the mountains’ dramatic caves, Buddhist pagodas, and enjoy stunning views from the Summit.

My Son Sanctuary and Marble Mountain Day Trip from Hoi An or Da Nang

Duration: 8 hours

3. Bach Ma National Park (from USD 70.0)

Bach Ma National Park is home to Central Vietnam’s most spectacular natural attractions. The national park is popular for its lush jungle, waterfalls, mountains, and outstanding biodiversity. With a cool, tropical rainforest climate, you can trek through Bạch Mã and see a fascinating display of over 154 sq.mi (399 sq. km) of beautiful landscapes. In the afternoon, enjoy the outdoor adventure and the thrill as you climb towards the five-lake trail. Take a rest at the stunning Five Lakes and swim in clear waters engulfed by beautiful, dense greeneries. Gear up and resume your hike to the cascading beauty of Do Quyen waterfall, which is approximately 300 meters (984 feet) high. Atop of the waterfall, you will enjoy a birds-eye-view of the iridescent torrent of clear and clean freshwater falling to the rocks, and have a phenomenal view of the clouds and the abundant fauna below.

Full day: Hoi An - Bach Ma National Park

Duration: 10 hours

4. Monkey Mountain (from USD 121.0)

Escape the city’s hustle and bustle with an adventure through the beautiful countryside of Hoi An. Go on a pleasant motorbike tour up the Monkey Mountain and enjoy more of panoramic landscapes in Hoi An. Admire the ancient giant banyan tree and resume your tour through the winding and inclining roads encircling the mountain. Enjoy the panoramic views of Son Tra Peninsula, Cham Island, Hai Van pass, Da Nang and Viet Nam City. At the mountain’s base, you will get an incredible view of the iconic marble statue of Lady Buddha and the impressive Linh Ung. At the peak of the mountain, you can see troops of playful monkeys and have an amazing viewpoint of the beautiful landscape on a helicopter pad and two radar domes.

Monkey Mountain Day Trip from Hoi An

Duration: 1 day

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5. Hue (from USD 107.0)

Discover Vietnam’s dynastic history with a day trip to Hue, a city steeped in cultural, religious, and political history. This famous city is home to plenty of ancient temples and tombs, stone citadels, palaces, and more. Once you arrive at Hue, visit the famous Imperial City to see the Thien Mu Pagoda and the historic Khai Dinh Tomb. Inside the city’s stone walls and moats, you’ll find the Citadel, which comprises palaces and shrines. You can then continue your tour to some of the World Heritage Sites, such as the Perfume River and enjoy spectacular views on a boat ride.

Private Hue Imperial City Tour From Hoi An

Duration: 8 to 10 hours

6. Da Nang (from USD 73.0)

Thanks to its fascinating history and spectacular landscape, Vietnam’s fourth-largest city makes for a great day trip, despite what you’re into. Located in close proximity to Hoi An, you’ll have ample time to explore the beautiful sites and discover the city’s rich history. Da Nang is the home to beautiful beaches, picturesque mountains, striking architecture and sculptures, and museums in Central Vietnam. Start out with a visit to probably the most colourful churches you’ve ever seen, the photogenic Da Nang Cathedral. Head towards the Cham Museum and the Phap Lam Pagoda landmark and learn the art and history of the ancient Champa people. Visit the Dragon Bridge and finish your day at the gorgeous My Khe beach relaxing, swimming and eating some delicious seafood.

Hoi An to Da Nang Day Trip with Marble Mountains, Cham Museum

Duration: 8 hours

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7. Cham Island (from USD 86.0)

Cham is a series of eight marine protected islands famous for its wonderful beaches, tropical nature, and colourful marine life. While it’s one of Vietnam’s least developed regions, the idyllic Chàm Islands offer its visitors an opportunity to indulge in diverse water sports, such as swimming, diving, kayaking, and snorkeling in tropical coral reefs. You can start your tour at the Cham Museum and learn about the island’s history and the local’s customs and traditions. Go snorkeling at the Biosphere Reserve to see the colorful coral reefs. You can then take a boat ride from Hon Lao and discover the rest of the seven beautiful islands.

Hoi An to Cham Island Biosphere Reserve Trip by Speed Boat

Duration: 7 hours

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8. My Lai Massacre Memorial (from USD 102.0)

If you’re one of those interested in war history, then you wouldn’t miss a visit to My Lai Massacre site. The bloody massacre occurred in 1968 during the Vietnam War and led to the mass murder of over 500 Vietnamese. In this day trip, you’ll delve into the massacre’s dark history and get to unearth the root of the horrific atrocities and the effects it caused in the village. Take a visit to My Lai Peace Park and Monument to observe and learn how the war victims are honoured and commemorated. Interact with the locals in the village and understand how they’ve overcome the horrific past. This day trip is sure to offer you lasting memories and valuable insights into the massacre.

Private Day Trip To Visit MY LAI MASSACRE from Hoi an or Da Nang City

Duration: 7 hours

9. Tra Nhieu Fishing Village (from USD 55.0)

Tra Nhieu Fishing Village is a must-visit destination for any nature enthusiast looking to discover the culture and history of Vietnam’s countryside communities. Take a bike ride down the calm and peaceful village to explore its beautiful landscape and discover the diverse activities of the locals, such as fishing, farming, basket-boat making, and rice-paper making. You’ll also get to learn to paddle a traditional bamboo basket boat. Later, you can have a taste of some local delicacies prepared with local ingredients.

Tra Nhieu Fishing Village Eco-Tour from Hoi An

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

10. Cam Thanh (from USD 38.0)

Cam Thanh village has grown to be a popular sightseeing and ecotourism spot for travellers who wish to discover more about Hoi An. It boasts a beautiful, scenic and vast coconut palm forest. So, if you wish to take a day trip to this charming village, be ready to explore the gigantic forest while in a bamboo boat basket. You can engage in a range of activities here, such as enjoy basket boat racing, catch snails and crabs, relax under coconut huts, and use coconut fronds to make creative items, among others. What’s more, lunch served here is made from fresh seafood.

Cam Thanh Coconut Jungle tour full day depart from Hoi An

Duration: 4 to 6 hours

Take a day to recharge

Golden Bridge Da-Nang (48951166538)
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Whether you are a local or a tourist, sometimes you need to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. That’s why we have nine outstanding day trips from Hoi An, Vietnam. Catch a train or hop in your car and welcome a change of scenery.

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