Hoi An Sightseeing Tour
We experienced the Hoi An Sightseeing Tour ($45 each) with I Love Asia who run tours in both Vietnam and Laos. They are the first scooter tours in Vietnam with local female guides.
I Love Asia was formed in 2014 by Nguyen Thi Huong Lien when she was only 21. She originally started the company in Hue with the idea of creating scooter tours working with local female students. In 2017, she successfully launched the company all over Vietnam, renaming it ‘I Love Vietnam Tour’’ which covers five cities: Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, DaNang and Ho Chi Minh. After launching in Vietnam, Lien wanted to go even bigger and launched I Love Asia tours in 2018 bringing the company to Laos in Luang Prabang. I Love Asia tours now have over 150 local female students working with them!
It is amazing how the company has developed over the last 5 years and how it is focused on helping female students practice their English and deliver tours in their home country.
Hoi An Sightseeing Tour: Cam Kam
We were greeted by Thu and Trang at 2pm from our hotel to start our Hoi An sightseeing tour. We put on our helmets and jumped on the back of the scooters and we were off! Our first stop was at Cam Kam Village, which has only recently been connected to Hoi An ancient town by a long bridge. It is known as the music bridge given it is quite loud when you ride over it!
We visited the most famous house in Hoi An for making noodles where over four generations are living (the youngest is 3 and the oldest is 89!). First, you mix rice and water and leave it for around one hour to soften. Next, you heat it up moving the ladle around the mixture from the middle outwards making a double layer.
Once it has set, the noodles are cut by knife or machine. They house makes around 10kg of noodles every day and supplies them to many places in the local village. We got stuck in and helped make the noodles (of course with our gorgeous Vietnamese hats on). Lucky for us, we were able to try our noodle (with an extra layer of sesame) which were a delicious snack.
Kim Bong Village
Back on the scooters, our next stop on our Hoi An sightseeing tour was the village of Kim Bong. This village is known for its ship building, architecture and wooden furniture. We witnessed a large boat being built and were told it can take around a year with 5-7 people helping.
We also watched a local gentleman use bamboo to carve a litter bin and his small shop had so many amazing creations (we could not resist buying a gorgeous bamboo bowl). This village also houses the boat station to take people into Hoi An ancient town which takes around 20 minutes.
Hoi An Sightseeing Tour: LEGENDARY Banh Mi
Thu and Trang then took us to what has become a Hoi An institution for Banh Mi, just outside the ancient town. Madam Khanh started off as a small mobile truck selling Banh Mi, a Vietnamese bread with different fillings. A few years ago, Chef Anthony Bourdain visited and said it was the best Banh Mi he had ever tasted.
The popularity of Madam Khanh keeps growing. They serve five different types of Bahn Mi (mixed, vegetarian, pork and ham, chicken and fried eggs) and you can choose spicy, medium or not spicy. Our mixed Banh Mi with vegetables, pork, ham, eggs, pate, egg sauce, papaya, cucumber was AMAZING. By far the best we have had in Vietnam.
Hoi An Sightseeing Tour: Cam Thanh Village
After leaving very satisfied from our Banh Mi, we made our way (on the scooters obviously) to Cam Thanh Village. Here we took a trip on a bamboo basket boat and had the LOVELIEST lady rowing it for us. We started off quietly rowing through the village and then things livened up. The locals were performing tricks on the boat spinning it around with music. It was so fun to watch, and our boat guide was singing Vietnamese songs which we tried to join with! She took us to a great spot for a photo where we could leave the boat and stand on the rocks and bamboo.
After rowing through the narrower parts of the river, we arrived at a wide-open space where there was music and more performances. Everyone was dancing and smiling, and it was great fun to be part of it! Then the hard part came – we were given the oars to row the boat ourselves. It is a lot harder than it looks but was a great experience, especially watching the sunset.
Hoi A Sightseeing Tour: Ancient Town and Local Food
We arrived back in the ancient town at around 6pm and walked around for a short while admiring the lanterns in the dark and learning more about the town’s history. We finished our tour at a local restaurant with Vietnamese rice pancakes and grilled pork skewers, which were tasty!
The I love Asia Hoi An Sightseeing Tour was excellent. We loved spending time with our two guides and learning more about local life and history, as well as trying some of the local delicacies! We always felt safe on the scooters and it was a great way to get around.
I Love Asia Tours run several other tours in Hoi An including Street Food Tour by Night, Hoi An Countryside Tour, My Son Temple Tour and Marble Mountain Tour.
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