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One of the travel trails we fail to explore is by water. When we travel, it’s either by land, or air, simply missing out on the views we could see on water. Upon arriving at beautiful Hoi An, the options to explore town are easily more than a handful. The most common is by motorbike, as always, when traveling in South East Asia.

Hoi An’s distinct feature is the Ancient Town that is along a canal, AND we thought there definitely must be something we can do on water, hopefully take some good shots of town in a different perspective.

ย  Good thing there is one company who offers just that. Hoi An Kayak Tours popped up when we looked for options to do in Hoi An online. The following day, Dan, our kayak guide, fetched us from our hotel at exactly 8am.

hoi an kayak

Hoi An Kayak Tours

The Hoi An Kayak Tours office is half an hour away by taxi. The idea is, we’ll kayak through the waterway and back to the Ancient Town. And that’s exactly what we did — but we didn’t reach Ancient Town. Why? Because not even reaching half of the route we were so exhausted already!

boy and girl on kayak in Hoi An

kayaking under the sun

Under the sun, after 3 hours, drained, our only goal left wasn’t to reach Ancient Town — it is to have perfect photos while at it. As long as it looks good, nothing else matters right? *insert sneaky laugh* Well, must say we reached our goal! We even managed to fly our drone and take fantastic footages!


Did we forget to tell you that this time was probably just the third time we flew our drone? There were some buttons we clearly didn’t look into and just let the drone fly away, on water!!! Guess what happened next! It couldn’t fly back to us and we totally have no idea why until this day! (It’s a month later already by the way). Good thing our kayak guide-slash-life saver came to the rescue. (Dan, if you’re reading this, we owe you so much!)ย 

boy on a kayak

Hoi An Kayak Tours X Ian and Mar

We have no idea why the drone couldn’t fly horizontally, it can just go either up or down. He kayaked all the way to where the drone was casually flying mid-air. When Dan was already right under the drone, we lowered it down for him to catch. MY GOD! Can you imagine what could have happened if we sliced Dan’s fingers off? One more good thing is that at least the drone was hovering only on water, if it stayed on top of the trees, we surely would have to say goodbye to it ‘cos the kayak couldn’t drive through. BIG RELIEF!

Back into kayak talk, it was one of our most memorable experiences in Hoi An.

  • ยป We went through winding waterways,
  • ยป kayaked through Thu Bon River,
  • ยป and met fishermen who lived on water along the way.

Wanted to have ended our trip in Hoi An Ancient Town but we were sooo tired.ย It was overall an epic adventure you definitely need to try when in Hoi An.

boat on a river

Thu Bon River, Hoi An

By now you must have seen our Kayaking Hoi An video. Let us know what you think of it by commenting below! We love hearing from you because it helps us improve our content. Will be waiting!

boy on kayak

Ian on a kayak

In the meantime, check out Hoi An Kayak Tours’ย website and Facebook page for more info.

The article is done in exchange of a free tour. As always, opinions are our own.ย 

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  • Kathrine

    This looked like so much fun! I love kayaking in different places, it’s always a great way to see the scenery from a different perspective. The drone footage looks really nice!

    December 7, 2017 at 11:08 am
    • ianandmar

      Yay thank you! Super scary to fly a drone over water, especially if it’s your first time! ๐Ÿ˜€

      December 9, 2017 at 4:46 pm
  • jin

    That’s so cool! I only took a mini boat tour in Hoi An, but never considered just kayaking ourselves. Such a great idea! Gonna try to do that the next time I go back!

    December 7, 2017 at 11:40 am
    • ianandmar

      We actually passed by a few mini boats while kayaking. You get the same view but the experience is totally not the same.

      December 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm
  • Lori Tripoli

    This seems like a fun adventure–and I am glad you got your drone back!

    December 7, 2017 at 11:40 am
    • ianandmar

      If we didn’t get it back, I would have gotten crazy. So expensive to fail at such an early phase of using it. LOL

      December 9, 2017 at 4:48 pm
  • Abby Jo

    What a cool experience! you two seem so fun!

    December 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    • ianandmar

      wow thanks for your nice words Abby! ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm
  • Alaine

    Looks like you had fun and hope you didn’t get sunburnt! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    December 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm
    • ianandmar

      Oh, we were sunburnt like crazy cos we didn’t prepare at all! ๐Ÿ˜€ Didn’t put a drop of sunblock. woops!

      December 13, 2017 at 1:37 am
  • Annemarie

    Never knew you could kayak the city but it makes sense with all the canals. The video makes it so much more interesting, it’s like we’re right there with you. So cool!

    December 7, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    • ianandmar

      Thank you Annemarie! We also didn’t know until we checked up on it. A super cool experience!

      December 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm
  • Chandrima

    I really want to try kayaking some time. The only trouble is I’m not a swimmer. Do you think that might be a problem?

    December 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm
    • ianandmar

      Not a problem cos you have to wear a lifejacket the whole time. And all your gadgets are in a waterproof bag, provided with the tour. ๐Ÿ™‚

      December 13, 2017 at 1:39 am
  • Ria

    My beloved Hoi An! The best memories of this little, cozy place ๐Ÿ™‚ So beautiful and inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t know that it’s possible to kayaking there – now I know ๐Ÿ˜€

    December 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm
    • ianandmar

      We also loooove love love Hoi An so much!! <3

      December 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm
  • Anjali Chawla

    Kayaking in Hoi An seems fun. Hoi An is already on my list of places to visit in Vietnam as this tasteful and colourful ancient town has been recommended by one of my friends.

    December 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm
    • ianandmar

      We actually have never heard of Hoi An becoming our 3-week Vietnam backpacking trip. Probably because it’s always either Hanoi or Saigon. What we were missing is the most beautiful town of Hoi An, right smack in the middle of those 2 more known cities. Our definite fave!!

      December 13, 2017 at 1:44 am
  • BonBon

    EPIC story indeed about your drone… Glad you manage to get it back. I always get nervous everytime my hubby flies our drone, maybe because it cost a lot LOL…

    December 11, 2017 at 5:26 am
    • ianandmar

      That’s probably the number one reason! LOOOL A mistake will immediately cost you 1000 USD. yikes!

      December 13, 2017 at 1:36 am