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. But we tried one of the most unusual – Kayaking Hoi An.

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.

  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.

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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!) 

boy on a kayak
Ian and Mar X Hoi An Kayak Tours

boy on a kayak

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.

  • » We went through winding waterways,
  • » kayaked through Thu Bon River,
  • » 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. It was overall an epic adventure you definitely need to try when in Hoi An.

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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!

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Ian in our kayak

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

Oh, here’s a video we made for your viewing pleasure.

Will you try kayaking when in town? It’s a different experience in Vietnam and can only be done in Hoi An. Highly recommended!

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

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20 Replies to “Kayaking Hoi An

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

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

  3. 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!

    1. 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. 🙂

  4. My beloved Hoi An! The best memories of this little, cozy place 🙂 So beautiful and inspiring 🙂 I didn’t know that it’s possible to kayaking there – now I know 😀

    1. 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!!

  5. 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…

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