Photo: Get out on Hoi An's beautiful waterways.

Boat trips

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Hoi An provides ample opportunities to get out onto the water, be it fresh or of the salt variety. Enjoying some of the town’s many river ways is a must – hire a boat, go for a paddle or take a tour that incorporates the life aquatic.

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If you’ve got an hour or two to spare, it can be as simple as going to the old town’s riverfront where you’ll be inundated by touts offering boat trips down the Thu Bon River, the vessel ranging from sampans (flat-bottomed wooden canoes) to larger, noisier fleets with padded seats and lifejackets. One-hour trips are quite cheap, depending on how good your negotiating skills are. And negotiate you must (wisely, with good humour and a big smile) and maybe check our your ride before agreeing and parting with your dong. Expect to part with around 100,000 dong for an hour for a sampan, which are more memorable than the engine boats. These old rowers – usually women – know how to show a photo happy foreigner a good time. You will cover a lot of ground – or we should say river – on ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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