Sometimes the best way to see a place is from the water. Being in Hoi An the river runs right through and around the UNESCO old town. So, we decide to do a Hoi An dinner cruise with Cinnamon cruises. Dinner cruises are always good family activity when they are possible.
The Cinnamon Sunset dinner cruise leaves from the banks of the Hoi An old town. We found the Cinnamon boat easily and we all boarded eagerly to get our cruise underway. Standing on the bow of the boat gives you a whole other perspective of the Hoi An as you move along the calm waters of the Thu Bon River.
We were shown to our table and enjoyed a welcome drink as we settled in on our Hoi An dinner cruise. A tasty cocktail was served to us, and yes it was very nice. The girls both had a fresh orange juice.
Both Bec and I noticed that the cocktail disappeared quite quickly. We ordered a nice semi-sweet white wine from South Africa from the extensive menu. There were enough on offer that we could have picked any of the others to enjoy as well.
Let the Hoi An Dinner Cruise begin!
The amazing staff presented our bottle of wine in an ice bucket and even gave us the 5-star treatment by asking if we wanted to sample it before committing buying it but we were both very confident with our choice. As you move from Thu Bon to the Hoai Rivers the beautiful mountain landscape comes into view.
It had been a very hot day in Hoi An and when we hit this section of the river the breeze that went through the boat was so refreshing. You will see local fishermen plying their trade and living along the banks of the river. Their homes and boats that are moared at their jetties make for some beautiful pictures.
The meal started out with a plate of fresh Spring rolls and fried wonton with tomato & pineapple sauce. The Wontons were crispy on the outside with tender meat in the centre. The pineapple and tomato complimented the taste but did not take over the taste of the wonton. The grilled prawns came out presented on the side of a cup with dipping sauce in them.
Next came the main meals on our Hoi An river cruise. The sauteed duck with black pepper was done with onion for extra flavour. This was the standout dish for me. The flavour and texture of the duck just mashed so well together. The sauteed sea fish with lemongrass was white and fleshy.
The fish peeled away easy with the chopsticks. The duck was complimented with a plate of crisp stir-fried mixed field greens. The usual bowl of steamed rice came as well. We found we did not need the steamed rice as much with all the other foods but we still enjoyed a little bit with our meal.
For dessert, we had Cinnamon Cruises Cake. This was a sponge type cake covered with a thick layer of light icing around it. As it was another guests birthday who was on the cruise we all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ as the cake was being served. I thought it was a lovely gesture!
A refreshing plate of Tropical Fruit accompanied the cake, as well. We were stuffed, there was nothing left to do except relax and enjoy the Hoi An river cruise.
As we slowly turned around and started heading back into Hoi An the lights of the city appeared in the distance. We talked and chatted with the other guests about our travels and experiences.
As we neared the entrance to the Thu Bon River the lanterns of the old town made a magical sight in the distance. The closer we got the more colourful it became. As we entered the river all the small tourist boats have lanterns hanging from them as well. What a sight the old town is at night and what a way to finish a wonderful night.
We enjoyed our Hoi An Cinnamon dinner cruise. A dinner cruise in Hoi An with kids is always a good thing to do. We certainly recommend a dinner cruise in Hoi An.
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Best places to stay in Hoi An
When in Hoi An we choose to stay at the Cosy House Homestay. Located just 100 meters from the Hoi An night market and 150 meters from the famous brige in the UNESCO old town.
The Cosy House has rooms for doubles, triples and families. The hosts are very friendly and will help you with an inquiries and tours you need. They offer buke and motorbike hire.
For all other best places to stay in Hoi An we choose booking.com for hostels, apartments and hotels. Booking.com has a huge range to choose from. See the map below to choose you Hoi An accommodation
How to get to Hoi An
The nearest airport to Hoi An is Da Nang International Airport. Da Nang is third international airport in Vietnam. Da nang airport received over 11 million passengers in 2017.
Hoi An old town is 29.7 kilometers from Da Nang Airport. Transfer options include shuttlebus, private car, taxi and grab.
By train visitors need to arrive at Da Nang station which is on the main Vitnam train line that runs the length of the country.
You can drive to Hoi An from anywhere in the country. The main highways are smooth and easy to drive on. Parking in the Hoi An old town area is not great. Contact your accommodation for parking recomendations
Money in Vietnam
The Vietnamese Dong is the official currency. Notes issued are as follows 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000, 200,000, 500,000₫. ATMs are easy to find in most towns and most of the time will dispense up to 3million Dong at one time.
Always exchange your currency at banks. The government-run Vietcombank can exchange Dong for US dollars, Euros, British Pounds, Japanese Yen, Thai Baht, and Singapore dollars. Banks in major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will let you change foreign currencies. If you plan to do this please remember to take your passport with you as you may be denied if you don’t.
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Mark Wyld is a father, husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and have featured on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can be found working in disability support .