Hoi An

The Secret Waterfall

80 reviews
Experience by
Team Onetrip

The Experience

Want to get away? Let's get out of town and head to our secret waterfall for a truly local adventure. This experience includes a ride through the beautiful countryside where you catch a glimpse of the local life in the Quang Nam province and grab a few tasty local bites.

Detailed itinerary


Our adventure will begin early in the morning so we can enjoy the cool breeze as we make our way through the town on the way to the villages along the river. We will stop by one for a short while and interact with the locals and learn how to make the traditional Hoi An lanterns you see adorning the alleyways. You will get to make one for yourself!

After that we will head to another village that has been around for 500 years, specializing in pottery. After that, along the way to the waterfall, we will stop at a local market to pick up some delicious Vietnamese fruits to prepare for our picnic. We will enjoy these as we swim in the waterfall...

To get to the waterfall, we'll be doing a little bit of hiking so make sure to put on comfy shoes! And of course, don’t forget your swimwear!

After the waterfall, we'll enjoy a scrumptious home-cooked meal at the bottom of the hill prepared by a local family as we enjoy our scenery and chat and laugh.

It's a simple no-frill get-down-adventure and we'll get you back at your accommodation by 4:00 PM.


Breakfast, drinks, and a delicious Vietnamese lunch are included.


Although the private car option is available, we recommend taking the motorcycle option as we think it is the best way to experience our Vietnamese culture. On a bike, we can easily stop whenever and wherever you want. The freedom is incomparable to anything else you've ever experienced.

For those with back problems or family with elderly or young children, then we recommend the private car option. Although, we once had a courageous 6-year old opting for the motorcycle option and ended up having an awesome time and loving every bit of the adventure!

We also have a minivan group tour option which can have up to 12 guests for a more social experience.

Please note that there is a 30% cancellation fee for any cancellation made less than 24 hours prior to the tour date since we have to book many services in advance. Otherwise, there is a 5% transaction fee for bookings that are canceled 24 hours prior to the departure in order to cover for transaction processing costs.

80 reviews


Summary: This was one of THE BEST tours we have ever been on anywhere in the world. A huge thanks to our brilliant tour guides - Tài, Vinh, John and Tyler. They made our experience of the villages, and of course the secret waterfall, one that we will never forget!Full Story: We started at our hotel and it was the first time I had been on a motorcycle. Our guides made us feel relaxed and the ride was very enjoyable - truly the best way to experience the areas we visited as we could easily access the narrow alleys and bypass traffic. There were plenty of stops along the way to take a break and stretch our legs a bit.We had a nice organic breakfast (vegetarian/vegan options plentiful) and then made our way to the lantern workshop. Here, we saw how traditional lanterns are made and then had fun trying to make lanterns while looking silly when we could not stick or cut silk properly. Our kind and skilled hosts showed us how to do things properly and we had a nice souvenir to remind us of this experience.We set off again on our motorcycles which allowed us to clearly view the villages and farms. Our guides were happy to talk to us and answer questions about anything we saw along the ride. The next stop was the pottery village - where we saw the amazing handiwork of the locals. We then tried our own hand at clay work. Again this was very enjoyable and makes you realise the skills that the potters have. Tourism is important for this village and it was nice to know Onetrip are organising their tours so that local communities can benefit.Next, we stopped at a market selling fresh fruit and vegetables. We got to try some exotic fruits that we had never had before and chose some to take to the main event. A scenic ride took us to the forest and eventually we arrived at the home of a local family. We rested for a bit before hiking up the forest. There are some rocks to climb up so shoes with good grip are recommended (I also suggest hiking sandals as they will get wet and sandals will dry easily). Tài, Vinh, John and Tyler were there to safely guide us to the top. The hike was rewarded with the splendid secret waterfall - a small waterfall with a naturally closed off pool underneath it which is perfect for a swim. As this area is usually used by locals, there were no other tourists - we had the waterfall all to ourselves. We enjoyed our fruit picnic - even a friend who usually does not like fruit happily tucked into them - and we relaxed beside the waterfall with the sun shining down. Some of us competed to see who could swim to the waterfall against the current. It was awesome!Hiking back down to the nearby home, lunch time came and we enjoyed a delicious meal (all dishes were vegetarian as we asked for it before hand). We had fun chatting and joking with everyone. After a full stomach, a rest by some hammocks and some fun with the playful dogs, we headed back towards Hoi An.On the way, we made a few photo stops - our guides really knew where and how to take the best photos. We stopped at a local cafe for some excellent Vietnamese coffee and enjoyed the view of the lake before sunset. Again, some excellent photos were taken by our tour guides. We arrived back at the hotel and said our farewells to Tài, Vinh, John and Tyler, who were now like good friends. Thanks again to them for giving us a fantastic, personalised experience of the secret waterfall. We already feel like we want to go again!

If anyone is nervous or unsure if you want to go on a motorcycle tour, I’d suggest you just do it. Exploring the country side in the open air and experiencing everything Hoi An has to offer is amazing. The smell, the sights, the sounds, it’ll leave a smile on your face. We had Brian and Chien as tour guides and I couldn’t be more happy about it. From the moment we met, to the good bye hug, we enjoyed every moment of it. Highlights include the local lunch by a grandma, reminded me of my grandma’s cooking, and all the experiences that we shared about living in Canada versus living in Vietnam. Traveling is about learning about culture and we learned a lot today. Thank you again to Brian and Chien for such a memorable experience.

I went on the secret waterfall experience with Bryan on his motorbike and I must say it was loads of fun and surprises, from riding in the country side, lantern & clay making, swimming in the waterfall and eating delicious homemade local food made with love. I booked this trip just a day before because I wanted to do something different, fun and not touristy and I was so happy I spent the day with Bryan who was a fantastic companion, we had a great chat and laugh, it was a pleasure meeting him, he made my day :)Thank you Bryan & One trip for this perfect day.

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