Hoi An

Hoi An City Tour

Duration: 4 Hours
Overview: Hoi An was a bustling international trading port, for merchants from Japan, China and the West during the 17th and 18th centuries. The old town is particularly well preserved, the architecture reflecting the varying cultural influences. UNESCO awarded it World Heritage Site status in 1999. Visit the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, a meeting place for merchants from China's Fujian province.

On the riverfront, enter Tan Ky House, a typical 18th century shop house that is still inhabited by the same family. Also Phung Hung House, a wooden construction held up by 80 pillars. The attractive Japanese Covered Bridge houses a shrine to the God Tran Vo Ba De, whose powers are said to include control of the weather. If time permits at the end of the tour, there is time for shopping before returning to your hotel.

Cham Island Discovery

Duration: 6 Hours
Overview: The Cham Islands are 15 km from Cua Dai. There are seven islands named according to their shape or characteristics. They are called Lao ( pear ), Dai ( long ), La ( leaf), Kho ( dry ), Tai ( ear ), Mo ( tomb ) and Nom ( East Wind ). They have a good climate, always cool the year round. Trees and wildlife are plentiful here, as well as marine life. On the island there are precious bird nests while, the underwater coral is marvelous. Scenic spots include Soui Tinh (love stream), Soui Ong (sir's stream), Hon Chong (piled up rocks), Hang Ba (lady's cave).

Enjoy the surrounding beaches with clean white sand and transparent cool water. Register for the island visit at the Cua Dai Border then take a speedboat to the island. After some exploration, return to the boat and visit Xep Beach for a half-hour snorkeling amongst the coral. After lunch on Chong Beach return to Hoi An.

Hue Citadel

Duration: 11 Hours
Overview: Hue has very cultural heritage. Serving as the capital city of the last emperors of Vietnam from 1802 it includes palaces, beautiful tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty, and famous pagodas. Royal orchestral music originated here, as well as imperial cuisine and sophisticated handicrafts. It is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. On the way, stop at Hai Van Pass for a spectacular view along the coast to Da Nang. Continue to Hue along winding roads and best sea views in Central Vietnam.

On arrival, visit the royal citadel before taking a boat to the beautiful Thien Mu pagoda. Have lunch in a local restaurant. Visit the royal tomb of Khai Dinh, or Tu Duc, mausoleums of some emperors of the Nguyen dynasty. Before returning to Hoi An stop at Dong Ba market, for local souvenirs.

Marble Mountains and Cham Museum

Duration: 5 Hours
Overview: The Marble Mountains, (Mountains of the Five Elements) consist of five peaks: Thuy Son (water) which is the highest, Moc Son (wood), Kim Son (metal), Tho Son (soil), and Hoa Son (fire). They are located 12 km west of Da Nang. Climb Thuy Son Mountain by the stone stairs and enjoy a panoramic view of the countryside. Visit Huyen Khong cave before entering Tam Thai and Linh Ung pagodas. See Non Nuoc stone village, where the marble products are created for export. Drive on to Da Nang and visit the Cham Museum which displays 300 sculptures, some made between the 5th to 15th centuries from terra cotta. After lunch at a local restaurant return to Hoi An.

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