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Hoi An Coffee Tasting and Old Town Discovering Tour

1. Hoi An Coffee Tasting and Old Town Discovering Tour

Take a step back in time on a walking tour in Hoi An's Ancient Town – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover Hoi An with a half-day city tour to get an overview of the torn's architecture, culture, and local lifestyle. You will also soak up the city's cafe culture and discover different hidden cafes in Hoi An, from the ordinary to those with modern chic decors. Sitting and drinking coffee with a local is also an excellent way to learn about Vietnamese culture and the city. You will try varied coffees - not just the typical varieties available at crowded tourist locations, but those that have a unique story of craftsmanship. If you are a coffeeholic, do not miss the chance to explore Vietnamese cafes and Vietnam's coffee culture on this tour.

Nha Trang: Half-Day City Tour

2. Nha Trang: Half-Day City Tour

Your tour begins with an expert tour guide collecting you from your hotel by private car. You will visit Stone Church known by locals as Mountain Church or Nha Trang Cathedral. Next is Long Son Pagoda where you will climb 150 steps to see the 24-meter tall White Buddha "Sakayamuni" statue. You will also stop at a local house in the Nha Trang countryside where you will meet 2 artists with 40 years of experience and make clay stoves by hand. The artists will teach you how it's done. Nearby you will also visit a mat weaver with over 30 years of experience.  The tour also visits the Ancient House of 200 Years in Nha Trang where you will learn more about Nha Trang culture and Vietnamese architecture. Enjoy a dish of tropical fruits and a cup of tea while you are here. You will also stop close to a paddy field where your tour guide will explain the rice types of Vietnam and the farming techniques of growing rice. Lastly, you will visit Tong Lam Lo Son Pagoda. Here you will see the biggest Buddha statue standing at 44-meters high. Your tour then concludes with a drop you off at Nha Trang port.

Da Nang: Full-Day Private Customized Tour

3. Da Nang: Full-Day Private Customized Tour

Create your very own full-day itinerary according to the attractions and places in or around Da Nang that you would like to visit. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Da Nang by your English-speaking guide and travel in comfort in an air-conditioned vehicle. Choose from some of the most popular sites listed below to start your itinerary or suggest something new.  Marble Mountains: This cluster of five limestone cliffs located south of Da Nang are named after the five elements. Marvel at these mystical caves with built-in pagodas and admire the sweeping views of the city and sea from viewpoints. Linh Ung Pagoda (Lady Buddha): With 17 floors – each dedicated to the ‘she’ Buddha – and standing at 67 meters high, Linh Ung is the tallest Buddhist statue in Vietnam. Explore the surrounding tranquil grounds with an impressive display of life-sized statues, and snap a few photos by the grand entrance.  Museum of Cham Sculpture: The Cham dynasty heavily influenced southern and central Vietnam, ruling over the area for several millennia. Though small, this museum holds the largest collection of Cham artifacts in the world. With over 300 pieces that date as far back as the 5th century, walk through the different exhibits taking in the many sandstone sculptures with their Hindu-influenced styles. Con Market/Han Market: Try tasty Vietnamese food from a selection of over 2000 stalls selling a wide choice of food. If souvenirs are preferred, the Han Market is known for vendors who sell everything from dried fruit to local knick-knacks. Dragon Bridge: Spanning approximately 200 meters end to end, and named aptly because it is shaped in the form of a dragon, this impressive bridge is a sight to behold. Visit during weekend nights and possibly catch the dragon spewing plumes of fire and water from its head.  My Khe Beach: This scenic beach with a never-ending shoreline is perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Walk along the sandy shores, take a dip in the sea, grab local snacks at a nearby kiosk, or simply relax on the beach.

Hue and Hoi An: Private Car Sightseeing Tour

4. Hue and Hoi An: Private Car Sightseeing Tour

This 7-hour tour begins with hotel pickup. Along the way to Hoi An there will be stops for sightseeing at An Bang Cemetery, home to more than a thousand tombs and stretching from the 8-meter gates down to the sea. Continuing on, enjoy the verdant trees, crystal waters, and cloud-covered mountains of Lap An Lagoon. Nestled between Phu Gia Pass to the North and Hai Van Pass to the South, this oyster-farming village should not be missed. Just 60 KM on from Hue is the serene fishing township of Lang Co, whose beach was recognized in 2009 as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world, with a sloping beach and fine, clean sand.    The car winds its way through Hai Van Pass, one of the most scenic hillside roads in Vietnam. The American and French bunkers along the pass provide panoramic views of the city, the perfect spot for a much-welcomed break with the locals. Last but not least, marvel at the rock peaks of the Marble Mountains and follow the curvy road upwards, past large stone dragons and seated figures of Buddha. Here you can learn about Buddhism and witness the harmony of nature and religion.   After a full day of touring, drop-off will be provided in Hue or Hoi An.

Hoi An: Private Walking Tour and Cooking Class

5. Hoi An: Private Walking Tour and Cooking Class

Discover the history and flavors of Vietnam during this combined 5-hour walking and cooking tour of Hoi An. This private tour will allow you to get an insight into Hoi An from your local leader. Listed by UNESCO as a beautifully-preserved example of a historic Southeast Asian trading port, see colorful buildings of historical and cultural significance. Wander along relaxing streets that are off-limits to cars and stroll past the many Chinese Assembly Halls, such as the Cantonese Chinese Congregation with its impressive main altar, and the Hainan Chinese Congregation, which serves as a memorial to the 107 Hainan Island merchants that were killed during the reign of Emperor Tu Duc after they were mistaken for pirates. Stop by the covered 16th-Century Japanese Bridge, with its Buddhist pagoda and constructed to provide a link between the Japanese and Chinese communities. Then head to a family-run restaurant for your cooking class. Meet with your chef, who will explain the range of dishes that you will prepare, before taking you to a local market to stock up on fresh produce. Learn how to choose the best supplies and discover some of the less-familiar ingredients. Back at the restaurant, discover recipes that will wow your family and friends back home, and learn the tricks to preparing some of Vietnam’s legendary meals. At the end of your lesson, sit down to feast on all the delicious dishes you have created.

Hoi An: Half-Day My Son Temples Tour

6. Hoi An: Half-Day My Son Temples Tour

One of the most stunning sights to see in the Hoi An area is My Son, a spiritual center of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Situated in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains, My Son is about 45 kilometers away from Hoi An. Join a shared or private half-day trip to visit this special site. Letters from the 4th century were found during excavations at My Son, revealing that the temples of the complex were used to worship and make offerings to the Hindu gods. In 1999, UNESCO designated My Son a World Heritage Site. Originally built from wood, the temples were completely destroyed by fire in the 6th century and then rebuilt in the 7th century with locally made bricks. By the 13th century, more than 70 similar temples had been built, establishing My Son as a sanctuary of Hinduism in the Champa Kingdom.

Full-Day Hue City Tour with Entrance Fees and Lunch

7. Full-Day Hue City Tour with Entrance Fees and Lunch

The tour guide will pick you up at your hotel to begin your full-day excursion with a visit to a traditional hat and incense stick making village. Learn about the people and their work, and buy some of the products for souvenirs, if you like. See the Minh Mang tomb, said to be the most majestic of all of the royal tombs, renowned for its architecture that blends harmoniously into the natural surroundings. Khai Dinh tomb is unlike Hue’s other tombs, being a synthesis of Vietnamese and European elements. Even the stone faces of the Mandarin honor guards are endowed with a mixture of Vietnamese and European features. After visiting the tombs, you’ll return to Hue city to enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese dishes. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Hue citadel. See the tallest flag pole in Vietnam and the Ngo Mon gate where Bao Dai ended the Nguyen dynasty. You’ll also see Thai Hoa palace, the Hall of the Mandarins, and the Forbidden Purple City. Thien Mu pagoda, built on a hill overlooking the Perfume River, is an icon of Vietnam and the symbol of Hue city. Cruise the beautiful Perfume River by dragon boat, enjoying scenes of daily life and a magnificent sunset on the river.

Hoi An/Da Nang: Hue City Private Tour

8. Hoi An/Da Nang: Hue City Private Tour

At 8 AM, get picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Da Nang/Hoi. Meet your private driver and climb into a comfortable modern vehicle. Set off for Hue City making a couple of stops for sightseeing and incredible natural scenery along the way. Drive through the Hai Van Pass where you will immerse yourself in a sea of clouds. Also, pass by the stunning Lang Co Bay, and Lap An Lagoon to take in the magnificent views. Arrive in Hue and meet your private English-speaking tour guide who will join you for the entire city tour. First, visit Khai Dinh Tomb - built for the 12th Emperor of the Nguyễn dynasty and blending Western and Eastern architecture. Then, head over to Minh Mang Tomb, built on the west bank of the Perfume River and dedicated to Minh Mang and his empress. After this, stop for lunch in Hue at a local restaurant. Once you have refueled, continue the tour with a visit to the Citadel, also known as The Imperial City. Explore this Unesco World Heritage Site, a walled enclosure and the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Next, see the Thien Mu Pagoda - an impressive 7-story pagoda which is regarded as an iconic symbol of the city. Finally, get dropped off back at your hotel in Da Nang/Hoi An, returning by around 7:30 PM.

Hue: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

9. Hue: Full-Day Demilitarized Zone Tour

Discover the historic Demilitarized Zone of Vietnam, recognized by the Geneva Conference on 21 July 1954 on the 17th parallel, temporarily dividing the country into 2 states. Your guide will take you to Quang Tri province, where you will visit the Church of La Vang, and Dong Ha town, location of an important US Marine Combat Base, providing surveillance of the troops across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). See Doc Mieu base, part of an elaborate electronic system intended to prevent infiltration across the DMZ. Explore Hien Luong Bridge (Peace Bridge), built from steel by the French in 1950. At Cua Tung Beach, see where the Ben Hai River flows from west to east just south of the 17th parallel. Explore the Vinh Moc tunnels complex deep in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. After lunch at a local restaurant, learn about the ethnic minority people and see the Dakrong Bridge across the Dakrong River. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which ran from North Vietnam to South Vietnam through neighboring Laos and Cambodia. Continue to Rock Pile base for American long range artillery, and Khe Sanh combat base in the rolling mountains and forests of the valley.

Nha Trang: Bike Tour

10. Nha Trang: Bike Tour

Nha Trang is known as one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Vietnam.  Your tour begins with a hotel pick-up. You will then be briefed about your bike tour and cycling in Vietnam. The tour will have you cycling to the countryside to visit a traditional village. You can still find many traditional crafts such as mat weaving and clay stove making. Here you will learn about these local traditional crafts and visit an Ancient house where you will be invited to enjoy tropical fruits.  A stop at Wooden bridge will give you a chance to take photos of rural life. Visit a local market and have a chance for a little shopping. To complete your experience, you will have a photo stop at a paddy field. There will also be a chance to try drinks such as coconut or sugar cane before your bike tour comes to an end.

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Our guide was exceptionally friendly and sweet! It was just us who booked the tour on this day so it was private. The car was very comfortable and spacious, there was also complimentary water provided. There was a nice small walking tour through some of the murals in the village. The only thing I was a bit disappointed with is that we did not have an opportunity to see all the murals in the village. This is because we were led back into the car which quickly drove past the second section of murals and some painted basket boats. And by the time we realized, it was too late to feel comfortable asking to turn back. It would have been nice to have more time to walk around, explore and take a closer look.

We were picked up at the hotel on time. The tour leads to the traditional fishing village. This is not a sight like the marble mountains or My son - but there are no tourists there and you can see a lot of the original Vietnam. Overall, it's a tour away from tourism. But it is very worth seeing, also the relics from the Vietnam War. Our guide “Snow” told us a lot and gave some insider tips for Hoi An.

Very informative and interesting tour. Very well organized.

Very nice trip with a a very serviceminded driver Mr. Kin.

Great tour was really well run, had an amazing time