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From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

1. From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

Spend time in Vietnam's countryside on this tour from Hoi An. Browse a local market and float along the Thu Bon River to witness rural life firsthand. Learn how to prepare Vietnamese food and savor your work during a cooking class. Following pickup from your hotel, visit a morning market in Hoi An and marvel at the seasonal fruits, noodles, herbs, vegetables, meat, and fish on display. Interact with the vendors and get some tips on how to bargain.  Cruise down the Thu Bon River and get up close to the traditional fishing nets and boats. Then, paddle through the water coconut palms aboard a bamboo basket boat. Learn how to fish with a fishing net, listen to some folk songs and receive some handmade souvenirs made from coconut leaves. Learn how to cook Vietnamese food, such as spring rolls, papaya salad, and pork in clay pots as you prepare your own lunch or dinner.

Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

2. Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Monkey Mountain and Am Phu Cave Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Da Nang or Hoi An, visit the Son Tra Mountain, also known as Monkey Mountain, to gain insight into Vietnam's rich history of Buddhism and Hinduism. Then, visit the Lady Buddha statue, the tallest Buddhist statue in Vietnam, reaching a height of 220 feet (67 meters). Next, visit local stone factories and sculpture shops, before visiting Marble Mountain. Visit the Âm Phủ cave, to take a walk through a re-creation of Buddhist hell. At midday enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with authentic Vietnamese dishes. You'll be transferred back to your hotel around 1:00 PM.

Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

3. Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

Upon arrival at the class at Cam Pho, in the heart of Hoi An, you'll be greeted with a traditional Vietnamese tea. Then, start to make a 30 cm lantern made of silk and bamboo in the shape you like - choose between a lotus, diamond, sunrise, or sunset.  All the materials you need will be provided, so you can focus on enjoying the experience of making your own lantern. You can either make your lantern completely from scratch for a full class, or choose the express class to start with a pre-made frame. Vietnamese people believe that hanging lanterns in front of their house brings luck, happiness, and wealth to the family. After the class you can take your foldable lantern home as a souvenir from Hoi An.

Hoi An: Unique Street Food Tour

4. Hoi An: Unique Street Food Tour

Famous for its well-preserved Ancient Town, the seaside city of Hoi An is also known for the delicious cuisine that reflects its historical status as a melting pot of many different cultures.  Eat as the locals eat and see what the locals see on a food-focused walking tour through the streets of Hoi An. Let your knowledgeable local guide what your preferences are or follow their itinerary to ensure you sample the best that Hoi An has to offer.  Some food you might try on the way include café sữa đá (Vietnamese coffee), Hoi An White Rose (one of the city's most beloved specialties), hột vịt lộn, thịt nướng (Vietnamese grilled pork tenderloin), Quang noodles, bánh bột lọc (Vietnamese clear shrimp and pork dumpling), bánh bèo (water fern cake), xí mà or Đậu hủ (tofu), sugar cane juice, and the best Bánh mỳ in Vietnam. Get ready for an experience your tastebuds won't soon forget. 

From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

5. From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

Enjoy a lesson in Vietnamese history on this day trip from Da Nang. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Hue, stopping at Hai Van Pass to explore some abandoned war bunkers. Upon arrival, head to the city's prime attraction, the Citadel. Wander through this vast complex containing the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Emperor's private residence, and learn more about Vietnam's last dynasty, the Nguyen dynasty. You will also discover other architectural masterpieces such as temples, pavilions, gardens, and the gates to the Imperial City. In the afternoon, stop for lunch to reenergize before enjoying a boat trip along the Perfume River. Stop at Thien Mu Pagoda, an active Buddhist monastery, and admire its iconic 7-story pagoda, the unofficial symbol of the city.   From the monastery, head to the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, the final resting place of a Nguyen Emperor. Admire the tomb's unique architectural design and learn more about the many myths and legends that surround this controversial emperor before heading back to Da Nang.

From Da Nang: Full-Day Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge Tour

6. From Da Nang: Full-Day Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge Tour

Discover the beauty of Ba Na Hills on this full-day program. Experience 4 distinct seasons in a single day: it will feel like spring in the morning, like summer by noon, autumn by the afternoon and winter in the evening! With the hiking train, visitors traveling to Ba Na can enjoy views of the stunning natural landscapes in comfort. Visit several popular destinations including Linh Ung Pagoda with its exquisite architectural design and 30-meter-high Buddha statue. Continue to the Tinh Tam garden, Nghinh Phong peak, and Vong Nguyet hill, then stop for lunch.

Discover Ba Na Hill: Full-Day Tour from Hoi An

7. Discover Ba Na Hill: Full-Day Tour from Hoi An

Begin your full-day shared or private tour at 08:00 with pickup at your residence in Hoi An. Make your way to the beautiful Ba Na Hills, a hill station and resort located in the Truong Son Mountain region of central Vietnam. See the fascinating Linh Ung Pagoda and marvel at its exquisite architectural design. Stand before the massive 30-meter tall statue of Buddha towering in the clouds, and then make your way to a French cellar still used today to distill alcohol. Continue the tour to the lovely Tinh Tam Garden, stand at the Nghinh Phong Peak, and make your way to Vong Nguyet Hill for some spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding region. Visit Golden Bridge, a 150-meter long pedestrian bridge with two giant stone hands supporting the structure. Get a scenic overlook and enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape of nature comfortably and smoothly.

My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

8. My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

Visit My Son, one of the most important sites of the ancient Champa Kingdom, on a 4-hour tour from Da Nang. Situated in a valley surrounded by high mountains, the World Heritage Site is one of the most stunning sights in central Vietnam. Choose from a shared or private tour. During the excavation of the site, letters were found revealing that the complex had been a site of Hindu worship since the 4th century. In the 7th century, the temples that had been destroyed by fire were restored with locally made bricks. Hear about 70 similar temples built in the period up to the 13th century, establishing My Son as a sanctuary of Hinduism. Enjoy a walking tour around the sanctuary to see the many temples and towers.

Hoi An: Full-Day Small Group Trip to My Son Sanctuary

9. Hoi An: Full-Day Small Group Trip to My Son Sanctuary

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Hoi An then travels the 50 km journey to the captivating Cham temples of My Son Sanctuary. A must-see for history buffs, the sanctuary dates back from the 4th to the 13th century and owes its spiritual origins to the Hinduism of India. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the temples and learn about the site's headless statues, whose upper bodies are currently on display behind glass at The Louvre in Paris. Unlike a half-day tour, this full-day experience allows you plenty of time to explore the complex and see everything that the sanctuary has to offer. After your tour of the temple, stop by a local restaurant for a traditional lunch to replenish your energy. Later, enjoy an incredible cultural performance practiced by the Cham people for many centuries. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to your hotel in Hoi An.

Marble Mountains & Son Tra Peninsula Tour from Da Nang

10. Marble Mountains & Son Tra Peninsula Tour from Da Nang

Visit the Marble Mountains, a cluster of 5 marble and limestone mountains, on this 4-hour tour from Da Nang. Climb the stone steps carved into the mountain up to a Buddhist pagoda. Choose from a shared or private tour. Discover hidden caves and enjoy spectacular views from the top of the mountain. Stop at Non Nuoc Stone Carving Village, located at the foot of the Marble Mountains. Next, you’ll head to the Son Tra peninsula. Visit the Linh Ung Bai But pagoda, one of the largest pagodas in Da Nang, and also known as the Lady Buddha. From the pagoda, enjoy views of the city, the mountains and the sandy beaches of the Son Tra peninsula.

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What people are saying about South Central Coast

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The transfer from Da Nang to Hue went well. Upon agreement, the driver will stop at the sights and wait there. You have enough time to explore them. It would be good to book in good time in order to be able to clarify departure and other details beforehand. As stated in the description, tickets are not included.

It was a good experience if you do not have the whole day to do things and you want to get out of the city and see interesting caves and temples. The guide Binh was also very knowledgeable in explaining the history of the city and temples.

A really fun tour, our guide Tai was very knowledgeable on everything to do with the temples and caves. Recommend to anyone visiting Hoi An or Da nang!

This was a great morning! The basket boat ride was fun and entertaining and the cooking class was excellent! We thoroughly enjoyed this tour!

Our guide Tai was amazing. Very knowledgeable and informative. Beautiful mountains and a really great tour. Suggest it definitely.