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Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

1. 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.

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

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

Spend time in Vietnam's countryside on a morning or afternoon guided tour from Hoi An. Browse a local market before floating through a dense coconut palm forest on a traditional bamboo basket boat. Learn how to prepare Vietnamese food and savor your work during a cooking class. Meet your guide at the Godiva coffee shop before heading to explore a morning or afternoon market in Hoi An. 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.  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 Bánh cuốn (Vietnamese steamed rice rolls), Bánh Xèo (Hoian rice pancakes), Phở (pho noodles with beef), and Chè (sweet bean soup) as you prepare your own lunch or dinner.

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

3. 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: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

4. Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

One of the most stunning sights to see in Hoi An area is My Son, Viet Nam’s most important site of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountain ranges, My Son was named a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence

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

5. 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.

Da Nang: Ba Na Hills Tour with Cable Car Ride

6. Da Nang: Ba Na Hills Tour with Cable Car Ride

Escape on Ba Na hills tour 8.00 Pick up at hotel in Da Nang and head out to Ba Na hills. Take Cable Car which gains 5 world scores to Ba Na hills station. Stop at By Night station to visit Vong Nguyet hills, Linh Ung pagoda, The Old Villas of French. Continue moving up by cable car to the Nui Chua Mountain – the top of Ba Na range, visiting Nginh Phong top, Le Nim Villas, Orchid Garden… Experience hill climbing train (first and unique funicular in Vietnam) and visit an old French cellar (Debay Ancient Wine Cellar), flower garden Le Jardin D’amour and Linh Ung Pagoda. You should not miss walking on the Golden Bridge amid the foggy hills of the mountain, enjoy the gorgeous view of Da Nang City. Have lunch at restaurant. Afternoon: Free for explore the French village or joining games in Fantasy Park – the third biggest indoor games zone in Vietnam with series of interesting games: 4 – 5D film, skiver, The death race, dinosaur park… (2 hours). 15:00 Return to Da Nang city along the Red Beach Bay. Stop at Central Specialties Super Market for Shopping. End the tour at your hotel.

Hoi An: Vietnamese Cooking Class only

7. Hoi An: Vietnamese Cooking Class only

Dive into authentic Vietnamese cuisine with this cooking class in Hoi An, perfect for the whole family. Learn how to prepare four Vietnamese specialties and enjoy your dishes for lunch or dinner. Choose between a morning or afternoon class. After getting picked up, get transferred to a cooking house in Cam Thanh Village where your class will take place. Afterward, it’s time to get cooking. The menu for the class includes Beef Noodle Soup, Deep-fried spring roll, Hoi An Pancake ( Banh Xeo) with pork and prawns, Fresh spring roll without the rice paper Vegetarian option available on request

Da Nang: Small-Group My Son Sanctuary & Marble Mountain Tour

8. Da Nang: Small-Group My Son Sanctuary & Marble Mountain Tour

Be taken on an action-packed day tour to My Son Sanctuary and the Marble Mountain, two of the most popular attractions in Central Vietnam. The first stop will be to the My Son Sanctuary, a unique collection of temples which were built by the Cham people in the 4th century. Following that is a trip to the majestic Marble Mountains that loom for miles around. After admiring the view, travel to the sizable Am Phu Cave with its lofty vantage point. You will then discover dimly-lit cave temples, admiring colorful pagodas and gazing out over the Vietnamese countryside. The mountains themselves are made from limestone and marble (hence their name), of which the locals use to carve impressive statues and shrines. Before the day is done, there will be a visit to the Linh Ung Pagoda.

Marble Mountains & Son Tra Peninsula Tour from Da Nang

9. 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.

Eco Cooking Class, Cruise Trip, and Basket Boat Riding

10. Eco Cooking Class, Cruise Trip, and Basket Boat Riding

Vietnamese food is among the best and most healthy cuisines in the world. No wonder so many people come to Vietnam to learn how to make Vietnamese food. This Eco Cooking Class in Hoi An will be a great way for you to not only learn to make some famous Vietnamese dishes, but also you will have the chance to experience different activities in the coconut jungle in Hoi An. Paddle basket boats and watching people catch fish using traditional methods. With this Hoi An Eco Cooking Class, you will pass through the water coconut jungle on basket boats. Afterwards, you will go to cook in a countryside area of Hoi An's ancient town. If you are traveling in big groups, this cooking class is a perfect choice. Menu: Goi cuon – Fresh Rice Paper Salad Rolls with Pork and Shrimp with a Tangy Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce Pho Bo cooked Ha Noi style Mi Xao Hai San: Fried Noodle Banh Xeo: Crispy Vietnamese Crepes

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What people are saying about South Central Coast

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,480 reviews

I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone interested in a shorter nature hike. Gorgeous views, really fun but mild bouldering and refreshing swims in natural pools & rivers. Our guide Tu did an excellent job! Great english, knowledgable, social and well prepared. Also, my wife is a vegetarian and we forgot to mention that before the tour began. For the provided lunch, Tu re-directed us to the most amazing local Vietnamese Vegetarian restaurant and it was the perfect ending to a great day. Several other pieces of advice. (1) Bring some water as well. Yes the tour provides some but generally tourists need a lot more water than locals around here! (2) Remember your sunscreen. (3) Remember a towel with your change of clothes. There are showers available at the park entrance so you can rinse off before putting on your fresh clothes, but a towel would have been nice. (4) Your shoes need grip, but if you have something without socks, that is best, as you swim a lot!

A wonderful tour that shows you everything you need know the history of the My Son sanctuary and Hoi An. Our tour guide was very friendly, we learned a lot not only about the sights but also the life of the local people and how it's still being affected by the recent history of the country. My Son is beautiful, impressive and the tour was timed so we could watch a charming local music & dance performance. In Hoi An, we visited several sites with great historical importance. It was very enjoyable thanks to interesting stories, information told by our guide. Much recommended!

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Driver was on time. Tour was informative and enjoyable Food was tasty and fun to make

What a brilliant experience. excellent guided tour. so much to see and learn about