South Central Coast Culture & history

Our most recommended South Central Coast Culture & history

Da Nang: Ba Na Hills Tour with Cable Car Ride

1. 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: My Son Sanctuary and Thu Bon River Cruise

2. 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 Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

3. From Hoi An: My Son Tour by Bus and Boat

Tour detail • 7.30 AM -8.15 AM: Pick up at Hoi An hotel center and depart to My son sanctuary • 9.00 AM: Explore My Son • Watch ChamPa dance show • 11.30 AM: Enjoy Quang Noodle • 12.30 PM: Take a cruise trip from My son to Hoi an city • 1.15 PM- 1.30 PM: Hotel drop off Extra charge applied for hotels: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Le Belhamy Hoi An Beach Resort, Vinpearl Resort & Spa Hoi An, hotels near Cua Dai beach, hotels near An Bang Beach area, hotels near Thanh Ha Area, hotels near Tra Que village, hotels located in small alleys, hotels in Cam Thanh Area, and hotels in Cam Nam Area —-> Extra pick up and drop off: 50,000 vnd/ 1 pax/ 2 ways

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

4. 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.

My Son Discovery tour from Da Nang- small group

5. My Son Discovery tour from Da Nang- small group

One of the most stunning sights to see in the Hoi An area is My Son Sanctuary, Vietnam’s most important historical site of the ancient Champa Kingdom. Explore the remains of a series of impressive tower temples that were the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains ranges, My Son was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Tour Detail - 7.30 AM: Pick up at Da Nang center and depart to Hoi An city to join a group. - 8.15 AM: depart to My son sanctuary - 9.00 AM: Explore My Son - Watch ChamPa dance show - 11.30 AM: Enjoy Quang Noodle - 12.30 PM: Depart to Hoi an city - 1.30 PM: Arrive Hoi An city - hoi an old town. - Free time to explore Hoi An old town at your own cost or return to Da Nang city - 5.00 PM: Drop off Da Nang city

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

6. 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.

Da Nang: Small-Group Hue Imperial City and Hai Van Pass Tour

7. Da Nang: Small-Group Hue Imperial City and Hai Van Pass Tour

This tour takes a trip to the decadent Imperial City of Hue, a well-preserved walled city. Hue is a must-see for those who love history, complete with its beautiful architecture and Insta-worthy photo stops. Your tour will start at Khai Dinh Tomb, a site that looks more like a palace than a grave. After an equally impressive visit to Thien Mu Pagoda, a five-tier temple built in the 1700s, is the highlight of this tour: the Imperial City. Throughout your experience there will be plenty of time to wander the many ancient temples, browse exhibits at the visitors center, and stroll elegant gardens. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned to your Da Nang accommodation.

Da Nang: Full-Day My Son Sanctuary Tour

8. Da Nang: Full-Day My Son Sanctuary Tour

Your full-day tour will begin with a 50-kilometer ride from Da Nang to the captivating Cham temples of My Son Sanctuary, a must-see area for history buffs. Upon arrival there will be plenty of time to tour the temples and spot headless statues, whose upper bodies are currently behind glass at the Louvre in Paris. You'll then watch a fantastic cultural performance, which has been practiced for several centuries. Unlike a half-day tour, this full-day tour will leave you with ample time to explore around. After exploring the temple site, you will be issued a break to stop for a tasty local lunch. Following your break, you will return back to your Da Nang accommodation.

My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

9. My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel and depart to My Son, one of the most important sites of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains ranges, My Son is one of the most stunning sights to see in Central Vietnam and only around 80 kilometers from Da Nang city. Whilst excavating My Son, letters found revealed that this complex has been used for offerings and worship of the Hindu god since the 4th century. In 1999, Unesco declared My Son a Unesco World Heritage Site. The My Son Sanctuary is a remarkable architectural ensemble that developed over a period of ten centuries. It presents a vivid picture of spiritual and political life in an important phase of the history of South-East Asia. Originally built with wood, the temples in My Son were completely destroyed by fire in the 6th century and restored in the 7th century by Sambhuvarman who rebuilt the temples with locally made bricks. Up to the 13th century, more than 70 similar temples were built, establishing My Son as a sanctuary of Hinduism in the Champa Kingdom.

My Lai Massacre Memory from Da Nang

10. My Lai Massacre Memory from Da Nang

Start your trip with a stop at the Pig market of My Lai. Here, you can witness and observe scenes of daily life, carried out by the local townspeople. On the way to My Lai, visit the Khuong My Towers — constructed by the Champa kingdom and believed to date from the first half of the ninth century — and Nui Thanh Victory Monument. My Lai village has developed historical significance for solemn reasons, primarily related to the mass murder of civilians that took place here by the US during the Vietnam War. On the 16th of March, 1968, soldiers of Charlie Company - 1st Battalion, the 20th Infantry Regiment and the 11th Brigade of the American Division entered into My Lai Village looking for Viet Cong soldiers. American soldiers suspected that enemies were hiding in the village and were being protected by villagers. This unfortunately led to the mass murder of over 300 unarmed civilians including women, children and elderly parents. Choose from a private or shared tour to visit the historical site of My Lai and get a reverent insight into the tragedies of the Vietnam War. During the tour, you will also have the opportunity to visit the museum, meet the local villagers and walk around the village before being taken back to Da Nang. 

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I had a fantastic private tour around the ancient ruins of My Son with Minh as my guide. I was picked up exactly on time and had a very comfortable journey by car. Minh was very knowledgeable about My Son and he happily answered my many questions about the site. He was very patient when it came to my numerous stops for photos and I was delighted when he suggested I spend some more time exploring the site after the Cultural Show (included in the entrance fee and highly recommended). A really great experience.

My tour guide Nhung was just great, told me a lot and tried really hard, totally responded to me. It was just great that I was traveling with her all alone at my own pace and not in a large group. Personally, I'm not a fan of ruins, but Nhung made the day a super exciting day, during which we also talked about the different cultures. You can tell that she loves to talk about the Cham and at the same time is very interested in other cultures. An all round great trip!

Awesome experience if your looking for a shorter timed day trip. Only 5 hours but you see a ton. Pickup and drop off was super easy and the drives are quick from Da Nang. No negatives but if you don’t like walking up stairs it may not be for you. Lots of steps up to the top of marble mountain but you can also climb through caves to get to the top. That was personally the best part for us. Really enjoyed it and the hosts are great!

Ling, our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and had good sense of humour. As it was rainy season, the site was muddy and very slippery. Watch your steps if you are visiting during rainy season and bring a raincoat (if not, there is a shop that sells it at usd1 at the entrance)

This was well worth the experience. Tin was an amazing tour guide with a lot of information about Vietnam and its history. I would most definitely recommend this to my friends and family.