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

1. 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: Full-Day My Son Sanctuary Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

From Hoi An: Authentic Vietnamese Cooking Tour

4. From Hoi An: Authentic Vietnamese Cooking Tour

This is a cooking tour, which is different from a cooking class. The journey will take you through the beautiful and scenic countryside of Hoi An to Cam Thanh village (around 4 kilometers away from the town center). This adventure will include a visit to a local produce market and a boat trip along the beautiful Thu Bon River, with sights that include the island of Cam Nam and Duy Hai fishing village, as you pass under the majestic Cua Dai Bridge.  Your adventure continues on a fun-filled Basket Boat ride through the Water Palm Village, followed by a ride in a water buffalo cart that will take you to the local supplier's cooking school and restaurant. Upon arrival, you can then unwind by soaking up the joys of a foot, head, and shoulder massage.  The menu for the cooking class includes the following Vietnamese dishes:  Rolled wet rice paper with minced pork and vegetables Chicken Noodle Soup (Pho Ga)Grilled Fish in a Banana Leaf Vietnamese Prawn Curry You may then relax and enjoy the sumptuous delights of your cooking creations, in the pleasant surroundings of the local supplier's restaurant. 

From Da Nang: Bà Nà Hill Station and Entertainment Paradise

5. From Da Nang: Bà Nà Hill Station and Entertainment Paradise

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Da Nang, and then make your way to the Bà Nà Hill Station in the Trường Sơn Mountains. Ride the world's longest cable car to get stunning views of the magnificent surroundings. Arrive at station number 2, located 1,138 meters above sea level. Avail of all the facilities, such as the Debay wine cellar, built by French colonialists in 1923. Marvel at a 100-year-old bưởi (pomelo) tree, and visit and the Linh Ung Pagoda. Go for a stroll in the flower gardens of Lộc Uyển and Quan Am Pavilion. Continue by cable car to Entertainment Paradise, where you can participate in exciting games, visit the ghost house, or watch 4D films. Savor a delicious lunch before going to the monkey garden. Discover the highest mountain peak in central Vietnam at God Mountain. Return to the cable car station for the return trip to Da Nang.

Hoi An: Ancient Town Walking Tour

6. Hoi An: Ancient Town Walking Tour

Embark on a day exploring Hoi An on foot, one of the best ways to take in the city’s charm. While exploring the small yet beautiful town, tourists and frequent visitors alike find that it is a place of quiet and peace. The unique atmosphere here combines elements of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese culture. Some of the most remarkable views of the city are from the ancient houses. From here, visitors can catch a glimpse of a long gone past, a more subdued and simple time. The tour includes visits to Hoi An Museum, many of the town’s renowned Ancient Houses which boast remarkable architecture, assembly halls of Chinese influence, an art craft manufacturing workshop, and of course the must-see Japanese Covered Bridge. An optional stop is at the private home of Diep Dong Nguyen (subject to availability) to view a stunning collection of pottery, seals and old Hoi An photographs.

Hoi An: Half-Day Ancient Town Tour

7. Hoi An: Half-Day Ancient Town Tour

Discover Hoi An Ancient Town’s quaint buildings, cosy teahouses, and lantern festivals down by the river during a half-day guided tour. Start the experience with a gently bob downstream in a traditional basket boat. Once you have soaked up the luscious scenic views, head to the next stop of the day, Hoi An Ancient Town. Next, stop off at several Chinese and Japanese assembly halls, each built and decorated in a traditionally ornate style. Learn about the town’s flourishing ceramics industry as you pass by a traditional pottery museum and watch locals at work. Enjoy the highlight of the tour, a visit to the elegant Japanese Covered Bridge, originally erected to divide the city during the Japanese occupation. While the bridge was once a symbol of segregation, over time it has become a much-cherished location for tourists and locals alike. Finish things off with a handicraft tour of Hoi An: learn how locals make a living and shop for colorful souvenirs.

Hue Historical Tour from Da Nang

8. Hue Historical Tour from Da Nang

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Da Nang, and then travel to the former imperial capital of Vietnam to see the sights of Hue. Experience the natural beauty of the Hai Van Pass, and get stunning views of Ocean Cloud Pass and Lang Co Beach before arrival. Visit the ancient citadel to see highlights such as the Forbidden Purple City and Emperor's Private Residence. Continue to the 17th-century working Buddhist monastery of Thien Mu Pagoda, considered by many to be the unofficial symbol of the city. See the car that belonged to a former monk who drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese regime's cruel treatment of Buddhist monks and their followers. After, visit the serene Khai Dinh Royal Tomb, designed to blend in with its natural surroundings and built on principles of feng-shui.

Danang: Half-Day Marble Mountain Tour

9. Danang: Half-Day Marble Mountain Tour

Begin your half-day tour at 8:30 AM and picked up from your hotel by a scooter or car depending on your chosen option. Listen to a quick briefing about the day's program, then drink some coffee before setting off. At 9:30 AM, begin your drive to the Marble Mountains, where you will have just over 2 hours to explore the incredible scenery and landscapes. At 12 PM, enjoy some final time to take some pictures before departing. At 1 PM stop for lunch in a local restaurant, where you will be able to further engage with and learn about the lives of your drivers. At 2 PM get dropped off back at your hotel where the tour will end.

Hoi An: Guided Photo Tour by Scooter with Lunch

10. Hoi An: Guided Photo Tour by Scooter with Lunch

Get picked-up from your hotel by scooter and prepare to experience Hoi An like a local. Venture to a nearby coffee shop to discover the unique taste of Vietnamese coffee. Learn more about the national coffee culture through your guide's engaging stories, and ask any questions you may have before you move on. Discover the beauty of the charming alleys and marvel at the typical architecture of the Old Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Recognized as a well-preserved example of a South East Asia trading port from the 15th to the 19th century, its buildings and street plans reflect a blend of indigenous and foreign influence through the centuries. End with a tasty meal at a restaurant and savor the flavors of the local food.

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What people are saying about South Central Coast

Picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off in Hoi An whee we met our chef and tour guide. Had sometime to shop through the local market (and we were able to buy a few things too). The boat ride and bamboo boat were such a fun little treat. Our tour guide was so friendly and spoke amazing English! And the food, WOW. Delicious. We made apron rolls, beef pho, Chicken curry and and papaya salad.:: we even got the recipes to try to make at home. A wonderful way to spend half the day in hoi an and enjoy some culture!

We went in January and it was very foggy but we still managed to get some good pics and see everything without any crowds! Lovely. Our tour was fantastic the guide ‘Snow’ was so informative and friendly. She was such a pleasure to spend the day with. The car picked us and dropped us off at the hotel and we were looked after all day, everything was included. The food is a buffet and has everything you would want, Asian and western. Just brilliant we will come back maybe when it’s less foggy though!

I had a gentle, English-speaking guide name Thao. She is pretty good with her English and knowledge despite being so young. She also very friendly and made me feel very welcomed. I was brought to a nice lunch place called Mỳ quãng đại nam near My Son Ruins. Serves one of the best crispy pancake (throw into your soup) and Mi Quang. Awesome!

Excellent excursion.. Really really worth the money. Everything was perfekt, the woman who teached us how to do the dishes was so sweet and the food realle good.. Really recomend this tour

It was really nice and peaceful place! Tour guide was really nice too. Don’t skip this place if you are in Hoi an!