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Cham Islands Escape from Da Nang

1. Cham Islands Escape from Da Nang

Head from Da Nang by shuttle bus to a waiting speedboat that will take you to the Cham Islands on this 1-day tour. Enjoy snorkeling and diving along beautiful coral reefs. Savor a delicious seafood lunch on the island, and take a walk along the eco-tour trail. See the island’s traditional crafts, and enjoy time sightseeing and swimming. The waters around Cu Lao Cham are home to 135 species of coral, 4 species of tiger shrimp and 84 species of molluscs, many of which are endangered species. The cluster of islands comprise a marine protected area for its marine inhabitants, beaches and coral reefs.

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Nha Trang: Romantic Sunset Cocktails and Dinner Cruise

2. Nha Trang: Romantic Sunset Cocktails and Dinner Cruise

Your tour begins around 17:00 with pick-up from your hotel. Board the traditional junk boat at Nha Trang port. Once on board, witness the spectacular landscape of Nha Trang Bay at sunset. Enjoy cocktails and wine on deck as you are entertained by musicians playing against the stunning backdrop of stars, the moon, and the city lights. Experience the gastronomical pleasure of a 5-course seafood dinner on board, while being serenaded by the musicians. End your romantic dinner with drinks or cocktails in the lounge or on the deck before heading back to Nha Trang. Here your transfers will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel.  

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

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

Following pick-up 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.

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Hoi An: Farming and Fishing Tour with Bike and River Cruise

4. Hoi An: Farming and Fishing Tour with Bike and River Cruise

Following pick-up, begin leisurely cycling along country roads to explore local rural life with your tour guide. Witness the local farming and fishing communities and how they live in Hoi An. Discover a beautiful organic vegetable village, cultivate the soil with a local farmer, enjoy the company of water buffaloes in the rice paddy fields and see ducks swimming along the rice farm. Watch as rice farmers tend to their crops as you learn about the area and experience the friendliness of the local people. Board a boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen, and enjoy an interactive experience of traditional net fishing. Have fun paddling the unique bamboo basket boat before enjoying a delicious seafood meal onboard.

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Nha Trang Bay Full-Day Tour

5. Nha Trang Bay Full-Day Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM, transfer to Nha Trang Port to board your boat. Inspired by the luxurious life of Vietnam's last emperor, Bao Dai, the cruise will take you to some of Nha Trang's most beautiful islands. Enjoy a welcome drink with the experienced manager and get an introduction to Nha Trang Bay. Learn about the locals and their food and culture. Hear about the Emperor Bao Dai. Get some safety precautions before the start of your cruise and see the spectacular landscapes of Nha Trang Bay as you set off. Head to Mieu Island to trek and to visit local fishing villages. Learn about life off the mainland as you interact with villagers. Spend a few minutes exploring the landscape by basket boat. Then continue toward the islands of Tam, Mot and Mun. Enjoy some water sport activities, such as snorkeling and scuba diving (own expense). Swim in the clear blue waters of Nha Trang Bay. Between 11:00 AM and 11:45 AM, you can snorkel at Mot Island with experienced instructors. Stop in front of a mini beach from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for a sumptuous set lunch on board the boat. You will anchor near Hon Tre Island, where a tranquil lagoon with fishing farms awaits. From 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, enjoy some free time to relax at Mini Beach. This is a nice beach with activities such as kayaking in glass bottom kayaks. Alternatively, you can relax with a cocktail or swim and sunbathe. Depart at 3:00 PM and cruise through Bao Dai Villas on route back to Nha Trang Port. A transfer will be waiting to take you back to your hotel or drop you off at the airport if you prefer.

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From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

6. 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.

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Hoi An: Boat Trip to the Cham Islands with Snorkeling

7. Hoi An: Boat Trip to the Cham Islands with Snorkeling

After being collected from your accommodation at 8:00AM, you will depart for the Cham Islands (locally known as Cu Lao Cham), which feature some of the most beautiful seascapes and landscapes in the area. This island complex has only 3,000 inhabitants and most of them make a living from fishing. You can take a trip of only 25 minutes by speedboat from Hoi An Town (Cua Dai Quay) for this amazing beach and nature excursion. Snorkel or dive to experience the beautiful coral reefs, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on the island or walk along the eco-tour trail. The island is rich in aquatic resources, with 165 hectares of coral and 500 hectares of seaweed. The waters around Cu Lao Cham are home to 135 species of coral, 4 species of tiger shrimp and 84 species of mollusk, many of which are listed in the World’s Red Book of endangered species. There are many other interesting attractions for visitors, including fresh seafood, traditional crafts, swimming and sightseeing. Recently, important archaeological remains were found and these are now exhibited in a small museum near the main jetty.   The cluster of islands that make up Cham island are also a Marine Protected Area (MPA) due to numerous important marine inhabitants, particularly beaches and coral reefs, and rich biodiversity. The Marine Protected Area includes eight islands; the largest island being Hon Lao, featuring magnificent beaches and forests. You can also experience the township of Bai Lang, a small harbor, a Traditional Fishing Village (Bai Lang), temples, shrines and a pagoda. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your accommodation at 3:00PM.

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From Hoi An: Half-Day Eco Tour and Basket Boat Ride

8. From Hoi An: Half-Day Eco Tour and Basket Boat Ride

Following pick-up from your hotel in Hoi An, cruise through Cua Dai Bay to get up close to the floating fishing farms and fishing villages at the mouth of the Cua Dai River. Watch the local fishermen catch fish in the time-honored way on the river, and visit the wholesale fish market at Duy Hai. Soak up the busy atmosphere and get the chance to handle one of the traditional fishing nets. Then, climb aboard a bamboo basket boat and navigate the small canals of the mangrove forest and coconut palms with a local. End with a delightful lunch or dinner at a local restaurant.

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3-Hour Sunrise or Sunset Photography Tour in Hoi An

9. 3-Hour Sunrise or Sunset Photography Tour in Hoi An

This photography tour is available either at sunrise or at sunset. For the sunrise tour, start with early pick-up and go to Cua Dai Port before the sun comes up. Take the boat to Duy Hai for a view of fishermen and their nets on the water. You will also have the chance to watch the fishermen bring in their catch from a night at sea on the river’s delta where the ocean and the river meet. Discover amazing scenery, river landscapes and take portraits of the local people. Hoi An is very peaceful and quiet at sunrise. You can enjoy the atmosphere of rural village life with immense paddy fields, garden houses, small roads and rivers. This makes up a rustic and simple picture of the rural life at the beginning of the day. Finish your tour with a visit Duy Hai fish market and take a rest to enjoy a delicious coffee. For the sunset tour you will be picked up from your hotel to go Tra Que Village. While walking through beautiful fields and vegetable gardens, you will have an introduction to this village. Capture photographs of farmers working the rice paddies with the sunset reflecting off the water and villagers heading home. Take a rest to enjoy delicious coffee at the riverside. Focusing on farm life, you will travel by boat to a village surrounded by the Thu Bon River. Follow your guide to capture what Vietnam is really about. The tour can be joined by both beginner and professional photographers and is adaptable to all kinds of camera.

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Home Cooking Class and Basket Boat Ride

10. Home Cooking Class and Basket Boat Ride

The tour guide will pick you up at the meeting point and you'll head to Bay Mau Coconut Forest. Here you'll hop on a basket boat to experience this unique ecological area up close. The Bamboo boat is a popular means of transport in Vietnam. Made of bamboo, these vessels travel easily on water and offer you a close encounter with the submerged forest of the Bay Mau area. After that, you'll head to the local market. Your guide will show you where the ingredients for the cooking course come from and you can hand-pick the freshest produce for your dishes. You'll also get a feel for the hustle and bustle of the marketplace that's part of the lives of the traders and local people.  The cooking course will take you through a variety of local dishes. The chef is fun and enthusiastic and will demonstrate how to prepare each dish before guiding you in the preparation of your own version. Following the lesson, you will have the chance to sit back and enjoy the meal you've prepared. Both the market trip and the cooking class will give you an insight into Vietnamese cuisine and that of Hoi An in particular. 

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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!

Spring was a great guide with fantastic clear English. It was a little difficult to hear what was being said around the market because of the bustle and size of the group. My daughter (11) and I had a great day. To travel to the course by boat was nice and the bamboo boats were a fun thing to do with my daughter. We caught 7 crabs! The cooking course was hands on which was brilliant. I liked that you ate each course as it was cooked rather than everything at the end. An enjoyable day and highly recommend.

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

Great trip, you could have saved yourself the snorkeling at this point but it was still great to jump into the water and swim :)

Excellent tour! We loved the entire day, the boat rides, the locals and of course the cooking class was top notch!