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

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

3. 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

4. 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.

Marble Mountains & Son Tra Peninsula Tour from Da Nang

5. 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.

From Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary Early Morning Tour

6. From Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary Early Morning Tour

Following early 4:30 AM pick-up from your hotel in Hoi An, travel towards the ancient sanctuary of My Son and enjoy a light lunchbox-style breakfast on the way. Journey back in time upon arrival at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and watch the sunrise over the beautiful countryside. Get the chance to explore the My Son sanctuary before the crowds arrive and enjoy the cooler temperatures of the morning. Watch the sunrise over the countryside of Vietnam before visiting the Hindu sanctuary. Learn more about the ancient Champa Kingdom as you explore the abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples, built between the 4th and 13th century AD. Soak up the amazing views of the lush valleys and surrounding mountains. 

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.

Hue: Motorbike Tour to Hoi An

8. Hue: Motorbike Tour to Hoi An

With an early hotel pick-up at 8:30 AM, guests will be asked to secure their luggage with the individual drivers before the adventure begins. The first stop is Thanh Toan Village, where the group can get a glimpse of daily small-town life and culture. After a quick coffee break, the tour continues on to the fishing village to learn about the coastal traditions of this area. With a break at the scenic Elephant Waterfall, the group can enjoy swimming and relaxing amongst stunning landscapes. As the group travels to Lang Co Beach, there is time to take in the famous Phu Gia Pass and peninsula views. Once at the beach, the group will stop for a local lunch and the opportunity to take photos. Da Nang Beach is world-famous for its history and beauty and is the perfect spot to capture unforgettable seaside memories. After lunch, the group will move on to visit the Marble Mountain, with climbing optional. Departing from the Marble Mountain, the group continues on to the final stop of Hoi An, where the tour ends.  

Hoi An or Da Nang: Top Gear Hai Van Pass Motorbike Adventure

9. Hoi An or Da Nang: Top Gear Hai Van Pass Motorbike Adventure

After pick-up at your hotel in the morning, prepare bike, bag, protection gear and meet other travelers at supplier's office. Depart and leave the city behind and head into the countryside. Take a short stop at Thanh Toan roof-tile bridge, one of oldest bridges in Vietnam. Visit a farm museum to see local Vietnamese rice harvesting methods. Ride further on the HW1 to visit Elephant Springs where you can swim in fresh spring water from the Bach Ma Mountains. Continue on to Lang Co Bay and enjoy local food at a boat-house on the lagoon. Now it's time for the highlight of the trip. Start seeing the best views from Hai Van Pass, and reach the top of the mountains where you can see all the way back to Hue or to Da Nang. Take short trek to the top for more beautiful views Ride down to Da Nang city, along the beach then visit Marble Mountains where you'll take a short trek. Ride back to Hoi An along the beach before returning to your hotel.o your hotel

From Hoi An: Day Tour of My Son Temples and Marble Mountain

10. From Hoi An: Day Tour of My Son Temples and Marble Mountain

Begin your shared or private day trip with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, there are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th century. After this first part of the tour, you will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will discover Marble Mountain (Ngu Hanh Son, meaning 'five elements mountain'). Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the stunning natural caves of the mountain and enjoy the beautiful view from the peak. Stone steps carved into the mountain lead to a Buddhist pagoda. Da Nang is famous for three pagodas having the same name: 'Linh Ung', the first on Son Tra Peninsula, the second on Marble Mountain and the other on Ba Na Hill. The Linh Ung Pagoda at Marble Mountain has been designated a national historical and cultural site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. You will also visit Am Phu cave where there is a replica of heaven and hell in the eerie underground tunnels, before you return to your hotel.

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What people are saying about South Central Coast

We had a great time travelling with Tri and Long from Hue to Hoi An, even though it started off chucking it down with rain we had waterproofs that kept us warm and dry! We made lots of stops along the way learning about local culture and history, as well as some stunning views. My favourite stops were Marble Mountains for the detailed carvings (plus it had stopped raining) and Lang Co Beach where we had a delicious lunch and the locals were so friendly, if it wasn’t raining the beach would have been lush to walk along too!

Amazing tour run by a local family with great levels of English, the husband has great levels of the local markets and area and is extremely helpful whilst the wife gives an excellent cooking class with delicious and tasty dishes. The basket boat is also extremely enjoyable and fun! Pick this tour if you would like to support friendly locals and have a great day

Tom was very experienced and eloquent. He shared a lot of insights on the history, culture. Took good care of us too. Always checking in on us, ensuring we have the best experience. Thumbs up!

Great tour all round with amazing enthusiastic tour guide, can highly recommend if you want to see the top sights around Da Nang

We had an amazing time! Thanh is a great guide, very friendly and knowledgeable about local history.