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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.

From Hoi An & Da Nang: Authentic Vietnamese Cooking Tour

2. From Hoi An & Da Nang: 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. 

Da Nang: Full-Day My Son Sanctuary Tour

3. 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.

From Da Nang: Bà Nà Hill Station and Entertainment Paradise

4. 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

5. 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.

Hue Historical Tour from Da Nang

6. 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.

From Da Nang: My Son Sanctuary Guided Tour

7. From Da Nang: My Son Sanctuary Guided Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Da Nang in the early morning, and then travel towards the city of Hoi An. Enter the heritage site of the My Son Sanctuary to see the ruins of many temples used for religious ceremonies by the rulers of the Champa kingdom for ten centuries. Considered the foremost example of Hinduism in South East Asia, the temple complex has been ravaged by time and war. Look at the ruins of majestic temples and royal tombs, such as the early temple to King Bhadravarman and the remains of the temple of Sambhu-Bhadresvara constructed by King Sambhuvarman and destroyed by US aerial bombing during the Vietnam War. Return to Hoi An and get some free time to explore the ancient city center before the return journey to Da Nang.

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

8. 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.

Tam Thanh: Mural Village Tour from Da Nang

9. Tam Thanh: Mural Village Tour from Da Nang

After being collected from your accommodation in Da Nang, you will head to Tam Ky city across the Cua Dai bridge. With a length of approximately 1400 metres, Cua Dai bridge is an important construction to carry the banner for the future development of the district. Along this road, you have chance to discover dazzling, remote, largely unpopulated beaches, punctuated with occasional fishing communities. You will also encounter mile after mile of scenic rural farms and villages. Continue to visit the 32-kilometre Ky Anh Guerrilla Warfare Tunnel Complex, which is now being made into a tourist destination by the central province of Quang Nam. You will have 30-45 minute stop to visit the Vietnamese Heroic Mother Statue. The statue resembles "Heroic Mother" Nguyen Thi Thu, who was from the Dien Thang Commune, Dien Ban District, and whose 11 children and grandchildren all died in Vietnam's fight for liberation. After that, head to Tam Thanh Mural Village. A large group of volunteers from Korea, following the project “Art for better community”, turned their artistic talents into transforming the Tam Thanh fishing village in Quang Nam into the first mural village of Vietnam. After exploring this artistic venture, return to your hotel at approximately 05:00PM.

From Hoi An: Half-Day Tam Thanh Mural Village Tour

10. From Hoi An: Half-Day Tam Thanh Mural Village Tour

Get picked up in Hoi An and head to Tam Ky city across Cua Dai Bridge. With the length of approximately 0.8 miles, the bridge is an important construction, emblematic of the coming development of the district. Along this road, you'll have the chance to discover dazzling, remote, largely-unpopulated beaches, punctuated with occasional fishing communities, and mile after mile of scenic farms and villages. Continue to visit the almost 20-mile Ky Anh guerrilla warfare tunnel complex, which is now a tourist destination in Quang Nam province. You will have between 30 and 45 minutes to visit the Vietnamese Heroic Mother Statue. The statue pays tribute to the "Heroic Mother", Nguyen Thi Thu, who was from Dien Thang Commune, and whose 11 children and grandchildren all died in Vietnam's liberation fight. After that, head to Tam Thanh Mural Village. A large group of volunteers from Korea, following the project “Art for a Better Community”, utilized their artistic talents to transform the Tam Thanh fishing village in Quang Nam into the first mural village of Vietnam. Transfer back to Hoi An.

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Our guide was exceptionally friendly and sweet! It was just us who booked the tour on this day so it was private. The car was very comfortable and spacious, there was also complimentary water provided. There was a nice small walking tour through some of the murals in the village. The only thing I was a bit disappointed with is that we did not have an opportunity to see all the murals in the village. This is because we were led back into the car which quickly drove past the second section of murals and some painted basket boats. And by the time we realized, it was too late to feel comfortable asking to turn back. It would have been nice to have more time to walk around, explore and take a closer look.

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!

We were picked up at the hotel on time. The tour leads to the traditional fishing village. This is not a sight like the marble mountains or My son - but there are no tourists there and you can see a lot of the original Vietnam. Overall, it's a tour away from tourism. But it is very worth seeing, also the relics from the Vietnam War. Our guide “Snow” told us a lot and gave some insider tips for Hoi An.

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