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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.

Da Nang: Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge Small Group Tour

2. Da Nang: Ba Na Hills and Golden Bridge Small Group Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in Da Nang and travels to the popular Ba Na Hills district. To start the day, enjoy a gravity-defying cable car ride through the misty mountains and pass by the famous Golden Bridge. Make sure to snap a photo of this incredible feat of engineering, an elevated walkway through the mountains supported by 2 enormous stone hands. Later, learn about the history of the region on a below-ground adventure to see French cellars that were used to distill alcohol during the colonial era. As you explore the cellars, allow yourself to be transported back in time and imagine what life was like during this historical period. Finally, take a gentle hike up Chua Mountain to admire panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Here you will also stop by the iconic Linh Chua Linh Tu Temple and Linh Ung Pagoda, famous for its large Buddha statue.

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.

From Da Nang: Full-Day Trip to Hue

4. 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

5. 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.

Da Nang: Small-Group My Son Sanctuary & Marble Mountain Tour

6. Da Nang: Small-Group My Son Sanctuary & Marble Mountain Tour

Be taken on an action-packed day tour to My Son Sanctuary and the Marble Mountain, two of the most popular attractions in Central Vietnam. The first stop will be to the My Son Sanctuary, a unique collection of temples which were built by the Cham people in the 4th century. Following that is a trip to the majestic Marble Mountains that loom for miles around. After admiring the view, travel to the sizable Am Phu Cave with its lofty vantage point. You will then discover dimly-lit cave temples, admiring colorful pagodas and gazing out over the Vietnamese countryside. The mountains themselves are made from limestone and marble (hence their name), of which the locals use to carve impressive statues and shrines. Before the day is done, there will be a visit to the Linh Ung Pagoda.

From Hue: Private Transfer to Hoi An & Sightseeing

7. From Hue: Private Transfer to Hoi An & Sightseeing

Take the hassle out of your journey from Hue to Hoi An with a private car transfer. You will be picked up from your hotel in Hue and dropped off in Hoi An at your desired location, with plenty of time for sightseeing on the way. Stop off at Lang Co beach, a popular tourist destination. This beautiful beach is situated on a lagoon, separated from the sea by the highway. Relax and enjoy some fresh seafood. Once you are back in the car, you will drive over the Hai Van (ocean cloud) pass along one of the world's most beautiful coastal roads. Enjoy incredible views along the series of hairpin turns, steep inclines, and breathtaking vistas.  Next you will see the Marble Mountains. This group of five limestone hills are named after five elements (fire, metal, earth, water, and wood). Thuy Son, the water mountain, is the largest of the five and boasts several caves, pagodas, and two viewpoints with spectacular views of Da Nang city. Afterwards, it is possible to visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang, to learn about this ancient art form (available upon request). Finally, you will be dropped off at a convenient location in Hoi An. 

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

8. 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.

Hoi An: Boat Trip to the Cham Islands with Snorkeling

9. 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.

From Hoi An & Da Nang: Authentic Vietnamese Cooking Tour

10. 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. 

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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

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.

Fantastic experience. Hip, the host, is absolutely brilliant. Would thoroughly recommend.