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Hoi An/Da Nang: Hue City Private Tour

1. Hoi An/Da Nang: Hue City Private Tour

At 8 AM, get picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Da Nang/Hoi. Meet your private driver and climb into a comfortable modern vehicle. Set off for Hue City making a couple of stops for sightseeing and incredible natural scenery along the way. Drive through the Hai Van Pass where you will immerse yourself in a sea of clouds. Also, pass by the stunning Lang Co Bay, and Lap An Lagoon to take in the magnificent views. Arrive in Hue and meet your private English-speaking tour guide who will join you for the entire city tour. First, visit Khai Dinh Tomb - built for the 12th Emperor of the Nguyễn dynasty and blending Western and Eastern architecture. Then, head over to Minh Mang Tomb, built on the west bank of the Perfume River and dedicated to Minh Mang and his empress. After this, stop for lunch in Hue at a local restaurant. Once you have refueled, continue the tour with a visit to the Citadel, also known as The Imperial City. Explore this Unesco World Heritage Site, a walled enclosure and the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Next, see the Thien Mu Pagoda - an impressive 7-story pagoda which is regarded as an iconic symbol of the city. Finally, get dropped off back at your hotel in Da Nang/Hoi An, returning by around 7:30 PM.

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From Da Nang: Full-Day My Son and Hoi An Tour

2. From Da Nang: Full-Day My Son and Hoi An Tour

Choose from a shared or private experience to visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day: the ancient Champa Kingdom of My Son, and the ancient town of Hoi An. Begin your guided day trip with hotel pickup from Da Nang and start with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. This fascinating archaeological site was constructed between the 7th and 13th centuries. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, admire the dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries. After exploring this area with your guide, you’ll head to Hoi An to enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch.   In the afternoon, discover Hoi An by foot. This historic town, which used to be a prosperous seaport city from the 16th to 18th centuries, is now a beautiful city that cannot be missed while touring the Southeast Asian region. While walking through the city, you’ll make a few stops: visit Hoi An’s colorful local market, ancient houses, Assembly Halls, manufacturing workshops, and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. You’ll also see local residents raising silkworms and producing silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry. At the conclusion of the tour, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Da Nang.

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Hoi An: Half-Day Guided Walking Tour in a Small Group

3. Hoi An: Half-Day Guided Walking Tour in a Small Group

Exploring Hoi An on foot is one of the best ways to take in the charms of this town. Its unique atmosphere has been created by a combination of Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese influences. On this guided walk you’ll see a number of ancient houses, reminiscent of times long past. You’ll visit the Hoi An Museum and admire the architecture of many of the town’s ancient houses, see the Chinese-influenced Assembly Hall, a handicraft workshop, and the well-known Japanese Covered Bridge. An optional stop is at the private home of Diep Dong Nguyen (subject to availability), which features a stunning collection of artifacts ranging from pottery to seals and paintings, to money and old Hoi An photographs.

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Da Nang: 5-Hour Guided Night Tour

4. Da Nang: 5-Hour Guided Night Tour

Discover how Da Nang comes to life at night on a guided evening tour. Explore this vibrant city’s relaxed riverbank, bustling marina, and enormous dragon-shaped bridge. Hop aboard a cruise down the Han River, stopping to admire panoramic city views and scenes of local life. Afterwards, visit the impressive Da Nang Dragon Bridge. Spanning an awe-inspiring 200 meters and resembling a majestic dragon, this world-famous bridge is truly a sight to behold. Finally, wrap things up with a delicious dinner or shop for handicrafts at Helio Night Market. See how the locals love live music, explore a dance arcade, and visit countless food stands.

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Bike and Bite Tour

5. Bike and Bite Tour

If you love cycling and food, this Hoi An Bike and Bite tour is perfect for you. Exercise and sightsee as you explore the city. This tour focuses on street food in Hoi An. During the cycling tour, you will enjoy generous samples of 9 dishes. In a small group (up to 12), you will cycle through real neighbourhoods to indulge in Hoi An’s best foods at places that have been making these delicacies for generations. This tour aims to show you how real Vietnamese people live, work, and eat. Enough food is served that most participants will not need dinner after the tour. You should eat a light lunch before the tour.

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Hoi An: Half-Day Ancient Town Tour

6. 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.

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From Hoi An: Da Nang Night Life Tour With Sun Wheel Ride

7. From Hoi An: Da Nang Night Life Tour With Sun Wheel Ride

When the sun sets, Da Nang has a particular charm, ensuring you can enjoy relaxing moments as you explore the city. Choose from a shared or private tour to discover the magic of Da Nang at night. In recent years, Da Nang has attracted a lot of tourism and recreational activities in the city have boomed. After departing from Hoi An, come see the city for yourself by taking a ride on the Sun Wheel, the largest observation wheel in Vietnam. The Sun Wheel is now one of the 10 highest observation wheels in the world. Then, enjoy the magic of the night's lights. After the ride, you will have a delicious dinner in Da Nang as you admire the Han River and its bridges with their colorful lights reflecting on the water. You will be able to see many sculptures made of stones before you hop aboard a boat at Bach Dang wharf to journey along the Han River. The Dragon Bridge will breathe fire each Saturday and Sunday night at 9:00PM.

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Da Nang: Small Group Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

8. Da Nang: Small Group Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in Da Nang or Hoi An then heads towards the Marble Mountains. Arrive at the mountains and marvel at this impressive collection of limestone outcrops that dominate the city’s skyline. Next, visit the Linh Ung Pagoda and soak up the serene atmosphere of this ocean-side temple while learning about its history and significance. Continue the tour to the popular Cham Museum, boasting an incredible array of statues and artifacts relating to the Ancient Cham people. After a busy day of exploring Da Nang’s sights and learning about its culture, enjoy some free time to relax on My Khe beach.

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Hoi An to Hue: Private Sightseeing Drive & My Son Sanctuary

9. Hoi An to Hue: Private Sightseeing Drive & My Son Sanctuary

Take a drive from Hoi An to Hue by private car, stopping at scenic views and important landmarks along the way on an 8- to 9-hour excursion.   After pickup from your hotel in the Hoi An city center, start your trip with the highlight: a visit to My Son Sanctuary, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and 14th centuries. Even partially ravaged by time and war, these gorgeous ruins are still worth a trip.   Next, stop at the Marble Mountains, famous for their image of rocky peaks rising above homes and resorts. Here, you’ll learn about Buddhism and see religious architecture that exists in harmony with nature. Continue on to Hai Van Pass, where there are vestiges of an ancient fortified gateway. At the peak is a rest station where you can take a break and enjoy a coffee. Just 60 kilometers from Hue, you’ll stop at the serene fishing township of Lang Co, whose beach was recognized in 2009 as one of the 30 most beautiful bays in the world. Sample some local seafood before continuing on to Lap An Lagoon, surrounded by Bach Ma Mountain Range, an incredibly popular tourist destination.   Your last stop will be Hue Fishing Village, located on a bio-diverse lagoon full of rare and valuable marine products. Locals here survive by catching fish and shrimp and selling them to local markets.   Finally, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel in Hue.

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Da Nang: Full-Day Private Customized Tour

10. Da Nang: Full-Day Private Customized Tour

Create your very own full-day itinerary according to the attractions and places in or around Da Nang that you would like to visit. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Da Nang by your English-speaking guide and travel in comfort in an air-conditioned vehicle. Choose from some of the most popular sites listed below to start your itinerary or suggest something new.  Marble Mountains: This cluster of five limestone cliffs located south of Da Nang are named after the five elements. Marvel at these mystical caves with built-in pagodas and admire the sweeping views of the city and sea from viewpoints. Linh Ung Pagoda (Lady Buddha): With 17 floors – each dedicated to the ‘she’ Buddha – and standing at 67 meters high, Linh Ung is the tallest Buddhist statue in Vietnam. Explore the surrounding tranquil grounds with an impressive display of life-sized statues, and snap a few photos by the grand entrance.  Museum of Cham Sculpture: The Cham dynasty heavily influenced southern and central Vietnam, ruling over the area for several millennia. Though small, this museum holds the largest collection of Cham artifacts in the world. With over 300 pieces that date as far back as the 5th century, walk through the different exhibits taking in the many sandstone sculptures with their Hindu-influenced styles. Con Market/Han Market: Try tasty Vietnamese food from a selection of over 2000 stalls selling a wide choice of food. If souvenirs are preferred, the Han Market is known for vendors who sell everything from dried fruit to local knick-knacks. Dragon Bridge: Spanning approximately 200 meters end to end, and named aptly because it is shaped in the form of a dragon, this impressive bridge is a sight to behold. Visit during weekend nights and possibly catch the dragon spewing plumes of fire and water from its head.  My Khe Beach: This scenic beach with a never-ending shoreline is perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Walk along the sandy shores, take a dip in the sea, grab local snacks at a nearby kiosk, or simply relax on the beach.

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wonderful city

The young guide, a trained local named Tuyet, took care of her very lovingly and brought us closer to the city and its sights in her very loving way. We got an insight into the history, way of life of the families, ethnological development, etc. She also showed us her local highlights, took us to a local theater ... a comprehensive picture so ...... We were extremely impressed every second felt comfortable and well looked after. That was a city break at its best!

The guide was fantastic.. did visit hoi an last year .. the guide showed us far more than we had seen before. A big Thankyou for making our tour a happy tour

Highly recommend this food and city cultural tour. Excellent value and a great chance to get a feel for the area at the start of our stay in the area

The guide was very nice and explained a lot of things to me...she was kind and answered all my questions.

Gum is doing great on taking us to the food tour! Shared a lot stories to us and food were all good!!