We pick you up at Hue Airport upon your arrival and transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon, Start the day with a 40-minute boat trip on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda. Enjoy a walk within the walls of the Citadel and explore the ruins of the home of the royal family. After the visit to this impressive monument, continue to the extravagant mausoleum of Khai Dinh south of Hue. The tomb of Khai Dinh boasts a traditional Vietnamese design with a European touch, making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. Back in Hue, you’ll also have time to experience the daily life of Hue’s locals with a visit to the Dong Ba market before returning to your hotel for a good night’s rest.
We start a 3 – hour journey to Hoi An.
We will drive and stop at the Hai Van Pass, and visit the Cham Museum in Da Nang, once the center of the ancient Cham civilization. The Cham people left a legacy of excellent sculptures, now housed in the only museum of its kind in Da Nang, as they were pushed south by the advancing Vietnamese invaders. Close by Da Nang is My Khe Beach, immortalized for many from the U.S. TV show and still one of the most spectacular beaches in Asia. Continue to the Marble Mountains for a photo stop en route to Hoi An. These five rocky outcrops are said to represent five natural elements and are the source of many intriguing legends. They house temples and once even an army hospital! You will see skilled artisans carving all manner of statues from marble sourced locally at the mountains’ base. Arriving in Hoi An in the early afternoon, we enjoy lunch, check-in hotel and free at your leisure.
Overnight in Hoi An.
In the afternoon, your guide will come to meet you at your hotel at 14.00 pm and then you will drive to My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage site 40kms southwest of Hoi An. We will make our way to My Son, which translates literally as ‘Beautiful Mountain’. On arrival, you will walk a third of a mile through lush hillsides, trees, and brush, before emerging into the main site. There were over 70 classic Cham monuments at My Son, dating from the 7th – 13th Centuries until 1968 when B52 bombers destroyed most of the towers during the Vietnam War. Your guide will offer full commentary on the Cham heritage of My Son while you wander at will around this most historic site. Back to Hoi An, we board a local boat and cruise down the THU BON RIVER, enjoying the unspoiled countryside and stopping to visit a POTTERY VILLAGE and a WOODCARVING VILLAGE before returning to Hoi An harbor.
Trip ends at the hotel at 17.00 pm.
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