DISCOVERING HOI AN from Ho Chi Minh city
• Enter Hoi An’s historical houses dating as far back as the 15th Century, beautifully combining elements of Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese architecture
• Visit the iconic Japanese Bridge, the only tile-roof-covered bridge outside of Japan
• Admire the grand ornamentation of ancient Chinese Assembly Halls
• Watch the art of handicraft making at a local workshop
• Wander around the lush valley of the lost Champa Kingdom, dating back to the 3rd century
• Explore the Champa temples and learn about the fascinating history behind this sanctuary of Hinduism
• Go off the beaten track; ride through the Hoi An countryside, past verdant rice-paddies to visit a very local village
• Sample the traditional Hoi An specialty, Cao Lau; an intoxicating pork noodle broth, as you learn about its secret ingredient
• Learn how to make a local delicacy- White Rose at a family home
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang – Hoi An city tour (-/-/-)
Arrival Da Nang, pick-up and transfer to Hoi An. Afternoon, exploring Hoi An on foot is 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 and 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, a handicraft 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.
Day 2: My Son Sanctuary (B/-/-)
A visit to My Son Sanctuary is an experience that should not be missed while visiting the beautiful city of Hoi An. Enjoy a half-day trip to visit the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom. Located in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains ranges My Son was named a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999.
Originally built with wood, they were completely destroyed by fire in the 6th century and restored in the 7th century by Sambhuvarman who rebuilt the temples with locally made bricks. Up to the 13th century, more than 70 similar temples were built, establishing My Son as a sanctuary of Hinduism in the Champa Kingdom. Free in the afternoon. Overnight in Hoi An.
Day 3: Hoi An foodie tour – Da Nang - Ho Chi Minh City (B/L/-)
Discover Hoi An’s countryside and its local foods by motorbike or bicycle. We will start our tour with a ride through the countryside to a local village with a stop to enjoy a bowl of Cao Lau. Cao Lau is a traditional Hoi An specialty composed of local noodles, pork, fresh vegetables and rice paper. The noodles are made with local sticky rice soaked in the water that must be taken from Ba Le Well: the oldest well in Hoi An, believed to have the best water anywhere.
You will also be able learn to make special white rose cakes with a local family and have the opportunity to enjoy them. Before the end of the tour, we will go to Cam Nam to enjoy the Ying and Yang food such as: Banh Dap, Che Bap. Check-out and transfer to Da Nang airport, returning to Ho Chi Minh City.
All cancelation from guest arise additional charges as follows: - More than 7 days before departure: No charges - From 7 days to 3 days before departure: 10% of the tour price. - From 72 hours to 24 hours before departure: 50% of the tour price. - Less than 24 hours before departure or No show: 100% of the tour price.
-Transfer and transportation as per itinerary
-Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch
-Bottled drinking water
-English speaking tour guide (other languages available upon request)
-Twin shared accommodation (2pax/room)
-Tips and gratuities
-Personal expenses such as: shopping, telephone, beverage, etc.