5 DAYS DISCOVERY HUE & HOI AN

5 DAYS DISCOVERY HUE & HOI AN

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Duration
: 5 days 4 nights
Transport
: Car
Destination
: Hue - Danang - Hoi An - My Son
Code
: VN ADV 03
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5 DAYS DISCOVERY HUE & HOI AN 

From the former Royal Capital of Hue, to the ancient port town of Hoi An and the Cham ruins of My Son, exploring central Vietnam is a truly contrasting journey. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Vietnam, as you visit these three destinations boasting UNESCO World Heritage status.

In Hue, the mesmerizing tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam reveal fascinating insights into the lives of the imperial families and their subjects. The ancient citadel reflects the pomp and ceremony of the dynastic rulers as well as the scars of many years of turmoil, both ancient and modern (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war). Yet, it still retains a sense of grace and majesty even today. Modern Hue is a delightful city of wide boulevards and period buildings set in a picture-postcard landscape. The university is renowned as one of the country's finest, and the local cuisine is regarded by many as the best in Vietnam.

Hoi An is a destination with two faces - the charming, old-world trading port of narrow streets and traditional houses, and the beach with its new resorts and long stretch of clean white sand. In keeping with Hoi An's heritage as a trading port, the town's tiny shophouses now host a range of craft shops and artisans, including some of Asia's best bespoke tailors.

Just south of Hoi An is the temple complex at My Son. These tower-temples served as the seat of the Champa Kingdom for the majority of its existence between the 4th and 13th centuries. The sanctuary is situated in an impressive location surrounded by hills, around 35 km inland from the coast at Hoi An. Whilst not as spectacular as the great Angkor complexes in Cambodia, the remaining structures are atmospheric enough to conjure images of the majesty of the Champa Kingdom and most visitors agree that a visit is well worthwhile.

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Hue

Arrive in Hue, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Hue.

Day 2 - Hue (B)

0830 depart from your hotel in Hue. Start at the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. From here take a cyclo through dai noi ‘Old City’ to Tinh Tam Lake where the Emperors used to come to relax; full of lotus flowers in summer there are many local style coffee shops around the lake where university students come to study.  

Continue to visit Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda overlooking the Perfume River; constructed in 1601 the 21-meter tall tower is the centerpiece of the pagoda and represents seven reincarnations of Buddha. In the grounds of the pagoda is the Austin car made famous when in 1963, a resident monk drove the vehicle to what was then Saigon to protest against the southern regime.  The photo of his self immortalization was captured and is one of the most well known images of the war. 

In the afternoon see the tomb of the former emperor Minh Mang which is located in a tranquil setting of gardens and ponds. 

Journey on to Khai Dinh’s Tomb which is traditional Vietnamese in design with a European touch making it unique from the other tombs in Hue. 

Before heading back to your hotel take time to stroll around Dong Ba Market with your guide.  The market is another of the must see sites in Hue, the stalls are teeming with color and a great place to catch a glimpse of everyday life. 

Overnight in Hue.  

Day 3 - Hue - Danang - Hoi An (B)

Leave Hue for Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle has changed little over the years. The scenic route passes through the wonderfully photogenic fishing village of Lang Co before climbing over the Pass of Ocean Clouds.

Drive through Danang and visit the Cham Museum, which contains the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. In the afternoon take a walking tour of the ancient town centre to visit the former merchants’ homes, the 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and the colourful market. 

Overnight in Hoi An.

Distances and journey time:

Hue to Hoi An (140km): 3 hours

Day 4 - Hoi An - My Son - Hoi An (B)

Start the day, with a half day trip to visit the capital and religious centre of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. Here, 40km southwest of Hoi An, in a lush green valley, are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th centuries. On the way back to Hoi An stop to visit Tra Kieu, formerly known as Simhapura or the Lion Citadel, the capital of Champa between the 4th and 8th centuries. Some of the finest sculpture in Danang’s Cham Museum originated from here. 

On returning to Hoi An, the afternoon is free to relax perhaps browsing for souvenirs in Hoi An’s art galleries and silk shops, or maybe cycling to the nearby Cua Dai Beach (on own account).

Overnight in Hoi An.

Distances and journey time:

Hoi An to My Son (60km): 1.5 hours
 

Cham Stone

Day 5 - Depart Danang (B)

The morning is at leisure until transfer to Danang Airport for onward flight.
 

 

 

MONEY : Vietnamese Dong (VND); ATMs and Money changers throughout the country. USD widely accepted. As of Aug 2016: 1USD = 22.500 VND
 
ELECTRICITY : Vietnam mainly uses 220V but in some areas, 110V is used. A mixture of flat and round 2-pin outlets are used in the country.
 
DIALING CODE : +84
TIME ZONE : GMT/UTC +7

VISAS:Most nationals require a visa to enter Vietnam and all travelers must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after their planned exit from Vietnam. Visa on Arrival service is possible with advance notice to Hanoi Redtours to prepare all permissions and documents.
 
GETTING THERE & AWAY : Vietnam has 3 international airports: Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City), Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) and Danang Airport. These airports are well connected to major Asian cities with increasing international connections.
 
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS : Vietnam celebrates many holidays; however it is rare that shops are closed. The exception is Tet, the Vietnamese New Year - officially a three-day holiday but many businesses close down for a full week. This is the busiest time of the year for traveling in Vietnam and hotels, flights and trains are often full. 2012 Dates :  22-25 January.
 
LANGUAGE : The national language of Vietnam is Vietnamese. In big cities and in places with many tourists, people can speak basic English. As Vietnamese has six different tones, it is a difficult language for most foreigners to speak despite the fact that the Roman alphabet is used in the modern Vietnamese script.
 
 - GOOD MORNING: Chào buổi sáng
 - NO PROBLEM: Không có gì
 - PAY: Tính tiền
 - GO: Đi thôi

WHEN TO GO?

Vietnam's weather varies greatly from north to south with each area marked by slightly different seasons and climates. Because of these regional variations, there are always pleasant and favorable areas to visit throughout the year. The north, overall, tends to be cooler than the rest of the country. During the winter from November till February, the day time temperature is cool and the weather often damp. Central Vietnam experiences warm weather from July to October and wet, colder weather from November to May. Although the temperature remains fairly steady throughout the year, Southern Vietnam has two seasons. The dry season lasts from December to May, while from June to November is the rainy season
 

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us: info@vietnamholiday.com to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.


Our prices include:
Accommodation in shared double or twin room at selected hotels with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom.
Transfer by a private air-conditioned vehicle as per program.
English speaking guide for each area except during time at leisure.
Entrance fees, boat fees for all sightseeing tours as mentioned in the program.
Boat for the trips mentioned.
Meals as mentioned in the program: (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch or (D) for dinner.
Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles
Government taxes currently in force (V.A.T.).
 
Our prices do not include:
Visa for Vietnam (Please note that a visa is compulsory for most nationalities.)
International flights and airport taxes.
Domestic flight Hanoi – Hue & Danang – Ho Chi Minh city and airport taxes.
Optional tours
Surcharges for other language guides
Surcharges for Lunar New Year (TET) holiday
Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking
Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned.
 
Note:
Visa into Vietnam available upon arrival at the airport with prior arrangement for authorization letter. 
In general most places are closed in Vietnam throughout the period of the Lunar New Year.
Program is subject to change without notice due to airline schedules or cancellation of some flights.
 
 

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