What to Do in Hue, Hoi An, Danang and Central Vietnam4 min read

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Day 1 – Danang Arrival: Son Tra Peninsula by Jeep Half Day

This private Jeep tour provides you with an extraordinary journey along the coast, head north to Son Tra Peninsula. There may be some stops for you to relax and enjoy the fresh air as well as the astonishing landscapes.

Or, you can also choose to spend a full afternoon/night of leisure in the resort or on the beach. For more activities, golf courses are often available nearby.

For dining experience, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort’s restaurant offers visitors with a new level of distinction to Vietnam’s culinary landscape, with a variety of tastes from different world continents.

Later in the evening, Jazz Bar (J&B) Danang, 47 Hồ Xuân Hương, Ngũ Hành Sơn, will be a great place to have dinner and enjoy the soul of music, a ‘stylish but non-trendy’ environment, inspired by the peacefulness of the city.

Day 2 – Danang Museums and Galleries

For those who’re interested in arts and galleries, we recommend Museum Of Cham Sculpture. Here in a mixed French colonial architecture – Cham elements designed building, you will find the world’s largest collection of Cham artefacts founded in 1915. There’s also a museum shop where you can pick a guidebook.

In case you’re more into religious sites, we suggest Phap Lam Pagoda, which lately has three giant Buddha statues in the courtyard, or Cao Dai Temple, where you can find a picture of five world greatest religions’ founders: Mohammed, Laotse, Jesus, a Southeast Asian-looking Buddha and Confucius.

After that, you can spend a whole afternoon relaxing at Charm Spa, 283 Nguyen Chi Thanh – of which services are among the best.

Dinner: Enjoy your delicate dinner at Waterfront, 150-152 Bach Dang Street, Danang, serving both international and Vietnamese cuisines.

Day 3 – Hoi An Day Trip

Leave Da Nang for Hoi An ancient town, which is 40km away. The resort offers free shuttle bus every day.

In Hoi An, you may love to take a look at the Japanese Covered Bridge, one of the symbols of Hoi An first constructed in the 1590s. While it’s free to access this bridge, you may not want to get a ticket to see a small and unimpressive temple on the bridge’s northern side.

Another architectural site is Tran Family Chapel built in 1802 to worship family ancestors. The building’s architecture reflects the influence of Chinese and Japanese styles. It was delegated by Tran Tu, who served as an ambassador to China. His picture is to the right of the chapel.

Snacks: We suggest Miss Ly Café, 22 Nguyen Hue or Banh My Phuong, 2B Phan Chau Trinh, Hoian.

Day 4 – Hoi An City Tour by Vespa/Half Day My Son Sanctuary

Hoi An owns an exceptionally well-preserved Ancient Town on Vietnam’s central coast. The town’s history is reflected in its multicultural architecture from the Japanese Covered Bridge, wooden Chinese temples to its colourful French colonial buildings.

The classic Vespa Tour is promised to bring you an authentic and stylish feeling like no other. You’re about to witness some historical places as well as a peaceful countryside, home to green paddy fields and blue sky, to discover the Vietnamese rural life.

Another option is to bust in UNESCO world cultural heritage site My Son Sanctuary, the abandoned and partially ruined Indian Hinduism temples during Champa reign located 50 kilometers southwest of Hoi An. At the time being, My Son was considered a significant religious and cultural centre.

Day 5 – Hue Citadel Bike Tour

Leave the ancient Hoi An in the early morning for Vietnam’s former capital Hue.

Known as a UNESCO World Heritage site of history, culture and cuisines, Hue perfectly lies alongside the picturesque Huong River. The city biannually hosts the Festival of Hue, an art festival featuring local and international artists and performers. Hue’s also famous for its tranquility, where you are completely freed from your bustling life.

As you cycle to the Citadel, it’s pretty interesting to witness some of the old military tanks stationed along the road right here in Hue city. You’ll also have a chance to learn how the farmers traditionally cultivate in vegetable gardens, how they water the plants and hoeing the soil.

Day 6 – Discover the Charming Historical Hue

Pay a visit to Dong Ba Market, where you can eyewitness the daily routines of local residents. Afterwards, enjoy a dragon boat trip to Hue’s oldest pagoda Thien Mu before entering the Imperial Citadel, home to Nguyen Dynasty – Vietnam’s last royal dynasty. Then, contemplating a collection of ornaments from the Nguyen dynasty at Hue Royal Antiques Museum is definitely a great way to end an eventful morning.

Offer yourself a delicate lunch at a local restaurant. In the early afternoon learn more about King Khai Dinh’s Tomb and King Minh Mang’s Tomb – a blend of Western and Eastern architecture. Later on, take your time to discover Hue’s conical hat village before returning to your hotel.

Day 7 – Hue Departure

Get ready to check out if you leave in the morning.

If you leave in the afternoon, it’s a perfect chance for you to spend the remainder of the day relaxing by the hotel’s pool or unwinding with spa treatment services.

 

(by hltnguyen)

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