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Discover Central Vietnam 9 Days/8 Nights Tour

Highlights

 A leisure walking tour to discover Hoi An ancient town where relaxing lifestyle has not changed

– Discover the mysterious ruins of My Son, the holy land of Cham Kingdom

– Visit ancient temples, the imperial citadel of Hue and enjoy a boat trip along Perfume River

– In Quang Binh, soak in the rural jungle landscape as we explore the caves, partake in some adrenaline-fueled adventures and take in the stunning views

Itinerary

Day 1: Da Nang Arrival – Hoi An

On arrival at the airport in Da Nang, pick up and transfer to hotel in Hoi An. The rest of today is free for you to pick up any made-to-measure items, or perhaps try more delicious food in one of Hoi An’s many acclaimed restaurants.

Day 2: Hoi An – Tra Que Village – Hoi An (B, L)

In the morning: Meet tour guide at the hotel lobby. Go to a bicycle shop to choose a bicycle. Then ride to a local farm in Tra Que Village. You will take a trip around the vegetable garden and join with the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing with seaweed from the local lake.

Continue doing some next steps such as: raking the ground, sowing, watering greens, picking greens and many more gardening activities. After garden work, relax with the foot massage and herbal foot bath.

Then, join your hand prepare lunch with your host family. Your lunch consists of many local delicacies including "tam huu" spring roll, "banh xeo" or local pancake of people in the middle region. Farewell to your host family, ride back to Hoi An.

In the afternoon: The guide will take you on a stroll through the ancient town. Its friendly inhabitants, narrow streets, old houses, temples, and the wooden bridge still remain its ancient character.

The best way to discover Hoi An, however, is to simply wander. Little more than a maze of a few streets, there are temples, museums and preserved houses to visit; yet with some 850 buildings heritage-protected, the best feel for the town comes from the places which are free to all. As with everywhere in this country, the "real" Vietnam is to be found in unexpected places, such as a back street or turning down an unexpected alley, or talking in broken English to the old lady who sells Chinese scrolls.

In hidden nooks and crannies are art galleries, cafes, gastronomic gems, ceramics for sale, shops filled with lanterns and, of course, the silk for which the town is famed. There are woodworkers and carvers, artists at work, craft shops. Plus there are always cold drinks for sale, important no matter the time of year. In this part of Vietnam, it is either hot and dry, or hot and wet.

Day 3: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary – Hoi An (B)

In the morning: Pick up at your hotel in Hoi An. Drive to My Son Sanctuary, a collection of Champa ruins nestled amongst the mountains in a geological basin of the Quang Nam province (45 km West of Hoi An town). Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, My Son is the cultural highlight of central Vietnam and well worth the hour's drive from town.

Follow the tour guide exploring the groups of temples, you will learn about the history of the Champa Kingdom. On the way back, stop to visit the Sa Huynh Champa Culture Museum in Tra Kieu.

Around noon, return to your hotel. Free in the afternoon.

Day 4: Hoi An – Hue (B)

Transfer to Hue by shuttle bus (approximately 3 hours). Packed with temples, tombs, palaces and pagodas, the former imperial capital of Hue is an eclectic mix of busy streets and peaceful beauty.

We start the Cyclo Street Food Tour by taking cyclo with others friends from your hotel to cross over the historical bridge Trang Tien to visit the colorful Dong Ba market where you can see a lot of ingredients for making Hue local foods and explore the business life of the local.

Then, continue getting cyclo along busy streets to explore the daily life and ride around the royal palace and take pictures at beautiful Hue sites and listen to their stories. With Hue Food Tour by Cyclo, you also have a chance to visit the Ho Chi Minh memorial house at 112 Mai Thuc Loan St., Hue city where President Ho Chi Minh lived with his family from 1895 to 1901.

And during the tour, we will stop at many famous street restaurants to enjoy a lot of Hue local foods, such as Hue Pancake (banh khoai), Hue beef vermicelli soup (bun bo Hue), Filtered tapioca dumplings (banh bot loc), literally water fern cake (banh beo),  steamed shrimp rice cake ( ban nam ) and Sticky rice dumplings on a fried dumpling (banh ram it).

Drop you off at the hotel or at Hue night market for shopping, photography or sightseeing. Walking on foot to your hotel.

Day 5: Hue Half-day City Tour (B, L, D)

Hue was Vietnam's Capital from 1802 to 1945 and this half-day tour will give you Highlights of Hue in a short amount of time. The different tombs, citadel.. that reflect the city's rich history. Hue City is best known for its imposing citadel and the ornate tombs of dynastic kings as one of Vietnam's former imperial capital. Spend your time with half day Glimpse of Hue with us.

08.00 – 08.15 am: Pick you up at your hotel.

Enjoy your wonderful day by taking a boat trip to visit the seven-stories Thien Mu Pagoda. Thien Mu Pagoda is one of the most beautiful and ancient architectural structures of worshiping in Vietnam now. Thien Mu Pagoda has become one of the most famous tourist attractions in Hue City now.

Then visit Dong Ba market, the biggest and most significant market in Hue in particular and Central Viet Nam in general.

Continue your journey to discover the Imperial Citadel then make your way to the Hue Royal Antiques Museum to see a collection of ornaments.

Hue Royal Antiquities Museum where preserves royal treasures has a history with many changes. The main exhibition house of the present museum used to be a palace under the Nguyen Dynasty, called Long An Palace. It was built in 1845 by Thieu Tri King, located on the North of Ngu Ha River. It was a type of “isolated palace” for the king.

12.00 – 12.30 pm: Drop you off at your hotel.

Afternoon: free at leisure.

Day 6: Hue – Quang Binh (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, free time until transfer to the train station. Catch the train to Dong Hoi City (Quang Binh Province). It takes approximately 3 hours to go from Hue to Dong Hoi by train. Pick up at the train station in Hue and drive to the hotel. Check-in and relax. Enjoy free time to explore the city your way.

Day 7: Dong Hoi – DMZ – Dong Hoi (B, L)

Tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in Dong Hoi, drive to Vinh Moc Tunnels approximately 2.5 hours away. Your guide will recommend stops along the way to see a small church showing the signs of the mortar attack in the area and visit former US Bases.

You will go through the DMZ where some of the bloodiest battles were fought during the Vietnam/American War, you will walk across the Ben Hai River on Hien Luong Bridge that used to demarcate the division between North and South Vietnam (1954-1975).

You will visit the museums containing photographs and memorials of the war before taking a fascinating tour of the Vinh Moc Tunnels. Your guide will take you into the tunnels and explore the complex; you will walk past huge bomb craters, amazing fighting trench and even venture into the tunnels and explore the tiny living rooms, food and weapon storage and school that villagers would have survived on.

After the tunnels, you will transfer to Cua Tung beach. You will have some time to swim and having a picnic lunch by the beach.

Mid-afternoon driving all the way back to the hotel in town.

Day 8: Dong Hoi – Phong Nha Cave – Paradise Cave – Dong Hoi (B, L)

Arrive at Dong Hoi in the early morning. Pick up and drive heading to Phong Nha with a stop at a local restaurant for breakfast. You will explore impressive caves in Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. The tour guide will bring you into depths of Vietnamese jungle where the lost world of ancient rock configurations can be found dripping from the ceilings.

This is truly a unique chance to enjoy the real wilderness of Vietnam. After 25 minutes on the boat, visitors will arrive at Phong Nha Cave, take a couple hours to see the cave. This cave is called as water cave, is famous for its rock formation which has been given names such as the “Lion”, the “Fairy Caves”, the “Royal Court”, and the “Buddha”.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit Paradise Cave – the cave was labeled as one of most beautiful caves in the world and is the longest dry cave in Asia. With naturally primitive features, Paradise Cave looks like a landscape painting, making it very attractive to visitors.

After exploring Paradise Cave, drive to the hotel in town.

Day 9: Quang Binh Departure (B)

After breakfast, free at leisure until being picked up and transferred to the airport. End of tour.

Inclusion

– Accommodation in Twin/Double sharing

– All transport within Vietnam (including airport pick-up & see-off)

– All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide

– Entrance fees for Vietnam attractions, as per itinerary

– Meals as indicated in the program

Exclusion

– Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner in the accommodation

– Transport to or from Vietnam

– International or departure taxes

– Vietnam Visa or Passport Fees

– Travel Insurance while in Vietnam

– Tips, laundry, and gratuities

– Meals not marked on the itinerary

– Any other personal expenses not mentioned above