Learn about Hue’s imperial history at its remarkable monuments and explore Hoi An’s old town and heritage buildings.
• Hue is the former capital of Vietnam and boasts a rich history . Despite its rugged past, the city still retains a majesty and sense of grace even today. The ancient city is dotted with mesmerizing pagodas, tombs and mausoleums of the last emperors of Vietnam, which 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 (the Royal Citadel was badly damaged in the latter stages of the war). Since 1993 the Complex of Hue Monuments has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
• Perhaps more than any other place in Vietnam, Hoi An retains the feel of centuries past. Once known as Faifo, Hoi An was an influential port along the Silk Road. For over 500 years, merchants from China, Japan, France and Portugal settled in the prosperous town resulting in a distinctive blend of culture, cuisine, religions and architecture. In 1999, the town was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site listed for having the most unique architecture in Southeast Asia. It has been restored and protected by both the UNESCO funding and proud locals ever since.
Depart around 08:30 from the hotel for highlights of journey. Start at the Imperial Citadel where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945. The Citadel is actually a system of three walled circles that enclose the Imperial City. Hidden inside the Imperial City is the Forbidden Purple City, reserved exclusively for the Emperor and his family.
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 Saigon to protest against the southern regime. The photo of his self-immolation was captured and is one of the most well- known images of the war.
In the afternoon, visit 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.
Overnight in Hue.
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. Then, Have a hiking tour to explore Mable Moutain where the view is great. 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.
When coming to Hoi An, travelers not only have the opportunity to discover a world’s cultural heritage site but also to enjoy fresh air in a biosphere reserve and experience pleasant local life with local people in eco-villages.
Sailing downstream on the Hoai River, about 5 km from the center of Hoi An Old Town, there is an endless nipa palm forest of hundreds of hectares called “Nipa palm forest”. This place currently preserves historical architectural heritage of special value, highlights heroic in time of war and is a unique ecological site with flooded forest and charming landscape.
Visiting the nipa palm forest, travelers will be amazed with a vast and interminable forest and low-roof-houses made from nipa palm. It will be an amazing experience to row a boat on canals and to feel the pure air, spot the fish below and stork’s nests above. It will be interesting to discover and experience the life as a farmer or a fisherman and take part in local life by participating in a coracle race, visiting a nipa palm forest, spreading a net, visiting villages and having a view of the harbor in grey dusk.
Overnight in Hoi An.
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