Overview: Declared the World Heritage Site, Hoi An is an ancient tow only 30 kilometers south of Danang city. Hoi An was a bustling international trading port for the merchants from Japan, China and the West during the 17th and 18th centuries. Before this period, there was here also traces of Champa port which was known as a site on Silk Road along the sea. Hoi An ancient town today is a special example of a traditional port city in Southeast Asia which has been well preserved. Most houses here are of traditional architecture dating from the 17th to the 19th century, and are along the narrow main streets. Hoi An is also a landmark recorded much of the mixture of acculturation. The architecture of the city reflects the influence of Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, French and British traders. Hoi An still maintains an intangible cultural diversity and richness. Hoi An is considered as a living museum of architecture and urban lifestyle. In this Hoi An-the world heritage tour we will suggest the best things to do in this ancient little town.
Roadmap: Danang – Hoian – My Son Sanctuary – Cham Islands
Day 1: Da Nang – Hoi An walking tour (L)
Upon arrival at Danang airport, you are welcomed by local guide and driver then transferred to Hoi An. Check in the hotel, and after refreshment, we will have a walking tour around the ancient town of Hoian to see the key attraction of this thousands of years old.
There are many cute shops and art galleries in Hoi An’s Old Town. We can say that almost every house is an art work. This tour gives you the chance to discover amazing gems in the small alleys, stroll through the atmospheric and UNESCO World Heritage–listed streets of Hoi An’s well- preserved Ancient Town. We will learn about the legends of the Chinese assembly halls from your guide after lunch.
As an UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ancient Town is packed with buildings of historical and cultural significance, and boasts a number of streets that are off-limits to cars. We will walk past the many Chinese assembly halls, from the Cantonese Chinese Congregation with its impressive main altar, to the Hainan Chinese Congregation, which serves as a memorial to 107 merchants from Hainan Island who were mistaken for pirates and killed during the reign of Emperor Tu Duc. This story will be illustrated more detail Stop by the Japanese Covered Bridge, which was constructed in the 1590s by the town’s Japanese community to link them with the Chinese quarters across the stream. You will have free time to take pictures and explore the daily life from the local people. Stay overnight in Hoi An
Day 2: Hoi An – My Son Sanctuary– Hoian (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel, our guide and driver will meet you and today we drive about 55 km to My Son Sanctuary to discover the ancient world and the world-famous religious complex of temples dated back the 4th to the 12th centuries, the Champa Kingdom flourished on the coast of Vietnam with My Son as its religious and intellectual center.
Located in a valley of dramatic beauty, the monuments of My Son are the most important constructions of the Champa Kingdom. As your guide takes you through the complex, learn about the history, architectural styles and cultural significance of the temples. Some 20 remain out of more than 70 temples that once spread out over this beautiful valley; several are well-preserved while others are in ruins, some damaged during the Vietnam War.
While you walk, get out your camera for photographs of the temples with dramatic mountain backdrops, and listen as your guide explains the influence of India and Hinduism on the Champa people and points out the Hindu deities memorialized at My Son.
After a fascinating morning of exploring the My Son temples, depart around noon to return to your hotel and overnight in Hoi An.
Day 3: Hoi An – Cham Island adventure (B, L)
Today we spend all day for outdoor adventure to the un-spoilt island Cham. Lying 18 km offshore from Hoi An, the Cham Islands (known locally as Cu Lao Cham) feature beautiful seascapes and landscapes. This island group has 3,000 inhabitants; most of whom make a living from fishing. Only 1 hour 15 minutes by a junk and 30 minutes by speedboat from Hoi An Town (Cua Dai Quay), it is perfect for a day trip with snorkeling or a dive on some beautiful corals, a delicious seafood lunch on the island, or a walk along the “eco-tour” trail. Enjoy the natural beauty of this group of small islands, set in the clear blue waters off the central coast of Vietnam. Stroll along quiet beaches and relax in the sand while enjoying a seafood lunch caught fresh from the crystal waters.
Day 4: Free at leisure – departure (B)
Enjoy your time at leisure until transfer to airport for onward flight. End of services
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