Da Nang and Hoi An
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Code: CMY-003
Explore Vietnam's exquisite architecture, historic sites and ancient culture during this scenic full-day visit to Da Nang and Hoi An.
Depart the port of Chan May for the scenic 1-hour drive to Da Nang. En route, you will ascend the Lucky Elephant Pass before entering the Cloud Pass Tunnel, which will take you to the center of Da Nang, home of Vietnam's most historic architecture, temples and Colonial-style buildings. You will visit the Cham Museum, founded by the French Ecole Française d'Extreme Orient in 1915, to see a unique collection of Cham artifacts. This charming, but rather primitive museum is also home to an extensive collection of sculptures from the Cham people. The exhibits depict four different periods: My Son, Tra Kieu, Dong Duong and Thap Mam.
Next, your drive will continue on to the ancient town of Hoi An, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and unchanged for centuries. Then you will embark on a walking tour of this charming town. After a visit to the Hoi An Museum and a traditional merchant house, you will take a stroll along the scenic river that runs through the town. Along the way, you will see the Phuoc Kien Temple, built in honor of Thien Hau, Goddess of the Sea, and an old Japanese covered bridge. You will then visit Hoi An's open market, and stop by an ancient merchant house for a drink before heading to a local restaurant for lunch.
On the 1-hour return drive back to port and your ship, a photo stop will be made at the five marble mountains that dominate the landscape. Each mountain is dedicated to an element of the universe, and you will find various marble sculptors in this village laboring over their work. There are 155 steps to reach the top of the mountain. However, climbing up and down the mountain is not included in this tour.
Please note: This tour involves a considerable amount of walking, mainly on flat ground. Hoi An can be crowded, so please stay with your guide. If you opt to walk the streets independently, please alert your guide to arrange a convenient meeting point.