Hoi An – a worth-visiting destination in Central Vietnam

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As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An Ancient Town is among the top tourist attractions in Vietnam. Anywhere in Hoi An is worth visiting; however, you cannot explore every single part of that town just in few days. The following article from hoianreviews.com will list out some Hoi An Tourist Attractions that you should not miss when visiting Hoi An.

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An Ancient Town is among the top tourist attractions in Vietnam. Anywhere in Hoi An is worth visiting; however, you cannot explore every single part of that town just in few days. The following article will list out some Hoi An Tourist Attractions that you should not miss when visiting Hoi An.

1. Old House of Tan Ky

Located at 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street in the Old Quarter, Tan Ky Old House is an almost perfect instance of residence of the 18th century in Hoi An. Although it is not the oldest house in town, Tan Ky is the most well-preserved one. The details of this house such as the storage area, the outside structure which was made of bricks and tiles and the floor that is covered with Bat Trang bricks still remain unchanged after centuries. 

Tan Ky Old House

Tan Ky Old House, Hoi An (Source: Internet)

Tan Ky Old House represents the cluster of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese culture. Oriental philosophy features are clearly displayed in the house, such as the triple-beam structure, the five-round blocks, and many decorative carvings on the furniture. It is absolutely an ideal place for exploring the cultures of Eastern countries.

2. Chinese Assembly Halls

Another interesting thing to do in Hoi An Vietnam is to visit the Assembly Halls of Chinese people. When they immigrated to Hoi An, they decided to build some Assembly Halls to socialize as well as to preserve their traditions. 

There are totally 5 Chinese Assembly Halls (Fujian, Chaozhou, Hainan, Cantonese, and Chinese). Though not all of them remain the original look, these halls have become popular Hoi An Tourist Attractions.

Fujian Assembly Hall

Fujian Assembly Hall (Source: Internet)

All the Halls follow the same formula: a grand gate, a beautiful garden with ornamental plants, a main hall, and a large altar room. These are decorated with lots of statues, murals, and lacquered boards. However, each Hall worships different gods and each Chinese Community has different beliefs.

3. Japanese Bridge (Chua Cau)

Japanese Bridges are well-known for their spectacular design, and the one in Hoi An is not an exception. It well represents the impact of Japanese culture on Vietnam.

Legend has it that the bridge was constructed to deter the monster called Mamazu, whose head was in India, tail in Thailand and back in Vietnam, from causing earthquakes and natural disasters. In fact, the Japanese commercial community built it in the 16th century to connect with Chinese people on the other side of the river. 

Japanese Bridge, Hoi An by night

Japanese Bridge, Hoi An by night (Source: Internet)

The Japanese Bridge is famous for its unique decoration. Additionally, there is a small temple on the north side of the bridge. Night on the bridge is even more poetic.

With its historical background and beautiful architecture, this is considered a must-visit place for any Hoi An tour.

4. The Tran Family Chapel

Among the top Hoi An attractions stands the Tran Family Chapel – one of the oldest houses in the ancient town.

It was built in the 19th century by Tran Tu Nhac – a highly-respected mandarin under Nguyen Dynasty before he was sent to China as the King’s envoy. The house was originally used as a worshipping place for his family’s ancestors. It is also a reminder about the tradition of his family to the next generations. 

Altar at Tran Family Chapel

Altar at Tran Family Chapel, Hoi An (Source: Internet)

As a typical example of Eastern architecture, the house has a main gate, a big garden surrounded by high walls. There are different parts which serve different purposes in the house: one for worshipping, one for housing the family leader and his guests, and one drawing room.

Members of Tran Family still gather in the house every year to worship their ancestors. It is also a chance to educate the future generations about the traditions of their family.

For those wanting to experience the historical atmosphere of Hoi An, the Tran Family Chapel is absolutely a perfect choice.

5. Thu Bon River

It is a river flowing alongside Hoi An Ancient Town. Travelers can take a boat tour along the river to watch the beautiful scenery and visit some craft villages. 

Thu Bon River at dawn

Thu Bon River at dawn (Source: Internet)

Thu Bon River is incredibly beautiful at dawn and by night. It is a lot of fun to spend your time watching the romantic scenery of the river filled with lanterns by night.

Not only do travelers visit Hoi An to explore the stunning scenery but also to sample Hoi An cuisine, which is renowned for delicious dishes. While traveling around the town, you can drop by some street vendors to try Hoi An specialties such as “Cao Lau”, “Mi Quang”, and “Banh Mi Hoi An”. All these tasty dishes will make your trip even more wonderful.

With its tranquil scenery and historical value, Hoi An Ancient Town would be a great choice for anyone who has strong desires to explore the culture and nature of Eastern nations in general and Vietnam in particular. 

Hoian’s top famous sites

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The seemingly tiny land – Hoian has never failed to amaze us with its fascinating and special hot spots. In this article, we will learn two more plots attracting thousands of tourists all over the world already.

Still, wonder where to go during your Hoian day tours? The following lines from hoianreviews will give you the spot-on answer!

Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An ancient town (Source: Internet)

Chua Cau

Chua Cau

Chua Cau (Pagoda Bridge) (Source: Internet)

The relic is Chua Cau (Pagoda Bridge) – an icon of Hoian, it even made its way to one side of the 20 thousand VNĐ bill.

Chua Cau – as the name suggests – is a pagoda located on a bridge across a small creek in the ancient town of Hoian. Built in the early 17th century by Japanese merchants, this is the only building that has originated from the land of rising sun. Japanese bridge is another name for the bridge. It has been known as one of the must-see destinations in Vietnam from the time unknown.

But why did the Japanese build it here? Legend has it that this temple was associated with the monster legend Namazu – a mythical monster in Japan. This beast’s head is located in India but its body is in Vietnam, the giant tail is in …Japan. It is believed that whenever the fanciful animal makes a move, catastrophes like floods or earthquakes … will happen.

From a distance, the bridge crossing Hoai River (a branch of well-known Thu Bon River) has a smooth bend. There are two wooden animal statues guarding at both ends (dogs at one side and monkey simulacra at the opposite.) There have been so many hypotheses about these choices. Maybe they are Japanese sacred animals? Or it took 3 years to build this bridge (Monkey, Rooster, and Dog zodiac years). It has been a controversial topic among historical researchers.

In 1719, Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu visited Hoi An and saw the special shaped Bridge and named it “Lai Vien” which means “visitants”. Today, we can still see three kanji: “Lai Vien Kieu” embossed on a large signboard in front of the pagoda.

Cu Lao Cham

Cu Lao Cham

Cu Lao Cham (Source: Internet)

Right at the moment when you step down on Cu Lao Port in Bai Lang, you will immerse in absolutely fresh space of the turquoise sea, blue sky, and greenish lush mountains. At the end of July (according to Vietnam’s lunar calendar), under the scorching heat, you will have an opportunity to admire the bright red flowers of Chinese parasol trees.  These beautiful yet miraculous florets are so enticing and have become an indispensable emblem of this isle. This environment-friendly island becomes an ideal spot for sightseeing in Vietnam.

Cu Lao Cham is a diverse ecological zone combined of mountains, forests, and sea with myriad flora and fauna and dubbed the “the Green Paradise” with no existence of plastic rubbish as well as giant landfills. You will have a whale of the time in the Hoi an day tour wading in the clear water or building sand castles with your beloved on Bai Lang, Bai Lay …

Cu Lao Cham also earns its stripes for the diversity of colorful coral reefs with spectacular schools of fish guarding the clean aqua. Your summer vacation would be more awesome with water sports or activities such as bathing, watching coral reefs and hundreds of fish species of the tropical area. In addition, you can also participate in other games such as windsurfing, parasailing, etc. Each activity will certainly give you the impression which will make you grin from ear-to-ear thinking of it years to come. 

The beauty of Cu Lao Cham culture

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Cu Lao Cham beach (Source: Internet)

In terms of culture, local folks have been living here over 3,000 years ago, making cultural diversity in the presence of cultural elements in mountainous areas, coastal areas, and rivers. It is a mingling of native cultures and Chinese, Japanese and Western distinctive points. Words fail to express all the special and scintillating features of this land. Come and see guys! Coming to Cu Lao Cham, you can participate in amazing festivals such as Festival of Fishing (3rd – 4th April Lunar New Year) or Nest Ceremony (9th -10th March Lunar Calendar).

Cu Lao Cham is not only beautiful from its natural beauty and cultural values that have been passed down from generation to generation on the island, Cu Lao Cham is pretty thanks to the kindness, friendliness, and benevolence of locals here. Residents’ optimism and generosity are expressed in the way you think as well as how they treat out-of-towners on a daily basis. The charming winsomeness of dwellers here will please you during your Hoian tour for sure!

Hoi An – the wonderful city

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Hoi An is famous for its very own unique character. Taking Hoi An is a good recommendation from Vietnam local tour operators. For visitors who visit this city for the first time, hoianreviews suggests you some Vietnam local guides and best tips when traveling in Hoi An.

When should we travel Hoi An?

The climate in Hoi An is divided into two distinct rainy and dry seasons. Each season has its own characteristics. However, according to the experience of Hoi An tourism self-sufficiency that we synthesize, you should go to Hoi An at the following time:

The14th day of the lunar month – the best time to travel Hoi An:

The best time to travel Hoi An

The best time to travel Hoi An

It will be extremely astonishing, very majestic if you approach Hoi An at this time. By the day of this full moon, all the families in the ancient town of Hoi An will turn off the lights and light lanterns. Therefore, you will be admired a most mysterious beautiful scene. Not only that, the festival, the extraordinary performances will not make you regret coming to Hoi An around this time.

The appropriate time to travel to Hoi An

  • February to April:

Around this time, the weather in Hoi An is especially cool and pleasant. It is suitable for those who want to come here to relax.

  • May to July:

May to July is near the end of the dry season in Hoi An. The weather is transcendent for you to go to Cu Lao Cham. This period of time is also the ideal time to travel to Hoi An. You can participate many excursion activities at this time.

  • October to December:

If you want to experience a boat rowing in An Hoi ancient town, come here at this time. Because this is the beginning of the rainy season in Hoi An, the old town is submerged in water. People have to travel by boat. However, your travel plans will be blocked by the rain. Therefore, before traveling Hoi An in the rainy season. you should think proper.

Transportation to travel to Hoian:

A bus in Hoi An

A bus in Hoi An

You can travel to Hoi An by plane and car. However, Hoi An has no airport or train station. Therefore, tourists have to arrive at Da Nang airport. The tourists can travel to Da Nang by plane, train, car or motorcycle. If traveling by plane to Da Nang International Airport, you can take a taxi to Hoi An. Da Nang is about 30km away from Hoi An so it takes about 20 – 30 minutes to go there.

If traveling by train to Danang Railway Station, visitors can take the bus to Hoi An, about 20 minutes with a trip. If traveling by car, visitors can stop at some bus stations in Hoi An city or directly to the attractions.

After arriving in Hoi An, travelers can choose which transportation to travel in the inner city depending on their preferences and needs. If you want to visit the Old Quarter you can walk or rent a bicycle. Travelers who like to experience something new can rent cyclo tour around Hoi An.

With tourist spots away from the city, visitors should rent a motorbike or car to get around. If you have a chance, try to take a boat trip on the Hoai River in the evening, buy some lantern and float it on the water.

The prominent tourist spots in Hoi An

Where should you go when traveling to Hoi An? You have a wide variety of places to choose from, both in and out of Hoi An. Vietnam local tour operator also suggests you some famous places in Hoi An that you should not miss.

Hoi An famous for its own unique beauty

Let's start the trip to Hoi An with interesting destinations in the city. If you think Hoi An ancient town is the only place to visit in Hoi An, you should think again. Because the city center also has dozens of points to visit. Typical examples include:

  • Fujian Temple (Kim An Pagoda)
  • Bridge Pagoda (Japanese Bridge, Lai Vien Kieu): Hoi An ancient town center.
  • Museum clusters: Museum of folklore, Museum of Hoi An cultural history, Hoi An trade museum, Sa Huynh culture museum.
  • Ancient house clusters: Quan Thang ancient house, Tan Ky ancient house, Phung Hung ancient house.
  • Traditional arts and crafts showroom, the legendary wall at Hoang Van Thu street, the ancient wells in Hoi An

Attractions around Hoi An:

  • Cu Lao Cham island
  • An Bang beach
  • Cua Dai beach
  • Vietnam trade villages cluster: Kim Bong Carpentry Village, Thanh Ha Pottery Village, Tra Que Herb Village, etc.

Where should we go in Autumn?

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Autumn (August to October) is a romantic moment and also the ideal season to have a long journey to admire the yellow sceneries. Autumn brings the deep memories and the moment of season change that is really suitable for sightseeing the scene of Central Vietnam.

Do not miss must-see destinations below:

Hoi An ancient town

Perhaps with ancient space and the characteristic yellow color of the old town, we can feel the autumn in Hoi An most obviously. The change of heaven brings with it the breath of the season overflowing on Hoi An town so that the ancient scene becomes more tranquil.

Hoi An in the autumn

Hoi An in the autumn

The yellow color of hundreds of years-houses combines the characteristic yellow of trees to create a unique charm for Hoi An autumn. The early morning rays of autumn will warm the air. The sun in the autumn is not as sultry as in the summer but become very sweet and seductive.

Hoi An is not only sunny but also has long lasting rains in the autumn. The image of roof houses drowned has become so familiar. However, flood tourism is also an interesting experience.

Strolling by boat

Strolling by boat

You can rent a boat strolling around in the old town, take pictures, discover the life of Hoi An people in the flood season, take a panoramic view of Hoi An ancient roof when flood surge, visit the streets of Hoi An by boat … or visit the coffee shop on the second floor of some ancient house

Hoi An autumn is sunny, rainy even stormy. Therefore the people here maybe are not so gentle but very honest and plain.

Hue city

Autumn time from September to the end of November, is considered the ideal time to travel Hue. At this time, the weather is not too hot and not cold (25- 28ºC) that convenient for visiting Hue.

Hue in Autumn

Hue in Autumn

Hue city is one of the prominent stops in the way of the Central Vietnam Heritage with the system of palaces, mausoleums, and ancient pagodas. Hue is the land recording the golden mark of the Nguyen Dynasty.

The relics of Hue ancient capital have a great cultural value for the nation. Many places are recognized by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage. In addition, Hue is beautiful beside to poetic Huong River and Ngu mountains.

Hue cuisine

Hue cuisine

Hue's delicious dishes with the exquisite presentation is also a factor attracting tourists in the Central Vietnam tour.

Da Lat city

Da Lat tourism city in each season has a unique beauty, but it seems that only when the autumn comes, has this land become more attractive and romantic than ever. Throughout the hills, the mountains are always covered with a soft silk of flowers and leaves. This is the best time for visitors to visit Da Lat.

The yellow trees in Da Lat

The yellow trees in Da Lat

Travel to Da Lat at this time, you will admire the brilliant colors of wild sunflowers all streets. Along with the hills is the pink of cherry blossoms or the yellow of mimosa flower. Nowadays, travelers to Da Lat not only watch the scenery but also enjoy the fresh air and feel the cold air that's characteristic of Dalat in the late autumn.

Love valley in the autumn

Love valley in the autumn

In addition, you should visit the other attractive destinations such as Love Valley, Bao Dai Palace, Truc Lam Zen Monastery … and do not forget to enjoy Dalat specialties and come to night markets to buy gifts for your relatives and friends.

Rice field in Da Lat

Rice field in Da Lat

Perhaps few people know that in Da Lat there is also a golden season by the rice fields where the villagers come to the field eagerly in the harvest, the laughter loudly everywhere.

Nha Trang city

Nha Trang beach – The pearl of the East Sea is always an ideal tourist destination with visitors all times of the year, not just autumn. 

Tam island in Nha Trang

Tam island in Nha Trang

Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the landscapes in the city center, discover and learn the unique features of the architectural monuments Long Son Pagoda, Po Nagar Cham Towers, Bao Dai's palace as well as bathing in beautiful beaches, admire the natural landscapes in Tam Island, Tre Island, Monkey Island. Certainly, tourists will be attracted by this beautiful seaside town in the autumn. 

Phu Quoc island in nice sunshine season

From late September, early October to the end of March next year is the tourist season in Phu Quoc. This is the most beautiful time here because it is not rainy season, Phu Quoc began to welcome the beautiful sunshine.In October, the sky is clear, the sun "strands" the yellow silks on the soft sand background. Phu Quoc in October is also gentle…

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc Island

Phu Quoc has famous tourist attractions, if you don't visit them during the Autumn trip, it is a shameful lack of you. Phu Quoc has pristine beaches and most beautiful in the world. One of those beaches is Sao beach.

In addition, do not forget the exciting activities such as scuba diving to see colorful coral, fishing squid at night, and enjoy fresh seafood.

Diving to admire colorful coral

Diving to admire colorful coral

There is a beautiful place in Phu Quoc, Ham Ninh fishing village. Ham Ninh fishing village in October impress visitors with beautiful scenery thanks to a bright morning full of vitality or the romantic sunset as the pictures and people here are also extremely homely.

Autumn picture in Ham Ninh fishing village

Autumn picture in Ham Ninh fishing village

Forest of Phu Quoc in October is also as beautiful as the sea. Going to Phu Quoc forest, you will discover the unique forest ecology, conquer beautiful streams, and Tranh stream is one of the most beautiful streams in Phu Quoc.This stream falls smoothly and calmly. There are some sections flowing through the rapids create the wonderful white waterfall.

Since autumn is the peak tourist season in Phu Quoc, it is advisable to book your hotel room in advance so that the trip is more perfect.

Ideal destinations for couple In Hoian Tours

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Highlight in the central tourist line, Hoian is truly a paradise. Whether it is day or night, Hoi An tourism still has its own charms. CNN has also listed Hoian in top 10 romantic places in the world that couples should explore together ( in 2015). You will experience peaceful and romantic things that only Hoian could offer.

An Hoi Bridge

Decorated with antique parasol and colorful lanterns shimmer shining around the area of Hoai River Square. Tourists, when travel to Hoian, will have a feast of eye-catching beauty and cultural values, especially if you are a history junky. Since these works of art are done by well-known lantern artists in Hoian. With the impressive view overlooking Thu Bon River and lantern suspension running along to the center of Hoai River Square, this is a mood booster for lovers to come and sightseeing, taking a selfie or simply a night walk. It is also a favorite spot for photographers in the style of river house.

An Hoi Bridge At Night

An Hoi Bridge At Night

Hoai River

A tributary of the Thu Bon River flowing through Hoian. It is always crowded, especially at night. There are many romantic activities that you and your partner can do together on this poetic river. Besides taking pictures, you can also float down the canal and save the image of the river as shimmering.

Reaching Out Tea House

Topping the list of the most beautiful, unique and romantic cafes in Hoian is Reaching Out. The shop is designed in the pure Vietnamese style, from the furniture such as tables, chairs, pillows, cupboards, teapot, coffee … to decorative items such as dishes, vases, … are very elegant and simple. As soon as you step into the bar, you will be immersed in the old tea smell and serene vibe. You can sit indoors to feel the warm, neat, nostalgic or in the garden with the romantic beauty of the surrounding.

Reaching Out Tea House

Reaching Out Tea House

An Bang Beach

After visiting the villages and relics, you want to immerse yourself in the white sand and blue coast. Then An Bang Beach is a destination not to be missed in this Hoian tours. With clear sea and long sandy beach under the glistening sunshine, An Bang Beach is selected in the top 25 most beautiful beaches in Asia. Here you will enjoy a relaxing moment on the beach of An Bang brings you a strange monk. The scenery in Cua Dai Beach is beautiful with smooth white sand stretching along the clear blue sea. At Cua Dai beach, visitors can bathe, sunbathe, play sports in the sand, and especially enjoy the delicious fresh seafood.

An Bang Beach

An Bang Beach

Thanh Ha Pottery Village

Thanh Ha was a very prosperous village, famous for pottery and earthenware exchanged throughout the central provinces of Vietnam. It is one of the famous traditional villages in Hoian. You can admire the fine pottery art which is extremely sophisticated from the skillful hands and talents of artisans in Thanh Ha. In addition, you can also make your own products to make memories or bring back to relatives and friends as gifts. It is located on the bank of the Thu Bon River, in Thanh Ha Ward, Hoian City, about 2km West of the Old Quarter.

Chinese American Conventions

In the 16th – 17th centuries, many Chinese people settled in Hoian and contributed to the thriving development of the port town. Many buildings of spirituality and belief are built, most famous are the three surviving works to this day include Quang Dong Assembly Hall, Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, Trieu Chau Assembly Hall.

  • Quang Dong Assembly Hall: Built-in 1885. The architecture of the Quang Dong Assembly Hall is distinguished by the rational use of wood and stone materials in the bearing structure. Especially, visitors will be impressed by the decorations and the beauty of pedestal inside and outside the building. Moreover, every year on 24th of June ( on the lunar calendar), there is a very popular festival attracting many participants.

Location: 176 Tran Phu

  • Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall: The house was built in 1967. With the interiors of the garden are decorated with many plants and lakes. Legend has it that the forerunner of the Assembly Hall is a small shrine worshiping the statue of Mazu (the goddess of protection for traders surpassing the ocean), which was picked up on the coast of Hoian in 1697. After many restorations, the house became more brilliant and contributing to the beauty of the architecture of Hoian.

Location: 46 Tran Phu Street

Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall

Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall

Trieu Chau Assembly Hall: Built-in 1845 to serve as a place of worshiping Trieu Chau people's own belief in Hoian. The interior of Trieu Chau Assembly Hall is quite unique when it is decorated with elaborately carved wood paintings, along with motifs, wooden candlesticks, and beautiful terracotta reliefs, reproducing many old folk legends.

Location: 92B Nguyen Duy Hieu.

Old House of Tan Ky

Built nearly 200 years ago, Tan Ky House has the typical architecture of Hoi An town with furniture divided into many rooms. The house is built of traditional materials and made by local carpenters. Its own unique appearance and elegance salience have also shown the interaction with the style of building in the area. On February 17, 1990, Tan Ky House was granted a Certificate of National Historical-Cultural Relics.

Hoi An Handicraft Workshop

The workshop brings together most traditional handicrafts of Hoi An and Quang Nam, such as weaving mats, weaving fabrics, pottery, lacquerware … Visiting the workshop, guests will find a peaceful scenery of Vietnamese countryside. You will visually witness the skillful hands and excellent skills of artisans, creating fine art and craftsmanship. Tourists can take part in the production process and buy some souvenir items.

Hoi An ancient town is always the place where couple prefers traveling. Not only does it has top destinations must-go in Hoian but also with narrow ancient streets leading to the traditional culture behind the gardens and sparkling beauty, the fanciful and warm light of hundreds of silk lanterns, it is considered as a romantic neighborhood for couples. In Hoian, especially on the night of the full moon, the beautiful small town is lit by colorful lights, a beautiful background during the night for a honeymoon or just a short tour for couple in Hoian.

Must-Visit Places In Central Vietnam Group Tours

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Situated in a strategic position, South Central Coast of Vietnam does not only attract tourists and visitors because of its wonderful nature and people but also plays an important economic and social role. South Central Coast consists of 8 provinces. Each one offers a unique experience for tourists, from the peaceful Danang to historic Hoi An and enthusiastic Nha Trang.

Blessed with beautiful beaches and nice weather, South Central Coast is an ideal destination for group tours in Vietnam. What’s more relaxing than spending time in the beach drinking coconut water with a couple of friends? Visiting South Central Coast in a must in your Vietnam tours.

Best time to travel to central Vietnam

Under the influence of tropical monsoon climate, the weather in South Central Coast features high temperature and humidity in summer. This is because the southwest monsoon from the Gulf of Thailand spreads over and causes the hot weather.

There are two main seasons. The rainy season is from August until January. The dry season starts from January to July. Therefore, the best time to travel to South Central Vietnam is in spring and summer.

Must-Visit Places In Central Vietnam group tours

Da Nang

From Hue, passing through Hai Van Pass, you will reach Danang – the incredibly dynamic and yet peaceful city. Unfortunately, Danang is mostly skipped by tourists since it is not as famous as its brother cities such as Hoian and Nha Trang.

There are many things to see and experience in Danang. The first thing to name is the Marble Mountains (Ngu Hanh Son in Vietnamese.) Located 7 km away from the city, the mountains consist of marble and limestone mounts which are very interesting to explore. Besides, Son Tra Peninsula with over 4000 hectares is a wonderful spot to have a look at the city. On the top of the peninsula, there sits Linh Ung Pagoda with a massive white Avalokitesvara statue.

Hoi An

The ancient town Hoi An was the most prominent trading town in Southeast Asia during the 16th and 17th century. The town features ancient oriental architecture with Chinese temples, Japanese bridge, wooden houses and French-influenced buildings. In 1999, Hoi An was recognized by the UNESCO as a world heritage site.

The Japanese bridge in Hoi An

The Japanese bridge in Hoi An

The old town Hoi An can basically be discovered by foot since it is quite small. However, it doesn’t mean that you can cover everything within a day. Many old houses open the doors for tourists to come inside. Each house features different decorations, furniture arrangements and very personal senses of the owners.

The old quarter of the city is very well preserved. You won’t be able to find any single modern house in the area. Plus, the diversity in culture and architecture of old town Hoi An is what really captivating to most tourists.

Nha Trang

What makes Nha Trang such a popular tourist spot and a great destination for any Central Vietnam group tours are beaches and seafood. Sure you can find all of them in either Hoi An and Danang, but only when you come to Nha Trang and enjoy the vibe it emits you will truly understand what it is like to be in heaven.

Nha Trang Beach

Nha Trang Beach

Not only having the beaches, Nha Trang also offered a wide range of islands in Nha Trang Bay, which will take you a while to discover them all. Plus, the ocean scenes are so vast and open that makes your road trip to and around the city.

Phan Thiet

Though beaches are the specialty in Phan Thiet, you can find numerous interesting things to explore here from tropical forests, sand dunes, and fishing villages. Here in Phan Thiet, Po Shanu Cham Towers and Van Thuy Tu Temple are the main tourist attractions outsides beaches for those who want to deepen their understanding of the culture and history of Phan Thiet.

Sand Dunes in Mui Ne

Sand Dunes in Mui Ne

Visiting Phan Thiet, it’s important not to skip the street food here. Grilled squid teeth are one of the must-try dishes while you are in Phan Thiet. Grilled squid teeth are famous for numerous reasons. The most obvious one is that it is available everywhere with a cheap price. Plus, it is an example of how marvelous Vietnamese cooking style is – nothing is wasted. 

Quang Binh tours: top famous caves to visit in Quang Binh

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You can visit a lot of spectacular natural landscapes in Quang Binh, particularly many beautiful caves – known as great wonders of Vietnam. Let’s check out top famous caves that you should visit in Quang Binh tours.

1. Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha cave in Ke Bang National Park is the most famous tourist site that you must see in Quang Binh tours. Moreover, it’s known as “The greatest cave in the South” of Vietnam. It’s also recognized as a World Heritage and elected as one of the most beautiful caves in the world by British Royal Caves Association.

Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha cave is located in Ke Bang limestone mounts and covered by tropical rain forests here. Inside the cave, there are thousands of weird shapes of lively stalactites. The cave is surrounded by picturesque sceneries of mounts, rivers, and fields. This natural beauty makes Phong Nha very well-known sites in Vietnam.

2. Son Đoong Cave

Hang Sơn Đoong, one of the top caves in Vietnam, recently is a hot topic spreading out in the world. It’s also a very famous cave among a lot of Quang Binh caves. Placed in Phong Nha – Ke Bang tourist site in Bo Trach district, Son Đoong now is keeping the record of the longest cave in the world. It’s also ranked 8th in the list of 52 must-see places in 2014. If you’re planning for your Quang Binh tours, let’s put this name on your list!

Son Đoong Cave

Son Đoong Cave

3. Thien Đuong Cave

One of the greatest natural wonders in Quang Binh is Thien Đuong cave, which is also known as the underground palace, one of the most spectacular and stunning caves in the world. Thien Đuong cave is located about 4km to the edge of Western Branch in Ho Chi Minh Road. The beauty of Thien Đuong cave is not only poetry but also mysterious and miracle, so it’s always a must-see landscape in your Quang Binh tours.

4. Tien Son Cave

Tien Son cave, also called Kho cave, is a stunning cave which is also located in Phong Nha – Ke Bang tourist site. The entrance leading to Tien Son cave is quite winding. On the way to this cave, you have to get through picturesque huge nature, which will make you feel that human beings are so small in nature, in this universe when standing before the inferiority of heaven and earth. Due to the fairy-tale and mysterious beauty, previously, Tien Son was also called Tien cave by local people.

Tien Son Cave

Tien Son Cave

5. Tu Lan Cave

Although Tu Lan cave is more modest and less famous than the caves mentioned above, it’s still known as a highlight among Quang Binh caves, a potential tourist site in this province. Maybe due to its mysterious beauty, it’s simile a “pernickety” pretty girl. Located about 70km to the west of Phong Nha cave, Tu Lan cave consists of about 8 separated caves.

You have to get through forests, streams and many difficulties to reach this site. And, the most interesting attraction of this cave is that you have to sail inside five connecting dark caves to enjoy its impressing unique beauty. Water inside these Quang Binh caves is cool, crystal-clear that make this site more impressive to visitors.

6. En Cave

You should spend at least 2 days and 1 night to explore this cave, get through big streams, trekking through pristine forests, picturesque valleys and go camping inside En cave. Next to En cave and link with it is Cold cave where you will sail in the dark and touch stalactites. This journey demand you to have good health and great energy because you’ll have to walk 10km in just one day. Let’s come and challenge yourself with this cave, enjoy an exciting adventure and explore many secrets here.

En Cave

En Cave

7.  Va – Nuoc Nut Cave

It’s a 2-day-1-night trip with the whole way of 10km. This cave impresses visitors with its spectacular system of stalactites and limestone towers. To reach there, you should get through ledges, gradients, and even sharpen and slippery way with the support of specialized equipment. You should prepare foods, tent, lamp, warm-keeping clothes, etc. for a safe tour.

Va – Nuoc Nut Cave

Va – Nuoc Nut Cave

These are top 7 famous caves that you can visit in Quang Binh. Formed totally naturally, these caves will impress you right at the first sight. Let’s come and enjoy it yourself. 

Hoian – more than just an ancient town

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Hoian is a reputable destination on the central coast of Vietnam that welcomes numerous flocks of travelers from all over the world. Talking about this place, almost every person knows it is an ancient town with the history dating back to several centuries ago.

However, there are still many other interesting things that they do not acknowledge. Take a look at the following hotspots that travelers should not miss when taking Hoian group tours.

1. Mangrove palm forest

Nestled just about 3 kilometers from the ancient town, the mangrove palm forest in Cam Thanh Commune is an exceptionally fascinating attraction in Hoian. The palm forest is located at the convergence of Thu Bon and Truong Giang Rivers, making up a wonderful scenery that would steal visitors’ hearts at the very first sight.

Small canal in the forest

Small canal in the forest

The mangrove palm forest in Hoian cannot be a better option for Vietnam off the beaten track tours. Travelers can rent bikes to ride along the shaded paths through the forest to enjoy the fresh atmosphere as well as to see the beautiful handicraft items made from the palm leaves that are picked by the locals. It is also interesting to bring fishing rods and go fishing in a tranquil and peaceful place while watching the glamour sunset on the river.

Basket boat dancing

Basket boat dancing

Another must-try activity that Hoian group tours should not ignore is trying the basket boat dancing. Basket boat is a unique kind of boat of the locals. You will go aboard the small rounded boat and glide along the canals to see the picturesque scenery of the palm forests. Especially, the basket boat dancing is exceptionally fascinating to try.

2. Thanh Ha Pottery Village

With the history dating back to the 16th century, Thanh ha Pottery Village, which is about 3 kilometer to the west of Hoian, is one of the most famous pottery villages in Vietnam. It acclaims reputation for high-qualified pottery products that have been sold all along the Central Coast in particular and Vietnam in general. Nowadays, the products made from the skillful hands of the local craftsmen are also exported to different markets in the world. The products vary in types and sizes, from small cups to large vases and jars. The bricks and tiles are the most outstanding items of Thanh Ha Pottery trademark.

Thanh Ha is a famous traditional pottery village

Thanh Ha is a famous traditional pottery village

Visiting Thanh Ha Pottery Village, travelers will get a closer look to the traditional occupation of the locals. It is great to make pottery souvenirs by yourself to bring home.

3. Thu Bon River

It would be a big regret if you take Hoian group tours but ignore the poetic Thu Bon River, which flows through this little town. While the part flowing through the old quarter has been long well-known for its majestic beauty with the colorful lanterns at night, the other parts are also magnificent, yet not many people acknowledge about.

Sunset on Thu Bon River

Sunset on Thu Bon River

A trip along the riverside of Thu Bon River will enable travelers to get rid of the stress and fatigue of the daily life and ease their minds with the tranquilly beautiful scenery of the less-traveled destinations in Hoian. It would be amazing to ride through the small paths around the hamlets, across the green rice fields to get a deeper approach to the life in the countryside. You can also sample the simple yet tasty delicacies of this land. Taking on a boat gliding along the river to watch the glorious sunset is also worth giving a try.

4. An Bang Beach

An Bang Beach

An Bang Beach

Traveling to Hoian, people tend to choose Cua Dai as their beach destination but forget another stunning one – An Bang Beach. Voted as one of 25 best beaches in Asia, An Bang Beach holds a strong appeal that travelers cannot stand themselves from falling in love. The Colgate-white beach with stretching sandbank and aqua-green sea water is particularly suitable for strolling and sun-bathing. An Bang Beach is much less crowded than Cua Dai Beach, and there are not that many restaurants or resorts here. The beach hence well remains its tranquility, offering people with a quiet and peaceful place to run away from the bustling life.

Apart from the antiquity of the old quarter, Hoian has many other things to offer. If you are still wondering where to go in Hoian, consider the destinations above. A tour to Hoian will bring you the wonderful moments that would last a lifetime.

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