Day in the life at Trà Quế Herb Village | Live like a local

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Trà Quế Herb Village is a tourist climax that belongs to Hoian Town, Quảng Nam Province. This is one of a very few localities nationwide that has still maintained its initial organic-oriented planting technique. Lied only 3 kilometers away from Hoian Old Quarter itself, Trà Quế is a highly famed urban-like destination that you can cite in your list of the most expected Vietnam countryside tour. So, let’s draft your first image of Trà Quế Herb Village right away by taking a look down further to see what can be expected when taking a day trip to this site!

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Discover Hoian in your own way

What to expect at Trà Quế Herb Village?

Trà Quế has long been a trusted site for producing over 20 species of herbs and veggies that grow on a highly fertilized soil and especially manured with their own one-of-a-kind freshwater weed self-growing at the bottom of Đế Võng River. As a result, veggies found at Trà Quế bear an impeccably unique flavor which is mainly used in most of Hoian delicacies.

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Trà Quế herbs

Trà Quế in Hoian is one of the best tours in Vietnam where you would be warmly welcomed by the truest peasants, who are about to instruct you over the progress of hoeing up ground, growing a few beds of herbs, holes digging, seeding and altogether fishing out the organic weed. When noontime comes, prepare an authentic lunch by yourselves under your hosts’ instruction and spend a relaxing nap on a bamboo hammock amid a shady garden. Other than that, you may welcome afternoon activities such as spreading a net, fishing and so on. Trà Quế does not only give you an unexpected experience as a Vietnam tour for family, yet also delivers a feeling of a true village surrounded by the vast greenish of organic veggies.

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Trà Quế surrounding

How to get your tour started at Trà Quế within just a day?

Having your breakfast done before 8 am and have your Vietnam tailor-made tour guide pick you up at 8.30 am and start your day by heading straight to Trà Quế Herb Village on a bicycle. Sneaking through the little curving paths to reach the first venue of your trip, a local bistro for a quick serve of herbal juice and get to know about the stories behind the birth of where you are about to visit Trà Quế Village. Later on, local peasants will show you around their gardens, where each of the species would be introduced alongside with special techniques on growing an organic herb garden. This will be followed by your own practice where you would be ushered through each step of planting a type of vegetable. In the end, riding on the back of a buffalo is what you should expect to be offered.

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Learning a special technique

Pause half of your trip right here and get back to the local household for a special treatment. Soaking your feet in the warm water added a good amount of herbal medicine before having your lunch started. A cooking class is an upcoming experience. Beside Cao Lầu, a Hoian delicacy identity, here at Trà Quế, you will be taught how to make Tam Hữu, a special version of Spring rolls and Bánh Xèo, the Vietnamese pancakes. Last but not least, get to taste your own final achievements with Trà Quế locals before taking a short snap in their gardens. This trip would be finished at around 2 pm. Make a good farewell with these local hosts and drive back to your accommodation.

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Live like a local

Trà Quế Herb Village has become such a model for anyone who is desiring an ideal Vietnam tour for family. Those types of activities and experiences you are rewarded here at Trà Quế can be seen as the finest selection when having your kids around. Relaxation is not the only thing you can be offered here. Other than that, following the local citizens and learning more about a special technique of growing veggies which is solely used with organic elements are such an intellectual trip you can ever think of. Hence, do not feel like skipping Trà Quế in your next trip to Hoian.

What to do in May in Central Vietnam?

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May is soon coming and you are seeking the next destinations to visit in Vietnam. While many travelers are fond of seeing what May looks like in a different part of Vietnam — say, the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site of Halong Bay, for example, or a long-haul getaway at a far-flung destination in Central Highland region to get off-the-beaten-track — others are itching for a Central Vietnam group tour.

Hereunder is our recommendation on what you should be doing during that perfect May getaway.

Is May such a great time to go on your Central Vietnam group tours?

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May in Central Vietnam

If you have been waiting to knock Hoi An and Da Nang off your Bucket List, May is a damn good time to do it. The hordes of tourists have not reached these best places to visit in Central Vietnam, the June scorching heat has not hit these places, and the skies are usually blue.

The beginning of summer promises pretty nice and travel-friendly weather, charming scenery, top-down road trips, and famous events like the Da Nang International Fireworks Festival. Basically, May is the perfect time to get out of town and get ready to say goodbye to the cool weather before the summer heat comes.

What to do in May in Central Vietnam?

Go on your Central Vietnam tours and you will definitely love May in Hoi An and Da Nang — it feels like we are in the Most Worth-Living Places in Vietnam.

Walking almost everywhere

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Walk around Hoi An Streets

Words that come to mind when we think of Hoi An during the month of May are charming and flourishing: the entire city feels a bit like a hive of excitement and a beguiling place to spend a few days. Tourist season is about to be at its peak, and even locals start to really see their lovely town again. If you are looking for a taste of the ancient town you have seen portrayed in countless travel magazines, then walking almost anywhere in the city is a delight.

The best part of your travel to Hoi An in May is the easy access on foot or by cyclo to its lazy river lined with mustard-yellow merchants’ houses, and its well-preserved mix of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and French architecture thanks to the pedestrian-friendly streets.

Sample local food

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Hoi An food

Go on your Central Vietnam group tours before the sweltering days of summer so you can spend time sampling local culinary highlights as many as possible rather than simply baking on the beach. With the sunny and dry weather, it is highly recommended to visit a local market to feast on a culinary festival!

Hit the beach

The crowds at the Fujian Assembly Hall, the Japanese Bridge, the Marble Mountains, or the Lady Buddha are always big, and that is particularly true during the sunny days of May. Since we know you do not want to spend your valuable time in Central Vietnam stuck in the terrible crowds, we strongly recommend you hit the beach less than an hour away.

The beaches of An Bang, Non Nuoc, and Cua Dai are prime targets, but there are a lot of less-known romantic getaways with beautiful surroundings like Tien Sa Beach.

Da Nang International Fireworks Festival

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Da Nang International Fireworks Festival

There is no better month to catch Danang people in a cheerful mood. Not only the mild sunny days that are sure to enchant but there is also a raft of public holidays giving locals a welcome break from the busy daily work. April 30th – the Reunification Day and May 1st – the Vietnamese answer to Labor Day are sacred holidays. Da Nang’s other attractions spring to life this time of year, so plan on working your way to Han River and joining crowds along the waterfront for Vietnam’s largest annual fireworks display.

Where should I go in May in Vietnam? No place can beat Da Nang and Hoi An. May in Central Vietnam is the classic shoulder season gamble: nice weather, but the promise of much smaller tourist crowds.

Dress code temple in Vietnam: Things Every Visitor Should Know

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Vietnam is a small predominantly Buddhist country with a long history of many religions including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam extending for centuries and millennia. If you are looking for temples, pagodas, or sacred places to visit on your Vietnam culture tours, you are definitely not going to be disappointed. There are over thousands of pagodas and shrines dedicated to the reserved icon in this small country in Indochina.

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Temples are everywhere in Vietnam

The most famous, important, and iconic temples are the Perfume Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Yen Tu Pagoda, the Thien Mu Pagoda, etc. One thing you need to be aware of if you are visiting these temples on your Vietnam culture tours is the strict dress code. If you are visiting any temple in Vietnam, whether it is in Northern Vietnam, Central region, or cities in the South, the dress code is always enforced and you are expected to dress respectfully.

Temple Etiquette is something difficult to master for visitors, both men, and women, especially first-time ones, to Vietnam. All already know that dressing properly when visiting temples or other sacred places in our S-shaped land is compulsory. But dressing properly can be interpreted in so many ways.

GENERAL STYLE TIPS

Prepare your own right footwear

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Prepare your own right footwear

Probably the easiest thing to make a mistake with is your feet. In Vietnam, you will not need to remove your shoes at any point in either Buddhist or Taoist temples, except the main worshiping area. In addition, some pagodas like the Perfume Pagoda require an uphill walk of about an hour and things can get slippery. Thus, it is wise to do bring along enough of the proper shoes to wear. Buying shoes in Vietnam can be difficult if you have larger feet. Make sure you have at least one pair of good, comfortable walking shoes. Buying brand new shoes to break in while you are on your travel to Vietnam is not a good idea.

Opt for neat, clean, and tidy conservative clothing out of respect for the monks and locals

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General style code

Not all temples, shrines, or sacred places follow the same dress code rules. But you might feel out of place in shorts, sleeveless tops, or any outfits with modest skin coverage. Therefore, short summarized: cover up your shoulders, cleavages, legs, ankles, and knees (both sexes), and no tight-fitting trousers such as leggings, top with sleeves rolled up, and see-through or belly showing clothing. Your chest should also be well covered.

That could take you a week or longer to pack right there and think how little room that would take up in your suitcase. But if you follow our top instructions, you will definitely be dressed properly enough for visiting temples, pagodas, or other sacred places to know more about the cultural identity of Vietnam.

GENERAL BEHAVIOR TIPS

The first thing to know is that you should respect those who are worshipping. Never get in the way of people who are actually there to worship. It is not uncommon to see Vietnamese or even tourists (for religious purposes) gathering to make merit, pray, give offerings, and more at any one of the popular temples.

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General behavior tip

The feet are furthest from your head and touch the ground, so the feet are believed to be the most disrespectful part of someone’s body in Vietnam. Be sure not to point your feet at anyone. Another thing to bear in mind – never use your finger to point at people, the images of Buddha, or any religious imagery.

Do not run around, talk loudly, and spit inside the worshiping place. Feel free to speak in low voices. You should also take rowdy or unhappy children out of the worship area.

Vietnam’s temples and pagodas – known as “đền – chùa” — are literally everywhere. For many Vietnamese culture enthusiasts, temples win the battle in many ‘what to do in Vietnam guides’! It is arguably the best place to learn about Vietnamese religion and spiritual life and there is no doubt that they should be on your list of top attractions to visit in Vietnam. But what you should do or should avoid when visiting a temple in Vietnam?

A wonderful honeymoon in Hoian homestay

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Hoian has always been new in the eyes of visitors, no matter how many times you go to Hoi An, there are many things that are interesting you here. In addition to the romantic scenery, a variety of foods in the old town, you can have the chance to experience the beautiful homestays for a romantic getaway for a honeymoon in Vietnam.

Red Flower Cottage Homestay

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Red Flower Cottage Homestay

The first impression of Red Flower Cottage Homestay is the green garden with tables and chairs that are skillfully arranged so that you can enjoy the drink and take a rest. Despite the dazzling sunshine of Central Vietnam, when coming to Red Flower Cottage Homestay, you will still feel cool, soothing under the canopy of green trees in the homestay’s small garden. Rooms are well-equipped to help you relax after taking a bath or enjoying a walk on the white sand.

This hotel only has five beautiful bedrooms and it takes you just 2 minutes walk from the beach. The rooms at Red Flower are painted with thatched roofs, creating a more natural architectural style that brings to you a romantic Vietnam honeymoon. The rooms are very modern and refined. In addition, Red Flower Cottage Homestay features a communal kitchen with full kitchenware. You can enjoy buy seafood at the market and prepare it here for delicious meals for the whole family.

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An Bang Seaside Village

An Bang Seaside Village is a great place to stop when you visit beautiful beaches in Hoi An. Situated in an ideal location facing the sea, this place has the entrance that is the starting gate of the residential area. An Bang Seaside Village deserves to be a top homestay destination for your honeymoon tour in Vietnam.

The homestay provides 8 rooms with garden view, sea view. The design of the rooms is very rustic and simple but full of all amenities such as a luxury resort in the sea. The clean white walls are covered with freshly blue paintings that make the room so delicate and lovely.  Simple table and chairs here will give you a great time to enjoy relaxing moments during your Vietnam honeymoon.

When you come to this homestay, you will see firsthand the fancy decoration, unlike anywhere. An Bang Beach Hideaway offers a very spacious and airy front yard. This courtyard is a good place to set up a set of tables and chairs, where you can eat breakfast or afternoon tea.

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An Bang Garden Homestay

Approximately 3 minutes walk from An Bang beach, An Bang Garden Homestay is a small house amidst a lovely, fresh and airy garden. Here, you have only one option for the only one room type, which is the garden view bedroom. Because the front of the house is very airy, the bedroom is always full of sunshine, cool breeze and fragrant aroma of plants.

The bedroom of this homestay is simple, comfortable and modern. Not too sophisticated in decorating, An Bang Garden Homestay still makes you feel satisfied by the arrangement of furniture, the sitting room, which is very reasonable and delicate.

The common space is homeowners fully utilized. This place is where you can rest, drink tea, as well as enjoy the beautiful sense outside this homestay. You can spend the time to relax with your partner in a place that is the harmony of nature and modern equipped house. This small homestay has two divine “benches” that bring you the best resting experience with sea view, clear sky, and fresh air. 

Although homestay area is not too large, here you will feel the cohesion of design space and green nature. Therefore, the atmosphere of the house is always cool, fresh, very pleasant. Homestay rooms also have healthy drink such as tea, coffee or you can get some snacks when you get hungry.

There are many places that you can have a tour for couple in Vietnam. But you should give it a try to some wonderful homestays in Hoian, which will never let you down.

Best homestays for couple in Hoi An (part 2)

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Homestays in Hoi An, one of the top romantic getaways in Vietnam, are plentiful and spread all over the city. Some give couples a unique dose of local culture while others serve as a romantic getaway in Vietnam. Deciding which one to pick on your Vietnam honeymoon can be difficult since they are all so appealing. However, there are a few stunning places to keep in mind.

Here are 5 of the best homestays for all couples in Hoi An to consider, in no particular order.

Jordi’s House

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Jordi’s House

Various choices of ideal homestays for couples in Hoi An blend homeliness with luxury and connect traditional structures with modern amenities. Jordi’s House can be rated high among these properties. It is a home away from home for many couples, both newly-weds on their honeymoon tours in Vietnam and regular married couples who are celebrating their wedding anniversary in Vietnam. What makes it a fabulous option for couples? It is the simple and clean yet fully equipped rooms and the kitchen with a fridge where you can make a breakfast in bed for your sweethearts. 

  • Address: 95 Le Thanh Tong, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Telephone: 090 577 89 39
  • Price range: VND 300,000 – 800,000 (USD $13-$35)

The Hoi An Hippie House

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The Hoi An Hippie House

A homestay situated away from the main town of Hoi An, the Hoi An Hippie House can be the best suited to couples who prefer nature – palm trees, ocean breeze, sun kissed hair – over traditional sightseeing. What sets The Hoi An Hippie House apart from other homestays for couples in Hoi An? It is a gateway and base camp of An Bang Beach – the most scenic natural beauty surrounding the area with the hippie style that can impart an enchantment to all visitors.

  • Address: An Bang, Cam An, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Telephone: 0125 348 3356

Le Bleu Hoi An

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Le Bleu Hoi An

While searching for the most famous homestays for your Vietnam honeymoon, if you are searching for some basic accommodations with the familiar folk style of the old Vietnamese village, then Le Blue Hoi An can present an interesting option for you. One of three branches of Le Annam Homestay stretching from Hanoi capital to Saigon, Le Bleu Hoi An with its rustic architecture and full facilities is sure to win your heart. This property offers no such activities that can be mentioned here, wander and explore every corner, cook and have your own meals, and happily spend time together is the simple yet exciting routine that you can follow.

  • Address: Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Telephone: 098 931 6314

Maison De Tau

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Maison De Tau

Homestays in Hoi An offer all sorts of varieties and flavors; and if you are traveling on a shoestring budget and wish to increase your stay by few days then Maison De Tau is a great choice. A base camp to explore the wild nature and wild things, the eco-friendly and budget homestay of Maison De Tau is considered as a vintage abode amidst the nature designed for the nature lovers. Come and experience a place that really feels like a home away from home!

  • Address: Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Telephone: 0163 397 6052
  • Price range: VND 200,000 (~USD $10)

An’s Bed & Breakfast

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An’s Bed & Breakfast

Feel the pulse of Western European style and enjoy your tours for couples in Vietnam amidst all the necessary amenities that have become a habit for you. Termed as one of the luxurious homestays in Hoi An, An’s Bed & Breakfast has a different kind of flavor to offer. A kind of sophisticated abode with all rooms offering stunning views of the waterfront of An Bang Beach, An’s Bed & Breakfast is completely different from other Hoi An homestays.

  • Address: An Bang, Cam An, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Telephone: 090 229 40 45

On planning your Vietnam honeymoon? Where to stay is the first thing to know. Let’s check out our top picks!

Best homestays for couples in Hoi An (part 1)

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An affordable accommodation alternative, a homestay with a Vietnamese host family in Hoi An is such a great way for independent leisure travelers of all ages or anyone seeking a real and genuine travel experience to experience life in Central Vietnam in the home of an individual host, host couple, or family. Here’s a list of the 5 dreamiest in Hoi An homestays for couples, away from the chaotic world and perfect for a romantic getaway in Vietnam.

An Bang Beach Hideaway Homestay

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An Bang Beach Hideaway Homestay

A 10-minute walk from An Bang beach, An Bang Beach Hideaway Homestay is an attractive form of accommodation for stays from 1 day to 1 week during your tour for couple Vietnam. This stunning accommodation in the fishing village of An Bang Beach draws couples’ attention for its ideal location only footsteps from the beach but wins their hearts for the simple, comfortable, and modern garden view bedrooms nestled among the lovely, airy garden and always full of sunshine, wind, and fragrance of plants.

Whether it is Dolphin House – a refurbished traditional Vietnamese house, An Bang Hideaway Villa – a refurbished three-bedroom fishing bungalow, or Chi Villa with its own private pool, An Bang Beach Hideaway Homestay makes you satisfied with its sophisticated simplicity.

  • Address: Block 7, An Bang Village, Cam An Ward, An Tan, Hoi An, Quang Nam 00005
  • Phone: +849 3531 0875
  • Price: about USD $100 per night

Heron House

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Heron House

A lovely French-colonial-styled villa situated among the vast fields of rice paddies, Heron House is amongst the best Hoi An homestays for couples on Vietnam honeymoon offering modern facilities and class-apart experience without burning a hole in your pocket. This loneliness with nature together with the subtle and simple arrangement, decoration has the power to add a soothing quiet in your relaxation routines to make your honeymoon in our S-shaped land more delightful.

  • Address: An My, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Cam Chau, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Phone: 091 611 09 87
  • Price range: USD $120-$140 per night

Hoi An Lemongrass Homestay

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Lemongrass Homestay

A scenic location right among the vast fields of rice paddies, Hoi An Lemongrass Homestay is a place where you can explore the town as you enjoy a relaxing stay in the incredibly ideal homestay for couple in Hoi An in the middle of the majestic grandeur that lets you check out nature in its full glory and its purest form.

  • Address: 163 Nguyen Trai Street, Hoi An City
  • Phone: +84 (235) 3926 789 (reception) or +84 (235) 3919 277 (reservation)
  • Price range: USD $40 per night

Under The Coconut Tree Hoi An Homestay

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Under The Coconut Tree

Snuggled in the serene environment, this homestay 3-minute walk from An Bang Beach offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding nature with complete privacy in the dormitory rooms with coconut thatched roofs. This charismatic beachfront homestay exceeds your expectations by offering the finest services like campfire and BBQ party. Look for a place to stay during Vietnam honeymoon in Hoi An? What can be better than a colorful treat of wild where proximity with nature and green space mesmerizing you and colorful interiors and exteriors adding an exotic flavor in the selfies stored by you two like Under The Coconut Tree?

  • Address: Under the Coconut Tree, An Bang, Hoi An, Quang Nam
  • Phone: (+84) 0235.6516.666 or (+84) 168.2455.666
  • Price range: USD $30 per night

Old Yellow House

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Old Yellow House

 If you are seeking a solace in solitude then this homestay – an old-fashioned Vietnamese house modestly located in a small alley at the heart of Hoi An Ancient Town can become a regular Adobe for you on your Vietnam honeymoon.

  • Address: 51/5B Phan Chau Trinh Street, Hoi An Ancient Town, Quang Nam
  • Price range: USD $25 per night

The chosen 5 in this list of best homestays in Hoi An invite all urban-dwellers who wish to take a break and relax in the tranquil and peaceful beauty of Hoi An, especially couples. Choose a homestay and enjoy your Vietnam honeymoon!

Vietnam South Central Coast | Travel with your family in a week

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Traveling up and down the length of this S-shaped country may take you at least 2 weeks straight to somehow get to know what Vietnam basically is. However, what if you are only allowed to take a Vietnam family seven-day tour and must save the rest of the trip in other neighboring countries and it seems like you strive for a diversity in just one trip? If this sounds like you, it’s time to go for this advice. Check out what the South Central Coast can offer.

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Hoian tofu with syrup

South Central Coast is the term given for a long narrow area lasting from Danang to Bình Thuận. Its Eastern side faces the giant Pacific Ocean, while the Western direction is enclosed with high and medium mountain ranges named Central Highland area feature a diversity of ethnic communities and their spectacular tribal customs. Because of such, South Central Coast is able to bring you a wide range of experiences within just 7 days. It can be culinary, aqua-related activities, trekking, picnic, festivals and cultural sightseeing. That is the reason why you should not skip this land without a single hesitation.

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Cliff of stone plates in Phú Yên

Embarking at Danang seems like a perfect idea. You can choose to tie it up with Quảng Nam Province in a package, or spend half a day exploring the city itself featured its main attractions then start arriving in Quảng Nam. From here, spend 2 days and 1 night in the province itself. Find a good accommodation within the area of Hoian Old Quarter in order to take a walk around Hoian when night falls and get a sightseeing trip out of town. Consider spending the first day in Hoian and its surrounding whilst the second day moving further to Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary. Various Vietnam tours offer daily excursions including all these two cities so you do not have to worry about mapping out a perfect plan.

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Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary

During the rest of the trip, take a train or a sleeping bus further down South to Bình Định – Phú Yên or Khánh Hoà. As you are taking a Vietnam family tour and kids get involved, moving too much does sound that nice. Hence, either Phú Yên or Khánh Hoà is enough. If you are that type of traveler who likes to see what is regarded as sensational and everybody is so into, Nha Trang City in Khánh Hoà Province is a good choice. Otherwise, I strongly recommend the Bình Định – Phú Yên douce, two lesser-known coastal cities with not so many tourists gathering, making them possible to maintain the initially pristine beauty.

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Ô Loan Lagoon

Now, your time may have roughly 4 days in its budget. You can choose to either sign up for a local family tour in Vietnam to roam the two cities of Bình Định and Phú Yên mentioned above or spending all four days in Nha Trang with tons of diversified activities. For the group of Bình Định and Phú Yên, besides the spectacular natural sites, authentic delicacies you should go for are Quy Nhon fish roll noodles, Tây Sơn cow intestine, King Crab, Lamprey, coconut rice paper, Bàu Đá wine and the list goes on. While in Nha Trang, there is no need to give any more words as the city has become extremely well-known in both the local wanderlust community and foreign travelers. Mud bathing is a unique type of experience you can consider checking out, apart from its side relaxing selections such as spas and massage.

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Bình Định King Crab

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Mud bathing

So, what is in your mind at the moment? Have you been clarified on what you should do during your upcoming trip to Vietnam with your beloved ones? If not yet, no worries, local operators are here to give you the finest Vietnam family tour choices covering all of the places I mentioned above in just one package, and you have zero fear about what to do, what to eat how to transfer from place to place. The deep blue sea may seem to be a focal point that makes Vietnam South Central Coast stand out imposingly, yet the strange topography, native delicacy, historical values and untold stories that only locals know brought that reputation to this place.

Taking Vietnam Tours Within 2 Weeks

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Although Vietnam was ravaged by war various times in the past, nowadays it becomes an attractive destination for traveling in the center of Southeast Asia. This is a spotlight where tourists were welcomed to mingle with the hustle and bustle life of Vietnamese and rural life in smaller villages as well. With the 2 week Vietnam itinerary, you can anticipate experiencing the best things such as street food, visiting the biggest cities, landmarks. These are areas that we would love to introduce to Vietnam family tours.

Ho Chi Minh City ( 3 nights)

It is said that the biggest city in the South of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, is the best place to start Vietnam tours. It used to be the capital that somehow is commonly referred to as Saigon. Coming here tourists will have a chance to try the street food which is one of the most special things to try in the vibrant and buzzing city.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Church

Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk, also kind of thing you should give a try before heading to other destinations. Walking down these walking streets to get to know how Vietnamese young generation enjoys their spare time. The beautiful streets in District 1 will lead you to the projects, buildings of the colonial French, Notre Dame Cathedral Church. Also, the Financial Tower, Reunification Palace, or War museum for those who are keen on history.

Cu Chi Tunnels (1 day)

To explore an amazing experience in Cu Chi tunnels you can take only a half day trip, which helps you summarize the incredible hardship of war and the doggedness of the Vietnamese. Cu Chi tunnel is the long complicated system which is excavated when The French invaded Vietnam. In that period, locals just used bare hands and simple stools to dig it.

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Inside Cu Chi Tunnels

 These days, many tour guides are always willing to operate tours from the city to the tunnels in one day or a half of day.

Nha Trang ( 2 nights)

Nha Trang is known as home to beautiful beaches in Vietnam. It is an ideal spot to unwind for some days of your 14 days in Vietnam. In addition to absorbing the sun from white sand in Bai Dai beach, you can contemplate the Yang Bay Waterfalls.

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Nha Trang Beach

Hoian (3 nights)

Situated on the famous central heritage road, Hoian Ancient Town attracts many domestic and foreign tourists to visit. Travel to Hoian visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the old town through the architectural features which are old rustic, simple and poetic. Whether it is daytime or nighttime, this place is always attractive with its beauty.

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Hoi An

Arguably if tourists travel to Vietnam and miss out on visiting Hoian that means they skipped the most wonderful place here.

Hue (2 nights)

For the first day in Hue, tourists should visit the tomb of King Khai Dinh, the 12th king of the Nguyen Dynasty. Then you can tour to Tu Duc Tomb where King Tu Duc was buried, built by himself during alive. The mausoleum is unique and the landscape is charming, thus it becomes one of the most beautiful tombs of the Nguyen emperor.

In the night time, after finishing your dinner, dropping light flowers on the Huong River or enjoying the Hue folk music are things that visitors should do.

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Hue from high above

 On the second day, in the morning visitors can visit the tomb of Minh Mang (Hieu Lang) – built by King Thieu Tri from 1840 to 1843 to bury King Minh Mang. On the afternoon, let visit the Imperial Palace (Imperial Palace of 13 kings of the Nguyen Dynasty, the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam: Ngo Mon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, Cam Tu Thanh, The Temple, Hien Lam, Cuu Dinh. Do not forget to go shopping at Dong Ba Market.

Ha Noi (3 nights)

Hanoi is a city with shady streets, hundreds of small lane filled with the ancient temples or French colonial history mark which recorded many historical stories. Modern life mixed with ancient features is attractive beauty creating a gentle and mysterious capital of thousand years of culture. Therefore, when touring to Vietnam, outbound visitors should not miss out this place.

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A breath-taking view in Hanoi

There are many ways to explore the capital of Vietnam, but some must-see destinations in Ha Noi consist of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where is the final resting place of the president Vietnamese, Ngoc Son Temple. Despite being a buzzing city, there are also many peaceful spots such as Hoa Kiem Lake and the Lenin Statue & Park.

So there are just two weeks and you can tour the length and breadth of Vietnam. Hope you guys will have memorable Vietnam tours in the future.

How to spend 17 hours on a train?

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Referring to Quang Nam, people often think of Hoi An – a small city on the Thu Bon River. Not only knew by tourists in the country, Hoi An ancient town is also an ideal destination for foreigners. There are many means of transportation to bring visitors to Hoi An such as airplanes, cars, motorbikes, coaches … but perhaps most interesting and interesting is to travel Hoi An by train.

Hoi An city has no railway station. Most visitors to Hoi An by train must stop at Da Nang station or Tam Ky. From the station, tourists can take bus, private car or taxi to Hoi An city.

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Sunrise on Ancient Town of Hoi An

Train ticket price from Hanoi to Da Nang is about 300,000 – 650,000 VND, depending on the type of seat. Travel time is around 17 hours. Although the train travel time is quite long, in return, visitors have many interesting experiences on a tour to central Vietnam:

1/ Enjoy the wonderful view

When flying at a height of more than 9,000 meters, you will not have the opportunity to view mountains or valleys. However, through the window of the train, the scenery along the way is even more worth a visit. You will be relaxed throughout your trip instead of sleeping on the plane. The train passing through Hai Van pass is a very enjoyable experience in this Vietnam tailor-made tour. From the windows you can admire the beautiful scenery of Lang Co Bay, then the sea borders Hue and Da Nang. At night, the surroundings became quiet, with only a few lights on. Watching the night on the train is very cool and peaceful.

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Beautiful Lang Co Bay

2/ Opportunity to make new friends and spend time with old friends

A journey on the train will be an opportunity to spend time with old friends, without having to watch a movie on the plane or be disturbed by car horns when driving. You will be able to chat with friends, even answer the questions from curious children on the train during the trip. This is a gift that tailor made tours in Vietnam always try to bring to tourists.

In addition, carriages are also a place to meet and make new friends. Seats on the train often face each other, very easy to talk. On the plane, the bar area is reserved for VIPs, otherwise, on the train, the dining hall is for everyone to eat and drink.

3/ Relax moment

Seats on the plane are often very narrow, while the space on board is much more comfortable. You can even get up and walk whenever you want without having to wait for the safety LEDs to turn off like on an airplane.

You can also lay a bed, which is much cheaper than a first-class plane ticket to have a comfortable bed. When waking up, a beautiful scene may be waiting for you outside the window of the train.

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A room on a train

When sitting for a long time and feeling tired, you should go around the train to explore, it will be very interesting. If you are lucky, you can even meet an artist who brings the guitar on board and enjoys free music.

4/ Ideal workspace

If you are on an airplane, you may be annoyed because people are too noisy. On a train, you can stand up and find another place. Empty seats on the train are often more on the plane. In other words, the train has more space and fewer annoyances. Also, you can watch the scenery outside the train, the vast space as wide as before. Also, you can watch the scenery outside the train, the vast space is spread out in front of your eyes. It will be a very memorable thing.

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A train crossing Hai Van Pass

The bus station is not located in the train station, so visitors need to move to the station to catch the bus to the city. The Da Nang-Hoi An bus route will take about 20 minutes, operating from 5 hours 30 minutes to 17 hours 30 minutes, ticket price about 20,000 VND / person/ticket.

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Da Nang train station

If you want to travel by taxi to Hoi An, you can pick up the car at the station, the cost ranges from 100,000 to 200,000.

If traveling by motorbike, tourists can travel along Highway 1 to the South about 27km to Vinh Dien, turn left to Huynh Thuc Khang. Then, visitors will go straight to the ancient town of Hoi An.

For transportation to Hoi An, tourists can be assured that the means of transportation here are diverse and cheap. To explore the ancient town of Hoi An and surrounding areas, guests can walk, rent bikes, motorcycles, pedicabs, taxis or even boats.

What to buy in Hoian, away from the tourist traps

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You have had a great time in Hoi An and now it is time to purchase some souvenirs to match. With the impact of an on-going tourist number, shopping at some locally-owned businesses is a good way to avoid the mass-produced and the cliché.

Mekong Quilts

Mekong Quilts

Mekong Quilts bag and purses (Source: Internet)

The store offers an amazing range of skillfully made quilts by Vietnamese ladies. Local materials and techniques are infused to create unique and original designs that can blow you away. The clothing, quilts, bedding, and tableware are at a great price in comparison with their quality and expertise that goes into the products. All purchases are vacuumed packed to fit in your luggage and they even post them home for you if you wish. The proceeds of the stores are ploughed into supporting remote areas in Vietnam and Cambodia so you will buy something for the store with the knowledge that your purchases are helping a whole community.

Reaching Out

Reaching out cute stuffed animals

Reaching Out cute stuffed animals (Source: Internet)

If you wonder where to go in Hoi An to have unique souvenirs, Reaching Out will be an ideal spot. This is an excellent fair-trade gift shop that employs artisans with disabilities. All items on display in the store are handcrafted and have a Vietnamese sensibility. Reaching Out sells an array of goods from silver jewelry to children clothing. Visiting during working hours and you can see the artisans making the souvenirs. They even explain what they are making and the materials used if you ask.

Village craft Planet

A Hmong sling bag

A Hmong sling bag (Source: Internet)

Here you can find interesting homeware and fashion made in hill tribe motifs and with natural materials. Village craft Planet is another fair-trade shop that sells artisanal products sourced from the tribes of Hmong, Lolo and Black Thai.

The night market on An Hoi Islet

Silk lanterns at Hoi An night market

Silk lanterns at Hoi An night market (Source: Internet)

This is the cheapest place to pick up a souvenir in Hoi An. The prices there are so low that you barely need to bargain. Prepare to see miniature soup bowl key chains, hand-painted ceramics, and pop-up cards everywhere. Incense and green tea are also available at every turn. However, the star of the market is Tiger Balm. It seems like you cannot go anywhere without someone trying to sell you these tiny pots. If you have finished a Hoi An cooking class, it is time to put those skills into practice. Head to the market to shop for some clay pots, cooking utensils, and jars of Hoi An’s sweet and hot chili sauce. Getting out of the tourist zone before purchasing anything might be one of the best tips when traveling in Hoi An.

Simon the tailor

Grabbing a custom-made outfit might be one of the most exciting things to do in Hoi An. The town is well-known for tailoring and Simon the tailor is a go-for address. The tailors are extremely meticulous in measuring and even take customer’s standing posture, chest and bust types into consideration. The saleswomen are helpful and accommodating too as they will let you have all the time in the world to decide on types and colors. They are knowledgeable and speak excellent English so do not be hesitated to ask them for some suggestions.

Couleurs d’Asie Gallery

Couleurs d’Asie Gallery

Couleurs d’Asie Gallery (Source: Internet)

It is a sweet small gallery full of vibrant portraits and scenes from Vietnam, India, and Cuba. Each photo has its own interesting story on how the photographer first met the ethnic tribes, their tradition, and culture. Also in the same building is a museum that displays traditional costumes that the photographer has gathered in his various trips around Vietnam. Once you have stepped into the gallery, it is hard to resist the temptation to take home some photos and postcards. Paying a visit to this art oasis is a not-to-miss experience on your list of things to do in Hoi An.

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