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. 

One perfect day: 24 hours in Hoian Ancient Town

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Twenty-four hours in Danang and Hoian is nowhere near enough, but if that is all the time you have got, you will need to develop a solid travel plan. What to do in Hoian town with so much to do and so little time?

This post is a compilation of ideas on how to spend one day in Hoian Town, including an itinerary for those new to the heart and soul of Central Vietnam and more granular sections on how to enjoy a day full of fun on your Hoian day tours.

For the best Hoian day tours, it is wise to keep your adventure focused in Hoian Ancient Town area. While Hoian is packed with colorful architecture, awesome food, and surrounded by gorgeous countryside with its own personality and plenty to offer, the Ancient Town is centrally located and densely packed—so you can see the most there in a single day and get the most out of every minute.

Visit Hoian waterfront and admire the awe-inspiring scenery

Hoian Waterfront

Hoian Waterfront

You have seen Hoian waterfront, which is lined with cafes and restaurants based in the colonial-style houses, in pictures and now on a Hoian day tour, you can see for yourself that it is every bit as magnificent as you have expected. And make your way to the historic Japanese Covered Bridge built by Japanese merchants for a great photo opportunity. Wander a bit around to partly see what Hoian might have been when it was an important trading port in the 16th and 17th centuries and get ready to be inspired by all these lovely products on sale here.

Enjoy Hoian incredible street food

Cao lầu

Cao lầu

No one should spend a day in Hoian Ancient City without enjoying a great bowl of cao lầu (a thick noodle soup of pork or seafood), so your next journey will bring you to one of the best cao lầu stalls in this pretty town—Thanh Cao Lầu at No 26 Thai Phien Street. Like bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette), there are many great places in Hoian for cao lầu, but Thanh Cao Lầu’s is an excellent choice for any first time visitor. In order not to have to wait in line for a seat, it is wise to arrive here around 1 p.m. during the week.

Visit Hoian Central Market

Hoian Central Market

Hoian Central Market

After eating your weight in pancakes, take a stroll across to south-east and discover some unique shopping opportunities in Hoian Central Market. Make sure to head inside the famous central market and the major shopping area including the Hai Ba Trung, Hoang Dieu, Phan Chu Trinh, and the riverside district that dots this area of the ancient city.

In the wonderful market rich in the smell of fragrant herbs and beautiful in the vibrant colors of Vietnamese silks, you can always find some really cool stuff such as a massive amount of local products, tailor-made clothes, silk, handicrafts, and even random smells of animals and food along with some rather unique places to explore in the many neighborhoods of Hoian. Moreover, stuck in the chaos with begging salesmen every step of the way, it is such an unforgettable experience, a real adventure, and a chance to delve into Central Vietnamese people’s culture and daily activities.

Experience an amazing boat trip on Thu Bon River

Sunset boat trip on Thu Bon River

Sunset boat trip on Thu Bon River

Regardless of what you do first on your Danang – Hoian tour, grab a bánh mì and coffer for breakfast, weave through Hoi An's back streets and ride through country lanes, poke your head into some tailor-made clothes boutiques, or make a stop for a photo opportunity at the Japanese Bridge, you should make your way to Thu Bon River, where you can take part in another quintessential Hoian Ancient Town experience — a boat trip ride to get out onto the water. Why don’t you end your Hoian day tours with a chance to explore the impressive sunset sightseeing on the riverside countryside, these peaceful fishing villages as well as water coconut forest? What a nice memory for your beloved one!

If you are in the pride of Central Vietnamese people for fewer than 24 hours, planning an itinerary that allows for the most out of your trip in Hoian within one day can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, we have got a locally designed itinerary designed to help you make the most of every minute of these two amazing destinations.

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.

Vu Lan – The deep-rooted Buddhist Ceremony Dedicated to Parents and Ancestors

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If you are interested in Vietnamese culture, Vu Lan ceremony must definitely must-join ceremony during you Vietnam culture tours. It’s not just an ordinary festival, Vu Lan is an important ceremony that contributes to the variety of cultural identities in Vietnam.

Let’s us make a brief introduction about Vu Lan before you go on culture tours in Vietnam:

Vu Lan ceremony

Vu Lan ceremony

Vu Lan is one of the main holidays of Buddhism and is rooted in Chinese customs.

The origin of the ceremony

Bodhisattva Maudgalyayana

Bodhisattva Maudgalyayana

Derived from the story of Bodhisattva Maudgalyayana has hastily saved his mother from evil ghosts. Vu Lan is an annual holiday to commemorate parents (and their ancestors in general) – parents of this and previous lives.

According to the Vu Lan, in the past, Bodhisattva Maudgalyayana has successfully cultivated many miraculous powers. His mother, Thanh De, had died, he missed his mother and wanted to know how was her. He used his eyes to see the heaven and hell to find. Seeing his mother, because of causing many evil karmic, she had to born as hungry ghosts, which was always hungry and thirsty. He brought rice to the devil realms for his mother. However, due to hunger, his mother used to cover her rice bowl with one hand to prevent other spirits from the robbery. So when the food brought to her mouth, it turned into red fire.

According to Vu-Lan-tub, Muc Lien returned to find the Buddha to ask for his mother rescue, the Buddha said: "Your generous magic is not enough to save her. The only way is teaming up with the monks. On the full moon day of July is a good day to welcome the monks, prepare the ceremony on that day.”

The Buddha

The Buddha

According to the Buddha, Muc Lien's mother was liberated. Buddha also taught that: beings who want to show their piety to their parents can also do this way. Since then, Vu Lan ceremony has been born.

Meaning of worship

Vu Lan coincides with the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in Asia. According to folk belief, this is the day of the opening of the prison, the amnesty for the victims should be worshiping the soul (from the afternoon onwards) for homeless shelter without relatives. This is also the day when all inmates in Hell have the opportunity to be absolved, to be born in the realm of peace.

On this day, every family offers two dishes: offering ancestors at the ancestral altar and worshiping the sentient beings in the front yard or on the sidewalk (if wide). The time of worship may be in the morning, noon or afternoon.

On the ancestral cart, the family placed a tray of salty salmon, gold coins, and supplies for the land of the yew. The code was made of paper symbolic but shaped like real clothes such as clothes, shoes, jacket, palace, horse, jewelry, kepi helmet, maid, etc. to modern things: tall buildings, cars Automobiles, motorcycles, telephone, etc. let the yin men have a comfortable life in the other world. These are usually made at production facilities (known as the Golden City in Cholon City) which are transported throughout the provinces.

In addition to the grandparents' ancestors in the house, at the Vu Lan festival, people also donated outside offerings called porridge, burns, boiled flowers with rice, salt, gold for the souls and hungry ghosts.

In the "soul month", traditional Vietnamese people believe that is an unlucky month, so if anyone has the accident or bad luck, often blame this time.

Vegetarianism, blessing, liberation, generosity is the way people dedicate merit to their parents have died.

To alleviate the unfortunate, people set up many taboos, as well as encourage vegetarianism to avoid killing and good luck. In addition, there are offerings, blessings, release, generosity to transfer merit to the lost parents.

During the Vu Lan holiday, thousands of temples in the Central area are open from early morning till late to welcome people to burn incense, pray for their loved ones. On this occasion, together with the organization of the festival, the supper for the spirituality, etc. The Board of the Buddhist Church of provinces and cities also organized many philanthropic activities help patients, the poor, the unfortunate children.

Vu Lan ceremony with many activities

Vu Lan ceremony with many activities

With Vietnam culture tour, you will experience all of the above activities in Vu Lan ceremony. The best way learn about a country is learning about their culture. It’s worth to take this trip and join this holiday once.

Cao Lau – the legendary food in Hoi An

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Hoi An has been the most-visited destination in Vietnam for many years. This beautiful ancient town is not only famous for unique architectures and cultures, but also the amazing cuisine with a lot of delicious food. Among them, Cao Lau seems to be the most special when it is only found in Hoi An.

Let’s figure out about this must-eat in Hoi An and where to eat Cao Lau in your Hoi An food tour.

Cao lau in Hoi An

Cao lau in Hoi An

What is Cao Lau

Cao Lau is a simple bowl of brown noodle with pork and green. Cao Lau is believed to be the Vietnamese version of Japanese soba noodle but still maintains its difference and unique taste. The ingredients to make Cao Lau are not really complicated but it is also not easy to find. The noodle must be made with the water from the Cham wells nearby Hoi An. The pork should be the belly pork with little bit fat and lean and skin. Different herbs and vegetable used in the dish are grown in the neighborhood areas such as Tra Que vegetable village. Cao Lau is a truly local food that you can only find in Hoi An. In any Hoi An food guides, Cao Lau is always the highest recommendation as a great Hoi An food.

Cao lau noodle

Cao lau noodle

History of Cao Lau

Cao Lau is definitely created in Hoi An. However, it is hard to tell who exactly create this noodle. The food appeared around the 17th century during Lord Nguyen dynasty. Some believed that Cao Lau was originated from Japanese soba noodle. But the fact is that Cao Lau is not made of buckwheat flour as soba noodle. On the other hand, there were the clues that Cao Lau is similar to some Chinese noodle and contains Char siu (Chinese pork) in it. But this theory is not really persuaded. Actually, during that time, Hoi An is a crowded port where a lot of Japanese traders and Chinese traders came to do business. That’s why Cao Lau was influenced by these two food cultures and of course, has its own special flavor of Vietnamese cuisine.

Cao Lau in Vietnamese means ‘high floor’. In the past, only rich people can sit on the higher floor of the restaurant to enjoy this fancy food. Therefore, it is called Cao Lau. Today, Cao Lau is sold both on streets and in the restaurants in Hoi An.

Where to eat Cao Lau in Hoi An

Cao lau Ong Ty

Cao lau Ong Ty

In your Hoi An food tour, you can easily find a Cao Lau food vendor on the streets. You may hear of Thanh Cao Lau, Ba Be Cao Lau, Trung Bac Cao Lau which are really popular restaurants for tourists. However, there is a small Cao Lau stall that is highly recommended by locals named Cao Lau Ong Ty.

Located on number 69 on Phan Chu Trinh Street, Cao Lau Ong Ty is a favorite Cao Lau address for Hoian people. Most of the customers are locals. Cao Lau in here is cheaper than other restaurants but the flavor is still very delicious. Cao Lau in this vendor stall is as the same as cao lau in other places with the same ingredients such as char siu, fried cao lau noodle, a lot of vegetables. However, the taste is slightly different and unique that makes you unforgettable. The bowl of cao lau is much bigger than that of other places with full of noodle. The char siu is cut into big slices and taste so great. The herbs and vegetables are incredibly fresh. All of them create a special and delicious cao lau bowl. This street vendor is opened in the late afternoon (around 5 PM).

Hoi An food is a precious treasure of Vietnamese cuisine. And Cao Lau plays the most important part in Hoi An culinary culture. It is not only a food. It is the interference and the influence of Asian cuisine including China, Japan, and Vietnam. After hundreds of years since Cao Lau was created, it still keeps all the best features to make it unique and special. The noodle has to be made in a very strict and complicated process in the traditional way. And only in Hoi An do you find a standard cao lai bowl.

Hoian cooking class and what else can you find in Hoian?

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You may have heard of Hoian cooking class from several friends and not so sure what makes it a sensational thing when traveling to Hoian. This post below will tell you why!

Hoian is broadly regarded as one of the top culinary heavens all over Vietnam, with tons of worldwide-known cuisine such as Cao Lau, My Quang, Chicken Rice, Banh My and so on. Top things to do in Hoian reward you with a wide range of choices, for example a City tour around the Old Quarter with a deep insight into the history and stories behind the ancient temples and houses, or drowning in the pristine beach of An Bang just close-by the town, and one of which is for sure a short cooking class operated by the most trusted local chefs and tour operators.

Hoian nightfall

Nightfall in Hoian

From dozens of choices in Hoian officially run and organized by various big names in the travel industry such as hotel groups, F&B services, and travel agencies, you can easily pick the right one. Not only can you be guided through the typical dishes of the Central region, but given a chance to go shopping in a local market just like a real Hoian citizen, and yeah, enjoy the final achievements made just by you.

Most of the foreign friends of mine who have paid a visit to Hoian for at least once, signing up for a cooking class is something they always stayed proud to tell and share. By going for one, you will be introduced to plenty of choices and make the most suitable decision on your own. Afterward, driving on a little bike heading straight to a real wet market, picking the right ingredients accordingly and pretty much having a chance to chat with the locals around are the best interesting experience that you may find it hard to reject.

The healthiness of Hoian cuisine

The healthiness of Hoian cuisine

Depending on specific options taken, you are even taking part in a short journey along the poetic Thu Bon River, sneaking through a refined coconut forest on a small wooden boat, or indeed biking towards the town’s handicraft villages. A proper Hoian cooking class would equip you with aprons, a full germ-free set of kitchen tools and utterly guided through every single dish selected. Now you may find it pretty amazed by simple but sophisticated steps such as making the finest tasteful sauce, slicing and chopping fresh veggies or rinsing your rice papers the right amount of water and the list goes on.

Shopping in a local market

Shopping in a local market

And enjoy your work at the end of the tour in an elegant ambiance

And enjoy your work at the end of the tour in an elegant ambiance

Some say language and cuisine are the best reflections of a country, and that cannot be more accurate. Cooking is a great way to integrate and connect, that is why many of us easily get attracted to be shared with the hidden secrets in cooking. Having a cooking class in Hoian is just a part of a bigger exploration chain offered by various local tour operators. One of the greatest things when traveling to anywhere else on the planet Earth is to have a local companion helping and sharing in every step you take. And furthermore, their own stories even bring you a better look and experience towards the people and history of the sites you are seeing. And because of that, hitting up with a guide or a companion massively expands your network and helps you grow even better.

Here are what you can get when joining in any Hoian group tours:

  • Visiting Chua Cau, or Japanese Covered Bridge with a story behind about an ancient monster stirring up the country of Japan with volcanoes and earthquakes.
  • Getting history lessons throughout the Chinese temples and ancient houses, amazed by the unique architecture those ancestors left for their later generations. Tan Ky, Phung Hung, and Duc An are a few most famous ancient houses in the town.
  • Being ready to be surprised by the interesting history about one of the most well-known trading ports in the region of Southeast Asia and why it gradually lost its part when the French colonists stepped into the country.
  • Having a perfect Ao Dai tailored made in an authentic tailoring spot.
  • Going with the flow on the classical Thu Bon River.

The special type of transportation

The special type of transportation you have witnessed before

And these are not all you may know. A drift-away with your own group of friends, or families, when darkness falls in the center of town and taste the best local street food will incredibly fulfill your day!

Huế – Hoian – Danang | Plan a trip like a real local

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The combo of these three reputed destinations in the central part of the country has never been cooling down. Best places in Central Vietnam are widely recognized as Huế, Hoian, and Danang which are located right next to one another.

Each of them is equipped with a diversity of recreational type such as sightseeing, relaxation, history, cuisine and so on. However, some of you may have never set foot on Vietnam by far, and planning a perfect trip throughout these places alongside with fine time budget can be a real trouble. Our advised three-day excursion below may be the best itinerary you can have found beside a choice of signing for a good Central Vietnam group tour.

Day 1: Danang – Sơn Trà Peninsula – Asia Park

  • Morning: you can freely choose to catch a flight or train from Hanoi or Saigon to Danang. The best transportation depending can be flying as you are able to save a good amount of time for the rest of the trip. A morning flight at around 8 am is perfect.
  • Afternoon: After landing in Danang, find a good place for a short lunch. My suggestion would be rice paper with pork and Mỳ Quảng. Mậu Restaurant on Trưng Nữ Vương Street is a highlight you can consider if you are down for this iconic dish. Afterward, consider paying a visit to Sơn Trà Peninsula, which is always known as one of the most dazzling stars for many Group tours in Central Vietnam. Linh Ứng Pagoda, located on the top of the Peninsula, is where you can chase the perfect view towards the deep blue sea surrounding Danang city. End your afternoon with a swim at Mỹ Khê Beach.

Rice paper rolled with pork

Rice paper rolled with pork

A part of Sơn Trà Peninsula

A part of Sơn Trà Peninsula

  • Evening: Embark your first night here by admiring Danang in the sky. Visit Asia Park and purchase a ticket to get on the massive Sun Wheel, recorded to be one of the 10 highest Wheels in the whole wide World.

Sun Wheel – Danang’s Eye

Sun Wheel – Danang’s Eye

Day 2: Danang Museum – Marble Mountains – Hoian

  • Morning: After breakfast, start exploring the rest of the city’s attractions at Danang Museum, where artifacts reflecting the interesting daily life and history of the regional citizens are well displayed. The complex of Marble Mountains should not be missed in your “where to go in Danang” archive. The site is rewarded with the system of natural caves, alongside with poetic ancient pagodas and various marble stone carving villages located at the foot the mountains.

Marble Mountain

Marble Mountain

  • Afternoon: A farewell to Danang will launch your fabulous time in Hoian. This UNESCO recognized Old Quarter. Must-see destinations in Hoian include the symbolic Japanese Covered Bridge, ancient houses, Fujian Assembly Hall and a lot more.

Fujian Assembly Hall

Fujian Assembly Hall

  • Evening: A night food tour in Hoian is the best you can think of. Cao Lầu, Tofu with syrup, the best Bánh Mỳ in the World, etc., are what reward Hoian its deserved reputation.

Day 3: Bà Nà Hill – Khải Định Mausoleum – Huế

  • Morning: After breakfast, start traveling back to Danang for a wonderful morning time at Bà Nà Hill. You can freely spend the first half of the day at the site. This French styled amusement park brings you to all four seasons within just one day.
  • Afternoon: Kick start your afternoon journey by visiting the enormous Huế Citadel, an ancient capital of the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam. On the way from Danang to Huế, you would cross the massive Hải Vân Pass and stop by Lăng Cô fishing village for some stunning photographs. In addition, do not forget to add Khải Định Mausoleum, a gigantic building fused both Western and Oriental typical architecture.

Lăng Cô fishing village

Lăng Cô fishing village

Inside Khải Định Mausoleum

Inside Khải Định Mausoleum

  • Evening: pick a nice authentic Huế restaurant for a peaceful dinner. You can think of Huế delicacies such as Steamed rice cake, Tapioca starches with shrimp, Pancake or Huế beef noodles and the list goes on.

The finest way to fully explore the three destinations all at once with the best insight is through a help of local Central Vietnam group tours. Obviously, you can totally self-plan a trip across this Central area with a typical recommendation above. However, expanding your network by making a local friend in somewhere far-off like this S-shaped country will surely bring you a lot more fun.

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