Beach and Culture in Central Vietnam

This 11 day itinerary will throw you into the depths Vietnam‘s rich cultural history, whilst still giving you the option to have a relaxing holiday by the beach.

The perfect balance between culture and play, this holiday will show you all Vietnam has to offer from cyclo rides to the Citadels and boat trips down Perfume River, to personal tours of the markets with the cuisine connoisseurs and water sports on your resorts’ beach.

After touring the Hoi An World Heritage Site, bask in the historical masterpieces that inhabit My Son, Vietnam’s former capital of the ancient Cham civilizarion that ruled Central Vietnam from the 2nd to the 13th century.

 

Day 1: Arrival

After you arrive in Hue, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: La Residence Hue

Day 2: Hue, City Excursion

Start exploring the city of Hue with a 10-min cyclo tour to the Imperial Citadel. As Hue was once the imperial capital of the Nguyen Lords it houses the Capital Citadel (the bastion), Royal Citadel (the sanctum), and the Forbidden Citadel (the royal family’s residence); these buildings are fillied with ancient history and architecture. Afterwards take a 20-min cyclo ride to the boat docking station, where you will enjoy a 30 minute boat trip on the Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu pagoda. The Thien Mu pagoda is easily Hue’s oldest religious building, with its seven tiers and riverside views it is a stunning site.

This afternoon, drive out 30 minutes to the Tu Duc Royal Tomb which was designed to be at one with the nature that surrounds it. You can stop at an incense making house before moving on to the Khai Dinh Royal Tomb.

Stay: La Residence Hue

Day 3: Hue Cuisine Discovery

As a result of being the imperial capital, Hue has mastered the art of fine cooking. Today, discover the delicacies of Royal cuisine with a chef from the Ancient Hue restaurant. Your chef will take you to the Dong Ba market and help you explore all the aspects of Hue cuisine. Once at the Ancient Hue restaurant you will feel like you’ve travelled back in time as you walk through the courtyard which is surrounded by five authentic Hue houses dating from the 1800s. As your chef guides you through Hue’s gourmet cuisine you will learn how to decorate every dish like a piece of artwork.

Stay: La Residence Hue

Day 4: Hue to Lang Co

This morning you will be transferred to the hotel in Lang Co.

Stay: Angsana Lang Co

Day 5 - 6: Lang Co

The next two days are to be spend however you desire. You can enjoy the water sports, ATV adventures and traditional Vietnamese craft classes that the resort offers or perhaps indulge in a soothing massage at the spa.

Stay: Angsana Lang Co

Day 7: Lang Co to Hoi An

Enjoy a leisurely drive to Danang over the Hai Van Pass which offers wonderful views of central coastline at the summit. Once in Danang you will continue your drive for 45 minutes to reach the ancient town of Hoi An. After arriving in Hoi An, you will have the rest of the day free.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Day 8: Hoi An

Hoi An was a flourishing trading port for several centuries. Now this historical town is a World Heritage site and is able to give visitors a chance to experience the areas history. In order to fully explore the area, it is ideal to take a walking tour and visit Hoi An’s sights. The best places to see are the merchant houses which pull from Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture, the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge, the Assembly Hall of the Chaozhou Chinese Congregation with outstanding wood carvings, and the colorful market with stalls brimming with tropical specialties including silk. If it is available you can also stop by the private home of Diep Dong Nguyen which is filled with artifacts from Hoi An’s past.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Day 9: Hoi An

Experience an organic discovery tour with the local farmers in the rural outskirts of Hoi An ancient town. Start your morning with a leisurely 4km bike ride through the countryside, heading to Tra Que vegetable village which is named after a sweet scented herb they grow and use to spice up Hoi An specialties, like Cao Lau noodle. Upon arrival, learn about the history and custom of this charming village. Then, get your farming instruments out to the garden (Optional put on the provided traditional farming wear, otherwise, make sure you have suitable clothes today). Join the friendly farmers to prepare the land and learn the local form of fertilization using seaweed from the local lake. Learn the traditional gardening methods and how they cultivate the vegetables.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Day 10: Hoi An – My Son

Considered one of the best-preserved Cham centers in Vietnam, My Son is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled Central Vietnam from the 2nd to the 13th century. The 1.5-hour drive in the morning will bring you to My Son where there are 20 monuments still standing today, set in a verdant valley surrounded by hills and overlooked by massive Cat’s Tooth Mountain. Stroll around the temple complex to learn about the Cham culture, architecture and civilization before coming back to Hoi An before noon.

Stay: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai

Day 11: Departure

Transfer to the airport for the departure flight (45 mins driving)

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival La Residence Hue
Day 2: Hue, City Excursion La Residence Hue
Day 3: Hue Cuisine Discovery La Residence Hue
Day 4: Hue to Lang Co Angsana Lang Co
Day 5 - 6: Lang Co Angsana Lang Co
Day 7: Lang Co to Hoi An Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Day 8: Hoi An Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Day 9: Hoi An Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Day 10: Hoi An – My Son Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai
Day 11: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • All transfers and tours as indicated, with private car and English speaking guide
  • Boat trip as indicated
  • Airfare Hanoi – Hue/ Danang – Saigon in economy class
  • Vietnam visa approval letter
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • Visa stamping fee
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Other meals where not mentioned in the program
  • Hotel early check in / Late check out
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Overweight luggage
  • Travel insurance (please note that this is requried for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

1. La Residence, Hue 2. Angasa Lang Co, Lang Co 3. The Nam Hai, Hoi An

From USD 2,465 per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant