After breakfast, we continue exploring Hue. Your day starts with a short visit to Thanh Toan Village where we can see the lively morning market. This is where the locals come to by their daily food. The nearby area is the 300-year-old Thanh Toan bridge and a Cultural Museum where you can visit and talk to the locals.
Take a traditional dragon boat trip on poetic Perfume River, stop visit Thien Mu (Celestial Lady) Pagoda. This iconic seven-story pagoda is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the city, overlooking the River. You will also see the Austin car which took Monk Thich Quang Duc to HCMC where he famously set himself on fire in 1963 as a dramatic protest against the unfair treatment of Buddhists by the Diem regime. The photo of his self-immolation is one of the most well-known images of the war.
Continue on to the Hue Royal Complex, former home to the Nguyen Dynasty, the last the last Monarchy of Vietnam from 1802 – 1945. You will explore the ancient and atmospheric walled Citadel which contains the former Imperial Palace and the Forbidden Purple City. Wind your way to visit Cat Tuong Quan Zen House. It’s a perfect combination of architecture, culture, and people. Here we had a chance to learn about Hue culture, experience Qigong and do meditation.
For lunch, it is open for your choice of one of below options:
Option 1: Taste Hue local food, special cake such as Banh Beo, Nam, Loc… (water fern cake, steamed rice pancake with shrimp and rice dumpling cake ) that made by rice flour. And try Bun Bo Hue (Hue beef noodle soup) in Dong Ba Market, where you can see a lot of ingredients for food, and explore the local life.
Option 2: Feast on a vegetarian meal prepared by nuns at Dong Thuyen Pagoda, a temple located on the top of a hill with a fantastic view. Visit the kitchen to see how your meal is prepared in a wood burning stove, then dig into your food in the company of the nuns who made it. Take the opportunity to learn about Buddhism or just get to know your friendly hosts.
After Lunch, you will drive south to Da Nang and Hoi An. During the trip, you will enjoy one of the most scenic drives over Hai Van Pass, where you can stop to enjoy the spectacle of the coastline, Lang Co Beach and Da Nang city. Reaching Da Nang, you will stop to visit the Marble Mountain. The Marble Mountains are a cluster of five hills made from limestone and marble in Da Nang. It’s also a well-known pilgrimage site with peaks, caves, tunnels, and temples all just waiting to be discovered. Reaching the summit, where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views.
Then continue to drive to the nearby town of Hoi An. From the 16th to the 18th century, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port. Today it is a quaint riverside town popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailor shops, and cafes.
Arrive in Hoi An by late afternoon, check in hotel and rest of the day is your free time.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Hoi An