ENCHANTING NATURE AND THE CHARM OF HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
Sightseeing, Meal included
The enchanting Bay Mau mangrove forest located in a UNESCO biosphere reserve is the idyllic scenery of a thrilling boat tour to discover the local area followed by a visit to the amazing town of Hoi An with its most significant sights, a delicious restaurant lunch and an unmissable shopping break.
What we will see
- Panoramic tour to Bay Mau
- Cam Thanh rural community
- Boat excursion in the mangrove forest
- Exquisite restaurant lunch
- Visit to the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture
- Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese congregation
- Japanese covered bridge
- Tan Ky House, house built two hundred years ago
- Handicraft workshops
- Free time for shopping
What we will do
- We leave the port by coach and embark on a panoramic tour towards Bay Mau near the ancient town of Hoi An, a natural paradise waiting to be explored.
- After a one-hour journey, we reach the Cam Thanh community, where we take a walk to discover how the locals live their everyday lives and observe their dwellings, some of which are built using materials deriving exclusively from coconut trees.
- We reach a pier and get on a typical wooden boat for a cruise along a stretch of the Thu Bon river declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
- We proceed inside a lovely mangrove forest populated by coconut trees, which are rather unusual in swampy areas.
- We get the opportunity of observing the local animals living among the mangroves as well as the fishermen at work as they cast their nets in the river for their daily catch. After this experience in close contact with nature, we head for lunch in a local restaurant, the perfect occasion to exchange our impressions.
- We then move on to the city to visit the Hoi An Museum of History and Culture where we can admire a collection of objects illustrating the founding, development and decline of the ancient town.
- Our next stop is at the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese congregation, founded in 1697 by the Chinese merchants of Fujian who had settled in Hoi An as an assembly hall for members of the congregation.
- We resume our tour with a visit to the Covered Japanese Bridge, built in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link the quarter with the Chinese district on the other side of the river. The bridge was covered with a roof to provide shelter from the sun and rain and still features decorations faithful to the original Japanese design.
- Our next stop is the ancient Tan Ky House, built almost two centuries ago by a Vietnamese merchant and whose design was influenced by Chinese and Japanese architectural styles.
- From here, we head to a handicraft workshop where we can admire traditional items such as ceramic objects, wooden artefacts, embroideries, paper lanterns, cone hats and textile works.
- We end our excursion with a spot of shopping to purchase a few souvenirs before getting back to the ship.
What you need to know
- Comfortable shoes and casual clothing are recommended.
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Do not forget to bring a hat, sunglasses and bottled water.