HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN AND BEACH RELAX WITH LUNCH
Sightseeing, Cultural, Shopping, Meal included
Leaving the port, your coach will take you almost one hour by bus to get to Hoi An, an ancient town of Quang Nam Province, 30 km South-East of Da Nang, located on the banks of Thu Bon River. Originally it was a seaport in the Champa Kingdom, than in the 15th century, under the Tran Dynasty, it became known as Hai Phong. During the 15th and 16th Centuries, Hoi An was very popular to many foreign merchants and its name was mispronounced as Faifo by the Europeans. During the 17th and the 18th centuries, it became a busy trading center and foremost seaport in Central Vietnam. The presence of many Eastern and Western merchants in Hoi An had a great influence on its architecture, culture and customs. Strolling around the town through its narrow streets, you will find a fascinating blend of European, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese temples, community houses, shrines, clan houses, shop houses and homes. Many of them still retain their original wooden framework, carved doors and windows, sculpted stuccos and ancient furniture. Upon arrival in Hoi An, you will visit the small Hoi An Museum of History and Culture. The museum was constructed at a place where once was a temple of ""Quan Cong"". In here, you will see many exhibits on the foundation, development and depression of Hoi An Ancient Town. Your next stop is the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation. The assembly was founded in 1697 by Fujian Chinese merchants of Hoi An as a place to hold community meetings. Later on, it was transformed into a temple for the worship of Thien Hau, the Goddess of the sea and Protector of Fishermen and Sailors. This temple is architecturally unique with its artistic ornament and beautiful statues. Now you are heading to a workshop. Your tour program will continue with a visit of the Japanese Covered Bridge Pagoda. The pagoda was built in 1593 by the Japanese Community of Hoi An to link their neighborhood with the Chinese Quarters. The bridge was provided with the roof so it could be used as a shelter from both the rain and the sun. On the Northern side of the bridge is a Japanese Pagoda to protect sailors.. Leaving the bridge pagoda, you are now preceding to one of the old houses in Hoi An town. The old house was constructed almost two centuries ago as the house of a Vietnamese merchant. The design of the house shows how local architecture followed Japanese and Chinese influences. Your last stop is in Hoi An market. Located on Thu Bon River’s bank, the market is considered one of the most convoluted sites of Hoi An Ancient Town. Unlike any market places in the world, Hoi An Market includes different types of commodity such as fish, vegetables, meat, fruits, handicrafts, cloths, jewelry etc… Your day will be continued by relaxing time at the most beautiful beach in Hoi An - Cua Dai beach. When you arrival at the Cua Dai beach club, you will have lunch with Vietnamese dishes and then you will have 3 hours for relaxing and swimming in the beach club private pool and sandy beach. Finally, your coach will turn back to Da Nang City and you will return to the Tien Sa port and the ship.