FROM THE IMPOSING RUINS OF MY SON TO ANCIENT HOI AN
Sightseeing, Cultural, Shopping, Meal included
My Son, a World Cultural Heritage, is located in a secret valley 70 km South-West of Da Nang. Originally, this was a Hinduism's holy land of the Champa Kingdom. Here, you will find some of the symbols of Champa Religion like temples, daily working equipments and also marvelous sculptures. Leaving the port in an air-conditioned coach, you will take a two-hour drive along the provincial route n° 603. On the way, you will have the chance to see the typical countryside of Central Vietnam. Upon arrival at My Son Holy See, you will enjoy a Champa local show with music and dances. Walking on the stone road, you will step by step visit three Champa temples where a lot of Champa praying equipments are displayed. Leaving the My Son, it 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 at HoiAn, you will head to a local restaurant where you will enjoy a typical Vietnamese lunch.Your tour will continue with a visit to the Japanese covered bridge, built in 1593 by the Japanese community of Hoi An to link their neighborhood to the Chinese quarter across the river. The bridge was roofed so that it would shelter pedestrians from both rain and sun. Over the centuries the ornamentation of the bridge has remained faithful to the original Japanese design. Your last stop will be Hoi An Market. Situated on the bank of the Thu Bon River, the market is considered one of the most complex sites of Hoi An. Unlike other markets worldwide, that of Hoi An features a mixture of goods, such as fish, vegetables, meat, fruits, handicrafts, cloths, jewellery, etc. The market will give you an insight into typical Vietnamese society and the country's hospitable atmosphere. Finally, your coach will turn back to Da Nang City and you will return to the Tien Sa port and the ship
What we will see
- Typical rural countryside of central Vietnam
- Holy site of My Son
- Ancient city of Hoi An
- Lunch in typical restaurant
- Covered Japanese bridge
- Visit to an old house in Hoi An
- Hoi An market
What we will do
- We set off to My Son by coach, on a provincial road and on the way we see the typical countryside of Central Vietnam.
- We arrive at the magnificent ruins of My Son, an archaeological site that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple complex is about 70 km south-west of the city of Da Nang and it was a Hindu place of worship and prayer during the Champa kingdom; for this reason, it still houses many religious relics including temples, instruments used for daily tasks and wonderful sculptures.
- The visit to the site is enhanced by a lovely local Champa performance with music and dancing.
- Along the country road which leads to the towers, we will see many hidden temples between the trees where the Champa population used to pray.
- After leaving My Son, we travel towards the ancient city of Hoi An, in the province of Quang Nam, situated on the banks of the River Thu Bon, 30 km south-west of Da Nang, which was once the most important and flourishing port in Central Vietnam. The western and Asian presence here has had a strong influence on the architecture, the culture and the customs of Hoi An. Indeed, as we wander through the narrow streets of the city centre we can observe the temples, houses, doorways, shops and many other old buildings in Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese style. Many of these buildings still maintain their old furniture, wooden doors and window frames in all their original splendour.
- We then go to a local restaurant where we can taste a typical Vietnamese lunch, after which 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 Vietnamese 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 notwithstanding the fact that many centuries have passed since its construction, many of the decorations remain faithful to the original Japanese design.
- After the bridge, we visit an old Hoi An house, Nguyen Tran Ancient House or Ky House, built almost two centuries ago by a Vietnamese merchant; the design was influenced by Chinese and Japanese architectural styles.
- The last stop on our excursion is Hoi An market, on the banks of the River Thu Bon; the market offers a glimpse of Vietnamese society and its typical hospitality. In the market, considered one of the most developed parts of the old city of Hoi An, we find a wide selection of products on sale: fish, vegetables, meat, fruit, but also crafts, clothing, jewellery and much more.
- Back on the bus, we return to Da Nang and the port of Tien Sa.
What you need to know
- The itinerary may be subject to change.
- Comfortable shoes and sportswear are recommended.