IN DEEPEST VIETNAM: HOI AN AND THE MARBLE MOUNTAINS
Sightseeing, Cultural, Shopping, Meal included
You will leave the port aboard a coach driving along Provincial Route 603 to Marble Mountain where you can have a chance of overview Da Nang city from the top of mountain. Next will be the exploration of Hoi An , an ancient town of Quang Nam Province, is located on the banks of Thu Bon river. Strolling around the town through its narrow streets, you will find a fascinating blend of Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese temples, community houses, shrines, clan houses, shop houses and homes. 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… Last before returning the ship, you will have lunch in a typical Vietnamese restaurant. Finally, your coach will follow the same route back to Da Nang City, where you will enjoy a 30-minute sightseeing tour. Da Nang is located on the west bank of Han river. Formerly known as Tourane under French rule, it had grown from a small fishing village into an important port in central Vietnam. It was also the landing point of the Americans during the Vietnam Wars. Today, Da Nang is the fourth largest city in Vietnam offering many fascinating cultural and historical places of interest. Reboard your coach, you will return the port for re-embarkation.
What we will see
- Marble Mountains
- Non Nuoc Village
- Hoi An historic centre
- Small historical museum
- Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese congregation
- Japanese Covered Bridge
- Visit to an old house in Hoi An
- Hoi An Market
- Lunch in a typical Vietnamese restaurant
- Panoramic tour of Da Nang
What we will do
- We travel by coach on provincial road 603 to the Marble Mountains which command a wonderful view of the city of Da Nang.
- At the foot of this mountain lies the village of Non Nuoc where there is a large selection of marble goods made by skilled local craftsmen.
- Later we visit Hoi An, an ancient city in the province of Quang Nam, situated on the banks of the River Thu Bon. As we wander around the narrow streets of the city we encounter an intriguing mixture of Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese temples, sanctuaries, homes of local clans, shops and homes. After a walk around the historic centre, we visit the small museum of historyand culture of the city. The museum is built on the ruins of a temple dedicated to Quan Cong. Here we learn about the foundation, development and the decadence of the ancient city of Hoi An.
- 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. The original purpose was an assembly hall for members of the congregation but it subsequently became a temple for the worship of Thien Hau, god of the sea and protector of fishermen and sailors. The temple boasts a unique architectural style, with a wealth of artistic decorations and magnificent statues; there are many wooden sculptures, woven carpets and weaving looms. Our tour continues with a visit to the Japanese Covered Bridge. The bridge was built in 1593 by Hoi An's Japanese community to connect their quarter with the Chinese district. It was covered with a roof to provide shelter from the rain and sun. The pagoda on the north side of the bridge is dedicated to the goddess of the sea who protects sailors from danger.
- After the bridge, we visit one of the oldest houses of Hoi An, built almost two centuries ago for a Vietnamese merchant in a style that is heavily influenced by Chinese and Japanese architecture.
- The last stop on our excursion is Hoi An market on the banks of the River Thu Bon; the market is considered one of the most developed parts of the old city of Hoi An, and we find a wide selection of products on sale: fish, vegetables, meat, fruit, but also crafts, clothing, jewellery and much more.
- Before returning to the ship, we stop at a typical Vietnamese restaurant for a delicious lunch.
- On the way back we take the same provincial road we took on the way there and we take this opportunity to enjoy a 30 minute panoramic tour of the city of Da Nang, on the west bank of the River Han. Formerly known as Tourane in French colonial days, it grew from a small fishing village to an important port in the centre of Vietnam that was also used as a landing point by the US military during the Vietnam War. Today Da Nang is the fourth largest city in the country and boasts many cultural and historical attractions.
What you need to know
- There is limited availability of English-language guides.
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- The itinerary may be subject to change. * This excursion involves a lot of walking, it is therefore not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- To reach the top of the Marble Mountain it is necessary to climb a flight of steps with 150 steps.
- We recommend bringing insect repellent.