Top attractions in Central Vietnam
Our most recommended things to do in Central Vietnam
1. Hue: Historical Tour from Hoi An
After being collected from Hoi An express office at 7:00 AM, embark to spend a day exploring Vietnam's former imperial capital, Hue, with its fascinating historical sights. Your tour will begin with stops to admire the area's natural beauty at Hai Van Pass, where you can view in particular the Ocean Cloud Pass and Lang Co beach, the most beautiful beach in Vietnam. Upon arrival in Hue, you will start your visit at the Citadel, Hue’s prime attraction. Here you will find the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City, and the Emperor's Private Residence. After that, the tour continues to Thien Mu Pagoda. Considered by many as the unofficial symbol of Hue, Thien Mu is an active Buddhist monastery with origins dating back to 1601. One of its most poignant displays is a car belonging to a former monk, who in 1963, drove to Saigon and set himself alight to protest against the South Vietnamese r...
2. From Hue: Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour to Da Nang or Hoi An
Start your experience with hotel pickup in Hue, where your driver will load your backpack on to the motorbike. Set off on a day of sightseeing as you drive along the beautiful coastal road to your destination. Admire rice fields and tranquil villages along the road, and take a break at Lap An Lagoon to snap photos of the beautiful lake. Continue to Lang Co Beach, where you can swim and enjoy a seafood lunch at your own expense. Pass bunkers from the Vietnam War as you cross the famous Hai Van Pass, and enjoy panoramic views over the ocean. Make a stop in the Marble Mountains to explore colorful Buddhist temples and amazing caves before being dropped off in Da Nang or Hoi An.
3. From Hoi An & Da Nang: Authentic Vietnamese Cooking Tour
This is a cooking tour, which is different from a cooking class. The journey will take you through the beautiful and scenic countryside of Hoi An to Cam Thanh village (around 4 kilometers away from the town center). This adventure will include a visit to a local produce market and a boat trip along the beautiful Thu Bon River, with sights that include the island of Cam Nam and Duy Hai fishing village, as you pass under the majestic Cua Dai Bridge. Your adventure continues on a fun-filled Basket Boat ride through the Water Palm Village, followed by a ride in a water buffalo cart that will take you to the local supplier's cooking school and restaurant. Upon arrival, you can then unwind by soaking up the joys of a foot, head, and shoulder massage. The menu for the cooking class includes the following Vietnamese dishes:
- Rolled wet rice paper with minced pork and vegetables ...
Picked us up at our hotel and dropped us off in Hoi An whee we met our chef and tour guide. Had sometime to shop through the local market (and we were able to buy a few things too). The boat ride and bamboo boat were such a fun little treat. Our tour guide was so friendly and spoke amazing English! And the food, WOW. Delicious. We made apron rolls, beef pho, Chicken curry and and papaya salad.:: we even got the recipes to try to make at home. A wonderful way to spend half the day in hoi an and enjoy some culture!
4. Private Shore Excursion to Hue City from Tiensa Port
After picking you up at the Tien Sa port, drive straight to Hue city and start your tour with a local expert. En route, stop at Hai Van Pass to see the view and at Lang Co Bay for coffee. Then drive to the other side of the Perfume River, from where you can admire the magnificence of the noon gate of the Royal Citadel, where Nguyen Kings used to declare the results of national examinations and new year calendar. Walk into the Imperial Citadel and the recently reconstructed Palace of Supreme Harmony. Then visit Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest Buddhist pagodas. Here you can learn more about Buddhism in Vietnam and discover the spiritual life. Continuing on, take a dragon boat ride on Perfume River. This is a picturesque setting no matter the weather. Then enjoy our lunch at a quality restaurant. In the afternoon, drive straight Minh Mang tomb where its ancient architecture stands in ...
5. Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary Tour with Boat Trip and Lunch
Enjoy a day trip exploring Vietnam’s cultural, historical, and natural sights including a local market, My Son Sanctuary, and a boat ride with traditional lunch. Travel by bus along the Thu Bon River to get to your first stop, a local fishing village. Head to the local market to see the traders’ best catches of the day. Next up is a visit to My Son sanctuary, a Hindu temples built between the 4th and 14th centuries AD and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Explore and learn about the Valley of the Kings of the old Champa Kingdom here. Watch a traditional dance performance before heading along the jungle trail to see the ruins themselves. Next it’s back to Hoi An city by bus to catch a boat ride with lunch onboard. Glide along the Thu Bon River and see different Vietnamese villages from the deck, such as the fishing village of Duy Hai and the carpentry village of Kim Bong. As you take in the ...
6. Da Nang Night Life & Take a Ride on the Sun Wheel
When the sun sets, Da Nang has a particular charm, ensuring you can enjoy relaxing moments as you explore the city. Choose from a shared or private tour to discover the magic of Da Nang at night. In recent years, Da Nang has attracted a lot of tourism and recreational activities in the city have boomed. After departing from Hoi An, come see the city for yourself by taking a ride on the Sun Wheel, the largest observation wheel in Vietnam. The Sun Wheel is now one of the 10 highest observation wheels in the world. Then, enjoy the magic of the night's lights. After the ride, you will have a delicious dinner in Da Nang as you admire the Han River and its bridges with their colorful lights reflecting on the water. You will be able to see many sculptures made of stones before you hop aboard a boat at Bach Dang wharf to journey along the Han River. The Dragon Bridge will breathe fire each Sat...
7. From Da Nang: Monkey Mountain, Marble Mountains & Hoi An
See the finest sights in the region of Da Nang, enjoy an included lunch, and benefit from pick-up and drop off from your accommodation. After pick-up your first stop is the Marble Mountains, just outside Da Nang. Admire beautiful caves, historic Buddhist pagodas, and visit a traditional marble carving village. Next you’ll reach Son Tra, nicknamed ‘Monkey Mountain’ by American troops. The national park stands 693 meters above sea level, and its location on a peninsula affords breathtaking views of the surrounding sea. Whilst there, explore the Linh Ung pagoda - home to the tallest statue of the Goddess of Mercy in Southeast Asia. The 67-meter tall statue is located on top of a lotus-shaped platform and features 21 miniature Buddha sculptures. Enjoy some local cuisine at a local restaurant before visiting Hoi An. Walk around the historic old town and be amazed by the influences from Chi...
8. Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary & Ancient Town Day Tour With Lunch
Spend the day exploring well-preserved history and culture in and around Hoi An by visiting an abandoned Hindu temple complex and walking through the city's Ancient Town. Learn the fascinating history of the region with an English-speaking tour guide while taking in natural and architectural beauty. After being picked up at your hotel, this day trip begins with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, this serene sanctuary represents the unique culture’s spiritual origins in Indian Hinduism. Walk around, marvel at, and learn the history behind the dozens of red brick tower temples built over 10 centuries. After the first half of the tour, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, discover the coastal city of Hoi An on foot. The his...
9. Hoi An: Guided Heritage Painting Tour
After being picked up from your hotel, your day will begin with a delicious coffee in a quaint Vietnamese cafe, where you’ll meet a local artist and receive your painting set. Wander the peaceful streets of Hoi An Ancient Town, taking in historic surroundings as you go. The unique atmosphere here is an amalgamation of elements from Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese culture, evident in the architecture and urban design. Next, it’s time to capture the beauty of this unique location on canvas. Get watercolor and painting technique tips from your local artist, then paint your very own picture of charming Hoi An. Take your time portraying your surroundings under the expert guidance of your local artist, who will help you improve your brush technique as you work. To enhance your experience, enjoy some delectable local cuisine to snack on while you paint. Once you’ve finished your work of ...
10. Hue: Private Customizable Sightseeing Full Day Tour
Get picked up from any city hotel by your private English-speaking guide and travel in comfort in an air-conditioned vehicle. With the help of your guide, create your very own full-day itinerary according to the attractions and places in or around Hue that you would like to visit. Design your itinerary for full 8-hours and follow your guide to explore places around the old capital of the Lam Ap Kingdom located in central Vietnam. Choose from some of the most popular sites listed below to start your itinerary or suggest something new. - Hue Imperial City - Local People's Committee building - Pagoda of the Celestial Lady - Hue Railway Station - Tomb of Emperor Khải Định - Trường Tiền Bridge
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What people are saying about Central Vietnam
You need yo take these tours! I can't stress enough how great this service was. My husband and I were in Da Nang for a couple of days during Tet, and they were so kind to take us on a tour to Marble Mountains, The Lady Buda and An Phu Cave. Communication was great from the very start, we could arrange everything online and by a phone call. Our guides were so nice and experienced people, they picked us up at our hotel early in the morning and took us on their bikes, it was so fun. We stopped on the road to take some pictures while they were explaining us about the places we would visit, then they took us to many hidden little paths so we could reach points with gorgeous views, and God they are fit people, the tour demands some energy from your body since you'll be walking and doing some climbing as well, but it's all worth it, you get to see incredible sculptures in dramatic caves, impressive landscapes... while learning a lot about a fascinating culture. Highly recommend this tour!
Our guide was exceptionally friendly and sweet! It was just us who booked the tour on this day so it was private. The car was very comfortable and spacious, there was also complimentary water provided. There was a nice small walking tour through some of the murals in the village. The only thing I was a bit disappointed with is that we did not have an opportunity to see all the murals in the village. This is because we were led back into the car which quickly drove past the second section of murals and some painted basket boats. And by the time we realized, it was too late to feel comfortable asking to turn back. It would have been nice to have more time to walk around, explore and take a closer look.
We went in January and it was very foggy but we still managed to get some good pics and see everything without any crowds! Lovely. Our tour was fantastic the guide ‘Snow’ was so informative and friendly. She was such a pleasure to spend the day with. The car picked us and dropped us off at the hotel and we were looked after all day, everything was included. The food is a buffet and has everything you would want, Asian and western. Just brilliant we will come back maybe when it’s less foggy though!
Great trip, you could have saved yourself the snorkeling at this point but it was still great to jump into the water and swim :)
Gum is doing great on taking us to the food tour! Shared a lot stories to us and food were all good!!