|Rates: $120 - $175
Departure: Hue City
Return To: DaNang City
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Destination To Visit: Hue Imperial Citadel - Thien Mu Pagoda - Tomb - Hoi An Ancient Town - Da Nang - Cham Museum - My Khe Beach - Marble Mountain
This tour from Hue to Hoi an ancient town will offer you a chance to visit the two of famous World Cultural Heritages of Vietnam: Imperial Hue City and Hoi an ancient town. As you know, Hue was the former feudal capital of Vietnam during Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. This small and quiet city is widely known for magnificent architecture, pagodas and royal tombs laid in many small villages and surrounding hills. Though this royal residence was all destroyed during the 1968 Tet Offensive, it is still fascinating to walk among the ruins for most tourists especially foreign tourists. Moreover, you will enjoy the charming and magnificent scenery of the landscapes on the way from Hue to Hoi an, visiting the Cham Museum, China Beach and Marble Mountain – three of attractive tourist sites of Da nang city. The tour ends at Hoi an ancient town, which was originally a Cham seaport but has been influenced down the centuries by a myriad of traders from various cultures.
Day 1: Arrival – Hue
On arrival Phu Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel in Hue.
We spend this afternoon to visit Hue with the massive citadel, containing the Imperial City and the Purple Forbidden City.
We stay overnight in Hue city.
Day 2: Hue (L)
In the morning, we both have breakfast at our hotel.
We spend all the morning to take boat ride on Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda and Minh Mang Tomb.
Then, we have lunch at nice local restaurant.
In the afternoon: we continue our journey by visiting Tu Duc and Khai Dinh's Tombs, shopping at Dong Ba market.
We stay overnight in hotel in Hue.
Day 3: Hue – Hoi an
In the morning, heading out of the town, we drive towards the south to Hoi an ancient town.
Along the way to Hoi an, we can break the journey in Lang Co Beach for a leisurely swim and an enjoyable visit to a nearby fishing village. The winding road begins as we make our way up the spectacular Hai Van pass. A view from the top of the pass is one of Vietnam’s most impressive panoramic scenes.
We reach Hoi an ancient town in the late afternoon. You will be transferred to the hotel in Hoi an. This tour ends.
The next stop of our trip is Da nang which is famous for the Cham Museum. After seeing this sight we continue to the My Khe Beach and the Marble Mountain, of which the peaks represent the five elements of the universe.
We reach Hoi an in the late afternoon, stay overnight in Hoi an. Ending this tour.
--- Tour cost per person ---
2 - 3 pax
4 - 8 pax
Private A/C Transportation
English speaking guide
Meals indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfasts, L= Lunch, D = Dinner)
The Imperial City at Hue is the best-preserved remnant of a vast citidel and royal quarters that once existed on the site. To put the ruins into context, it is important to consider how they were originally used.
In the early 19th century the Emperor Gia Long consulted geomancers to find the best place to build a new palace and citadel. The geomancers chose the present site at Hue. The Emperor wished to recreate, in abbreviated form, a replica of the Forbidden City in Beijing. At his command, tens of thousands of laborers were conscripted to dig a ten kilometer moat and earthen walls to form the outer perimeter of the citidel. Later, the earthen walls were replaced by two-meter-thick stone walls built in the style of the French military architect Vauban. Due to the topography, the citadel faced east toward the Perfume river (unlike the Forbidden City in Beijing, which faced due south). The Emperor decided to locate his own palace within the walls of the citadel along the east side nearest the river. A second, smaller set of walls and moat defined the area of the "Purple Forbidden City," where the Emperor built a network of palaces, gates, and courtyards that served as his home and the administrative core of the Empire.
By the time the last Emperor of Vietnam stepped down in the mid 20th century, the Purple Forbidden City had acquired many dozens of pavilions and hundreds of rooms. Although improperly maintained (the city suffered from frequent termite and typhoon damage) it nevertheless remained an imposing spectacle. All of that changed in 1968, when American military forces in Vietnam, reacting to the communist takeover of Hue, ordered the city retaken. American bombs blasted the majority of the city into rubble, sparing only a handful of buildings.
Nowadays the city has been declared a UNESCO site and the remaining buildings have been lovingly restored. But, much of the site was so badly damaged that it has been given over to vast rice fields that cover most of the Purple Forbidden City. Even so, the remaining buildings are sufficient to give the visitor a sense of how the Vietnamese interpreted Chinese imperial architecture and adapted it to their culture.