Central Vietnam is extremely rich in Cham and Vietnamese history as well as heritage. The area near Hue was the first capital of the long forsaken but mighty Champa Empire, while Hue itself was the glittering imperial capital of the last Vietnamese Dynasty. The beautiful My Son Valley is dotted with sacred remains of the ancient Cham civilization while charming Hoi An Old Town, which used to be a major Southeast Asian trading port, is seeped in maritime history. This region is not just for history buffs- some of the best beaches, amazing coastal scenery, gastronomical and shopping treats can be found here.
SINGAPORE – DANANG – HOI AN
Upon arrival at Danang International Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly guide who will transfer you to Hoi An (approx. 2. drive). Hoi An Old Town used to be a major Southeast Asian trading port is steeped in maritime history. More than 800 historic buildings with architectures reflecting Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish influences and dating from the 15th to the 19th Century have been well preserved. Some highlights are the Japanese Covered Bridge, Trieu Chau Assembly House and the 200 years old Tan Ky House. You can take a stroll down memory lane, sip Vietnamese coffee at street-side cafes or drink inexpensive beer at boutique pubs while watching sunset over the river. Other than its UNESCO world heritage site, Hoi An is also the tailor and gastronomical capitals of Vietnam, so set aside enough Dong for your fabric and calorie binges.
HOI AN – HUE
In the morning, you will take a boat ride (kayak or SUP for the more adventurous) down the lively Thu Bon River and stop at some of the picturesque villages located along the river where you can witness rural crafts such as Thanh Ha for pottery, Phuoc Kieu for bronze casting, Ma Chau for silk production and Phu Chiem for rice paper production. In the afternoon, you will embark on a short road trip to Hue where you will stop at some interesting landmarks along the way for photo taking. The first stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of My Son Sanctuary – the capital of the ancient Champa civilization, follow by the Marble Mountain a rocky limestone outcrops with spectacular views of Non Nuoc Beach and the South China Sea. Thereafter you will drive up mountainous winding road to the renowned Hai Van Pass – named by BBC TV show Top Gear as one of the best coast roads in the world. You will also visit the Idyllic Lang Co Bay set against a lovely backdrop of mountains.
Located on the bank of the Perfume River, Hue was the royal capital of feudalistic Vietnam during the Nguyen Dynasty, Vietnam’s last royal dynasty from 1802 to 1945. In the morning, you will take a walk around the Imperial Citadel – a sprawling complex of palaces, moats, gates, pavilions, temples and museums featuring artifacts from various periods of Vietnamese history. Continue with a boat ride up the placid Perfume River to the beautiful Thien Mu Pagoda and the exquisite Minh Mang Tomb. After lunch, you will visit Tu Duc Tomb, the most impressive of the royal mausoleums. Construction of the tomb demanded so much forced labor and taxation that there was an abortive coup against Tu Duc in 1866. In the evening, you will visit Dong Ba market to get some souvenirs, local produce and a taste of Hue’s street food.
HUE – DANANG – SINGAPORE
After enjoying your hotel breakfast, you will be transferred to Danang (approx. 2 hrs. drive) for your flight home.
- All land transport including airprot transfers
- All accommodations
- All hotel breakfasts
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees of all attractions stated in above program
- Return international air tickets*
- Travel insurance*
- Vietnamese VISA (ASEAN citizens are VISA-free up to 30 days)
- All meals not indicated
- Tips for guides
- All expenses of a personal nature
Our adventure through bustling Hanoi, breathtaking (figuratively & literally) Sapa and unbelievably stunning Halong Bay was an absolute blast. iwannatravel could not have arranged it any better. This was all done up in two days as we made a very last minute decision to fly out to Vietnam instead of our original plan (Surabaya, Indonesia). Despite the last minute change, iwannatravel went the extra mile to ensure that our Vietnam adventure well planned. Through the entire trip, iwannatravel also touched base with us to ensure that we were doing ok. If you are looking for hassle-free and fun-filled adventure, look no further already!
– Shawn & Tricia on a 5D4N trip to Sapa & Halong Bay in Oct 2016
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone’s safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT’s first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mount Fansipan & Halong Bay in Mar 2016)
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
Guide and driver were very nice people. Caring, considerate, conscientious, patient, nice and fun people. Car was driven with care so that we were comfortable and did not feel car sick during the long rides. I enjoyed the trips to ijen, bromo and the waterfall at batu. Views were very scenic. Our guide Vinda and the local guides which she got along the way brought us to scenic spots (esp @ the waterfalls) and helped to take great pictures.
– Alexia (Group of 3 on a 5D4N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in Sep 2016)
Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂
– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)
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