MY SON HOLY SEE AND SHOPPING AT HOI AN C
City Tour, 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.
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Please Note: The order of the itinerary may vary. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothing.