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Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Marble Mountains, and Am Phu Cave Tour

1. Da Nang: Lady Buddha, Marble Mountains, and Am Phu Cave Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Da Nang or Hoi An, visit the Son Tra Mountain, also known as Monkey Mountain, to gain insight into Vietnam's rich history of Buddhism and Hinduism. Then, visit the Lady Buddha statue, the tallest Buddhist statue in Vietnam, reaching a height of 220 feet (67 meters). Next, visit local stone factories and sculpture shops, before visiting Marble Mountain. Visit the Âm Phủ cave, to take a walk through a re-creation of Buddhist hell. At midday enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with authentic Vietnamese dishes. You'll be transferred back to your hotel around 1:00 PM.

Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

2. Hoi An: Vietnamese Foldable Lantern Making Class

Immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture with a lantern-making class. Select from full and express options. In the full activity, make the lanterns completely from scratch. In the express activity, start with the bamboo structure of the lanterns already made and begin by choosing your lantern fabric. Begin your experience with some herbal tea and traditional music. Hear about the history of Hoi An bamboo silk lanterns from your host and how the local people believe that hanging lanterns in front of their house brings luck, happiness, and wealth. Create lanterns shaped like lotuses, triangles, garlic, UFOs, or diamonds and choose your own silk style and color with guidance from your instructor. This unique activity can be enjoyed by the entire family, even by kids as young as 3 years old. Once completed, these lanterns are easy to fold, carry, or put in your luggage, so you can take home an original, hand-made souvenir from your visit to Hoi An.

Hoi An: Hoai River Boat Trip by Night with Release Lantern

3. Hoi An: Hoai River Boat Trip by Night with Release Lantern

Hoi An, a charming ancient town in Vietnam, is known for its picturesque lantern-lit streets and its serene Hoai River. One of the most enchanting experiences you cannot miss in the old town is taking a Hoi An lantern boat ride on the Hoai River. The wonderful journey with lantern boat Hoi An will give you to immerse yourself in the town’s unique ambiance. Release a lantern on the Hoai River, and explore the city's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town. Take in the sights and smells of Hoi An by night in this authentic experience. Ride on a boat on the river and take part in a ritual as you release your off lantern into the night sky. After the boat, explore the city's bustling night market. Learn all about the city's the traditional culture and stretch your legs in its picturesque Old Town.

Ba Tran: Hoi An Basket Boat Ride in Water Coconut Forest

4. Ba Tran: Hoi An Basket Boat Ride in Water Coconut Forest

Spend 50 minutes on the bamboo basket boat through the magnificent water coconut forest ,navigate the small canals of the mangrove forest and coconut palms with a local and join some interesting activities in the mangrove palm jungle: boat spinning and dancing; singing karaoke; try throw the fishing nets with the locals; enjoy the traditional folk song performance and fishing crabs along the river.

From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

5. From Hoi An: Market Tour, Basket Boat Ride and Cooking Class

Spend time in Vietnam's countryside on a morning or afternoon guided tour from Hoi An. Browse a local market before floating through a dense coconut palm forest on a traditional bamboo basket boat. Learn how to prepare Vietnamese food and savor your work during a cooking class. Meet your guide at the Godiva coffee shop before heading to explore a morning or afternoon market in Hoi An. Marvel at the seasonal fruits, noodles, herbs, vegetables, meat, and fish on display. Interact with the vendors and get some tips on how to bargain.  Then, paddle through the water coconut palms aboard a bamboo basket boat for 40 minutes. Learn how to fish with a fishing net, listen to some folk songs and receive some handmade souvenirs made from coconut leaves. Learn how to cook Vietnamese food, such as Bánh cuốn (Vietnamese steamed rice rolls), Bánh Xèo (Hoian rice pancakes), Phở (pho noodles with beef), and Chè (sweet bean soup) as you prepare your own lunch or dinner.

Vietnam: eSIM Data Plan

6. Vietnam: eSIM Data Plan

Make your trip to Vietnam hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Vietnam and upgrade for coverage in 10 countries, or 8 countries, including, Thailand, Singapore, and South Korea. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Select 8 countries for coverage in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Select 10 countries for coverage in Vietnam, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. All iPhone models launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after installing this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): mobile Local operator info: Vietnam: Mobifone The rest of the countries is available in the voucher info on your GYG App after purchase

Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary Early Morning Guided Tour

7. Hoi An: My Son Sanctuary Early Morning Guided Tour

Note before booking: + The experience is not for everyone, please consider all the aspects before booking. + It can be struggled to get up early while we require very precise pickup time. + The tour is more expensive because we have to pay the service higher since it's early. No complain about price, please. Tour Itinerary: • 5.30 am : pick up at hotel and transfer to My Son. Along the way, guests get Vietnamese coffee (included). • 630 am: arrive at My Son and explore in more than 2 hours. • 9.30 am: Enjoy local special noodles My Quang (vegetarian available) (included), local mochi cake, seasonal fruits at a local home restaurant. • 10.00 am: Depart to Hoi An city • 10.30 am- 11.00 am: Tour ends at hotels in Hoi An. Pickup policy: Free pickup and drop-off from town to the beach Group size: Small group, min 1 pax, maximum 12 pax Beat the crowds and the heat with a morning walking tour of My Son Sanctuary from Hoi An. Immerse yourself in local Champa culture, learning about the sanctuary from your local guide. Taste local flavors with a noodle breakfast and coffee after the tour. Discover local Champa culture, history, and nature as you walk around the sanctuary's lush grounds. Learn all there is to know about the site from you guide who grew up near the sanctuary. Make the most of your early start, beating the crowds, enjoying the cool morning air, and capturing the morning glow in your photos. After visiting the sanctuary, head to a local home restaurant and taste Quang noodles and coffee for breakfast, truly immersing yourself in traditional Vietnamese customs. Head back to your hotel in Hoi An after a culturally-filled morning.

Hoi An: Vietnamese Coffee Culture and Coffee Making Class

8. Hoi An: Vietnamese Coffee Culture and Coffee Making Class

Connect coffee and culture during this guided workshop in Hoi An. Learn how to make 4 district styles of Vietnamese coffee in a hands-on way and enjoy tasting the coffee you make along with a cookie. Meet your guide and start with a cup of special herbal tea. Listen as your instructor shares stories behind the popular cafés of Vietnam and their connection to the history and culture. Begin to master the art of Vietnamese coffee making by learning how it goes from crop to cup. Find out how local coffee is brewed using a little metal filter called a Phin (a version of the French press) to create a flavor that is truly rich and deep. Hear about the steps needed to roast dark beans, so that they mix perfectly with sweet condensed milk. Prepare black coffee, happy white coffee, Hue Imperial salt coffee, and Ha Noi capital egg coffee. Sip your coffee with a cookie at the end of class while taking in good music in a comfortable atmosphere.

From Da Nang/Hoi An: Golden Bridge Ba Na Hills Full-Day Tour

9. From Da Nang/Hoi An: Golden Bridge Ba Na Hills Full-Day Tour

Explore Golden Bridge and Ba Na Hills from Danang/HoiAn 7:30 - 8:15 AM You get picked up from your hotel, then go to Ba Na Hills (If you staying Hoi An, 7:10 you have transfer from Hoi An to Da Nang and join with group) 9:30 - 10:00 AM Take the cable car up to Golden Bridge. Enjoy sightseeing the beautiful natural forest from your cable car. Then walk and take photo of Golden Bridge, the Flower Garden, Linh Ung pagoda and Wine Celar. 12:00 PM Take the second cable car up to French Village Enjoy lunch with buffet of more than 80 dishes in the restaurant. Walk around the European Architecture Village Entertain in Fantasy Park with thrill-games, adventure game, 4D, 5D movies. 3:00 - 3:30 PM Take the cable car down the mountains On the way back, the group tour stops for local souvernirs in 10-15 minutes Drop back to your hotel. End of services. (For reference only. Itineraries are subject to change)

Imperial City, Hue: Tour from Hoi An and Da Nang

10. Imperial City, Hue: Tour from Hoi An and Da Nang

Travel back to the Nguyen Dynasty on a multi-stop tour from Hoi An and Da Nang to Hue. See the Imperial City, the Mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh, and the Thien Mu Pagoda. Get a taste of Hue cuisine during lunch at a local restaurant. Following pickup in Hoi An, the journey to Hue begins by crossing one of the best coastal roads in the world, the Hai Van Pass. Take advantage of a 30-minute stop at the peak and 5 minutes to take photos at Lang Co Beach.  After a final round of pickup in Da Nang, visit the Khai Dinh Tomb, a blend of Western and Eastern architecture constructed between 1920-1931. Then, enjoy lunch at a local specialty restaurant serving Hue-style dishes.  With a full stomach of local cuisine, continue to Hue’s main attraction, the Imperial Citadel. Once the home of the Nguyen Emperor, the citadel also contains the Forbidden Purple City. Explore Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue’s largest pagoda. Built in 1601, it is the subject of many local folk rhymes and is considered the unofficial symbol of Hue. Finish the day with drop-off back in Da Nang and Hoi An.

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The pick-up from our hotel went very smoothly. Our driver Vu was very friendly and dedicated. He speaks very good English and was able to answer all our questions and give us lots of information about the places we visited. We always felt comfortable and safe with his driving skills during the trip. Overall it was a really good experience and we can highly recommend this trip from Hue to Hoi An.

This was an amazing cooking class led by Cherish who taught us how to make vegetarian versions of traditional Vietnamese recipes. We really enjoyed this class, and would highly recommend it if you are looking for an authentic vegetarian cooking class in Hoi An.

We did the accelerated class to avoid our 7-year-old getting frustrated. It was the perfect activity to do after arriving in HoiAn. We noticed and appreciated the city’s laterns all the more.

Pick up and transport to Ba Na Hills was great, no trouble whatsoever. Phuoc and Nona were great guides. Would highly recommend. Only downside was the alpine coaster was closed.

Absolutely loved it!! The instructors were amazing and we had a blast! Thank you.