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From Hoi An: Day Tour of My Son Temples and Marble Mountain

1. From Hoi An: Day Tour of My Son Temples and Marble Mountain

Begin your shared or private day trip with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, there are dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries dating from between the 7th and 13th century. After this first part of the tour, you will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will discover Marble Mountain (Ngu Hanh Son, meaning 'five elements mountain'). Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the stunning natural caves of the mountain and enjoy the beautiful view from the peak. Stone steps carved into the mountain lead to a Buddhist pagoda. Da Nang is famous for three pagodas having the same name: 'Linh Ung', the first on Son Tra Peninsula, the second on Marble Mountain and the other on Ba Na Hill. The Linh Ung Pagoda at Marble Mountain has been designated a national historical and cultural site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. You will also visit Am Phu cave where there is a replica of heaven and hell in the eerie underground tunnels, before you return to your hotel.

My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

2. My Son Sanctuary Tour from Da Nang

Visit My Son, one of the most important sites of the ancient Champa Kingdom, on a 4-hour tour from Da Nang. Situated in a valley surrounded by high mountains, the World Heritage Site is one of the most stunning sights in central Vietnam. Choose from a shared or private tour. During the excavation of the site, letters were found revealing that the complex had been a site of Hindu worship since the 4th century. In the 7th century, the temples that had been destroyed by fire were restored with locally made bricks. Hear about 70 similar temples built in the period up to the 13th century, establishing My Son as a sanctuary of Hinduism. Enjoy a walking tour around the sanctuary to see the many temples and towers.

Hoi An: Full-Day Small Group Trip to My Son Sanctuary

3. Hoi An: Full-Day Small Group Trip to My Son Sanctuary

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Hoi An then travels the 50 km journey to the captivating Cham temples of My Son Sanctuary. A must-see for history buffs, the sanctuary dates back from the 4th to the 13th century and owes its spiritual origins to the Hinduism of India. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of the temples and learn about the site's headless statues, whose upper bodies are currently on display behind glass at The Louvre in Paris. Unlike a half-day tour, this full-day experience allows you plenty of time to explore the complex and see everything that the sanctuary has to offer. After your tour of the temple, stop by a local restaurant for a traditional lunch to replenish your energy. Later, enjoy an incredible cultural performance practiced by the Cham people for many centuries. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to your hotel in Hoi An.

Cham Island: Snorkeling Tour

4. Cham Island: Snorkeling Tour

After pickup, travel to Cua Dai Wharf and board a traditional Vietnamese wooden boat. Relax on your hour-long ride to Cham Island and enjoy a coffee on board.  After arrival at Hon Nhon Beach, take some time to swim and snorkel at your pleasure. Cham Island is a world biosphere reserve area recognized by UNESCO. Discover the area's beautiful sea life. Then, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch at a Cham Jungle Restaurant.   Travel to Bai Chong Beach and take the opportunity to rest in the hammocks, sunbathe or take another swim. Return to the boat and the journey back to your hotel in Hoi An or Da Nong.

Hoi An Ancient Town Walking Tour

5. Hoi An Ancient Town Walking Tour

Following pickup from your hotel in Da Nang or Hoi An city center, head to the historic heart to see the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Hoi An Ancient Town. Admire different architectural styles and soak up the atmosphere as you stroll among ancient houses that combine elements of Vietnam, China, and Japan. Get a glimpse back through history to a more subdued and simple time. Look inside the impressive Hoi An Museum, see remarkable assembly halls of Chinese influence, and visit a handicraft workshop and the beautiful Japanese Covered Bridge. Available as a shared or private tour.

Da Nang: Full-Day My Son Sanctuary Tour

6. Da Nang: Full-Day My Son Sanctuary Tour

Your full-day tour will begin with a 50-kilometer ride from Da Nang to the captivating Cham temples of My Son Sanctuary, a must-see area for history buffs. Upon arrival there will be plenty of time to tour the temples and spot headless statues, whose upper bodies are currently behind glass at the Louvre in Paris. You'll then watch a fantastic cultural performance, which has been practiced for several centuries. Unlike a half-day tour, this full-day tour will leave you with ample time to explore around. After exploring the temple site, you will be issued a break to stop for a tasty local lunch. Following your break, you will return back to your Da Nang accommodation.

Hoi An by Night: 4-Hour Tour with Dinner

7. Hoi An by Night: 4-Hour Tour with Dinner

At 18:00 your guide will meet you and take you on a 3.5-hour tour of centuries-old Hoi An. Experience sights and sounds that are vastly different from the hectic pace of the daytime hours. See the ancient houses by the subdued light of lanterns and enjoy watching locals play traditional games and listening to folk music. After sunset, all vehicles are prohibited in town, meaning that you can comfortably walk and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. You’ll visit the Japanese Covered Bridge and Tan Ky Old House, where the mystique of centuries of history is enhanced by moonlight. You’ll head to a traditional restaurant for dinner. Afterwards, local musicians will perform time-honored Vietnamese music, completing your evening out in Hoi An.

Hoi An: Half-Day My Son Temples Tour

8. Hoi An: Half-Day My Son Temples Tour

One of the most stunning sights to see in the Hoi An area is My Son, a spiritual center of the ancient kingdom of Champa. Situated in the heart of a beautiful valley and surrounded by high mountains, My Son is about 45 kilometers away from Hoi An. Join a shared or private half-day trip to visit this special site. Letters from the 4th century were found during excavations at My Son, revealing that the temples of the complex were used to worship and make offerings to the Hindu gods. In 1999, UNESCO designated My Son a World Heritage Site. Originally built from wood, the temples were completely destroyed by fire in the 6th century and then rebuilt in the 7th century with locally made bricks. By the 13th century, more than 70 similar temples had been built, establishing My Son as a sanctuary of Hinduism in the Champa Kingdom.

From Da Nang: Full-Day My Son and Hoi An Tour

9. From Da Nang: Full-Day My Son and Hoi An Tour

Choose from a shared or private experience to visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day: the ancient Champa Kingdom of My Son, and the ancient town of Hoi An. Begin your guided day trip with hotel pickup from Da Nang and start with a visit to the capital and religious center of the former Champa Kingdom, My Son. This fascinating archaeological site was constructed between the 7th and 13th centuries. Beautifully situated in a lush green valley, admire the dozens of red brick towers and sanctuaries. After exploring this area with your guide, you’ll head to Hoi An to enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch.   In the afternoon, discover Hoi An by foot. This historic town, which used to be a prosperous seaport city from the 16th to 18th centuries, is now a beautiful city that cannot be missed while touring the Southeast Asian region. While walking through the city, you’ll make a few stops: visit Hoi An’s colorful local market, ancient houses, Assembly Halls, manufacturing workshops, and the 400-year-old Japanese Covered Bridge. You’ll also see local residents raising silkworms and producing silk for Hoi An’s burgeoning textile industry. At the conclusion of the tour, you’ll be taken back to your hotel in Da Nang.

From Hoi An: Full-Day Hue City Tour

10. From Hoi An: Full-Day Hue City Tour

This well-preserved walled city is a must for those who love history, beautiful architecture, and Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. The day begins with a breathtaking journey from Hoi An through the Hai Van Pass. Once in Hue, the tour starts at Khai Dinh Tomb, a site that more closely resembles a palace than a grave. After visiting the equally impressive Thien Mu Pagoda, you enter the Hue Imperial City, known not only for its architecture, but for its beautiful landscaping. After the guided tour, try a delicious local lunch, wander the ancient temples, browse the visitors center, and stroll through the elegant gardens.

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What people are saying about Hoi An

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4.5 / 5

based on 90 reviews

A wonderful tour that shows you everything you need know the history of the My Son sanctuary and Hoi An. Our tour guide was very friendly, we learned a lot not only about the sights but also the life of the local people and how it's still being affected by the recent history of the country. My Son is beautiful, impressive and the tour was timed so we could watch a charming local music & dance performance. In Hoi An, we visited several sites with great historical importance. It was very enjoyable thanks to interesting stories, information told by our guide. Much recommended!

The private tour was great. We were picked up directly at the hotel and the manager was very nice and spoke very good English. Along the way she shared lots of information with us and once we arrived you could tell how well she knew the ruins/people. The tour was just beautiful and we can recommend it

Vinh was a great guide, he explained great details from Vietnamese culture and from My Son and the marble mountains. No rushes. The meal was great and the ride very calm with a private car. Vinh was helpful and also gave us some freedom to see the beautiful spots we were in!

Very exciting tour inland to the My Son temple town with lots of information about the Cham culture and what happened during the war in the last century. Thanh as a guide and the driver did a great job!

Our guide was very generous! They taught us a lot in a few hours! Also very kind! We loved our activity!