Explore charming, historical cities, different cultural influences and pristine white beaches in central Vietnam.
Situated on the banks of the Perfume River, Hue is the old Imperial City, a UNESCO World heritage Site and a charming combination of the old and the new. The old citadel remains today with its temples, royal tombs and beautiful pagodas. Watching the ebb and flow of daily life as boats sail along the river. Travel by boat yourself to explore, visiting the 17th century Thien Mu Pagoda to really get a feel for traditional Hue. This is a tranquil and charming city, enhanced by the excellent restaurant scene.
Further south, the city of Hoi An is a pretty and beguiling city. Small enough to explore on foot, it has an interesting history and is one of Vietnam’s finest cultural relics with 844 UNESCO protected structures. Its history as an important trading port means that today’s culture is an interesting mix of Japanese, Chinese and French influences. The old town is home to the famous Japanese bridge and Merchant Houses along with Chinese temples, old tea warehouses and traditional pagodas.
Hoi An is a compact city and its riverside location makes it particularly romantic in the evenings when the streets are lit by lanterns. Enjoy the relaxing friendly atmosphere, fabulous street food and indulge in a spot of shopping in the open-air craft shops and galleries. If you are looking for a beach location there are some stunning beaches a short drive from the city where you can relax in tropical bliss, adding in a day trip to the charming city if you wish.