Central Vietnam in a week
Day 1: Start with Hoi An, the city of three heritages. The first day in Hoi An can be spent exploring the Old Town. Take a stroll around these small and quiet streets, admiring the colors of lanterns among tailors and shoe shops. Don’t miss the Japanese bridge and the many Chinese temples in town. Lunch and dinner options are out of town. Watch Morning Glory at lunch and Moon at dinner.
Day 2: If you stay in Hoi An for more than 1 day, you should never miss My Son. From Hoi An, there are many day trips to this World Heritage site on offer. You will enjoy learning about the history of the holy place and how the Cham civilization once flourished. The sacred place now still retains much of its original religious atmosphere. Bring a hat on hot days and drink plenty of water so you don’t get dehydrated.
Day 3: Cham Island is one of the most eco-friendly areas in Vietnam. Recognized as a world biosphere reserve, the Island is home to a huge collection of marine and marine flora and fauna. The people on the island are poor but that doesn’t stop them from being hospitable to visitors. You also get the chance to go swimming or snorkeling during such a trip. To get to Cham Island, you can contact one of the tour operators in Hoi An.
Day 4: Finish shopping and take pictures before departing for Hue. There are both local and tour buses departing hourly or two hours from Hoi An to Hue. It takes 2-3 hours to get from one place to another but the leading road leaves no space for boredom. Hai Van Pass is impressively beautiful. You will also get to go through the Hai Van tunnel, the longest tunnel in Southeast Asia. For hundreds of years, Hai Van has inspired many grieving artists to write poems about the pass. When you arrive in Hue, take your time to check in to your hotel and slowly walk along the Perfume River. Across Phu Xuan Bridge is the Ancient Capital and the Ancient Capital of Hue, where you can learn about the last vestiges of feudalism in Vietnam. Much of the old architecture is retained and kept in good condition. The city wall actually separates the palace from the motorcycle world on its other side.
Day 5: If you want to exercise more, you can rent a bicycle to go to the beautiful suburbs of Hue. Follow Le Loi Street until you reach Dien Bien Phu. At the junction, you can easily encounter a variety of attractions such as Nam Giao Altar, Tu Hieu Pagoda, Tu Duc Tomb, Thieu Tri Tomb and Minh Mang Tomb, each with a history and style. art. The bike trip can make up for a day tour around Hue, adding to Thanh Toan village and Thien Mu pagoda if you have extra time. You can prepare lunch for a picnic near the Perfume River or stop at the Khong Gian Xua restaurant, which is loved by many domestic and foreign tourists.
Day 6: A day trip to the Denuclearization Zone (DMZ) and Vinh Moc tunnel will make your experience in Vietnam more complete. This remarkable historic landmark is the 17th Parallel that divided Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam during the War of the 1950s-1970s. As of April 30, 1975, the dividing line no longer exists when the country is reunified. Most day tours from Hue to Dong Ha also include a visit to Vinh Moc tunnel. Not as attractive as the Cu Chi tunnels, Vinh Moc can match its southern counterpart in the level of brutality it has witnessed. When you return to Hue in the evening, slow down to enjoy the peace of presence. Take a walk around the Imperial Citadel to feel the difference at night. Don’t forget to stop by one of the street vendors before crossing Trang Tien bridge to enjoy a late-night dessert: Hue tea is delicious and nutritious.
Day 7: End your weeklong trip with some final shopping. In Hue, you can buy the best conical hat – the famous conical hat found all over Vietnam. The local handicraft items must be mentioned are silk products, ceramics. If you love the traditional ao dai, you can also order it to your size at one of the shops in the Imperial City. In terms of local specialties to bring home, Hue is known for its tamarind sauce and banh xeo – all sweet treats made with sesame seeds and peanuts. They are best enjoyed with a cup of hot lotus tea.