Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - Fly to Da Nang/Hoi An
7:00 AM to 11:00 AM: Breakfast is served at the hotel.
Morning / Afternoon: Highlights of Saigon
This afternoon enjoy a tour of the highlights of this exciting city. Visit the former presidential palace, which is now preserved as a museum, including the underground communications bunkers, headquarters for the Saigon Government during the Vietnam War. Visit Notre Dame, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral in the centre of city, the 'wedding cake' styled Hotel d'Ville and Dong Khoi Street - formerly the centre of haute couture in Saigon when it was known as Rue Catinat. We also visit the War Remnants Museum and take a short cyclo ride through the streets of Saigon and visit the bustling Ben Thanh central market.
Return to the hotel for lunch (included) and late check out, and then transfer to Saigon Airport.
Late Afternoon: Flight to Da Nang and Hotel Check-in
One of the most ancient cities in Vietnam, Da Nang was the centre of the Cham Dynasty from the 2nd century and today boasts the largest and most impressive collection of Cham artifacts anywhere in the world. Close by Da Nang is China Beach, immortalised for many by the US television show and still one of the most spectacular beaches in Asia.
On arrival in Da Nang we transfer the short distance to our resort, which is located right on the renowned China Beach - just a short drive from historic Hoi An town.
Evening: Optional Dinner in the town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Just a short drive from Da Nang, this unique town was a civilization cut off by the absence of rail lines and a silted river, leaving it frozen in time. In a country so ravaged by war, Hoi An managed to remain untouched, and as you wander the completely traffic-free streets of this ancient seaport it is not hard to imagine yourself amidst the sailors and merchants of the 18th Century, when Hoi An was one of the busiest trading ports in Asia. See architecture reminiscent of traders of a bygone era - Japanese, French, Chinese, and Indian, as well as beautifully preserved ancient houses. No cars are allowed to pass through Hoi An, making it an excellent village for walking.
Dinner will be at an innovative East-meets-West restaurant with dishes like rice paper tuna and nori rolls drizzled with passion fruit–mint yoghurt sauce and cashew-encrusted red snapper with spicy pineapple salsa. These dishes compete for attention with Hoi An’s covered Japanese bridge which is picturesquely reflected on the river.
Accommodations: Fusion Maia, Da Nang – Pool Suite Rooms
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch