Hoian City Tour – A Quaint Riverside Town
Day 1 – Hoian city tour (Breakfast, Lunch)
From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoian was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, and Portuguese and Arab traders. These people came primarily to trade in the high grade silk & ceramics which is still produced in the area.
- Northern Vietnam Adventure
- Saigon – Mekong delta boat trip – Hoi An
- Sapa – Lao Cai – Hue – Hoi An – Ha Noi
Today, Hoian is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century.
We start the day (08.15am / 13.00pm) with a drink then take part in a guided visit Hoi An’s colorful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later.
We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.
On arrival, we explore the cooking school’s herb and vegetable garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is first demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s, before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Included in the class is a brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and eat exactly what we have cooked. Finish at approximately 13.00 P.
In the afternoon, we enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200 – years old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hoian.
Day 2 – Hoian – drive toHue (Breakfast)
Breakfast at your hotel, then our driver will meet you at hotel’s lobby for transfer to Hue.
Hue is an ancient romantic land and famous for its magnificent architecture of citadel, palaces, pagodas and royal tombs built under the 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty in a poetic background of greenery on the bank of the Perfume River. Hue was recognized as the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1993. Hue has been representing the cultural and spiritual centre of Vietnam for a long period. On arrival in Hue, visit the Imperial Palace – a citadel surrounded by large moats. Then visit the King Tu Duc Mausoleum. It is a great pleasure to sit on the boat enjoying the traditional music on Perfume River.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hue