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Top Things To Do & See in Hoi An & Da Nang shore excursions

Being translated as “opening of a large river”, Da Nang is located on the coast of the South China Sea at the mouth of the Han River – an ideal position which is just within 100 km of various UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Imperial City of Hue, the Old Town of Hoi An and the My Son ruins and so on including in Hoi An & Da Nang shore excursions. Moreover, Lady Buddha, Han River Bridge, My Khe beach and many many more destinations make Da Nang is a must-visit city in any Vietnam shore excursions. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An is famous worldwide even from the meaning of its name “peaceful meeting place”. Hoi An architecture is the most significant feature makes everyone remember most about this city. Why? Because it is special – the mix of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and French architecture. Can you find another town where have both Japanese bridges – the symbol of Hoi An and the Old Quarter of Hoi An in a small city with 60 km2 and 120,000 citizens? Moreover, 30km is the distance between those two makes the Hoi An day trips from Tien Sa cruise port in Da Nang city is the most popular one. Da Nang is one of Vietnam’s most important port cities, so there is no reason makes you go Hoi An shore excursions first and then come back to start your Da Nang shore excursions. To help tourists in preparing for their Da Nang & Hoi An shore excursions, a specific list of things to do and see in both city will be mentioned below as a reference for tourists to choose the most suitable tours for you.

Top Things to Do & See in Da Nang Shore Excursions

Climb up to the mountain to explore the religion of Da Nang

Going to the religious areas such as pagodas, church and so on is the best way to find out which religions the local people are following. With the tourists who care about religions as well as want to immerse themselves in a religious atmosphere, Linh Ung Pagoda is highly recommended for tourists. Being located in the Son Tra Peninsula, the pagoda is considered as the largest pagoda in Da Nang City for both scale and art of architecture. Linh Ung Pagoda - attraction for Da Nang shore excursionsEven though the architecture of the pagoda itself is attracted tourists – a contemporary style combined with an inherent tradition of pagodas in Vietnam; the 18 stone statues of the 18 Arhats and especially the Guanyin statue, in fact, make the pagoda even more popular than ever before. These sophisticated, sharp but smooth 18 statues are believed to be the original followers of the Buddha whose emotions represent for joy, love, anger, and sadness. Being the tallest statue in Vietnam (220-foot), the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy – the Lady Buddha statue can be seen even you are very far away. Standing up in the top of the mountains will give tourists a breathtaking scenery which is absolutely different from the view in the cruise ship of your Da Nang shore excursions.

Enjoy Da Nang street food

Even though Da Nang shore excursions are famous for various extraordinary beaches, some of those also being regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world such as Non Nuoc Beach; many tourists come to this lovely city just because of Da Nang’s street food. Just forget about the beach and use your wallet for eating is enough! My Quang or Quang noodles is definitely the first dish you should try first when you come to Da Nang. Why? Because it is truly the representatives for the original taste of Da Nang. Besides, Banh Xeo (Sizzling Crepes), Bun Cha Ca (Fish cake noodle) or Oc Hut (Da Nang spicy snail) are also highly recommended. Furthermore, you will regret if you visit a by-the-sea city without trying its seafood. Da Nang street food - shore excursionsWhen you are in your Da Nang shore excursions, it is totally easy for tourists to see a wide range of fishermen who are going fishing. So you don’t need to worry about how fresh the seafood is. Just go to a seafood restaurant along the beach, choose your favorite live seafood, and you can see how your fish will be served. Your only concern is that your wallet is thick enough to let you try them all or not. Crab in tamarind sauce, grilled and steamed clams are some must-try dishes.

Top Things to Do & See in Hoi An Shore Excursions

Delve into UNESCO World Heritage Centre – Hoi An Ancient Town

Vietnam is so proud of their unique heritage site – a well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century – Hoi An Ancient Town. If the Imperial Citadel and Forbidden city evoke everyone about Hue, Hoi An Ancient Town is definitely the representatives of Hoi An in particular as well as Vietnam in general. Hoi An Ancient Town - shore excursionsAs mentioned above, the things make this small town unique because it reflects a fusion of indigenous – Vietnamese and foreign cultures which mainly from Chinese, Japanese with later European influences. Comprising 1,107 timber of frame buildings with brick or wooden walls such as architectural monuments, commercial and domestic vernacular structures, an open market and so on, Hoi An is absolutely an outstanding material manifestation of a cultural mixture international commercial port. You have to travel about 30km for Hoi An day trips from Da Nang city, and even longer time, even further distance to travel from other countries to Vietnam; there is no reason for tourists not to visit this unique small town especially for those history-lovers.

Immerse yourself in Hoi An nature

It is such a good new for natural lovers when going to Hoi An shore excursions from Tien Sa port, you are offered the Hoi An Farming and Fishing Eco tour. It is such a good chance for tourists to experience the traditional method of local people on farming as well as go fishing on your own. You will never have to wonder about how the local people did farming in the past without any machines. Wearing traditional customs as well as a conical hat and plastic boots to get ready, tourists and his friend – a buffalo will do everything themselves from preparing the land for sowing to fertilizing the garden and so on, of course, with the guide of the experts – the local farmers. It will definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget. After leaving Mother Land, tourists can meet their Ocean Mom one more time, her wave will take you out there to the river then you will have the chance to meet and witness local fishermen working by their traditional net fishing. You just need to enjoy your hands-on experience to know how they catch that fresh delicious seafood. Or you can even try to do it if you want to.

Explore Cham Island

It just takes about 15km by boat from Hoi An to this Vietnamese Hawaii, you should never miss it. Used to be a Hong Kong-style colony, Cham Island or Cu Lao Cham is home of 8 islands locating off Vietnam’s central coast. As Hoi An, Cu Lao Cham is also a unique destination because it is the only region in Vietnam that the “cua da” (the stone crab) with violet and orange colored shells can be found. Along with this special creature, Cham Island attracts tourists by its diversity of fauna and flora of the archipelago and its religious monuments also. The area around this island is the home of 135 species of coral, 4 species of tiger shrimp and 84 species of a mollusk; many of which are listed in Vietnam and the world Red Book of endangered species. That is the reason why these days Cham islands are also a Marine Protected Area (MPA). Cu Lao Cham from Hoi An shore excursionsBesides, Cu Lao Cham also famous for a temple which is the tradition for worshipping the whale in Vietnam’s central coastal areas began in the 19th century. Each island has its own significant feature such as Hon Lao – the largest island and Bai Lang – a traditional fishing village. Just a short distance for an interesting island, such a big deal to color your Hoi An shore excursions, why you don’t try?