Post Conference Tour (21.05.-23.05.2009)
Day 1. Hoi An - Da Nang - Hue
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to Da Nang City, an ancient land closely connected with cultural traditions, mixing the famous beautiful sites, the white sand beaches. Driver and guide will take you to visit China Beach, immortalised for many by the US television show and still one the most spectacular beaches in Asia.
The trip passes many spectacular scenarios along the National Highway 1, via the breathing Hai Van Pass, literal meaning "Sea and Cloud", is the highest and longest pass in Vietnam with the north- south national highway zigzagging through it for almost 20 km. Reaching to a height of 496 m above sea level the pass seems to be lost in the clouds almost all of the time. In the 15th century, King Le Thanh Ton when stopping here to admire the dreamy and majestic scene of sky cloud and sea called it "De Nhat Hung Quan" (the First Grandiose Landscape of the country). From the highest point of the pass, you get a bird's eye view of the rich lowlands encircling the city of Danang with its image reflected on the waters of Han River. To the south and at the foot of the mountain lies the Nam O seashore where there is a fine beach with gentle waves and fishing boats crowding the waterfront. Photo-stop somewhere in the Pass, get your perfect pictures of Lang Co beach, a spectacular landscape & peaceful fishing hamlet.
Welcome to Hue Royal City - the Complex of Monuments, the heart of central Vietnam served as Vietnams political capital 1802 to 1945 under the 13 emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty and was recognized as the World Cultural Heritage Site. Hue has been the Capital of a unified Vietnam, built at about the beginning of the 19th century, combines the oriental philosophy with the traditions of Vietnam. Intimately mingled with the natural environment, the beauty and special richness of the architecture and decorative art of the building are an original image of the Vietnamese monarchy at its most prosperous period.
After checking in at your hotel, we will visit the Imperial Citadel by car, the Forbidden Purple City. It contains a Flag Tower - a huge structure of three flat-top pyramids, the nine holy cannons are housed in two buildings beside the The Nhan and Quang Duc Miradors in the Citadel of Hue, Palace of the Supreme Harmony, was the building for great court's meetings. It faces the Noontime Gate (Ngo Mon Gate) and lies right on the central axis of the Citadel, The Mieu Temple is situated southwest of the Citadel and facing south, dedicated to ten Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty, then The Royal Theatre was the oldest of Vietnamese traditional stage that remained. Enjoy royal dance and musical show.( Option)
Free evening for individual exploring in dreamlike Hue. Overnight in Hue.
Day 2. Hue city tour
After breakfast, we embark on a dragon boat cruise upstream the romantic Perfume River to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda (Pagoda of Heavenly Lady), Hue's most preserved religious monument standing on the riverbank with its seven-floor tower.While the wind smoothly moves the bamboo branches
One hears the ThiêM. bell, and the Th.-Xuong rooster's song.
The Thien Mu Pagoda located on a sloping pine hill with the front side facing the Perfume River was built in 1601. Its 21-meter tower with seven stories and refined bell are the most beautiful sceneries of ancient pagodas in the whole country, and the highest spirit of Vietnamese. A moment to enjoy the beautiful views of sunset, the sun is setting down along the Perfume river, and the tinged clouds becoming dim on horizon. Let put in your mind the sceneries surroundings...they may be a shine star of lifetime and memorable feelings.
Following, we visit the Royal Tomb of King Khai Dinh. It is the final resting place of the Emperor of Vietnam from 1916-1925. The tomb represents a fusion of traditional Vietnamese style and modern influence. It is almost entirely made of concrete and includes many European architectural details. Afterwards, we visit the Royal Tomb of King Tu Duc, its serious sceneriesi and impressive architectures to remind a splendid monarchy. The circulate widely false news of the real tomb of Tu Duc remains hidden for future generations to discover.
Day 3. Hue
Visit of the Dong Ba market to learn about all kind of Hue recipes and ingredients.
Transfer to Hue airport (17 km) for the flight to Ho Chi Minh city or Hanoi.