DAY 6 HOI AN– FULL DAY HOI AN WALKING TOUR AND JEEP TOUR
Meals: Breakfast, lunch/ Accommodation: Hotel in Hoi An
08.00 – Pick up from your hotel by our tour guide. We will spend the afternoon visiting the Hoian ancient town. Recently named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Hoian is a trading outport dating back to the 16th century. Because of its location on the Thu Bon River, Hoi An became a magnet for merchants from all over the world. Today its streets display a rich mix of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and European architecture and culture. Explore the small town on foot. Here the streets, historical temples, centuries-old shopkeepers’ houses, and artisans’ quarters evoke an earlier time, when silks and brocades, ivory, fragrant oils, fine porcelain, innovative weaponry, and raw minerals were hawked by enterprising merchants and manufacturers. Visit Tan Ky House, a late 18th-century merchant’s residence. The Tan Ky family, very successful silk, tea, and rice traders originally from China lived here for seven generations and amassed quite a collection of paraphernalia. The house itself is a fine example of combined Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese architecture, typical of the older houses in Hoi An. The Fujian Association, also known as the Assembly Hall of the Fujian Chinese Congregation, was founded as a place where minority Fujian Chinese could hold meetings. Later it became a temple for the worship of Thien Hau, goddess of the sea and protector of fishermen and sailors. We will have lunch at a restaurant in town.
Afternoon, we will be pick up by our stylish American army jeep for an exploration of the Hoian countryside. We’ll start with a ride around the town toward Cua Dai bridge to cross Thu Bon river and get to Cam Kim island. The ride through the breathtaking scenery of rice paddies and farmland and enjoy the cooling breeze. Meeting local families is a must-do to see the real way of life in Vietnam. On this trip, we stop at a few friendly local families and learn how they make fish sauce, mat weaving, farming, boat making. We will also stop by a local drop-coffee and learn the art of coffee roasting. Later, we’ll get on a boat and make our way to the coast to Thu Bon river mouth and visit Cam Thanh village, home to the large water coconut palm mangrove. We finish the morning with a unique river trip on the local „Coracle boat“ through the canals and coconut palm mangrove. Return to your hotel.
Overnight in Hoi An.