Danang and Hoi An

Ancient and Peaceful

Once one of the South-East Asia's busiest sea ports, the ancient town of Hoi An still maintains its traditional charm and architecture, having survived a number of wars relatively unscathed. Now considered one of Vietnam's tourism jewels, this peaceful town thrives on its tailoring trade, fantastic restaurants and perfect location right on the doorstep of the country's most sought-after beaches.

Hoi An Old Town rings with the sound of sewing machines and street hawkers, and being closed to cars, it's one of the most pedestrian friendly towns in Vietnam. Stroll along its ancient streets, explore jewellery and art stores, visit its colourful temples, and of course, visit a tailor and deck yourself out with a whole new wardrobe in a matter of hours.

The Marble Mountains, 10km south of Danang, are a cluster of 5 limestone hills studded with natural caves and grottos, some with Buddhist sanctuaries inside. Be sure to bring hiking boots, as you can head to Am Phu Cave and climb the 108 steps to the summit where you will enjoy a spectacular view.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Full Moon Festival: Once a month the Old Town in Hanoi transforms itself with silk lanterns, traditional food, dancing, singing and games.
  2. Fishing Boats at Danang Beach: this famous beach boats white sand and calm waters. Visit in the afternoon to see the local fishing boats coming in.
  3. Visit a Hoi An Tailor: The Old Town is filled with tailors ready to make made-to- measure clothing, from shoes and suits, to swimwear, or casual clothes - even underwear!

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