Da Nang (Hue), Vietnam
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Approximately 5½ Hours
Meals not included
Discover the highlights of Da Nang, known for its scenic river embankment, tree-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafés and old colonial villas. The city's diverse history is reflected in its cultural attractions and remnants of colonial architecture dating from the 17th and 18th centuries when Da Nang was occupied by the French.
After a panoramic drive through the bustling city streets, your first stop is at the Han Market, offering a mix of fresh foods, handicrafts and clothing.
Another short drive brings you to the Cham Museum, established in 1936 as the Ecole Française d'Extreme Orient to house the relics of the powerful Hindu culture that once ruled central Vietnam. The museum has the largest collection of Cham sculpture in the world, with works ranging from the 4th to 14th centuries, presented in a well-planned series of open pavilions. Considered the world's best and most diverse exhibition of Cham relics and sandstone carvings, the Cham Museum houses more than 300 pieces of artwork and temple decorations.
Head outside the city to Marble Mountain, comprised of five hills that represent the five elements of the universe—water, wood, fire, metal and earth. Visit to the Hell cave in Marble Mountain, before a visit to a traditional marble sculpture workshop . Proceed to Marble Beach. During the Vietnam War, American troops used this area as one of their major base camps. Since then, resorts and hotels have been built along the 25-mile-long beach. Sip a local drink, relax and enjoy the sea breeze, sun and sand, before returning to the pier.
Please note: The Cham Museum is not air-conditioned.