This is the part 3 of my diary in tours to Cambodia and Vietnam. This article is about the journey I took in day 7, 8, 9 in Vietnam. Take a look at this post for reference
Day 7: HUE – DANANG – HOI AN
Huong River (Perfume River) and Thien Mu Pagoda
After breakfast, I rented a boat and had a wonderful cruise on Perfume River. Beside the river, local people had started their daily routine. Today we were going to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. This 17th-century pagoda is still the symbol of Hue today. There was Buddha statue in each floor of the pagoda.
After lunch, I left Hue to travel to Da Nang. On the way to Da Nang, I could see the mountain slopes with tropical vegetation, large lagoons where fishermen with giant nets were at work, beautiful bays with white beaches. Finally, I arrived to Da Nang. Da Nang is 30 km away from Hoi An. The plan was to visit charming Cham Museum – the largest collection of Cham sculpture, where more than 300 sandstone sculptures was stored. Those scuptures was influent from India culture and Cambodia culture. After the museum, I visited the Marble Mountains and the mountains of the five elements Fire, Wood, Gold, Earth and Water. The hills are a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists but also a famous tourist attraction. Then, I continued my Vietnam tour to Hoi An. In the late afternoon I arrived to the ancient Hoi An.
Day 8: HOI AN
Hoi An is a charming town on the banks of the Thu Bon River, founded in the 15th century. For a long time, Hoi An was a major port and trading port where Chinese, Japan-tensioners and Europeans traded. The various architectural styles in Hoi An is the evidence of this international trading. Nowadays, picturesque Thu Bon river together with the sea has made Hoi An be the most charming town in Vietnam. In Hoi An, you can also have your clothes made at a bargain price. .
In the morning, I left the hotel and walked around Hoi An. The Japanese bridge which was the link between the Japanese and the Chinese community is the main attraction of Hoi An. I visited the old merchant’s house Phung Hung: it was built 200 years ago and was inhabited by the eighth generation of the merchant family up until now. The Chinese have always played an important role in Hoi An: I could see numerous Chinese community centers here and that might be the most important evidence. In Hoi An you definitely will be tempted by numerous souvenir shops, art galleries and tailors just like I did. Clothing can be tailored here at extremely cheap prices and all the latest fashion could be found here. After a morning walking around Hoi An, my luggage became a lot heavier with clothes and souvenir.
Hoi An is beautiful and Hoi An holiday packages is worth booking.
Day 9: HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY
This is the ninth day of my holiday package to Vietnam – Cambodia. Today I visited the temple complex of My Son, which is located in Quang Nam province, 69 kilometers from southwest of the city of Da Nang. In 1999 the complex of My Son is included on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Inside the dynasty of My Son Champa was an imperial city. The temples were built between the 4th and 12th centuries. This Hindu shrine has a total of 79 religious buildings. Many temples and towers are interconnected. The main tower is the temple of Shiva. The architecture of My Son is one of the main tourist attractions in Quang Nam province, and in Vietnam. This is the place that every visitor must come. Ho Chi Minh City, which the Vietnamese still called Saigon, in fact, the economic heart of Vietnam and also the largest city in the country. The modern town lies in the south of the country, at the beginning of the Mekong Delta. Saigon is the most modern and western city of Vietnam. Modern International restaurants could be found everywhere. The colonial architecture gives the city still a European touch.
EXPLORATION OF SAIGON
Arriving in Ho Chi Minh city, we drove through the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial district. It is inside the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Post Office, and was built in art deco style by Eiffel in 1891. Then we walk along the Continental Hotel, Opera, City Hall at the Ben Tan Market, the largest market in the center of this bustling city.