July 7, 2021 · 12 min read
Welcome to a brief 4-day itinerary named A Perfect Route in Central Vietnam. This region in the country contains various tourist destinations rich in culture and history, from the former Vietnam Imperial Capital to the royal mausoleums of former emperors to a preserved merchant’s house. The adventure begins in the culturally important Hue for two days before heading to the beautiful city of Hoi An for the last two. This itinerary might be short for days but is never short of destinations to visit and is an itinerary that’s not exhausting but rather refreshing.
Discover the beautiful Hue today as you visit the grand Hue Imperial City full of architectural wonders and history and the busy famous local walking street and bridge. Head to your hotel for check-in. Explore the grandiose of the Hue Imperial City with a guided tour. Here you will see a unique and impressive architectural design during the Nguyen Dynasty. You will also see the intense, nostalgic beauty of the many historical landmarks inside, such as the Meridian Gate, Thai Binh Pavilion, Thai Hoa Palace, Co Ha Garden, and others. During the afternoon, go for a walk at Nguyen Dinh Chieu Walking street. It is a charming and decent walking street perfect for trying their delightful street foods, exploring conventional craftsmanship exhibitions, and dainty souvenir shops. Before dinner, head to Truong Tien Bridge. Here you can take a romantic sunset walk while enjoying beautiful Perfume River views.
Visit Dong Ba Market, situated in a large grey building along the Perfume Riverbanks. This market opens as early as 3AM with hundreds of stalls selling clothing, handicrafts, household items, and fresh produce at low prices. Then head to the Tomb of Khai Dinh. This unique royal tomb is located on a mountainside that commemorates the Nguyen Emperor Kai Dinh. This royal tomb is designed to be difficult as guests need to pay their respects 127 steps up from street level. Visit the Tomb of Tu Duc, the final resting place of Emperor Tu Duc, who died in 1883. The site is massive and full of luxury, with unique architecture matching the surrounding landscapes. Finally, visit Thien mu Pagoda, a historic temple in Hue with the iconic seven-story pagoda.
A day of exploration around the town of Hoi An, discovering a beautifully preserved old house, a busy lantern shop, a museum of Asian history, a gorgeous Chinese assembly hall, and a famous bridge. Start at the Old House of Tan ky, a preserved 18th-century merchant heritage house filled with antiques and a gift shop. Located in Hoi An Old Town, it is considered the oldest and the most beautiful old house in the area. Visit Tuoi Ngoc Handmade. This place sells and lets you make handmade lanterns of various colors, shapes, and sizes as souvenirs. Head to Museum of Trade Ceramics. This museum showcases the origins and history of the town with trade history and relationships with Asian countries. Visit the Cantonese Assembly Hall that serves as the Cantonese Chinese community in Hoi An. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, one of Vietnam’s most iconic attractions. This historical bridge showcases beautiful Japanese architecture. End the night with a relaxing stroll along the Thu Bon River.
Before leaving Hoi An, don’t miss a last-minute shopping at Hoi An Central Market. This busy market smells of fragrant herbs and vibrant colors. Just don’t forget to haggle prices and practice your bargaining skills! Go to Tram Lang Café & Bar for a coffee and meal. This is a perfect place to chill before leaving. Finally, head to Da Nang Airport to catch your flight.