Tour to Hue, Hoi An & China Beach Gay Vietnam Tour
Five days and four nights in Hue, Hoi An and China Beach in Central Vietnam. See Hue, the nation's historic soul, wonderfully small Hoi An, and the endless beach resort area we have come to call China Beach. (We can reverse this itinerary if necessary). On our Hue, Hoi An, and China Beach adventure you will explore Vietnam's cultural heart ad one of Asia's finest beaches. See Hue's Perfume River plus many tombs and pagodas. Hoi An, the "Venice of Vietnam," remains from when centuries before the modern Vietnam was born. You'll see utterly charming lanes in a town where cars are not welcome, take a selfie on a 16th century Japanese bridge.
Day One: Begin in Either Hoi An or Hue
You can begin in Hue and travel South or begin in Hoi An and travel north. We will suggest flights based on where you want to be at the beginning and end of this journey.
We greet you at the airport and deliver you to your hotel. Later, travel by cyclo (pedicab) to the awe-inspiring Imperial Citadel and Forbidden Purple City, Vietnam's version of Beijing's Forbidden City. Nearly destroyed in two 20th century wars, the Citadel is now a UNESCO world heritage site. If you arrive early in the morning your guide will show you much more.
Day Two: Tu Duc's Tomb on the Perfume River
This morning we return to the shores of the Perfume River to visit a pagoda that has become the symbol of the "American war." If you are over fifty you may remember a Buddhist monk who sat in the lotus position in Saigon, poured gasoline over his head, and set himself ablaze as an act of protest of the war in Vietnam. You will see the towering pagoda where he live and the car he drove to Saigon.
Then onwards to the magnificent country palace of Emperor Tu Duc. On an elegant boathouse in a giant, man-made lake, Tu Duc spent his days writing poetry and contemplating the meaning of life. Morning dew gathered from giant lotus in the lake was used to brew his tea! Later, over a majestic bowl of delicious noodles, you may be inspired to write poetry about your own about life and loves.
Day Three: The Sea Meets the Clouds on the Hai Van Pass
Head south this morning, hugging the coastline on the Hai Van (the "sea meets the clouds") Pass, one of the single most spectacular drives you will ever take. The road zig-zags through three distinct climates. Vehicles of every description compete to grind slowly to the top, where you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Central Vietnam coast. There are actually several places knownas "China Beach" since the American war, and Hoi An has one of them.
You'll have time to explore Hoi An's "walking streets" later in the day. You'll definitely want to take home a few of the silk-covered lanterns that are a specialty of the town.
Day Four: Hoi An's Treasures, Day or Night
Early-risers can arrange a 4:30 a.m. bicycle trip to Vietnam's most fabulous beach, where hundreds of locals gather to enjoy a pre-dawn swim and wait for the spectacular sunrise. You will be back at your hotel in time to enjoy Hoi An's famous banana pancakes for breakfast. Or you can sleep in. You're the boss.
Later, your guide takes you on a walking tour through the narrow streets of Hoi An. You will visit a shop-house that has been occupied by the same family for hundreds of years, an ancient pagoda, and one of the charming local museums.
The rest of the day is free to pursue your pleasures. A lazy afternoon on the beach where cold beer and fresh seafood are delivered to you at the wave of a hand? Your guide will present other options that might interest you.
Day Five: Relax, Then Depart to Saigon, Hanoi, or Beyond
Morning at your leisure until we deliver you to Hue or Danang Airport for your flight to Saigon, Hanoi, Bangkok or beyond (unless you decide to stick around a while longer to enjoy the beach and the seafood.