MarcomBest 11-14 November 2013
Location: National Convention Center, Hanoi, Vietnam




Day 1: Hanoi – Da Nang – Hoi An, Ancient Town (Lunch, Dinner)

At 8:00 AM our car will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi and take you directly to Noi Bai Airport for the flight to Da Nang leaving at 9:00 AM. Upon arrival at Da Nang Airport at 10:15 AM, you will again be taken by car from the airport to your hotel in Hoi An to check in and relax.

At 12:00 Noon we’ll enjoy our lunch in a specially selected local restaurant where you can choose from both local Hoi An food selections or international dishes of your choice.

After lunch, our English speaking guide will take you around for your first glimpse of the city of Hoi An; a major Asian trading port throughout the 17th and 18th centuries whose architecture and relaxed lifestyle have changed little over the years. We’ll later take a walking tour of the ancient town center to get a look at many of the former merchants' homes, as well as pay visits to a 400 year-old Japanese Covered Bridge and of course the colorful and lively Hoi An marketplace…

For dinner you can further explore the tastes of the local Hoi An cuisine, or choose from a wide selection of international dishes also available… then relax after dinner or make adventure out to explore Hoi An’s nightlife and later return to your hotel to retire for the evening.

Day 2: My Son Holy Land – Hoi An Town (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

8.00 AM: After having breakfast at the hotel, our car and guide will pick you up for a visit to “My Son Holy Land”.

My Son is the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization that ruled their kingdom in Central Vietnam for more than a thousand years from approximately the 1st century until the year 1200 a.d.! Their religion was primarily derived from Indian Hinduism – as the cultural and architectural remnants of that era visibly attest to still today.

The complex is comprised of seventy Hindu-styled towers and temples dating from the second century. This site is a must-see for those interested in oriental architecture and ancient civilizations and is now one of the five UNESCO designated World Heritage sites in Vietnam.

We will later return to the hotel in Hoi An, and after having lunch at another colorful and interesting local restaurant, we’ll go for a relaxing day of swimming and lounging at the local “Cua Dai Beach”.

Hoi An has forever been known as a shopper’s paradise! Particularly interesting for many is the opportunity to have custom tailored clothing made to order in a very short time and at a price you will surely find most reasonable.

Myriad other items you may find of interest will make perfect souvenirs for your friends and family back home…a few of which are hand crafted pictures made from rice as well as various types of ceramic imagery, vessels, and knick-knacks that are all perfect for giving as gifts or keeping as mementos of your Vietnam adventure.

The evening will offer up another chance to explore Hoi An’s nightlife or to simply relax for the evening at your hotel.

Day 3: Hoi An – Da Nang - Hue (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After breakfast at the hotel, our car and guide will pick you for the drive up to the city of Hue.

On the way to Hue we’ll make a stop to explore the “Marble Mountains”; a series of large marble outcrops which acquired mythical significance over the centuries… and indeed, still today remain host to many sacred Buddhist shrines found within the Marble Mountain’s systems of caves.

Travelers can enjoy viewing the wide expanse of ocean and other great sights visiable from the Marble Mountains that provide a magnificent vantage across the surrounding countryside.

When we leave the mountains we’ll take the short drive to “My Khe Beach” in Da Nang; a location advertised as one of the six most famous beaches in the world.

Later we’ll make a point of visiting the Cham Museum, which contains many of the finest samples still in existence of the various types of sculpture produced by the Cham Peoples, who lived in this area of Vietnam from the 4th to the 14th centuries.

Continuing on our drive we’ll go the “Hai Van Pass”… and later we’ll stop to enjoy the charming beauty of “Lang Co” – which has been long considered one of the 30 best natural bays in the world.

Our drive will also take us through the tranquil countryside and seemingly endless expanse of rice paddy-fields which comprise the “Tam Giang Lagoon”…

As we continue our drive we’ll eventually arrive in the city of Hue where we’ll check in to our hotel to unwind and relax.

In Hue City we’ll later get the chance to take a boat trip along the “Perfume River” to visit an ancient Pagoda built on a hillock overlooking the Perfume river which is indeed a famous icon of Vietnam and its image is the symbol that has always been representative of the ancient city of Hue.