Fly to Da Nang
Details: Museum of Cham Sculpture visit
From the 7th through the 17th centuries, Champa culture flourished in southern Vietnam. The culture was heavily influenced by India and brought both Hinduism and Buddhism into the country as well as creating a superb artistic heritage. See the highlights of Cham sculpture in this museum, including elaborate altars to Shiva and intricate animal figures.
Details: Travel to Hoi An via Marble Mountains & China Beach
Surf's up. China Beach, once famous as an R&R destination for American soldiers (and from the American TV show "China Beach"), now holds a different honor: In 1992, it was the site of Vietnam's first international surfing competition. The beautiful Marble Mountains, said to represent each of the five elements (water, wood, metal, earth, and fire), surround China Beach. The mountains contain mysterious caves and caverns, many now dedicated to deities.
Details: Hoi An city walk
Miraculously escaping the ravages of Vietnam's modern wars, the merchant city of Hoi An brings visitors back into old Vietnam. The town was once a major international port, and the influence of the Japanese, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and Chinese merchants who walked its streets lingers in its architecture. See merchant houses and shops from the 1700’s with their unique wooden doors, a picturesque Japanese-style covered bridge, and imposing assembly halls for Chinese residents with your tour director.