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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

7 Days Travel Itinerary in Vietnam. Hue Ancient Capital City in 1 Day

Day 1: 27 September 2018 (Thursday)  PENANG – KUALA LUMPUR - DANANG  
Penang (PEN - Penang Intl) Kuala Lumpur (KUL KLIA2) via AirAsia AK6111
Kuala Lumpur (KUL – KLIA2) DaNang (DAD) via AirAsia AK648
PM: Arrive DaNang International Airport
PM: Take Grab Taxi to Green House Hotel and check-in
PM: Walk to  My Khe Beach and dinner at Be Anh 2 Seafood Restaurant  
PM: Take Grab Taxi to Chè Thái Liên for local dessert

Day 2: 28 September 2018 (Friday)  ● HUE
AM: Breakfast at hotel, Green House Hotel
AM: Depart from hotel to Hue (distance 2.5 hours journey) 
AM: Minh Mang Tomb
AM: Khai Dinh Tomb
PM: Thien Mu Pagoda
PM: Imperial City (The Citadel)
PM: River Cruise at Perfume River
PM: Return to DaNang
PM: Dinner at Be Anh Seafood Restaurant
PM: Enjoy Dragon Bridge View at night followed by supper (local dessert) at 196 Bch Đng, Qun Hi Châu, DaNang, 550000

Day 3: 29 September 2018 (Saturday)  ● DANANG
AM: My Khe Beach
AM: Breakfast at hotel, Green House Hotel
AM: Take Coco Bus Tour N2 at East Sea Park
AM: Linh Ung Pagoda (Lady Buddha of DaNang)
AM: Marble Mountain
PM: Roman Catholic Diocese of DaNang
PM: Han Market
PM: Shopping at Big C, DaNang
PM: Dinner at Lotteria at Parkson, DaNang   

Day 4: 30 September 2018 (Sunday)  ● BANA HILLS
AM: Visit Man Thai Fishing Village
AM: Breakfast at hotel, Green House Hotel
AM: Depart from DaNang to Bana Hills (journey to BaNa Hills is around 45minutes)
AM: Arrive at BaNa Hill Gateway. Took hotel to Hoi An Station walk to Bordeaux Station Louvre Station  
AM: Check-in Mercure Danang French Village Bana Hills
PM: Visit French Village
PM: Fantasy Park
PM: Visit Linh Chua Linh Tu Temple, Ba Shrine, Tombstone Temple, Spiritual Zone 
PM: Take the Funicular to Flower Garden
PM: Visit Le Jardin d’Amour Flower Garden
PM: Visit Linh Ung Pagoda
PM: Visit Golden Bridge
PM: Fantasy Park

Day 5: 1 October 2018 (Monday)  ● HOI AN
AM: Breakfast at hotel, Mercure Danang French Village Bana Hills
AM: Walk along French Village
AM: Check-out from hotel
AM: Take cable car from L’indochine Station to Toc Tien Station
AM: Take Grab Taxi to Hoi An (distance 1.5 hours journey)
AM: Check-in River Suites Hoi An and refresh
PM: Visit Japanese Bridge (Chua Cau)
PM: Visit Trung Hoa Assembly Hall
PM: Quang Trieu (Cantonese) Assembly Hall
PM: Visit Fukian Assembly Hall (Phuc Kien)
PM: Dinner at Old Garden Restaurant
PM: Hoi An Night Market 

Day 6: 2 October 2018 (Tuesday)  ● HOI AN
AM: Breakfast at hotel, River Suites Hoi An
AM: Visit Old House of Tan Ky
AM: Watch Art Performance at Hoi An Traditional Art Performance House and play Bai Choi (Vietnamese Bingo Game) 
AM: Visit Hoi An Market
PM: Visit Japanese Town and Phung Hung Ancient House
PM: Stroll around Hoi An Ancient Town and watch sunset along the river banks
PM: Put paper lanterns on the river (at night)
PM: Dinner at Nha Hang Vi Que Vietnamese Restaurant
PM: Hoi An Night Market
PM: Supper at CocoBox Hoi An

Day 7: 3 October 2018 (Wednesday)  ● HOI AN - KUALA LUMPUR – PENANG
AM: Breakfast at hotel, River Suites Hoi An
AM: Hoi An Ancient Town and Cau An Hoi (Bridge)
AM: Hoi An Japanese Bridge
AM: Check-out from hotel and depart to DaNang (distance approx.. 45minutes journey)
AM: Depart from DaNang (DAD) International Airport via AirAsia AK649 - Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL – KLIA2) via AirAsia AK6138 - Penang (PEN - Penang Intl Airport) 

It was love at first sight when I arrived in Hue. Hue is a small city in Vietnam with a very rich history. History lovers like me will find a huge amount to enjoy here. In fact, prior to this trip, I’ve heard and learnt a lot about the “Citadel” from various travel websites. That UNESCO Heritage Site is justly so famous.

To begin with, we made a day trip to Hue from DaNang. We rented a car and driver to navigate the sights of Hue for us in one day. The journey took us nearly 3 hours drive by car from DaNang (quite a distance to me) passing by Lang Co Beach. Upon arrival, I was impressed by its quiet and deliberate lifestyle of the people living in Hue.
Imperial Tomb of Minh Mang
If you’ve got one day in Hue just like us, you need to visit these places: Minh Mang Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb, Thien Mu Pagoda (Pagoda of the Celestial Lady), The Citadel and Perfume River.
The Dai Hong Mon Gate - the central gate was opened only once to let the Emperor's mortal remains
Visiting the royal tombs is another thing you shouldn’t miss when traveling to Hue. Since we didn’t have much time in Hue, we randomly chose two tombs to visit in Hue – which is (i) Minh Mang Tomb and (ii) Khai Dinh Tomb.  We chose Khai Dinh Tomb because it is near to Thien Mu Pagoda.
Imperial sights of Minh Mang Tomb
The most majestic of all royal tombs
Minh Mang Tomb is surrounded by lake
Gateway to Imperial Minh Mang Tomb
One for the album
The ancient capital of Vietnam was home to the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty and seven of their tombs lie along the Perfume River. The Tomb of Minh Mang is situated in An Bang village, on the west bank of the Perfume River in a beautifully landscaped area which includes lakes and canals. This majestic tomb is renowned for its architecture and landscaping. The construction of this tomb began on the year of Emperor Minh Mang reign from 1820 to 1840, but it was still incomplete upon his death. It fell to his son and successor Thieu Tri to complete his final resting place, with the help of about ten thousand workers and artisans.
Statues in the courtyard of the tomb
Steles Pavilion of Minh Mang Tomb
The tomb reflects Chinese architectural concepts
The tomb reflects Chinese architectural concepts
If architecture is something you are passionate about, you will be amazed by the beauty of Khai Dinh Tomb, one of the most visited and elaborate of the Emperor Tombs in Hue. The ceramics adorning the inside of the tomb are impressive and the mix of Vietnamese and European architecture. To me, this tomb has the most unique design and took a long time to build. I was overwhelmed by the detailed and colorful mosaics and engravings of dragons on the wall and the ceiling. You just have to come and see it for yourself!
The entrance to Khai Dihn Tomb
Khai Dihn Tomb Facade
Khai Dinh Tomb is the most visited tomb in Hue
One of the most outstanding stuctures of Nyugen dynasty
The interior of Khai Dinh Tomb
The talent of the 12th King
Combination of traditional and French modern style
Love this piece of art
Statues of the royal guards standing at the entrance of the tomb
The surroundings at Khai Dinh Tomb

Outside the complex monuments in another part of Hue, is the oldest pagoda in the city called Thien Mu Pagoda (Pagoda of the Celestial Lady) built in 1601, and associated with many legends. Local people say “If you come to Hue without visiting Thien Mu Pagoda, it means you have never been to Hue.” The seven-story Pagoda is overlooking the Perfume River, is an iconic Hue backdrop and a symbol of the ancient city. It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times in the years since.
Thien Mu Pagoda
The oldest Pagoda in Hue, built in 1601
After our lunch break, the driver dropped us to the “Citadel”.  If you happen to visit Hue, you need to visit the “Citadel”.  Here’s a little bit of history about the “Citadel”. It was founded as Vietnam’s capital city by King Gia Long – the first King of the Nguyen Dynasty in 1802.  The massive complex features hundreds of monuments and ruins, including the residence of the royal family, which was badly damaged by time and wars.
The Meridian Gate also known as South Gate, main entrance to the imperial
A vividly restored gateway in the citadel
Old image of Khai Dinh Emperor with his highest ranking mandarins in the citadel
The grounds of a restored palace in the citadel
More gates in imperial city

Map of the ancient citadel
An animal statue at the citadel, Hue

The Citadel area contains the imperial residence, Hoang Thanh (Imperial City), Tu Cam Thanh (Forbidden Purple City) and other royal palaces. There’s so much to see there – royal tombs, flag towers, pagodas, temples, library and museums which will take you around 3 hours to explore every corner of its maze.  However due to time constraint, we spent only two hours in this Citadel.
Myself posing in front of an ornate decorated gate
One for the album - Us at the path through a manicured garden
The Pavilion of Splendor
The Pavilion of Splendor
Dien Tho Residence Gate
Myself posing in front of Ngo Mon Gate

Today, only a handful of buildings still stand within the citadel, which once had more than 250 buildings. Still the citadel area is still well worth a visit. The vast complex was once the administrative centre of southern Vietnam during the 17th and 18th Centuries and, although the complex is in disrepair and restoration has been slow, it’s still well worth a visit. At around 5.30pm, we left the Imperial City and make our way back to DaNang.
The flag tower overlooking the citadel in Hue
Travelers visiting Hue can also see imposing city gates and walls, beautifully restored halls, and the ancient moat fed by the Huong (Perfume) River.  Do not miss the dragon boat along the Perfume River too!
Hue's version of dragon boat
The perfume river in Hue
We think it was a little rushed to spend just one day in Hue. There were so many things we wish to see in Hue.

Green House Hotel (27 – 30 Sept 2018)
Address: 22-24 Ha Chuong, Son Tra District, Da Nang Vietnam
Tel: 84 (236) 3939868
Room price: MYR287.37 /3 nights for 2 adults booked via Expedia
Room type: Deluxe Room (Partial Sea View) inclusive of breakfast

Air Itinerary Details:
AirAsia: Penang (PEN) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – DaNang (DAD)/ DaNang (DAD)– Kuala Lumpur (KUL) - Penang (PEN)
From             To                 Flight        Date                    Dep    Arr
PEN                KUL               AK6111        27 Sept 2018       07:10  08:10
KUL                DAD              AK648         27 Sept 2018       10:30  12:05
DAD               KUL               AK649          3 Oct 2018          12:35  16:20
KUL               PEN               AK6138        3 Oct 2018          17:55   18:55
Return ticket fare/person: MYR473 (KUL-DAD-KUL) + MYR178.48 (PEN-KUL-PEN) = MYR651.48 (Economy Class)

VietJetAir : Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to DaNang (DAD)
From         To             Flight           Date                  Dep      Arr
SGN            DAD           VJ628            27 Sept 2018     09:00   10:20
One-way ticket fare/person (inclusive of 20kgs baggage allowance): USD39.95
VietJetAir Booking Website: https://vietjetair.com/Sites/Web/en-US/Home

Tips for visiting ancient tombs, citadel and pagodas:
Dress appropriately. Skirts or pants that cover the knees for woman and pants for men. Sleeveless tops are not allowed.
Bring small change to pay your entrance fees.
Recommend to stay overnight in Hue.
Dress Appropriately
Entrance Fee(s):
Imperial City - 150,000VND 
Khai Dinh Tomb -  100, 000 VND 
Minh Mang Tomb - 100, 000 VND 
Thien Mu Pagoda – Free 

DaNang - Hue - DaNang (Day/Round Trip via 4 seated car inclusive of driver/petrol/toll) - 1,400,000VND (Minh Mang Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb, Thien Mu Pagoda, Hue Citadel, Perfume River)

Note: All entrance / transportation fees and accommodation rates/charges listed on this post are based on our (chengywong.blogspot.com) travel dates (2018) and therefore subject to change(s). ©chengywong.blogspot.com is not responsible for content on external web sites. 

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