Best Day Trips from Hoi An
By Viator, June 2013
Located 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Hoi An are the Cham ruins of My Son. The Hindu people known as the Cham occupied the coast on what is now Vietnam from the fourth to the thirteenth centuries, and the crumbling remains of their empire, set within an elevated basin of central Vietnam, are one of their most important architectural legacies. While it’s possible to take a bus to My Son from Hoi An and tour the complex on your own, you’ll find the experience more rewarding if you go with a guide who can offer a little history and cultural perspective on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After you’ve seen the ancient Cham ruins of My Son, spend a day on Cham Island, home to an ethnically Cham population. While the villages are interesting, the main draw on Cham Island is the diving and snorkeling off the coast of the remote islands in the area. Visibility tends to be at its best from late June through the end of August.
Popularized by the TV drama by the same name in the late 1980s, China Beach is one long stretch of golden sandy coast near Danang. It’s certainly not Vietnam’s most attractive beach, but it’s still beautiful and a great place to spend the day relaxing in the sun and sand.
Contributed by Lydia Schrandt
Tours & Tickets
Discover Vietnam through its delicious cuisine during this half-day culinary tour and cooking class. Shop at a local market and learn about the fresh ... Read more
Hoi An, Vietnam
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)