Da Nang Evening Food Tour

Today’s Da Nang is wealthy, modern and a rapidly expanding city – it’s our third largest.  You’ll experience a bustling but stable place that is comfortable with itself.  Unsurprisingly its where many Vietnamese aspire to live!  So its sometimes hard to imagine Da Nang’s long history with origins dating back to the ancient kingdom of Champa.  During early Dai Viet times, it was called Cua Han, and Tourane in our French colonial period. 

With this long and diverse history comes a fiercely proud people with unique culinary traditions, making Da Nang one of the most compelling food destinations anywhere in South East Asia.  Xuan Tu’s private 4½ hour evening adventure will immerse you in the sight, smell and taste of Vietnamese food.  

This Private Tour is NOT about the international food chains that have started to import their blandness into our country, neither is it the higher-end establishments that have popped up to tempt western tastes and western wallets!  This is about food for everyday Vietnam, food that stimulates all five senses at everyday prices for local people, and prepared with pride at market food stalls, make-shift street restaurants and in what sometimes appears to be the owner’s front room!

We laughed and shared many stories along the way about our different cultures and lifestyles. If you’re looking for a different experience in trying local foods and flavours, this is the tour for you. So many interesting sights and sounds as we walked the streets of DaNang

– client TripAdvisor review

We meet at your Da Nang hotel at 16.30 for introductions then make our way to Long Coffee Cafe (Long is Dragon in Vietnamese) where we discuss our food itineraries (and any intolerances) with you.  Known by locals as the ‘always-crowded cafe‘ and the oldest in Da Nang, it is THE place to start our tour.  Then as evening falls we see the amazing kaleidoscope of coloured lights which illuminate Da Nang’s streets and famous bridges as we start our foodie journey. 

We try at least 10 local delicacies which could include pate breadsticks to various steamed savoury rice cakes, Vietnamese pizza and salads to the rice dumplings originally created for the emperors in the Imperial City of Hue, Vietnamese soup to the spring rolls of Central Vietnam, and finishing this foodie part of our evening by trying the local’s favourite dessert!  All depending of course on availability and your personal preferences. 

Finally, though, our evening will come to a close at around 21.00 when we return you safely to your hotel or give you great recommendations for the rest of your evening in this most vibrant of Asian cities.

What’s included:

  • a full 4½ hour private guided tour in English
  • all food taken
  • cold, bottled mineral water
  • moist towellettes
  • Da Nang or Hoi An hotel meet

What’s excluded:

  • alcoholic drinks if taken

How to book a tour:

  1. Press ‘BOOK NOW’ & complete Contact Form.
  2. Send to Xuan Tu Private Tours.  Xuan Tu will personally check availability and return proposal and cost.
  3. Is the Proposal/Cost acceptable?  Simply let Xuan Tu know and your booking is confirmed

Hoi An Private Sightseeing & Food Tour

Hoi An Tours - Sightseeing and Food Tours

By joining together our successful evening food tour with late afternoon sightseeing we offer a Private Guided Tour for our visitors who may only have limited time in Hoi An, or for those who just want to experience a ‘snapshot’ of this most enchanting town with its foodie culture!

Today’s Hoi An is an expanding country town surrounded by paddy fields farmed mainly by women in ‘coolie’ hats growing rice.  Verdant fields full of herbs and vegetables worked by water buffalo and the Thu BôÌn river where fishermen use methods unchanged through generations.  But Hoi An’s star attraction is its historic Old Town dating mainly from the 15th – 19th centuries, indeed it possessed the largest harbour in S.E. Asia as far back as the 1st century.  The Old Town is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site so its not hard to imagine Hoi An’s long history with its beautiful beaches and old port overlooking the East Vietnam Sea – during the period of ‘China trade’ the town was called Hai Pho (Seaside Town) and its Japanese merchants believed the ‘heart of all Asia’ lay beneath Hoi An in the 18th century.

This long history has given Hoi An, through its cookery schools and 100+ restaurants, the accolade of ‘premier food destination’ in Vietnam.  So Xuan Tu’s private 5 hours late afternoon and evening adventure is designed to immerse you in the history & culture of the Old Town AND the sight, smell and taste of what is probably the healthiest cuisine in the world – genuine food that stimulates all five senses at everyday prices for local people, and prepared with pride at market food stalls, make-shift street restaurants and in what often seems to be the owner’s front room! 

We meet in your Hoi An hotel at 15.30 where introductions are made and we discuss our itinerary (and any food intolerances) with you.  We begin our private food experience with a ‘Banh Mi’ (a baguette by any other name, and already we are seeing those historic influences on our country – here the French Colonial period!), before our sightseeing tour of this historic, charming & complete Vietnamese Old Towns.
We include visits to a temple, workshops, old houses with a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese, Hindu, Japanese & Portuguese influences, some dating back to 1780 and not forgetting our famous Japanese Bridge built in 1719.  Hoi An is a shoppers paradise, especially its well-known tailor and shoe shops!  Look out for Hoi An’s famous lanterns which adorn its streets and buildings, they are a good souvenir of your visit here from the lantern shops.  The Central Market is a perfect choice to see local food and is a good starting point for our evening foodie journey. 

It’s been less than a week’s time since we’re back to our home town, much of the beautiful moments are still lingering on our minds! Thanks Xuan Tu for all the great arrangements 🙂  Your team is well-worth to rank #1 in TripAdvisor!

– client TripAdvisor review

During your Hoi An tour we try some 10 local delicacies depending on availability and your personal preferences.  From traditional Vietnamese coffee to central Vietnam’s famous spring rolls and BBQ pork skewers, from steam savoury rice cakes to deep fried seafood wonton, perhaps ending with a favourite street dessert! 

As you can imagine, probably the best place to see the beautiful kaleidoscope of coloured lights & lanterns that illuminate Hoi An and its riverfront is from the river itself before our evening comes to a close at around 20:00.

We ensure you are returned safely to your hotel or give you great recommendations for the rest of your evening in this most atmospheric of Vietnamese old towns.

What’s included:

  • a full 5 hour private guided walking tour in English
  • all entry fees & food taken
  • cold, bottled mineral water
  • moist towellettes
  • Hoi An or Da Nang hotel meet

What’s excluded:

  • alcoholic drinks if taken

How to book a tour:

  1. Press ‘BOOK NOW’ & complete Contact Form.
  2. Send to Xuan Tu Private Tours.  Xuan Tu will personally check availability and return proposal and cost.
  3. Is the Proposal/Cost acceptable?  Simply let Xuan Tu know and your booking is confirmed

Hoi An Evening Food Tour

Hoi An is an expanding country town surrounded by paddy fields farmed mainly by women in ‘coolie’ hats growing rice, verdant fields full of herbs and vegetables worked by water buffalo, and the Thu Bồn river where fishermen use methods unchanged through generations. But Hoi An’s star attraction is its historic Old Town dating mainly from the 15th – 19th centuries, indeed it possessed the largest harbour in S.E. Asia as far back as the 1st century. 

The Old Town is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site so its not hard to imagine Hoi An’s long history with its beautiful beaches and old port overlooking the East Vietnam Sea – during the period of ‘China trade’ the town was called Hai Pho (Seaside Town) and its Japanese merchants believed the ‘heart of all Asia’ lay beneath Hoi An in the 18th century.

This long & varied history has today given Hoi An, through its cookery schools and 100+ restaurants, the accolade of the ‘premier food destination’ in Vietnam.  So Xuan Tu’s private 3 hours evening adventure is designed to immerse you in the sight, smell and taste of what is probably the healthiest cuisine in the world! 

Likes and dislikes were taken into account and nothing was too difficult for Lam to organise. We tried around 15 different foods from market stalls, street vendors and restaurants. I would highly recommend this food tour for anyone visiting Hoi An

– client TripAdvisor review

Our Private Walking Tour is most definitely NOT about the international food chains that have started to import their blandness into our country, neither is it the higher end establishments that have popped up to tempt western tastes and western wallets!  This is about food for everyday Vietnam, food that stimulates all five senses at everyday prices for local people, and prepared with pride at market food stalls, make-shift street restaurants and in what sometimes seems to be the owner’s front room!  

We meet in your Hoi An hotel at 17.00 where introductions are made and we discuss our food itinerary (and any intolerances) with you.  Then while evening falls we experience the beautiful kaleidoscope of coloured lanterns that illuminate the town streets as we embark on our foodie journey.  Xuan Tu’s private food tours are as much about the culture, people and sights of historic Vietnam through interaction with local Hoianians, as it is the amazing food of our country. 

We try some 10 local delicacies depending on availability and your personal preferences.  From traditional Vietnamese coffee to central Vietnam’s famous spring rolls and BBQ pork skewers, from steam savoury rice cakes to deep fried seafood wonton and perhaps ending with a favourite street dessert!  Finally though, our evening will come to a close at around 8.00 when we return you safely to your hotel or give you great recommendations for the rest of your evening in this most atmospheric of Vietnamese towns

What’s included:

  • a full 3 hours private guided walking tour in English
  • all food taken
  • cold, bottled mineral water
  • moist towellettes
  • Da Nang or Hoi An hotel meet & greet

What’s excluded:

  • alcoholic drinks if taken

How to book a tour:

  1. Press ‘BOOK NOW’ & complete Contact Form.
  2. Send to Xuan Tu Private Tours.  Xuan Tu will personally check availability and return proposal and cost.
  3. Is the Proposal/Cost acceptable?  Simply let Xuan Tu know and your booking is confirmed

Private My Son Sanctuary Tour

my son with xuan tu private vietnam tours

My Son Sanctuary is a microcosm of Viet Nam, past & present.  Your Xuan Tu Private Tour of this historic site from either Da Nang or Hoi An encompasses much of Vietnamese history; The Champa Kingdom, Hinduism, Chinese Invasion, the rise of the Viet’s, the French colonial period, The Vietnam War, UNESCO recognition of Viet Nam’s culture & history, plus more recent links between our government and countries such as Poland, Germany, Italy and Japan who helped to save many My Son statutes & relics and provided maintenance of the site.

My Son is Vietnam’s most extensive Champa Kingdom’s architectural remains, dating from the 4th to 13th centuries – although recent investigation suggests the site may have been active even earlier.  The Champa ruled central & southern Vietnam from around the 2nd century until the first conquest by the Dai Viet emperor in 1471 and their final absorption into the Vietnamese state in 1832.  My Son went into steady decline until rediscovery by the French in the late 1800’s who for many years restored parts of the complex.  After the unification of Vietnam in 1975, conservation work began again in earnest and now the conservation of the property is of a high standard with both national and international teams working on site 

In addition to its natural decline, Indo-China Wars and WW2 saw damage to the site, but it was 3 days in August 1968 that saw substantial destruction of the site and its jungle surrounds by carpet bombing which reduced the number of upright tower-temples to around 23 and this is the evocative site you see today.  

Our tour was scheduled by the company for an afternoon departure which was ideal, as by the time we arrived at My Son it was almost deserted and we avoided all the bus loads of tourists from the morning. It was also much cooler to walk around

– Client TripAdvisor Review

My private half day tour starts at your hotel lobby in Da Nang or Hoi An, and in our modern air conditioned vehicle my professional driver take us to the entrance of this amazing site.  Located in a hidden valley the sumptuous jungle setting is overlooked by Cat’s Tooth Mountain (My Son in Vietnamese is ‘beautiful mountain’).  We can make comfort stops to freshen-up if required. 

From the entrance we take a short buggy ride and once in the sanctuary we are treated to a short cultural show of Champa song & dance – thankfully the Champa people still remain in Vietnam, albeit as a minority.  We guide you around the site, look especially at the carved brick built structures which appears to have no mortar holding them together!  

My Son was recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in the late 1990’s so you will see a gradual and on-going restoration to some structures. I am often asked what happened to artefacts, statutes etc found on-site. Many were taken to France during their 100 year colonization of my country, whilst locally others are well preserved in My Son’s own small museum and also displayed in the Museum of Champa Sculpture in Da Nang.  

Late afternoon and we finally have to leave this beautiful and historic place to retrace our steps back to your hotel in Da nang or Hoi An.  

What’s included:

  • a full 5 hour half day private guided tour in English
  • all entry fees
  • cold, bottled mineral water
  • moist towelettes
  • use of a modern air
  • conditioned vehicle & my professional driver 

What’s excluded:

  • meals & drinks etc taken during the tour (bottled water is free of charge)

How to book a tour:

  1. Press ‘BOOK NOW’ & complete Contact Form.
  2. Send to Xuan Tu Private Tours.  Xuan Tu will personally check availability and return proposal and cost.
  3. Is the Proposal/Cost acceptable?  Simply let Xuan Tu know and your booking is confirmed

Ba Na Hills, The Golden Bridge Private Tour

golden hand bridge with xuan tu private vietnam tours

First established in 1919, Ba Na was built as a hill resort for the colonial French to escape the summer heat of Central Vietnam’s coast.  From the original’s ruins, Ba Na was rebuilt into an eco resort and fantasy theme park starting 1998.  It is still evolving today and for the second year running, Ba Na Hills has been awarded the title of ‘Vietnam’s Leading Resort’. 

Lush ‘Sun World Ba Na Hills‘ is located in the Trường Sơn mountain range 36km west of the city of Da Nang centre and 65km from Hoi An.  It is 1487m above sea level and offers refreshingly cool weather and stunning views in good weather.  This is your opportunity to escape Da Nang city or Hoi An town for an exciting day in Ba Na Hills with our Private Guide to ensure you maximise your time. 

We took a 9 hour trip to Ba Na Hills with Quan. He spoke great English, was knowledgeable about many topics, and was very professional. He patiently guided us through the entire park. The photo opportunities were spectacular

–  Client TripAdvisor Review

To make the most of your special day we meet early at your hotel lobby (08.00 in Hoi An or 08.30 in Da Nang) for your Private Ba Na Hills Tour, driving straight to Suoi Mo cable car station in our modern air conditioned vehicle.  You’ll experience the stunning 20 minute ride above spectacular jungle and waterfalls on one of the world’s longest cable car systems – travelling about 5.7km.  Remember to bring comfortable walking shoes and maybe an extra layer of clothes, when 36C in Da Nang it can be 15C on the mountain!  

At the mountain top station you’ll discover a replica medieval French provincial town, a funicular railway to take you even higher and an exciting downhill alpine luge. There are gardens and lots to see, often singers & dancers perform.  Mountain tracks lead to waterfalls and viewing points.  Near the mountain top is Linh Ung Pagoda built 2004 with its giant 27m-high white seated Shakyakmuni Buddha statue – visible for miles around!   

There are so many facilities for children of all ages in Fantasy Park.  As well as some 90 free games you can walk in Fairy Forest, discover Dinosaur Park, conquer the heights with a 29m Free-Fall tower along with modern 3D, 4D and 5D movie systems. 

From our experience, adults without children can spend a good half day exploring Ba Na Hill Resort with one of my teammates, while families are often happy to spend the whole day enjoying its many child-friendly attractions.  And being a Private Tour we give you our undivided attention throughout your day so you see and experience all that the resort has to offer without wasting precious time.  Of course, we ensure you are returned safely to your hotel in Da Nang or Hoi An at the end of your visit.  

What’s included:

  • a half day (5 hours) or full day (8 hours) private guided tour in English
  • moist towelettes
  • use of our modern air conditioned vehicle & my professional driver
  • cold, bottled mineral water

What’s excluded:

  • Ba Na Hills entry fees
  • meals & drinks etc taken during the tour (bottled water is free of charge)

How to book a tour:

  1. Press ‘BOOK NOW’ & complete Contact Form.
  2. Send to Xuan Tu Private Tours.  Xuan Tu will personally check availability and return proposal and cost.
  3. Is the Proposal/Cost acceptable?  Simply let Xuan Tu know and your booking is confirmed