Da Nang and My Son (two days)

DA NANG
We are a young family (with primary school aged children) and needed a tour that would be fun for the children and still interesting for us. We had a fantastic tour of Da Nang with our guide Lam (the best tour guide you could hope for!). We were collected from our accommodation in Hoi An in the morning and after the trip to Da Nang we had local coffee and a trip to the market. It was great to get away for a bit from the touristy areas in Hoi An, and Lam was great helping us buy some things at the market that we needed. We then went to see the impressive and beautiful Lady Buddha and temples at Monkey Mountain.

Afterwards we went to the beautiful and sacred site of Thuy Son (water mountain, of the five mountains named for the elements “Ngu Hanh Son”). The site is known also as Marble mountains. We explored the caves and temples and took many beautiful photos, it was breathtaking.

Lam provided so much interesting information about the sites and had a lot of fun with the children, which was great because if the children aren’t interested tours can be hard work! He also recommended a great place for lunch in Da Nang.

I would recommend this tour if you are staying in Hoi An – it’s close by and had some unmissable sites to see.

MY SON
We were not sure if we would take another tour from Hoi An, but after our fantastic tour of Da Nang we asked if Lam could take us to My Son later in the week. Luckily he was available, and we took a half day trip to My Son (beautiful mountain). This tour was completely different, exploring the remaining ancient ruins of the Champa people from 4th to 13th century. 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. Our children really enjoyed this tour and learnt so much about the champa people and the war which destroyed so many of the temples 40 years ago. Because we were there later in the day we could take so many photos of the ruins with no other tourists in the way!!

Lam is a wonderful guide, and our children were sad to say goodbye at the end of the day. He is very professional and kind, and his friendliness made our tours so enjoyable. THANK YOU!

We would definitely recommend travelers consider tours of Da Nang and My Son, not just Hoi An, as they are all so different and represent different parts of the history and culture of the area.

Traveller: samkmb from Tripadvisor