After all the good reviews on Trip Advisor, we booked in full confidence a tour with Xuân Tú. As her English is very good it was easy to communicate with her by e-mail to set up a program so we could take the most profit of the stop on our cruise in Da Nang.
She picked us up outside the portgate and as she was accompagnied by her friend Lam, we had two people to guide us.
First we drove to Hoi An and she offered us a tastful sandwich at a famous sandwichbar. Then we visited a few famous landmarks (e.g. the Japanse bridge), but most of the time we left the beaten track and visited an old merchant house which is now in use by a local artist. As it was a little bit drizzling, she bought for the four of us the typical Vietnamese hats to protect for us from the rain.
Then we took a boat to Kim Bong Carpentry village and visited a small wharf for local boat building. Next we were invited in a family home where we saw the way of life and the production of rice paper and rice noodles. We even produced some noodles ourselves (fantastic experience). We enjoyed the hospitality of the family and were offered a snack and tea.
We headed back to the city and had a marvellous lunch in a local restaurant where we tasted one of the specialities: ‘banh bao banh vac’ also called white roses.
Going back to Da Nang we stopped at the Marble Mountains and visited Thuy Son (water mountain) and be sure she knows the site very well because she showed us some secret places!
After a brief visit to Lady Buddha, she dropped us off at the port entrance and we embarked the ship with lovely memories, leaving 2 new friends behind.
Important: during the whole tour she gave us plenty of time to take pictures.
Xuân Tú is a perfect organizer and a very funny person. If you are looking for a guide in Da Nang, Hoi An or surroundings: do not hesitate and book a tour with this lovely lady. She has an extensive knowledge about history, culture and religion.
Traveller: Fons M from Tripadvisor