Hue & Hoi An

Day 10–

Thank you Friendly Planet for doing the heavy lifting with the descriptions. I’m going to continue to chime in, in bold. The rest is all you:

This morning, visit the walled Citadel containing the Imperial City, modeled on the Forbidden City of Beijing, and the Purple Forbidden City within, former home of the royal family. This great sprawling complex of temples, pavilions, moats, walls, gates, shops, museums and galleries is Hue’s prime attraction.

After lunch, board your touring coach and drive through thr Hai Van Pass to the coastal city of Da Nang, one of Vietnam’s most important ports. On this drive we see where dad was stationed with his medical unit during the Vietnam War. There is a small airport there now. During the Vietnam War, Da Nang was home to a huge U.S. Air Force base. But it is best known for its impressive art and architecture from the Cham Dynasty, dating from the 4th to 14th centuries. Stop en route at the Cham Museum, home of the finest collection of Cham sculptures in the world. Do you like dad’s flower?

 

Once we arrived in Hoi An we check into the hotel, and take a short nap, then join for a tour of stores near the marble quarries of Marble Mountain.

Tonight is a buffet style dinner at the resort. The hotel is beautiful and right on the beach, it feels good to relax. Desperately in need of rest tonight for another long day ahead exploring the city of Hoi An.

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