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With its numerous national parks, white sand beaches, colourful villages, pagodas and ancient monuments, forests and islands, Vietnam is a land of often surprising beauty, offering cultural depth and history, increasingly combined with tourism-friendly areas offering all the facilities a modern traveller could wish for.

Vietnam’s people are its greatest asset: gregarious, friendly and eager to meet visitors. In the bustling cities, the often chaotic streets contrast ox carts with limousines, ancient rituals with sophisticated technology, and are ruled by the ubiquitous moped.

Our strength is in translating these opportunities into detailed, practical itineraries. We do luxury travel and event planning, as well as a wide range of beach, family, honeymoon, adventure, golf, veteran and cultural tours.

There is no better way to experience a destination than through the perspective of the local people. At Water Puppet Tours, this key element of local insight drives every step of our process of tour design and delivery. We provide tailor-made tours individually crafted for each client, achieving this by emphasizing the direct working relationship between the client and the tour designer and operator.


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Cycling From Hoi An To Hue 2 days

Biking from Hoi An to Hue to to Bike between two of Vietnam’s most impressive and internationally recognized World Heritage sites. This beautiful ride takes you along the East Coast of Danang & Hoian, over the spectacular Hai Van pass, and meanders through small fishing villages, lagoons, rice paddies and forests.

Lang Co village hides among coconut palms on a sandy peninsula, its presence revealed only by its church’s spire. The beach shares its name with the village. It’s about 10km from end to end, conveniently positioned along the 1A National Road near Banh Ma forest. Its sand is very fine and slopes gently towards the sea

Each Royal mausoleum in Hue reflects the personality of the Emperor it commemorates. The most majestic is that of Emperor Minh Mang, a staunch follower of Confucianism with many wives, concubines and a small army of children. Planned by the Emperor and built shortly after his death in formal Chinese style, it’s opulent and exotic, and a good example of classic Sino-Vietnamese architecture.
The tomb of Tu Duc, the ‘poet Emperor’, is set in an elegant garden with a magnificent lake and pavilion complex. The tomb, unlike the others, is simplicity itself despite the lavish opulence of his reign (it’s really just a monument – he was buried elsewhere to thwart grave robbers).
In complete contrast to Emperor Tu Duc’s stylish creation, the tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh is an unprepossessing concrete construction on the side of a wide valley. Its interest lies in the uneasy combination of Vietnamese and European features, the use of fragments of ceramics and glass for decoration, and the striking views from the courtyard in front of the mausoleum.
The garden houses are a unique feature of Hue. The houses are traditional, privately owned, and set in attractive formal gardens. Some have connections with the old Royal Imperial Court. Hue traditional architecture has long had close associations with the natural environment. The garden houses reflect this association. Each is highly individual – house and garden, people and scenery, plants, clouds and water co-exist and blend with each other in a harmonious context. The narrow streets and abundant flora give the garden house area a country village feeling.

Cycling From Hoi An To Hue 2 days

Day 1: Cycling from Hoi An to Lang Co Beach (Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

Your guide and vehicle will pick you up at your hotel in Hoi An for a short 30 minute transfer to Thuan Phuoc bridge, where you will start your ride.  The initial section is flat for 15 kilometers and gives you a chance to warm up before the 10 kilometers climb up to the top of Hai Van pass. This pass is 500 meters high and its name translates as “Pass of the Ocean Clouds”. The pass is part of the Annamite Mountain Range and is considered one of the most beautiful in the country.

After a brief rest at the top our hard work is rewarded by a fantastic 10 kilometer section of downhill riding to Lang Co beach. You will ride at a moderate pace so you can enjoy the fantastic views of the lagoon from above. At the base of the pass, you will stop for a picnic lunch of sandwiches, fresh fruits, veggies and baked goods. After lunch the ride is pleasant and flat for 15 kilometers as we skirt the rim of Lang Co lagoon on our way into town. You will then check into the hotel the remainder of the afternoon is free to rest and enjoy a swim in the Ocean. You will spend the day in Lang Co.

Day 2: Biking from Lang Co beach to Hue (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast, you will take a short 20 minute by vehicle from Lang Co to the bottom of Phuoc Tuong pass where you will start riding. This section of riding rolls through small hills, villages, and cajuput forest for about 10 kilometers.

You will continue riding through small beach villages with the road totally covered by bamboo and casuarinas forest, sheltering your ride from the heat.

You will then stop briefly at the Ghost City where traditional customs of the local people of Central Vietnam are played out and finally, you will complete the biking portion of our trip with a ride across a rice paddy to our pick up location. From here the transfer to Hue is only about 15 kilometers. Today, you will spend the day in Hue.

Inclusive

  • Vietnam Visa invitation letter.
  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above. For description, see below
  • Road travel in an appropriate private vehicle for transfer and back up when cycling as itinerary (supplement luggage van to carry bike and baggage).
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available.
  • Good quality touring cycles for all cycling days in the programme.
  • Drinking water for cycling days as itinerary.
  • Snack, soft drink and local fruits for cycling days.
  • Simple first aid kit.
  • VAT and other taxes.

Exclusive

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Other services not mentioned above.

 

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