It was an honour for my company to be chosen by Evelyn Yu’s extended family from Hong Kong during their two-day discovery of central Vietnam – Da Nang: THE city in Vietnam where many Vietnamese aspire to live!  And wonderful Hoi An Ancient Town and the amazing rural beauty that surrounds it.

Evelyn and her family at magical Marble Mountains (Thuy Son – the Water Mountain)

Evelyn Yu’s family visited Da Nang, to attend the wedding ceremony of one of their family members at the stunning setting of My Khe beach.  Da Nang is just a 2-hour direct flight from Hong Kong and is fast becoming the must-visit city in Vietnam

Let’s look back at two unforgettable days for Evelyn and her family!

At 10 am on our first day my team met all 40 members of Evelyn’s family at their hotel. We received a really warm welcome and got to know each other very quickly before heading out to the first destination.

Our first stop was Thuỷ Sơn (Water Mountain), one of the five mountains on the outskirts of Da Nang known as Marble Mountains. With a short guided visit, the whole family enjoyed an amazing journey through the long history of this amazing attraction with its traditional Vietnamese temple architecture and Vietnamese Buddhist culture.

We then drove into the countryside for an afternoon at Ba Na Hills Resort (becoming the must-see place in central Vietnam with the GOLDEN BRIDGE – its newest attraction). It was the first time the whole family had experienced Ba Na Hills and its cable car system – recognised as the world longest one-wire sling at 5042,62 m and the world highest elevation between stations of 1291,81m. We all enjoyed the fantastic view of our intact primary forest, the spectacular view of Da Nang city from Ba Na Hills and a wonderful afternoon in the resort.  

In the evening we escorted the whole family to one of Da Nang’s newest ‘fine-dining’ Vietnamese restaurants before ensuring they all arrived back safely at their hotel

Evelyn’s mom with Xuan Tu – a wonderful lady who is always positive, energetic, motivated and passionate to know more about all things new.

Our second day brought so much fun and happy memories in Hoi An’s ancient town and its rural surrounds.  We boarded our private boat and sat back to enjoy the beautiful view of Hoi An from its river before our arrival at Cam Kim Island, where Evelyn’s family experienced our locals’ peaceful life and the amazing different traditional handicrafts in and around Kim Bong’s artisan village.

On Cam Kim Island everyone was enthralled by the traditional boatyard. My teammate, Mr Lam Huynh, uses a discrete loudspeaker system to ensure all in the group can hear about the dockyards traditional methods

And not forgetting the hands-on experience of making fresh rice noodles using the traditional methods with a local family.

At Tra Que Organic Vegetable & Herb Village we enjoyed an authentic Vietnamese lunch made specially by the local girls!   Here we surprised Howards on his birthday with a  delicious homemade birthday cake.

Back into Hoi An town, we walked the narrow streets and alleys to discover historic buildings and experience the enchanting yellow-walled houses with their brown/red rooftops. We got lost in the charming beauty of gorgeous flower trellis’ and stunning lanterns at every street corner and on the front of small houses. Then, at a Hoianian coffee shop, we enjoyed a delicious refreshing coconut coffee – a speciality here, a mix of sweetness from condensed milk, cream from coconut milk and a touch of bitterness from strong Vietnamese black coffee.

Dinner was at a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant by the river and under the lanterns in Hoi An town, before again returning the whole family safely to their hotel, this time for our sad goodbyes.

Waiting for coconut coffee 🙂

We could not finish our day without enjoying Hoi An at night, lit by the enchanting light of its beautiful lanterns.

With my team, I hope that Evelyn and her family will always be happy, have good health and remember the memories we created together here in Da Nang and Hoi An.

A small gift from all my team to Evelyn’s family

Here are a few journey memories from Evelyn and her family with Xuan Tu Tours:

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