The port of Chan May is located halfway between two historic and important cities: Da Nang and Hue. At the height of the Vietnam War, Da Nang was America's major strategic base. And the 1968 Tet Offensive marked a major turning point in that conflict - particularly in the bitter fighting for control of the old imperial capital.
But that was nearly four decades ago. Today Hue is a World Heritage Site. Visitors will long remember its imposing Imperial Citadel and the serene harmony of the Thien Mu Pagoda. Marble Mountain Beach, where American marines stormed ashore in 1965, is now an internationally renowned resort.
The surrounding coast is lined with superb white-sand beaches. Vietnam's major cultural attractions are within an easy drive.
Points of Interest
Known as the "Imperial City of the Nguyen Emperors", the last ruling family of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, Hue showcases such historic treasures as the Imperial Citadel and the Tombs of the Emperors.
The Imperial Citadel
Home to the imperial family from the early 1800s until the mid 1900s, this huge complex, surrounded by a mote is comprised of three circles of ramparts and spans 1300 acres of relics of royal life.
Thien Mu Pagoda
The official symbol of Hue, this seven-tiered pagoda built in 1601 overlooks the Perfume River and functions as a Buddhist monastery. Huge gates, lead to a complex of buildings and bonsai garden.
Ancient temples, historic teahouses and original architecture have earned this atmospheric river town, with a distinct Chinese atmosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.
Tu Duc Royal Tomb
Nestled in a pine forest on the bank of the Perfume River, this spectacular royal complex, built between 1864 and1883 served as a retreat for Tu Dun the longest-reigning emperor of the Nguyen dynasty.
Five striking limestone and marble hills marks the site of pagodas and caves. At the base, find gardens and a stone-carving village where sculptors creating beautiful artwork from the local stone.
Watch local artisans create conical hats made of leaves in this traditional village where you can interact with locals, learn the craft and purchase one of these timeless adornments as a souvenir.
Float along the beautiful shores of the Mekong Delta for unforgettable photographic sites of fruit orchards, French colonial buildings, and ancient homes and floating markets that line the waterway.