1. Overview of Hue to Hoi An motorbike tour

Located in the central region of Vietnam, Hue lies on the banks of the Perfume River and Hoi An set near the mouth of the Thu Bon River. While Hue is known for its imperial history and architectural wonders, Hoi An charms visitors with its well-preserved ancient town, multicultural heritage, and vibrant street life.

Both Hue and Hoi An offer unique experiences that showcase Vietnam’s rich history, culture, and cuisine. Whether you’re interested in exploring ancient palaces and temples or wandering through narrow alleyways lined with lanterns, these cities have something to offer every traveler.

2. Suggested Itinerary for 3 Days

2.1. Day 1: Hue to Lang Co (Approximately 60 kilometers)

  • Start your tour in Hue: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hue Imperial City. It served as the political and administrative center of the Nguyen Dynasty and features impressive palaces, temples, walls, and gates.
  • Head out of the city towards Thanh Toan Bridge, a beautiful Japanese-style covered bridge located in the countryside.
  • Continue riding along the scenic Hai Van Pass, offering breathtaking views of the coastline and surrounding mountains.
  • Stop for lunch at a local restaurant along the way.
  • Arrive in Lang Co, a picturesque coastal town known for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters.
  • Check into your accommodation and spend the evening relaxing by the beach or exploring the local area.

2.2. Day 2: Lang Co to Hoi An (Approximately 70 kilometers)

  • Continue your journey south towards Hoi An, you will ride through rural villages and picturesque countryside, with opportunities to stop and take photos along the way.
  • Visit the Marble Mountains, a cluster of limestone hills with caves, pagodas, and panoramic views of the surrounding area.
  • Explore the ancient town of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its well-preserved architecture, lantern-lit streets, and rich cultural heritage.
  • Check into your accommodation in Hoi An and spend the evening wandering through the lantern-lit streets, sampling local cuisine, and shopping for handicrafts and souvenirs.

2.3. Day 3: Explore Hoi An and Surroundings

  • Spend the day exploring Hoi An and its surroundings.
  • Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, one of the town’s most iconic landmarks, and explore the historic merchant houses and assembly halls.
  • Take a boat ride along the Thu Bon River, passing by traditional fishing villages and lush greenery.
  • Visit the nearby My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring ancient Hindu temples and ruins dating back to the Champa Kingdom.
  • Alternatively, you can relax on the beach or take a cooking class to learn how to prepare Vietnamese dishes.
  • In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at a local restaurant and soak in the charming atmosphere of Hoi An.

3. What to EAT in Hue and Hoi An

Hue and Hoi An are heaven for their delicious and diverse cuisines. While Hue is famous for its royal cuisine, which is characterized by intricate dishes that were once served to the Nguyen emperors, Hoi An is a food lover’s paradise, offering a wide variety of Vietnamese dishes as well as international cuisine. Here are some must-try dishes in each city:

3.1. Hue Cuisine

Bun Bo Hue (Hue Beef Noodle Soup): This iconic dish features rice vermicelli noodles in a flavorful broth made from beef bones and lemongrass, topped with beef slices, pork knuckles, and herbs. It is often served with lime, chili, and shrimp paste.

Banh Khoai (Hue Savory Pancake): Like a crispy pancake, “Banh Khoai” is made from rice flour batter mixed with shrimp, pork, bean sprouts, and egg. It’s typically served with fresh herbs and a dipping sauce.

Banh Beo (Steamed Rice Cakes): These small, delicate rice cakes are topped with savory ingredients such as shrimp, pork cracklings, and scallions, then drizzled with a savory sauce made from fish sauce and pork fat.

Com Hen (Clam Rice): A flavorful dish made from rice served with baby clams, fresh herbs, peanuts, and crispy pork rinds. It’s often accompanied by a tangy dipping sauce made from chili, garlic, and lime juice.

Bun Thit Nuong (Grilled Pork Noodle Salad): Grilled pork served over vermicelli noodles, accompanied by fresh herbs, pickled vegetables, and a sweet and savory fish sauce dressing.

3.2. Hoi An Cuisine

Cao Lau: A signature dish of Hoi An, Cao Lau features thick rice noodles topped with slices of pork, fresh herbs, bean sprouts, and crispy croutons. The noodles are cooked in water from the town’s ancient Cham wells, giving them a unique texture and flavor.

White Rose Dumplings (Banh Vac): These delicate dumplings are filled with seasoned shrimp or pork, shaped to resemble a rose, and topped with crispy shallots. They’re served with a dipping sauce made from shrimp broth, chili, and lemon.

Mi Quang: A flavorful noodle dish featuring thick rice noodles topped with shrimp, pork, herbs, peanuts, and crispy rice crackers, all served in a savory broth flavored with turmeric and fish sauce.

Banh Mi Phuong: Hoi An is famous for its delicious banh mi sandwiches, and Banh Mi Phuong is one of the most popular spots to try them. These sandwiches typically feature a crispy baguette filled with a variety of meats, pate, pickled vegetables, and fresh herbs.

Hoi An Wonton Dumplings (Hoanh Thanh): These dumplings are filled with seasoned pork and shrimp, wrapped in a thin wonton wrapper, and served in a clear broth with fresh herbs and vegetables.

Make sure to explore the local markets and street food stalls to discover even more culinary delights!

4. Conclusion

This itinerary can be customized according to your preferences and time constraints. Remember to wear appropriate safety gear, follow traffic rules, and check weather conditions before embarking on your motorbike tour. Contact Metta Voyage for more details so that you have the greatest experience in central Vietnam! 

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