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Useful information for shore excursions in and around Chan May
We have put together below all information about the cruise port, the most beautiful attractions as well as other tips for your cruise excursions in Chan May.
The most beautiful attractions in Chan May
Chan May is a small industrial port located in Thua Thien-Hue province on the South China Sea. Chan May is located in the middle of Vietnam, between the two main cities in central Vietnam: Hue and Hoi An. Therefore, the port is often associated with the city of Hue, which is 61 km/ 38 mi away. Shore excursions to Da Nang are also popular, which is 50 km/ 31 mi away. A little further away is Hoi An, about 80 km/ 50 mi away.
Hue was the capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, but is still considered a major cultural and economic center of the country. It is embedded in a picturesque hill and mountain landscape. Hue actually means “harmony” in Vietnamese.
The citadel of Hue was the former residence of the Vietnamese Nguyen dynasty emperors (last Vietnamese imperial dynasty) in the former capital. The citadel contains an imperial palace built on the model of the Forbidden City in Beijing. In 1993, the site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city of Hue is located on Huong Giang River – translated to Perfume River. It is a slow-flowing river on which you can sail with the so-called Dragon Boats. The origin of the river’s name is based on several theories: One theory says that it is all because of the pollen and flowers that drift on the river in the spring. Another theory states that the name comes from a type of fragrant noble woods, such as sandalwood or cinnamon tree wood which were transported on the river.
Thien Mu Pagoda
Thien Mu Pagoda is a Buddhist monastery located on a hill by the Perfume River. It was built in 1601 under the South Vietnamese ruler Nguyen Hoang. With its seven-story tower, it is the tallest pagoda in Vietnam. According to a legend, a holy woman appeared on this hill and prophesied that one day, a noble ruler who would bring justice and prosperity would build a pagoda here. Therefore, the pagoda is also called the “Pagoda of the heavenly woman“.
The Imperial Tombs of Nguyen Dynasty
In the city of Hue and its surroundings, there are numerous tombs and gravesites- the reason for those is the family ancestor worship, which has a tremendous significance in Vietnam. The last dynasty in Vietnam had in total 13 emperors, only 7 of which had their tombs here. They are located southwest of the citadel and are particularly magnificent.
Especially noteworthy here is the tomb site of Minh Mang Emperor, which is known for its spectacular architectural design. It was built between 1840 and 1843 and was planned by Minh Mang himself. The tomb was built like a palace, only smaller. From above, it even resembles a human body, with the emperor’s tomb located right at the head. This huge complex covers an area of 70 arces and is surrounded by a 1,700 m/5,577 ft long protective wall. Minh Mang Tomb has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
Ba Na Hills
Ba Na Hills were already developed into a resort at the beginning of the 20th century but this fell apart over the years. Only after the economic boom in 1990 were the Ba Na Hills revived and are now a modern resort. This resort houses three hotels, the Linh Ung Pagoda with a 27m (88.5ft) high Buddha statue and various tourist facilities. In 2009, a gondola or cable car was built, with which you will reach the high summit of Ba Na Hills. Overall, the cable car can carry 1,500 people per hour. It has even received two awards in the Guinness Book of World Records.
A highlight here is the so-called “Golden Bridge” (Cau Vang) – a golden pedestrian bridge that juts out from the Ba Na Hills. What’s so special about this bridge is the 2 huge hands that seem to support or carry the bridge. These look like centuries-old stone hands of a giant.
Hai Van Pass
The famous Hai Van Pass (Cloud Pass) forms a natural boundary and meteorological divide between north – south Vietnam and lies between Hue and Da Nang. It is about 20km/ 12.4mi long and has its highest point at 496m/ 1,627ft. You can enjoy a unique panoramic view of the ocean, Da Nang and Son Tra peninsula in good weather here. You can drive over the pass both by car and by train. For relief, an additional tunnel (Hai Van tunnel) was built and opened in 2005 as the longest tunnel in Southeast Asia.
Hoi An is a picturesque coastal town with a historic old town center in wooden look. It is one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam. Da Nang is therefore a good starting point for shore excursions to Hoi An. During the day, Hoi An shines with Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese architecture in bright colors and in the evening with countless sparkling lanterns throughout the city. A mix of different cultures completes the charm of the town. Fortunately, the sweet old town stayed intact during the Vietnam War and was entitled UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.
Map of the cruise port in Chan May
Chan May doesn’t have a spectacular gateway as it is an industrial port and at the same has a mooring for cruise ships. Therefore, there is no cruise center or a cruise terminal here – passenger processing takes place in tents.
Although the port Chan May does not seem any spectacular at first glance, it is the gateway to major cities such as Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An. It is a popular destination for cruises. Since 2017, even large ships over 300m/ 980ft long with more than 4,000 passengers from major international shipping companies like the Royal Caribbean and Princess or NCL call at Chan May on their Asian cruises.
It takes about 1-1.5 hours from the port to Hue City.
Things to know about shore excursions in Chan May
Shipping companies and routes
The port of Chan May serves as a good starting point for guided shore excursions or trips on your own to the surrounding cities. Since these are very popular destinations, Chan May Port is also called by some shipping companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Silver Seas and Princess.
Immigration and visa
US-citizens and UK-citizens must apply for a visa before visiting Vietnam by sea. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa page. Visit the Embassy of Vietnam website for the most current information.
For more accurate information please contact your cruise operator before your cruise to Vietnam.
Vietnam Dong (VND) is the national currency of Vietnam. (1 dollar = 23,300 VND; 1 pound = 30,633 VND). You can exchange your cash in advance or use ATMs to withdraw money for your expenses.
Taxi and public transports
It is difficult to get around by public transports or even by taxi right in Chan May. Therefore, it is advisable to book a rental car in advance or book a private transfer / excursion.
In the city of Hue, the choice of means of transport is still quite limited. There are only a few bus lines, but these are rather difficult for foreign tourists to use. We therefore recommend taking a taxi or tuk-tuk. Ask the price in advance to avoid being ripped off.
A very special experience in Hue is a trip with the dragon boat – you pay about 12 – 24 dollars for 1-2 hours
The port of Chan May is located in central Vietnam, which is characterized by a semi-humid tropical climate. In the months from January to the end of August, it is hot and dry. The rainy season starts in October and can last until December – typhoons, floods and landslides can even occur during these months.
The best travel time is therefore the months of February to July. During this time, the average daily temperature is 24 to 26 °C / 75 to 79 °F. From June, the temperatures gets warmer, daytime temperatures are at an average of 34 °C / 93 °F.
Websites of the port and tourist organizations
Impressions of Hue
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