Time travel with Anantara Hoi An Resort

US$15,000 for two
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    Ancient Japanese merchant houses, historic Chinese temples and quaint tea shops, all housed in small timber frame buildings arranged in tight rows along pedestrian streets – time travel’s not a pipe dream; you just need to know where to go.

    Step into history with Anantara Hoi An Resort’s guided walking tour of Hoi An Ancient Town. The UNESCO World Heritage Site used to be a bustling trading port, but when the nearby Thu Bon river silted up in the late 19th century, ceasing access for large ships to its waters, it spelt the town’s demise. The inhabitants left to seek their fortunes elsewhere and the abandoned town was left undisturbed for a century. Its rediscovery in the 1990s found it remarkably unchanged, and it has fortunately remained so under UNESCO’s prescribed conservation guidelines.

    Then trace the Thu Bon river upstream to My Son, once the religious and political capital of the ancient Champa Kingdom. Constructed between the fourth and 13th centuries during the rule of the Dua Clan, the architecture of the temples here reflects superior engineering for its time and heavy Hindu influence. Explore the ruins in an open jeep and benefit from Anantara’s guided archaeological tour, which will provide a deeper insight into the iconography and symbolism that abound in these richly decorated monuments.

    Manmade vestiges admired, head to Phong Nha Cave in Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park for a look at Mother Nature’s masterpiece. Spanning 7,729m long with an underground river that measures 13,969m, this cave system is one of the world’s largest. Above ground, the park’s pristine primary forests and many karst mountains — the oldest in Asia — make for spectacular aerial views during Anantara’s helicopter tour.

    Seeing all this beauty may well inspire an urge to capture it all on canvas during the private painting class that is to follow. Once done, refuel with a well-deserved meal by Anantara’s Dining by Design, a customised dining experience where everything from the venue to the menu can be tailored to your preferences. Just imagine savouring a platter of freshly grilled seafood on the bank of Thu Bon river, cooked up by a private chef and served by a butler.

    At the end of the holiday, return home with memories to last a lifetime, courtesy of the dedicated photographer who has been capturing all those precious moments throughout the entire trip.

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