• River cruise
  • Northern Vietnam
  • Central Vietnam
  • Southern Vietnam
  • Day Trip
  • Beach Destination
  • Ecotourist Destination
  • Vietnam Discovery
  • Cambodia Wonders
  • Laos Highlights

Destinations

QUANG NAM*HOI AN

Quang Nam is a coastal province of South Central Vietnam, with Tam Ky as provincial capital, 860km south of Hanoi national capital. It is borderd by Thua Thien Hue province and Danang city to the North, Quang Ngai and Kontum provinces to the South, Sekong province of Lao People’s Democratic Republic to the West and East Sea to the East.
Hoi An city and My Son Cham sanctuary have been recognized World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in December 1999.
 
Tam Ky - capital city of Quang Nam province
 
Area: 10,438.37 sq.km
 
Population: 1,435,000 inhabitants
 
Topography: The province terrain inclines from West to East, forming three distinct types of ecological landscapes: high mountains in the West, midlands in the Center and coastal plain.
 
+ Hills and mountains are 72% of the natural area with many high mountains of 2,000m, among which Ngoc Linh peak with 2,598m above sea level is the highest peak situated on the border between the province and Kontum province.
+ The coastal area on the east of Truong Giang river is composed of sand dunes spreading from Dien Ban, Dien Ngoc to Tam Quan, Nui Thanh.
 
Rivers: are quite developed as the province is lying in an area with important rainfalls. Major rivers are: Thu Bon river, Tam Ky river and Vu Gia river. Besides, there are some other small rivers such as Yen river, Vinh Dien river, Hoai river, Co Co river, Duy Vinh river, Ba Ren, An Tan river.
 
Administrative organization: the province is divided into 18 units with 2 cities (Tam Ky, Hoi An) and 16 districts.
 
Climate: Quang Nam has a tropical climate with two seasons: rainy season and dry season. Annual average temperature is 25.40C, lowest temperature is 200C in lowlands. Rainfall is quite different  in period and in region as it is more important in mountains than in plains, mainly occurring  from September to December. Rainy season coincides with stormy season causing flash-floods in mountainous midland districts and floods in riparian areas.
 
 
Sights of interest
 
The geographical location has offered Quang Nam province many favorable conditions in the economic relationship and exchange, not only with provinces in the country but also the neighbouring countries as well. Furthermore, Quang Nam province is one of few provinces throughout the country having airport, seaport, railway, national highways which are very convenient to access. It is also the pioneer applying the open economic model in the country with attractive investment incentives (Chu Lai Open Economic Zone).
 
With two cultural heritages recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO, Quang Nam is the well - suited place for visitors who want to know about ancient cultures.
 
HOI AN ANCIENT TOWN
 
Hoi An is an old town down the Thu Bon River, on the coastal plain of Quang Nam Province, about 30 km south of Danang City. Hoi An used to be known as an international port with many different names such as Faifo, Hoai Pho.
 
Hoi An town 
 
What is so special about Hoi An is that this little port town is in an incredible state of preservation. It offers some of the most densely-concentrated sights in Vietnam with its old streets bordered with ancient houses and assembly halls, its pagodas, temples, ancient wells and tombs. In total, UNESCO has listed 844 well preserved traditional houses dated from 17th to 19th century. The architecture of Hoi An is characterised by a harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. After many centuries, Hoi An is still respectful of its traditions, folk festivals, beliefs and of its sophisticated culinary art. Set in a quiet environment, Hoi An is surrounded by peaceful villages that have crafts such as carpentry, bronze making, ceramic...
 
                                       Japanese covered bridge                                            Phuc Kien Chinese Assembly Hall
  
 
                                     Phung Hung Ancient House                                                       Hoi An street scene
 
The ancient architecture shown most clearly in the Ancient Town that located in Minh An Ward. It covers about 2 square kilometres and almost of all famous relics in Hoi An are gathered here. The streets are very short and narrow, having a winding, crossing as the chessboard style. The topography of the ancient town tilt gradually from north to south. The buildings in the old town is built mostly with traditional materials such as: brick, wood and no more than two floors. The traces of time is able to find not only on the architectural design of each building but also everywhere like: on the yin-yang roof tiles covered with moss and plants; the old gray mold walls; the pictures carved on a strange animal, or describing a old story… For centuries, Hoi An had developed into a melting pot of various nationalities who came to the area, bringing along their own cultures. Accordingly, Hoi An features the co-existence of indigenous customs and habits and those imported by foreign settlers.
 
Visitors can have access to all streets in the Ancient Town, artistic activities, folk games, night market.
 
A ticket is required to have access to 5 sightseeing places chosen among  the following places:
 
+ Japanese Covered Bridge, Cam Pho  Communal House,  Minh Huong  Communal House, House of Tuy Tien Duong, Quan Cong Temple.
+ Museums: History and Culture, Trade Ceramics, Sa Huynh Culture, Folk Culture.
+ Old houses: Quan Thang, Duc An, Phung Hung, Tran Family's Chapel, Tan Ky.
+ Chinese Assembly Halls: Trieu Chau, Quang Dong, Phuc  Kien.
+ Handicraft workshop and traditional arts performance, XQ Hoi An.
 

Traditional hanficraft villages

     + Kim Bong carpentry village belongs to the Cam Kim commune, just on the other side of Hoi An river. Visitors can take a boat trip on Thu Bon River to visit Kim Bong handicraft village, most notable for architectural construction, shipbuilding and traditional woodworking products. Established in the 15th century, it reached its peak in the 18th century, during which time village craftsmen contributed their skills in woodworking to many different projects, including the Imperial capital in Huế. Using their shipbuilding skills, they supplied ships and ghe bầu (large boats used for sailing) for the activities of the busy commercial port of Hội An.

     + Thanh Ha Pottery village, located in Thanh Ha commune, Quang Nam Province, was formed by the late 15th century..

Pottery is not just a significant and traditional craft in Vietnam, but also an important means of livelihood. Thanh Ha Pottery Village in Hoi An is a famous example in this type of an establishment that aims at furthering tradition as well as employment.

The tradition dated back to the time when the Nguyen Dynasty of Hue invited craftsmen from the Thanh Ha Pottery Village to fashion some decorative as well as useful articles for the palace. Thanh Ha Pottery Village crafts decorative articles along with useful items like cups, jars, bowls and pots.

Thanh Ha villagers used clay mixing techniques, burning and baking time and heat modulations to bring out different colors like pink, pinkish-yellow, red, light brown and ink-black in the wares. Craftsmen also modulate all these aspects to achieve immense durability in their products. Aside of the regular articles, the village is also renowned for its bricks and tiles of various shapes and sizes.

  

     Kim Bong carpentry village                      Thanh Ha pottery village                       Tra Que vegetable village

      + Tra Que vegetable village. Tra Que is a charming little village located just a few kilometres northeast of Hoi An. Its location is between De Vong river and Tra Que alga pond (Cam Ha commune - Hoi An town). This village is famous for many kinds of vegetables in a long time: lettuce, salad, houttuynia, flagrant knoutwed, basil and coriander vegetables etc., The village is named after the sweet scented vegetables that spice up the everyday meals of the Hoi An people.

The farmers use neither manure nor chemical fertilisers but a kind of algae found only in a lagoon in Tra Que. As a result, the vegetables both look beautiful in their fields as well as possessing outstanding taste and flavour. Products are highly appreciated due to the freshness, good quality and safety. Everyday all year round, 8 tons of Tra  Que vegetables are sold and people in Quang Nam-Danang area are addicted to having them in their meals. 

The residents have now found a newer way to supplement their income: tourism. Thanks to its special features, the village has become a very attractive destination for tourists, particularly foreigners. Visitors can join farmers in gardening, preparing the land and fertilizing it with seaweed from the local lake. 

 
MY SON SANCTUARY is located in a small valley belonging to Duy Phu Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province, about 70km southwest of Danang City and 40km from Hoi An City.
 
My Son is a complex of towers with more than 70 towers bearing different architectural style along different periods in history of the Champa Kingdom, built from the 4th century under the reign of Bhadravarman (349 – 361) for the worship of God Shiva-Bhadresvara to the late 13th – early 14th under the reign of Jaya Simhavarman III. Each new monarch came to My Son after his accession to the throne, for the ceremony of purification and to present offerings and erect new monuments, which explains why My Son is the only place where Cham art flourished without interruption from the 7th to the 13th century.
 
Most of the mounuments had been influenced by hinduism. Out of some towers having the main door opened on West or West and East, mostly have door opened on the East as sun sets on east where the deities reside. The temples in My Son were built into groups that basically followed the same model. Each group was comprised of a main sanctuary (kalan), surrounded by towers and auxiliary monuments. The kalan, which is a symbol of Meru Mountain (centre of the universe, where the gods live) is dedicated to Shiva. The small temples are devoted to the spirits of the eight compass points.
 
For many reasons, natural calamities or wars, My Son still remains 20 monuments.
 
CHAM ISLANDS is a group of 8 islands in Tan Hiep commune, Hoi An town, located about 15km from Cua Dai beach and has been recognized as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in the world in 2009. There are some 3,000 inhabitants on the islands, most of whom make a living from fishing.
 
 
                                   Boat Harbour - Cham Islands                                            Beach on Hon Lao - Cham Islands
 
 
After one hour and a quarter by junk or 30 minutes by speedboat, visitors can reach Cham Islands for a day trip with snorkeling or diving on some beatiful corals, a delicious seafood luch prepared by locals.
 
There are many other interesting attractions for visitors, including fresh seafood, traditional crafts, swimming and sightseeing. Recently important archaeological remains were found and these are now exhibited in a small museum near the main jetty. The island is rich in aquatic resources, with 165 hectares of coral and 500 hectares of sea weeds. The waters around Cu Lao Cham is home to 135 species of coral, four species of tiger shrimp and 84 species of mollusk, many of which are listed in Vietnam’s and the world’s Red Book of endangered species.
 
Today the Cham islands are also a Marine Protected Area because of their many important marine habitants, especially beaches and coral reefs, and rich biodiversity.
Tailor made tours
Tailor made tours
Traveler's feedback

Our Trip in Vietnam

Have you ever thought about going to the other side of the earth? I hadn’t until Noelle E. and David asked me to travel with them to Vietnam. After traveling 10,000 miles,...

Noellef889, 2014/09/06

Read more
Visitor Statistics
Online: 4
Today: 13
Back To Top