The Heart of Central Vietnam - Destination Map
This destination map will help guide you through the Central of Vietnam with a list of most amazing places, from spectacular waterfront areas to mossy old-growth forests. In these places, you’ll find rugged wilderness, deep blue waters and plenty of marine and mountain wildlife.
Recognised as a UNESCO Heritage Site, the historic town of Hoi An is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to 19th centuries. Lying on the banks of Thu Bon River of the Quang Nam Province, its buildings and streets reflect both indigenous and foreign influences that have contributed to the charm of this unique heritage site. Take a walk down memory lane and experience the distinct culture of Hoi An that has remained unchanged through time as most buildings are kept in the traditional architectural style reminiscent of the 19th and 20th centuries. There is no better testament to the town's rich history than the beautiful houses with elaborately carved wooden facades and moss-covered tile roofs that have withstood more than 300 years of weather and warfare. A trip to Hoi An will certainly pique the senses. Visitors strolling through the picturesque lantern-lit streets with also be pleasantly surprised by the subtle scent of incense wafting through the air, as well as the rhythmic sound of pagoda bells ringing throughout the neighbourhood.
As the imperial capital of Vietnam from 1802 to 1945, Hue is still considered the cultural centre of Vietnam with the Complex of Hue Monuments recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex was built during the reign of Nguyen Dynasty's 13 Kings and consists of the Capital City (administrative buildings), Imperial City (royal palaces and shrines), Forbidden City (royal residences), King's tombs and famous pagodas. Hue is renowned for a legacy steeped in romance, influenced by both its royal past and gracefulness of its people. The city also boasts cuisine that is regarded as the best in the country by locals and international visitors alike. The culinary secrets of local traditions focus on the harmony between healthy food choices, tastes, decorations and colours to bring out the best in each dish. Be it a simple daily meal or a spread prepared for a royal feast, every course is thoughtfully prepared to enhance the dining experience.
Hai Van Pass
Offering breathtaking paranomic views of the sea and countryside, the Hai Van Pass is an old highway that meanders over the mountains between Da Nang and Lang Co. Considered to be the largest frontier post in Vietnam, the Hải Vân Pass has been of major strategic importance in this history of Vietnam, and for a long time represented a major barrier to any land army that attempted to move between the northern and central regions of the country. The name De Nhat Hung Quan, translating as the most colossal frontier post, is engraved on an incense burner in Thai Temple.
Situated 70 kilometres away from Da Nang, the My Son Sanctuary was an imperial city during the Cham dynasty, which dates between the 4th and 12th centuries. The My Son Sanctuary is a large complex of religious relics that comprises more than 70 architectural works. They include temples and towers that connect to each other with complicated red brick designs. According to records on the stone stele, the prime foundation of the ancient My Son architectural complex was a wooden temple to worship the Siva Bhadresvera genie. In the late 16th century, a major fire destroyed the temple. Step by step, scientists unveiled historical mysteries. Through stone steles and royal dynasties, they proved My Son to be the most important Holy Land of the Cham people from the late 4th to 15th centuries. Lauded for its rich historical value, the architecture was recognised as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1999.
Bach Ma National Park
Bach Ma National Park is located in Central Vietnam in the provinces of Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam. The national park lies on a high mountain ridge that runs west-east from the Laotian border to the East Sea at the Hai Van pass. This ridge interrupts the coastal plain of Vietnam and, forms a biographical boundary between the faunas and floras of northern and southern Vietnam. This ridge also affects the local climate at the national park, which is probably the wettest place in Vietnam.
The Bach Ma area has long been noted for its rich biodiversity. One reason is that, within a relatively small area, the area supports a wide range of habitat types, from coastal lagoons to montage forest. Additionally, Bach Ma is situated at a biographical boundary between northern and southern Vietnam, and between the Annamite mountains and the coastal plain. With steep mountains and dense forests, this area is home to a wide variety of animals and plants. At the base of the mountains there is tropical monsoon forest, above 900-metre subtropical forest. There are species from both northern and southern Vietnam, and Bach Ma is recognized as one of the areas of Indochina with high biodiversity. Bach Ma mountain peak was the highest point in the park before extension at 1450 metres above sea level, and is only 18 kilometres away from the coast.
Lang Co Bay
Lang Co is part of a larger geographic formation that includes mountains, a river, a lagoon, an island and a beach running 3.2 kilometres. This natural diversity gives way to an important biodiversity notably regarding protected marine species such as corals, molluscs, fishes, shellfishes, turtles and other sea creatures. These ecosystems of high biological value are also economically important. Other than in the fishing industry, they are used in the production of everyday utensils such as bags and baskets, fertiliser or even in medical goods. Because of its location, its natural and cultural wealth, the bay is part of the national tourism development plan. This plan is supported by Vietnam Government with the wilingness to protect and to enhance the locale's natural and cultural riches.