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Central Vietnam Coastline

Central Vietnam Coastline is a region of captivating beauty and historical significance, offering a diverse range of landscapes and landmarks. The region is characterized by its stunning coastline, featuring pristine beaches like Da Nang’s My Khe and Quang Binh’s Son Doong Cave, one of the world’s largest and most enchanting cave systems. Central Vietnam is also home to the imperial city of Hue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its splendid Imperial Citadel and royal tombs. Hoi An’s Ancient Town stands out for its well-preserved architecture, and the region hosts the My Lai Massacre Memorial, a somber reminder of the Vietnam War’s impact. This central region’s blend of natural beauty, rich history, and cultural treasures make it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking a unique and multifaceted experience in Vietnam. Boasting two of the country’s most renowned cultural travel destinations, Hoi An and Hue, and a mouth-watering menu of local dishes.  But photographers find the real attractions are its bustling fishing communities and traditional village life. The maritime canter of Danang also offers some unique photographic opportunities.

Da Nang

Danang is one of Vietnam’s fastest-growing metropolises, and probably its most livable and modern.  The New York Times ranked it number 15 in 2019’s list of must-visit global travel spots, calling it ‘the Miami of Vietnam’.  Stunning beaches like My Khe and the nearby jungle of Son Tra peninsula, as well as easy access to Hoi An, make it one of the best-located cities imaginable.  But the city’s famously hospitable locals are what really make Danang stand out. Bring a smile, and you’re sure to find yourself suddenly making new friends over a beer and seafood snack.  Our On the Waterfront and Riverside by Night tours are all about getting you behind the scenes to capture the real Danang.

Thua Thien Province

Hue, located in central Vietnam, is a city steeped in history and cultural significance. It served as the imperial capital of Vietnam for over a century and is renowned for its iconic Imperial City within the Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is situated along the picturesque Perfume River, offering boat rides and a backdrop of historic pagodas and royal tombs scattered throughout the countryside. Hue’s royal tombs, like the Tomb of Khai Dinh and Tomb of Minh Mang, showcase elaborate architecture and serene landscapes. The city is home to a wealth of Buddhist pagodas, including the famous Thien Mu Pagoda, and hosts cultural festivals, like the Hue Festival, that celebrate its rich heritage. Hue’s distinct culinary tradition, “Hue cuisine,” is a delight for food enthusiasts, with unique dishes such as bun bo Hue and banh khoai. The city’s academic and artistic institutions, like Hue University and the Hue College of Fine Arts, contribute to its cultural vibrancy. Modern development coexists with historical charm, making Hue a captivating destination where visitors can explore its imperial past, appreciate natural beauty, and savor its rich heritage and cuisine.

Hai Van

The Hai Van Pass juts up into the sky between Hue and Danang, a sudden mountain range along an otherwise flat Central coastline.  Literally ‘Sea Cloud’ Pass, the views from both road and rail on this stretch fairly blow the mind, with jungle-clad mountain overlooking blue sea and the occasional deserted white sand beach. Nearby Lang Co lagoon is also home to a traditional fishing community using handmade coracle boats, while the mountainside is dotted with remnants of past wars. You’ll explore all of this with your camera on our acclaimed Hai Van Pass Horizons tour.

Quang Nam Province

Hoi An, is a picturesque and historically rich city cherished by travelers worldwide. Its UNESCO-listed Ancient Town is a gem of well-preserved architecture, reflecting a fascinating blend of Chinese, Japanese, and European influences. Strolling through its labyrinthine streets adorned with colorful lanterns, visitors can explore converted old buildings, now housing a variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Hoi An’s monthly Full Moon Lantern Festival is a mesmerizing spectacle, with lantern-lit streets and the enchanting practice of releasing lanterns into the Thu Bon River. Beyond its cultural and architectural allure, the city is a culinary paradise, renowned for its diverse flavors and specialties like Cao Lau and White Rose Dumplings. Hoi An’s tailor shops offer custom clothing, and nearby beaches like Cua Dai and An Bang provide a peaceful escape. With its rich history, cultural sites, and dedication to preservation, Hoi An is a destination that blends the past and present into a truly enchanting experience.

Quang Binh Province

Discover the breathtaking world of Son Doong Cave, a true masterpiece of nature in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. As the largest cave on the planet, Son Doong presents an awe-inspiring photography opportunity. Its colossal dimensions include towering stalagmites, massive chambers, and an underground river that carves a path through the subterranean landscape. Amid this astonishing backdrop, photographers can capture unique geological formations and thriving ecosystems within the cave, including blind fish and lush underground jungles. Permits are limited, making this a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for photographers, with guided tours providing access to this natural wonder. Join us on a photographic journey into the heart of Son Doong, where the world’s most extraordinary cave awaits your lens. 

Quang Ngai Province

Quang Ngai is a coastal province in central Vietnam known for its natural beauty, historical significance, and cultural heritage. The province boasts a stunning coastline, with pristine beaches such as My Khe and Ly Son Island, making it an attractive destination for beachgoers. Quang Ngai is also notable for its historical sites, including the My Lai Massacre Memorial, which commemorates a tragic event during the Vietnam War. The province is home to a mix of different ethnic groups, and its culture is deeply rooted in traditions, with festivals and rituals that celebrate its unique heritage. Quang Ngai offers a glimpse into both Vietnam’s natural wonders and its historical past, making it a diverse and intriguing destination for travelers.

Binh Dinh Province

Quy Nhon is a city located in Bình Định province in central Vietnam. The city was officially founded in the late 18th century, although its origins stretch back much further to the 11th-century Champa culture, the Tây Sơn Dynasty, and the 18th-century seaport of Thị Nại. The name Quy Nhon means “gathering of scholars” in Vietnamese and was given to the city with an implicitly special meaning with the hope of attracting talented people to this prosperous land. Due to its advantageous geographical features, Quy Nhon was designated as one of the bustling trading ports with Western countries at that time. Since the 20th century, Quy Nhon has developed rapidly with public amenities erected, making it not only a tropical paradise for tourism but also a great place to live. Some of the must-see attractions in Quy Nhon include Ky Co Beach, Long Khanh Pagoda, Queen’s Beach, and Ong Nui Temple.