Exploring Central Vietnam



Exploring Central Vietnam

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Home to some of the most spellbinding historic sites in the country, Central Vietnam’s natural beauty is no less compel ling. On the drive between Hue and Danang, the Hai Van Pass, surrounded by rolling hills and green valleys, offers the most spectacular views. As a base for exploring north of the pass, the old imperial city of Hue is elegant and the most convenient; nearby the small town of Lang Co has one of the best beaches in the region. North of Hue, the Demilitarized Zone evokes a tumultuous past, while the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park offers tranquil and scenic surroundings. South of the Hai Van Pass, both Hoi An  and My Son are steeped in history and filled with centuries- old architec tural marvels.

Sights at a Glance

Towns and Cities

Hoi An
Ba Na Hill Station
Dong Hoi
Kim Lien

Historic and Military Sites

My Son
Khe Sanh Combat Base
Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)


China Beach
Lang Co Beach
Thuan An Beach

Areas of Natural Beauty

Suoi Voi

National Parks

Bach Ma National Park
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park


Vinh Moc Tunnels

Getting Around

The best way to travel around Central Vietnam is to rent a car but if this is not feasible, the minibus services are the next best option. These ferry travelers from one destination to the other and are useful for day-trips such as to the DMZ, out of Hue, or the Hai Van Pass on the way to Hue. Visitors can also get around by train, using the Reunification Express between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. At Hoi An and Hue, visitors can explore by renting a bike or walking. Even better is a breathtaking boat trip down the Perfume River from the wharf by Le Loi Street. Hotels and tour operators organize these tours.

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