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Why should you visit Central Vietnam right now?

Talking about Vietnam, I’m sure most people will think of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as the two main cities of the country. Today, I’m going to show you the Central Vietnam (Da Nang, Hue and Hoi An) and why it should be your next holiday destination.

Diverse Landscapes

Central Vietnam is blessed with various natural landscapes from amazing caves, majestic waterfalls, lush mountains to white sandy beaches.

central vietnam Bach Ma National Park

Trekking in Bach Ma National Park

central vietnam Do Quyen Waterfall

Spectacular view at the top of Do Quyen Waterfall

central vietnam Hai Van Pass

Scenic route at Hai Van Pass

central vietnam Countryside of Hoi An

Biking around the Countryside of Hoi An

central vietnam My Khe Beach in Da Nang

Sunset at My Khe Beach in Da Nang

central vietnam Huyen Khong Cave

Sunlight Beaming through the Holes in the Roof at Huyen Khong Cave

Delicious Food

Central Vietnam is a food capital of Vietnam. Try different local bites or street food like Bun Bo Hue (Beef Noodle from Hue), Nem Lui (Grilled Pork on Lemongrass Skewer), Banh Beo (Rice Cake), etc. Or if you miss international food, there are also numerous choices from Italian, Indian to Korean food. Central Vietnam is also a vegetarian-friendly region as you can find several vegetarian restaurants in every city.

central vietnam vietnamese vegetarian food

Vietnamese Vegetarian Food

central vietnam Grilled Pork on Lemongrass Skewer

Grilled Pork on Lemongrass Skewer

central vietnam local beers

Cheap Local Beers

central vietnam Spicy Mussels in Hot Plate

Spicy Mussels in Hot Plate

central vietnam Hoi An Chicken Rice

Hoi An Chicken Rice

central vietnam Quang Style Noodle in Pork Broth

Quang Style Noodle in Pork Broth

Affordable Holidays

Central Vietnam is still a very affordable destination. I got my air tickets with Jetstar for less than S$120. Decent hotel rooms also cost as low as US$15 per night. By the way, the food and beers here are very cheap. You can get a bottle of local beer (La Rue, Huda, Saigon or Hanoi) for as low as VND 20,000 (S$1.2).

central vietnam Lang Co Lagoon

Lang Co Lagoon on the Way from Hue to Da Nang (This is not a lake in New Zealand)

central vietnam Ba Na Hills

Ba Na Hills Looking Like a French Town

central vietnam A Medieval Styled Village on Ba Na Hills

A Medieval Styled Village on Ba Na Hills

central vietnam like europe

This is Vietnam, not a Europe!

Cultural Hub

There are a lot of historic sites to visit in Central Vietnam. If you are a history buff, you should not miss the Imperial City in Hue or the Champa Ruins in My Son. For those who love taking photos, stay a night or two in Hoi An and explore its old city and the countryside on a bike.

central vietnam Imperial City of Hue

Imperial City of Hue

central vietnam Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh

Tomb of Emperor Khai Dinh

central vietnam Old Town of Hoi An

Evening Stroll in the Old Town of Hoi An

central vietnam Champa Statue

Champa Statue

Conclusion

Central Vietnam is a pleasant surprise for me. It exceeded my expectation in every way. I did not have enough time to trek to the impressive Son Doong Cave this time. It has to be booked ahead in advance and the trek will also take a lot of time. I’m sure I will come back here again. If you still don’t know where to visit on your next holiday, I strongly recommend Central Vietnam!

central vietnam Cable Car to Ba Na Hills

View from a Cable Car to Ba Na Hills

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Puranut Wisutjindaporn
Written by Puranut Wisutjindaporn
Pong is his nickname and he hails from Thailand. Having lived in Singapore for almost 10 years, he calls this little red dot his second home. As a bon vivant, he is always in search of new places to dine and drink. Pong appreciates the finer things in life. He believes in living a healthy and well-balanced life. He is a gamer, a movie buff, a music lover, a watch enthusiast, a coffee addict and recently a yoga practitioner. Apart from being fluent in Thai and English, he also speaks Spanish, Japanese and a bit of Chinese. Pong admires the arts, enjoys photography and paints once in a while, a true Renaissance man. Pong also loves traveling to widen his world’s view, experience new cultures and make new friends. His favorite destinations include Japan, Europe and India.