Central Vietnam is a traveller’s paradise. From incredible people and culture to white sandy beaches and exceptional cuisine, the region has something for everyone.
Beginning in the famed city of lanterns — Hoi An, travellers will experience Vietnamese culture to its fullest. The city centre straddles a canal with plenty of bars and restaurants on both sides and at night the river lights up with the lanterns offered by the local Vietnamese.
The lanterns float down the river, and travellers can buy lanterns of their own to float from boats offering rides to tourists.
When choosing a hotel near the city, travellers can’t go wrong with the Four Seasons Resort Hoi An. This luxury hotel is close to the beach as well as the city centre. Offering private ocean view villas as well as poolside rooms, this stylish resort offers the perfect place to base for excursions into both Hoi An and its big brother, Da Nang. Rooms start at approximately $430 a night but fluctuate depending on the season.
Vietnam’s third-largest city, Da Nang is a bustling metropolis right on the beach, flanked by jungle-covered mountains. Skyscrapers give way to an exceptional white-sand beach with incredible seafood restaurants offering local delicacies.
Travellers can check out the Marble Mountain between Da Nang and Hoi An for incredible views of both as well as a beautiful temple at the top. More of a rocky outcrop than an actual mountain, this hilltop temple can be seen easily in about half a day.
So, you have explored the beach city of Da Nang and the quiet rice fields and countryside around Hoi An, now it is time to head north to Vietnam’s old imperial capital — Hue.
This central Vietnamese town has loads to offer whether you are into nightlife, adventure sports or history and culture.
Travellers are recommended to stay at Azerai La Residence in Hue on the banks of the fabled Perfume River. This luxury hotel offers incredible fine dining with traditional Vietnamese cuisine as well as a pool and spa for relaxation. Rates start at the incredibly affordable price of around $130, although these climb during the tourist season.
The hotel also offers travellers easy access to one of Hue’s most famous attractions — the Imperial Palace.
The palace exists on the outskirts of the city and is a sprawling complex of palaces temples and other royal buildings. It is easy to get lost exploring these exceptionally well-preserved buildings for a day or longer.
The self-guided tours are perfect for travellers who like to explore and are offered via headphones that play recordings in several languages. Alternatively, the tourist office can arrange a guided tour.
Central Vietnam has everything on offer, fine dining, cultural immersion and some of the most stunning beaches in Southeast Asia. Travelling through this rich region is a must for those wishing to experience one of Asia’s best destinations.