How to travel to Quang Nam for your best experience
Quang Nam Travel Guide 2020 – What to do, when to visit, and more…
and nature which possesses a lot of beautiful beaches, ecotourism areas and tourist attractions that draw the attention of visitors who are eager to come exploring the land. If you plan a trip to Quang Nam lately, let’s read our complete guide below on how to travel to Quang Nam for your best experience.
1. Relaxing by the beach
An Bang and Cua Dai beaches are great places to enjoy sunbathing and watersports (paddle-boarding, surfing). Both of them are beautiful, offering soft white sand, spectacular wave conditions, comfortably warm climate and excellent beachside restaurants. Further note, Cua Dai was designated as one of Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is not a surprise when tourists and expats gather here the most during the weekends.
2. Discover Hoi An Ancient Town
Graceful, historic Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town in the Center. Once a major port between the 15th and 19th centuries, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befits its heritage. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with beautiful temples, picturesque streets, and ancient buildings. To Hoi An is a peaceful setting, slow-paced and traditional lifestyle, for travelers who want a truly relaxing vacation in Vietnam.
Some often stroll, or hail a cyclo around the town, while others book a boat tour floating on the Hoai River and enjoy a picturesque Hoi An.
3. Shop at Hoi An Center Market
Resting on the banks of the Thu Bon River, bustling Hoi An Central Market is certainly worth a look for its authentic slice of Vietnamese life. There is a vast array of foodstuffs for sale including spices such as saffron and cinnamon which are superb purchases as are the exotic fresh fruit and vegetables on display. The marketplace is renowned for its tailors who have a section of the market all to themselves. Fine silk tailoring is cheaper here than anywhere else in Hoi An with garment makers running up a dress, shirt, jacket or full suit usually within 24 hours. Souvenir and local handicraft hunters will also find plenty to browse through at the Central Market. Once being here, you may have an unmissable shopping experience.
4. Board to Cham Island
Cham Islands consists of eight small islands off the coast of Hoi An, one of which is a recognized UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The most popular things to do on Cham Islands mostly center around the beaches (Bai Cong, Bai Ong, Bai Bac, and Bai Xep), such as swimming, sunbathing and water-sporting. Also, as home to a thriving coral reef system and marine life, Cham Island is a popular spot amongst diving enthusiasts.
However, the Cham Islands are inaccessible during the monsoon period, which takes place between October and February. The islands experience strong winds and waves that make traveling dangerous so there are no trips available at this time of the year.
5. Refresh at the Fairy Stream
The Fairy has a stream system of all about 14 waterfalls. Each waterfall has its own beauty. On the summer days, or the moonlit nights, visitors have the opportunity to come here to watch the flowing water flowing into the forest trees and on the blue sky, visitors can imagine as a place of hybridity. Especially in the third waterfall there is a cool pond, which is the most ideal bathing place. Don’t forget to pay a visit to Fairy Stream to discover the mysterious beauty, to fully enjoy the natural masterpiece bestowed on the region.
6. Visit Dong Giang Tea Hill
Generally, tea hills in Dong Giang are not well known to many tourists, but for those who like to explore the peaceful suburbs, the place is no stranger. No doubt, in Quang Nam full of sunshine and breezy winds, there is a green tea hill in the middle of this immense primitive forest, dispelling all the harsh heat. In fact, you can come to Dong Giang in any season, but the most beautiful time to visit tea hill is from August to October every year. This is the time when the tea leaves are the most luxuriant and freshest.
7. Visit My Son Sanctuary
My Son Sanctuary is a temple complex, built between the 4th and the 14th centuries AD. The place consists of many ruined Hindu temples and tombs. There are over 70 temples at the sanctuary, spanning about two kilometers in width. My Son Sanctuary is known as one of the most amazing Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and one of the most important heritage sites in Vietnam. It is often compared with other historical temple complexes in Southeast Asia, such as Angkor Wat of Cambodia or Ayutthaya of Thailand, as of 1999, My Son has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Although the majority of the ruins were destroyed and some statues are missing, there are still some impressive ancient decorations that have survived to the present day, including snakes, elephants, and priests.
8. DIY at Thanh Ha Pottery Village
Thanh Ha Pottery Village, which carries a valuable historical legacy of a significant traditional career of locals that used to play an important role in the development of Hoi An ancient town. It’s amazing to know that craftsmen of the village excellently worked to provide perfect articles for the palace during the period of Nguyen Dynasty in Hue. Nowadays pottery items have been exported to other countries in the world; some of them include pots, jars, cups, and bowls. It’s also interesting that you can make your own products and bring them back to your relatives and friends as a souvenir.
9. Be amazed at Tam Thanh Mural Village
This village is located in Trung Thanh hamlet, Tam Thanh commune, Tam Ky City. The village has been painted more than 100 pictures on the walls of villagers’ houses by Korean artists. Currently, this is one of the hottest and must-visit when travelling to Quang Nam. Beside visiting and taking photos with the paintings, tourists can also enjoy the beach or experience the life of people here.
10. Pay a respect at The Vietnamese Heroic Mother Monument
Quang Nam has not only natural and cultural tourist sites but also fascinating historical sites. Among them, being built in Tam Phu commune, Tam Ky city with the largest scale in Southeast Asia, Mother’s monument is dedicated to the heroic Vietnamese mother Nguyen Thi Thu, who had 11 children and grandchildren as martyrs. Statues made of marble carved in the shape of a Mother are opening and embracing the children of the country.
For most travellers, two days enjoying the beaches and visiting tourist attractions is fairly enough. Let’s examine our suggested 2D1N itinerary below for your travel plan to Quang Nam.
Day 1: Hoi An Ancient Town – Thanh Ha Pottery Village
AM: Take a morning walk around Hoi An Ancient Town. Visit some shops, taste some fast foods and enjoy the peaceful air.
PM: Move to Thanh Ha Pottery Village to learn how to make yourself a piece of pottery, as it can be a gift to your loved one. Return to the ancient town to have dinner and experience Hoi An’s nightlife.
Day 2: Cua Dai Beach – My Son Sanctuary – The Vietnamese Heroic Mother Monument
AM: Get to Cua Dai Beach in the early morning to enjoy the soft sand, warm climate and exciting activities. Have lunch with seafood at some beachside restaurant.
PM: Move to My Son Sanctuary. Admire the historical wonder as if it is the Angkor Wat of Vietnam. Then pay your respect to the hardworkship and gratefulness at The Vietnamese Heroic Mother Monument.
If you are a vetaren backpacker, please feel free to manage the trip on your own and alter it when needed, else, we recommend you join a tour organized by a professional company, that can free you from hassles and keep you safe throughout the journey.
1. Quang Noodle (Mi Quang)
Mi Quang is one of Quang Nam’s most iconic dishes, a delicious noodle soup consisting of flat, thick rice noodles seasoned with turmeric, fish sauce and broth, pork, shrimp, boiled eggs, peanuts, and greens served alongside a bowl of salad and bean sprouts. It’s warm, it’s comforting, and it’s a dish that has made Quang Nam cuisine famous.
2. Chicken Rice at Pho Hoi
Chicken rice is often made from the stage of choosing ingredients and processing to enjoy. Plate of chicken rice is presented with just enough rice, and the chicken has just been mixed on top, decorated with a few lettuces and sliced onions with salt and pepper powder. Eating chicken rice must have chili sauce, cup of cabbage soup with fresh ginger and papaya salad, thin slices of carrots. If desired, diners can add mỏe lemon or chili in.
3. Phuong Bread In Hoi An
At Phuong Bakery, there are over 20 kinds of beans for you to choose from, fried meat, sausages typical in Vietnam to cheese, bacon, … of European style. According to your own taste, this bread must definitely have pate, pate sister Phuong do is special fatty liver pate and fat, feel after biting a piece of pate will enjoy each flavor is dissolving. A delicious food not only in excellent taste but also in form. As a matter of fact, even the arrangement of ingredients in the bread core also exudes sophistication and meticulousness of the shopkeeper.
4. Pancakes (Banh xeo)
As a folk dish and appeared in many street food lists, banh xeo became familiar with many people. Pancakes are wrapped in a thin layer of rice paper, served with raw vegetables and dotted with sweet and sour fish sauce, eaten in a crispy crust of the crust and greasy bean sprouts of meat and shrimp.
5. Dap Cake
As a traditional snack that’s exclusively available at Cam Nam Village, located about 10 minutes away from Hoi An Ancient Town, Dap Cake is made by placing a wet rice paper atop a crispy one before layering on some mung bean paste, fried shallots, and chopped spring onions. Finally, another crispy rice paper covers the entire ensemble. It’s also known as smashing rice paper, as you get to crush the Dap Cake into pieces on the table before enjoying it with some fermented fish sauce with chilies.
Quang Nam’s climate is influenced by monsoon, of which average temperature is 25°C. It is hot and dry from February to April and rainy from September to December. Because the rainy season in Quang Nam province is often with storms and flash floods, which can affect travel plans. Therefore, the wonderful time to visit Quang Nam is from April to August.
You can reach Quang Nam by all modes of transport. Feel free to consider one among the following at your discretion.
By air: The Chu Lai Airport is 35km south of Tam Ky provincial capital, 100km south of either Hoi An or Da Nang. There are daily flights between Ho Chi Minh City – Chu Lai Airport and Hanoi – Chu Lai. Alternatively there are several flights to Da Nang Airport which is 30km from Hoi An Old Town.
By train: There are several trains between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City which stop at either Da Nang Railways Station, Tam Ky Railways Station.
By road: There is Route 1A linking major cities in Vietnam which travels through Quang Nam. There is also a coastal road which links Hoi An and Quang Ngai. Tam Ky is 70km south of Da Nang or Hoi An; Hoi An is 30km from Da Nang.
Throughout this article, we wish you to have an idea of how to travel to Quang Nam for your best experience. In case you are looking for your own travel agent, who can offer a wonderful and hassle-free trip to Quang Nam, please feel free to let us know. We always commit our best to make it your once-in-a-lifetime journey.