Discover the wonders of Lang Co on Vietnam’s central coast. Surrounded by three UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites – Hoi An, My Son and Hue – this coastal town is perfect for those wanting to immerse themselves in authentic Vietnam, while enjoying the very best of the tropical white-sand beaches and turquoise lagoons that this area has to offer.
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ancient Town of Hoi An is a must when in central Vietnam. This perfectly preserved melting pot of history and architecture is as lively as it is charming with tailors, art galleries and modern restaurants serving fresh Vietnamese food and delicious cocktails all scattered down narrow lanes and tucked inside wooden buildings.
No cars are allowed in Hoi An’s old towns so bicycles zip up and down the lantern-lined streets and canal’s edge, while visitors can mosey at their own pace taking in all the little nuances of the colourful French, Japanese and Vietnamese-style buildings. And all this is just two hours from Lang Co.
Situated 90 minutes north of Lang Co, Hue is another UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that you need to explore. History buffs and culture lovers will be in their element in this historic city that was once the seat of the Nguyen Dynasty emperors. Nowadays, visitors can explore the traditional ancient monuments, tombs and pagodas that were once part of a thriving empire.
The final UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in our list is My Son, an abandoned set of ruins dating back to the Cham Empire. Thought to have been constructed between the 4th and 14th century AD, the partially ruined Hindu temples at My Son are quite the sight to see with their intricate engravings and towering structures.
Lang Co is famous for its seafood stalls and restaurants that serve the freshest catch-of-the-day. For a delicious meal, head to Azura at Banyan Tree Lang Co where you can enjoy world-class dishes like char-grilled octopus with lemon dressing and seafood fusilli served in a dreamy oceanfront setting.
Used by the locals to navigate the area’s charming fishing villas, turquoise lagoons and leafy waterways, the basket boat is a traditional method of transport for the people of Lang Co. First designed by local fishermen wanting to avoid a hefty boat tax put into place by the French, the basket boat is made from woven bamboo and nowadays the locals offer tours to travellers wanting to experience their unique way of getting around.
Bach Ma National Park reaches a peak of 1,450 metres at the mountaintop and is home to more than 2,000 plant, insect, bird and mammal species as well as 50 fish, reptile and amphibian species. Spend the day hiking through the park uncovering the thundering waterfalls, hidden lagoons and lush wildlife along the way.
Image courtesy of Trieu Minh at I Love Hue Tour
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