Things to see in Central Vietnam

From the imperial city of Hue, with its regal citadel and historic pagodas, to the charming lantern-lit streets of Hoi An, where time appears to stand still, Central Vietnam beckons travellers with its unique blend of authenticity and charm. The region’s diverse topography, ranging from the picturesque coastline of Da Nang to the rugged peaks of the Annamite Range, offers a visual feast for those seeking both serenity and adventure. See the sights for yourself, and understand the beauty within.

Bùi Thụy Đào Nguyên, Cầu Rồng, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Places of Central Vietnam

There’s a lot of variation within – the Nguyen dynasty’s triumph in the nineteenth century established Hue as a majestic Imperial City, now adorned with palaces and temples. Da Nang, shedding its wartime history, is a rapidly evolving city aspiring to modernity. Meanwhile, Hoi An, with its well-preserved historic town and nearby My Son ruins, remains a captivating destination, offering a glimpse into Vietnam’s rich cultural tapestry. The region’s beaches, east and north of Hoi An, are undergoing swift development and transformation and are great for exploring the central coast with Anantara.

The Best Time to Visit

This area experiences a complex climate, serving as a transitional zone between northern and southern Vietnam. Typically, from September to February, Da Nang and Hue endure the rainy season, peaking between late September and December. During this period, transportation links may be disrupted. Hue is particularly affected, and even in the so-called “dry season” from March to August, heavy rains can persist, contributing to an annual rainfall average of three meters. The optimal time to explore this region is in spring, from February to late May.

The cuisine that you can find

Embark on a culinary journey through the diverse flavours of Central Vietnam. In Hoi An, a popular eatery run by a local entrepreneur offers a delightful blend of tastes, such as roast duck with banana flower salad.For Spanish-Italian fusion in Da Nang, a tucked-away garden restaurant provides homemade pasta, tosta, and burgers with imported ingredients. In Hue, an atmospheric compound near the citadel serves both royal and Western fusion dishes, accompanied by traditional performances. Along the DMZ, a charming café owned by a local resident caters to various tastes, offering juices and tasty main dishes, making it an ideal stop for refreshments.

The attractions to enjoy

Experience the allure of Hoi An with lantern-lit riverside strolls and tailor-made clothing, or delight in central Vietnamese cuisine’s assorted specialities. Explore the serene Cham ruins of My Son in the early morning calm. In Da Nang, admire the city view from Lady Buddha or witness the Dragon Bridge, all while you can consider relishing a spot gourmet seafood. Conquer the world-famous Hai Van Pass when you’re done – and move on to. cross the Perfume River to discover Hue’s Imperial City’s intricately decorated buildings. Uncover history at the Vinh Moc tunnels, a network where an entire village sought refuge during the war. A lot of these attractions are also within reach of excellent accommodation such as the Anantara Quy Nhon Villas.