Visit Vietnam's Central Coast
Vietnam's central coast has a lot to offer. With a long, complex and important history, the region has been at the centre of conflict and power for centuries, but it is also home to splendid ancient ruins, emperors' palaces - such as those at Hue - and distinctly French colonial mansions.
Perched between the former North and South Vietnam, the region is also home to the former DMZ, which spread along the 17th parallel and, as such, the region witnessed some of the worst fighting during the Vietnam War. Now, fully restored and revitalised, it boasts some of Vietnam's best beaches, particularly around Hoi An and Da Nang, the old and new marine trading hubs of the region. This meeting between past and present, within the contexts of Vietnam's fascinating cultural traditions and complex history, makes this a particularly enjoyable region to explore.
Top itineraries in Vietnam's Central Coast
Between cruises on the Mekong Delta, private tours of Ho Chi Minh City's history and a luxury beachfront stay on an island paradise, this is your chance to showcase the highlights of southern Vietnam.
From its great cities and iconic temples to off-the-beaten-track gems, this tour takes in the must-see highlights of two Asian heavyweights – Vietnam and Cambodia.
Discover the best of Vietnam, taking in the country's vibrant northern capital Hanoi, the emerald waters of Halong Bay and the historically rich central coastal towns of Hue and Hoi An. Then, fly south Ho Chi Minh City and the magic of the Mekong Delta and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.
Top places to stay in Vietnam's Central Coast
Boutique Hoi An Resort is a stylish oasis just footsteps from Cu Dai beach and offers fantastic value for money
An exquisite blend of local and colonial charm, the Anantara Hoi An is made up of three-story colonial-style buildings that reflect Hoi An's history of trade with both East and West. It also has a world-class spa.
The stunning Four Seasons The Nam Hai, an all-villa resort located on a beautiful beach close to Hoi An, is among the most stylish and luxurious options on Vietnam's central coast.
Where to go in Vietnam's Central Coast
Just four hours up the coast from Ho Chi Minh City lies the stunning Mui Ne Peninsula, an area of pristine beaches and towering sand dunes of the sort more commonly associated with the Sahara than the Vietnamese coastline.
Nha Trang is arguably Vietnam's best-known beach resort popular with domestic and international visitors alike.
Hoi An, set just inland from the coast along the banks of the Thu Bon River, is home to a richly traditional old town - now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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