QUANG NAM PROVINCE: A Heroic Land in Vietnamese Heart – Backpackers Vietnam
Formerly, Quang Nam province include Da Nang city in geography. Nowadays, Da Nang city is separated to be one of 5 cities under central authority. Therefore, Quang Nam and Da Nang city are relatively the same in culture and history. Because of the development in tourism in Da Nang, Quang Nam province seems to be forgotten by visitors. Let accompany with backpacker.com to discover this heroic land.
City: Tam Ki and Hoi An
Population: 1.567 million (2019)
Area: 10,438 kilometer square (the 6th of country)
Ethnicity: Vietnamese (91,1%), Co-tu (3,2%), Xo-đang (2,7%),..
Quang Nam is well-known for local language and cuisine by Vietnamese. It is also the only province with 2 UNESCO world heritage sites in Vietnam: Hoi An ancient town and My Son sanctuary and 1 world biosphere reserve: Cham island.
Quang Nam is bordered by Hue and Da Nang city to the north, the nation of Laos to the west, Kon Tum province to the southwest, Quang Ngai province to the southeast and has the coastline of 125 kilometers in length.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT
Quang Nam has 2 seasons: the rainy season starts from September to December with regularly storms and floods. The best time to visit here is from April to August. On the 1st and 14th of the lunar month, especially on the Mid-Autumn Festival, the rivers around Hoi An are often lighted with many beautiful lanterns.
TOP ATTRACTIVE DESTINATIONS IN QUANG NAM PROVINCE
Hoi An Ancient Town
Hoi An ancient town reflect the combination of Vietnamese architecture and foreign culture (principally Chinese, then Japanese and later European influences). From the 15th to 19th centuries, it is famous as actively commercial port which traded both with Southeast Asia and with the rest of world.
The ancient town is an outstanding complex located near the mouth of poetic Thu Bon river with 1,107 wooden and brick buildings. Lost in the town, you not only find the history and culture but also discover yourself in peace. Especially after the night fall, the town immerse itself in the shimmer of lanterns.
My Son Sanctuary
In the past, Quang Nam was a part of Champapura kingdom in the period of 4th to 13th century. My Son sanctuary used to be the place for worshiping the Gods of Champa dynasty as well as to bury the Kings and royal princes. Therefore, it is a sacred site for most of its existence and retain the spiritual, cultural and historical site in present.
My Son sanctuary was affected a lot by the Hinduism of the India continent. The architecture show the elaborate engineering skill of Cham human through the iconography and symbolism on the temple. They all reflect the evolution of Cham political and religious thoughts.
Although being ruined year by year, My Son holy land is also an remarkable architectural complex over ten past centuries. We would like to say thank you and grateful for those value that still exist today.
Monument to Vietnamese Heroic Mothers
The construction with 18.6 meters heigh and 117 meters wide is the only monument in Vietnam to represent more than 78,000 Vietnamese heroic mothers in the war. It is also the largest monument in Southeast Asia after 7-year construction.
At the heart of the monument is a bust modeled after Nguyen Thi Thu, a revered heroic mother who lost her husband, nine sons, one son-in-law, and two grandsons in wartime. She passed away at 106.
Inside the monument is the home of the inscriptions of all the nearly 50,000 heroic mothers. Here save photos and writings on their lives and their silent but massive sacrifices to the country’s quest for independence. It is a place for gratefulness and commemorating Vietnamese heroic martyrs who passed away for national peace, independence and freedom.
Cham world biosphere reserve is a group of 8 small islands belonging to Hoi An city, 40 kilometers far from the center of beautiful Da Nang city. What attract tourists in Cham island is its variety of outside activities and biological diversity. There are many water sports available here like swimming, boat racing, scuba diving,…
Besides that, Cham island gain its fame as a historical-cultural destination. The architecture here remain partial by Cham people’s civilization dating bach hundreds year ago with 300-year pagoda, the old well and fishing village.
From inland, backpackers can buy a cano ticket or wooden boat ticket to get the island.
Cham island entrance ticket: 70 000 VND/person
Eco fee: 20 000 VND /person
Scuba diving fee: 800 000 VND/person
Kite flying fee: 700 000VND/person
There are many homestays on the island for visitors to stay overnight.
HOW TO GET THERE
The express bus ticket takes nearly 400 000 VND per from Ho Chi Minh city as well as from Ha Noi.
You can drop at Quang Nam bus station (1 Phan Boi Chau street, Tan Thanh ward, Tam Ky city) or Da Nang station and take only 20- minute motobike to get Hoi An city.
Travel along the central provinces is an interesting but adventitious journey.
Quang Nam is about 860 kilometers far from Ha Noi and 865 kilometers far from the Ho Chi Minh. Backpackers vietnam can drive along the 1A highway to discover almost provinces belonging to South Central Coast.
Chu Lai airport is a domestic one so that you can’t fly directly from foreign countries.
There are 4 available airline brand in Quang Nam province: Vietnam airlines, Jestar Pacific airlines, Vietjet air and Bamboo airways.
Chu Lai airport is located on Tam Nghia commune, Nui Thanh, Quang Nam. It is 34 kilometers far from the center of Tam Ki city. Taxi is available here.