Cultural Things to Do in Central Vietnam

Vietnam is a country with a long history and a fascinating culture. Just the fact that  there are as many as 1000 historical, cultural, and architectural sites which have been officially classified as “Heritage Sites” is reason alone to consider traveling to Vietnam.To list all 1000 sites would make this post way too long, but here are some of the best cultural things to do in Central Vietnam…


In Hue, you can pass through the Thahn Tan Hot Springs on the way to the picturesque Thuan An Beach. They are around 13 kilometres from Hue itself and surrounded by woodland.

The idea is that you start off in the coolest waters and work your way up to the hottest.

You could also explore the Dai Noi (Imperial Citadel) which is almost like a historical monument in its own right. In fact, the peaceful surrounds of this unique walled complex is absolutely unmissable and well worth a day of your time to explore.

Take a boat cruise down the Perfume River to see the seven Tombs of the Emperors – the lavish tombs of Vietnam’s last imperial family.

These elaborate resting places date from the late 19th or early 20th centuries and one of the most ornate both inside and out is the 1925 tomb of Khai Dinh.

Hoi An

It’s no surprise that pretty Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations. It’s got a little bit of everything – fascinating history, great food, unparalleled shopping, top notch hotels and a beautiful beach to boot.

Make it here for the Full Moon and you’ll see the locals celebrate by switching off all its electrical lighting and making the town look beautiful by the light of thousands of lanterns.

If it’s relaxation you’re seeking, then check out the Zen Spa where you will receive traditional Vietnamese therapies. Many of the hotels and resorts in Hoi An town, by the beach have some fantastic facilities.

The five star Fusion Maia, located between Hoi An and Da Nang is Asia’s first all-inclusive spa hotel, with the biggest spa complex in the region – definitely the best place to indulge yourself.

To get out and about, a lot of visitors hire bicycles or motorbikes in town and then cycle around the centre and the surrounding area to really get down with the locals.

From the beach, take a boat out to Cham Island for amazing snorkelling and diving opportunities, wandering through traditional rice paddies and explore archaeological sites.

Da Nang

Halfway between Hoi An and Da Nang are the romantically-named Marble Mountains. A day trip into this area will reveal hidden cave entrances, numerous tunnels, and several Buddhist sanctuaries.

Those with energy to burn can climb up one of the peaks for a stunning panorama.

Da Nang and the coastline of the South China Sea have some of Vietnam’s most idyllic beaches. In the town itself, visitors can discover the world’s finest collection of Cham sculpture at the Cham Museum and families can keep the kids happy the wet and wild Da Nang Water Park.

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One Response to Cultural Things to Do in Central Vietnam

  1. Ellie C. June 1, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    We loved VietNam! It is one of the most interesting and exciting countries we have visited. Hoi An charming (Life Resort amazing). A local picked up our laundry and delivered it fresh and packaged as we were ready to depart the next day!
    Two weeks is not enough time.