see + do
Central Vietnam see + do
With a rich history, quirky small museums, handcrafted goods, and a distinctive regional cuisine, central Vietnam has all the ingredients for a memorable, well-rounded vacationor simply a week of loafing on some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Sun worshippers will want to chill for at least three or four days in the seaside town of Nha Trang, which is also Vietnam's diving center, and then check out an exclusive China Beach resort near Da Nang.
The history is palpable in the gracious old imperial city of Hue; visitors should take the opportunity to rent a bicycle and unwind for two or three days. Try the same strategy in Hoi An, with a little retail therapyand perhaps a cooking lessonmixed in. Anyone with an interest in ancient temples will want to combine a morning at My Son with an afternoon at Da Nang's delightful Museum of Cham Sculpture, and then spend a second day roaming the Nguyen dynasty tombs outside Hue. Hiring a car and driver remains the best way to beach-hop and visit remote sites such as My Son or My Lai, but the passenger trains, which traverse some of Vietnam's most dramatic scenery, are ideal for overland journeys between the region's major cities.