Area: 10,438.3 sq. km
Population: 1,472.7 thousand habitants (2006)
Capital: Tam Ky City
Administrative divisions:
- City: Hoi An
- Districts: Dai Loc, Dien Ban, Duy Xuyen, Nam Giang, Thang Binh, Que Son, Hiep Duc, Tien Phuoc, Phuoc Son, Nui Thanh, Bac Tra My, Nam Tra My, Tay Giang, Dong Giang, Phu Ninh, Nong Son.
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Co Tu, Xo Dang, M'Nong, Co (Cor)...

   
         

Thu Bon River - Hoi AnGeography (Click here to see location)
Quang Nam is located in the middle of Central Vietnam and is surrounded by Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Ngai, and Kon Tum provinces. The Truong Son Mountains, Laos, and the East Sea also border the province.
Quang Nam has various of mountains and hills (covers 72% its surface) with many high mountains such as Lum Heo Mountain of 2,045m, Tion Mountain of 2,032m, Gole- Lang Mountain of 1,855m... Main rivers run from Truong Son Range to East Sea as Vu Gia , Thu Bon, Tam Ky rivers.

Climate
Quang Nam's climate is influenced by monsoon. The annual average temperature is 25OC. It is hot and dry from February to April and rainy from September to December. The average humidity is about 84%. The annual average rainfall is 2,000mm. The average sunny hours: 1,944 hours/years.

Hoi An Ancient TownTourism
Experiencing the ups and downs over the years, Quang Nam still preserves the unique historical and cultural remains of the past along with rich human values. Some of the typical cultural sites include:
Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Holy Land, Tra Kieu Old Champa Capital, Cham Towers in Khuong My and Chien Dan, which record the remains of Sa Huynh, Champa and the Dai Viet civilization.
During many wars, Quang Nam was one of the cradles of the revolutionary movement. Bo Bo, Nui Chua, Vinh Trinh, Cho Duoc, Chu Lai and underground tunnels of Ky Anh, the Ho Chi Minh Trail have gone down in history as the destinations for tourist to stop and visit the former battle fields.
The province possesses 120km of coastline stretching form Dien Ngoc to Dung Quat with many beautiful, clean and deserted beaches. The beaches of Dien Duong, Cua Dai, Binh Minh, Tam Thanh, Ky Ha and Bai Rang together with the lake of Phu Ninh, the rivers of the Thu Bon and Truong Giang and the island of Cham are ideal tourist attractions.
Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Cham Towers have been recognized as World Cultural Heritage since 12/1999.

Fishing in Hoi AnThere are most famous tourist site in Quang Nam Province: Chien Dan Tower, Chuc Thanh Pagoda, Phuoc Lam Pagoda, Tra Kieu Church, Vien Giac Pagoda, Bang Than, Cua Dai Beach, Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island), Ha My Beach, Lim Mountain Creek, Phu Ninh Lake, Tam Thanh Beach, Thu Bon River, My Son Holy Land - A World Heritage Site, Hoi An Ancient Town - A World Heritage Site (including: Japanese Covered Bridge, Ong Pagoda, Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, Tan Ky Ancient House, Lantern Work), Duy Trinh Silk Village, Kim Bong Carpenter Village, Thanh Ha Pottery Village....

Transportation
Quang Nam Province is located in the middle of Vietnam, 860km from Hanoi, 947km from Ho Chi Minh City, and 108km from Hue City. The province is on the National Highway 1A, the South?- North railway and on the route of Danang - Quang Nam - Kon Tum - Gia Lai - Dak Lak - Dak Nong - Binh Phuoc. Hoi An is 32km from Danang and can be reached by car, bus or minibus.

 

   

 

   
 

 

Chien Dan Towers

Location: Located in Tam An Commune, about 5km from the city of Tam Ky, Quang Nam Province; 60km south of Danang City, near the National Highway 1.
Characteristics: Chien Dan Tower is a group of three towers built in the 11th or 12th century and dedicated to three deities of the Champa Kingdom: Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

 

 
   

 

   

 

Chien Dan - Cham TowerToday, at the site of the Chien Dan Tower, there is a showroom displaying Cham objects, including many high quality statues, which are fascinating to visitors and researchers alike.
Most researchers classified Chien Dan sculptural works in Chanh Lo Style (11th century to early 12th century).

 

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Chuc Thanh Pagoda

Location: Chuc Thanh Pagoda is located in Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province, about 2 km from the center of Hoi An.
Characteristics: The pagoda was founded at the end of the 17th century by Priest Minh Hai, Chuc Thanh Pagoda was well known because it was there that the Thien Chuc Thanh chapter of the Thien Lam Te religion originated.  

 

 
   

 

   

Chuc Thanh Pagoda - Hoi AnPilgrims come to Chuc Thanh Pagoda to worship Tam The Phat, Di Lac, and La Han. It is now managed by Buddhist Priest Thich Tri Nhan.
The pagoda was built in a combination of Chinese and Vietnamese architectural styles. It was renovated both in 1956 and 1964. Outside, is a statue of Quan The Am Bo Tat and the tombs of Minh Hai, Thiet Tho, An Bich, and Thien Qua priests.

 

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Phuoc Lam Pagoda

Location: Phuoc Lam Pagoda is located in Cam Ha Ward, Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: Phuoc Lam Pagoda belongs to Lam Te-Chuc Thanh Buddhist sect. It was built in ancient Asian architectural style.

 

 
   

 

   

It consists of three chambers, two lean-tos and two bell towers. The pagoda was restored in 1822 and 1893.
Inside, are various precious ancient objects and statues. This is also where many famous Vietnamese Buddhist monks were trained before the 1975 war, such as the Bonze superiors Thich Tinh Khiet and Thich Giac Nhien and the Bonze superior I and II of Vietnam Buddhism.

 

 

Phuoc Lam Pagoda - Hoi An 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Tra Kieu Church

Location: Tra Kieu Church is situated in the old quarter of Tra Kieu, Duy Son Commune, Duy Xuyen Distric, Quang Nam Province: 45km south of Danang City.
Characteristics: It was built in 1722 at one location, and then transferred to its current site in 1865.

 

 
   

 

   

Tra Kieu Church - Quang NamIn 1971, Priest Phero Le Nhu Hao built the present nave according to 17th century European architecture. Next to the church are the Love of the Cross Convent built in 1867, the Museum of Traditions and the Church of the Holy Mother located on a 60m hill.

 

 

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Vien Giac Pagoda

Location: Vien Giac Pagoda is located in Cam Pho Ward, Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: Formerly, the pagoda was founded at Xuyen Trung, called Cam Ly Pagoda, after that, because of land erosion near the river, the people here moved the pagoda to the present position in 1841 and renamed it Vien Giac Pagoda.

 

 
   

 

   

At the beginning, Vien Giac Pagoda was a village one and in 1950, it was managed by the local Buddhists.

 

 

 

 Vien Giac pagoda - Quang Nam

 

   

 

   
 

 

Ban Than

Location: Ban Than is located in Tam Hai Commune, Nui Thanh District, to the north of Bai Rang.
Characteristics: Ban Than is a place for people who love excitement, and is ideal for organizing adventurous tours.

 

 
   

 

   

Ban Than - Nui Thanh - Quang Nam

This is a black cliff standing out of the white sand and the blue sea water. This cliff is more than 2km long, 40m high, consisting of pieces of stone lying on one another, with veins of different designs and images, looking like unique sculptural pieces made by the creator. You will feel dizzy standing on top of this cliff, amidst the sky and winds from the sea.

 

 

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Cua Dai Beach

Location: Cua Dai Beach is located in the area of Cam An Ward, about 4km to the north-east of Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: Cua Dai Beach is over 3km in length and up to 300m in width. The beach boasts fine white sand, clear and blue water, moderate slopes and small waves, which make it ideal for recreational activities like swimming and other sea sports.

 

 
   

 

   

Cua Dai Beach - Hoi AnAfter visiting the relics in the old town, visitors can go to Cua Dai Beach to enjoy sea food specialities in an ideal environment of immense sky and sunshine.
In the shady palm-lined road bordering the beach stand some large seaside resorts such as Hoi An Beach Resort or Victoria Resort, where lodgings built in Vietnamese traditional style are available. On summer holidays, the famous beach of Cua Dai cools off those heading to Hoi An.
 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands)

Location: Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands) is situated in Tan Hiep Commune, Hoi An City, about 20 kilometers off the Cua Dai coast.
Characteristics: It consists of eight islets set as an arc, very close together: Hon Lao, Hon Kho Me, Hon Kho Con, Hon Tai, Hon Dai, Hon La, Hon Mo and Hon Ong, serve as a protective barrier for the ancient town. The area is renowned for its beauty, clean and vast biodiversity with pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water.

 

 
   

 

   

Cu Lao Cham (Cham island) - Hoi AnAccording to archaeologists, Cu Lao Cham first settled there 3,000 years ago and established business contacts with external countries some 1,000 years ago. The islands was more well-known when Hoi An - one of the most ancient cities of Southeast Asia has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999; the Cu Lao Cham Natural Reserve was set up in 2003 and the national sea reserve was  found here in 2004 – the second island reserves in Vietnam. The first was the Mun Islet reserve in Khanh Hoa Province – established in 2001. However, the green Cu Lao Cham seem to really awake as suddenly receive hundreds of visitors every day after UNESCO recognized the islands as a global biosphere reserve in 2009.
The reserve includes 165 hectares of coral reefs and 500 hectares of underwater plant life. They are also Home to 947 aquatic species. The islands are also considered as one of the few places in Vietnam that still has a large area of vegetation and a wide range of rare and endangered animals. The protection of the environment and the natural habitat of rare and precious species of fauna and flora here are paid more and more special attentions. 
Cu Lao Cham has still preserved many architectural constructions which date back to the 18th – 20th century such as the shrine dedicated to Than Yen Sao, built in 1843 at Bai Huong and Hai Tang Pagoda, built in 1753 on the western hillside of Hon Lao.Cu Lao Cham (Cham island) - Hoi An
From Cua Dai coast, after about 20 minutes by hydrofoil or 25 to 30 minutes by high-speed canoe or if someone want to enjoy the enormous of the beautiful view from tourist boat, it will take about 60 to 90 minutes depend on the weather, travelers will reach Cu Lao Cham, where possess abundant in tourism potential. Various tourist activities are offered to meet almost all demands of tourists. Tourists can relax, go hunting, fishing even fishing octopuses... Travelers also have chances to view the sea swallows’ nests clinging to the towering cliff. Cu Lao Cham is popular for its seafood and delicacies (octopuses, lobsters, fish’s fin, abalone, kaki, cholonia’s eggs, birds’ nests…) and fascinating souvenirs (pearls, conches, tortoise-shells…)

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Ha My Beach

Location: Ha My Beach is located in Dien Duong Commune, Dien Ban District, about 6km to the south of Ngu Hanh Son.
Characteristics: Ha My is compared to a sleeping fairy just waken up in recent years. This beach attracts visitors not only by its clean and white sand and its wildness, but also by fresh ans tasty seafoods. Ha My is an ideal place for everybody in the muggy and stuffy summer days.

 

 
   

 

   

 

   

 

   
 

 

Lim Mountain Creek

Location: Lim Mountain Creek is located in Dai Dong Commune, Dai Loc District, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: This creek originates from Am Thong Mountain range on the Hio- Hiu Peak at a height of 882m from sea level.

 

 
   

 

   


Water runs from this height down through different layers, flowing through two hamlets and finally mingles with Vu Gia River down to Cua Dai Estuary.
Along both sides of the creek, there are peaceful virgin forests, varied fauna and vegetation, all this together with Hio-Hiu mountain ranges create charming scenes.
This can be regarded as an ideal holiday spot of the midland area of Dai Loc District and Quang Nam Province.


 

   

 

   
 

 

Phu Ninh Lake

Location: Phu Ninh is located about 7km to the west of Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: Phu Ninh Lake is an irrigation scheme with a water area of 3,443 hectares and a protecting forest area of 23,000 hectares.

 

 
   

 

   

Phu Ninh Lake - Quang Nam

With 30 beautiful islands and islets, Phu Ninh Lake looks like a miniature of Halong Bay. This area has varied fauna and vegetation, of which 14 species are included in the red book of species which need protection.
There is especially an open air mineral source which has refreshment and curing values. With a mild temperature, protected by mountains, the Phu Ninh Resort is being developed with various exciting services: sightseeing, fishing, water-skiing, hot-water bathing, medical treatment, accommodation for furlough after strenuous work or treatment. This place is attracting quite a large number of visitors.


 

   

 

   
 

 

Tam Thanh Beach

Location: Tam Thanh Beach is about 7km to the east of Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: Tam Thanh Beach is always full of sunshine and light sea waves. Tam Thanh Beach is an exciting holiday spot.

 

 
   

 

   

 

   

 

   
 

 

Thu Bon River

Location: Thu Bon River is located in Duyen Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: It is one of the nicest waterways in Vietnam. As such, it has been repeatedly portrayed in poetry.

 

 
   

 

   

Thu Bon River - Hoi An

The river begins at an altitude of 2,598m in the Ngoc Linh Mountain and then runs across the south-western mountainous area to meet the Tien and Tranh Rivers at Que Tan. From there, it flows through Que Son, Dai Loc, Duy Xuyen, Dien Ban, Hoi An, and finally into the sea at Cua Dai.
From Hoi An, visitors can rent a boat and stop at the beautiful villages located along the river.

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

My Son Hollyland, A World Heritage Site

Location: My Son lies in a narrow valley in Duy Tan Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province. 70km southwest of Danang City, 20km away from the Tra Kieu Citadel, and 40km away from the ancient town of Hoi An.
Characteristics: My Son is a group of temple-towers of Cham people. With its great value, in December 1999, the complex of My Son Cham Towers has been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

 

 
   

 

   

My Son Holy Land - A Heritages SiteVarious researches by archaeologists and architects have revealed that at the beginning, there was only one small wooden temple built by King Bhadresvara I in late 4th century. In the 7th century, King Sambhuvarman had it rebuilt, using more durable materials From then on, successive Cham kings, when enthroned, had their temple-towers constructed as offerings to their gods. During seven centuries (7th to 14th century), such temple-towers mushroomed in My Son, turning this land into a cultural, and religious center of the Cham Kingdom.

 

My Son Holy Land - A Heritages SiteMy Son was a complex of constructions, including different temple-towers and stela in various architectural styles. French researchers listed some 70 temple-towers there. However, time and war together have taken their toll on these relics. Now, only 20 temple-towers remain almost intact. The rest have been reduced to ruins. These vestiges are valuable treasures of information for studying the development of Cham culture. During its seven centuries of development, Cham arts produced many works equal to masterpieces of the world. Though less impossing than the Angkor in Cambodia and less diversified than the Pagan site in Myanma, My Son is unique of its kind in Southeast Asia.


 

   

 

   
 

 

Hoi An Ancient Town, A World Heritage Site

Location: Hoi An is an old town down the Thu Bon River, on the coastal plain of Quang Nam Province, about 30 km south of Danang.
Characteristics: The architectural significance of Hoi An has been recognized by UNESCO, during the 23rd Congress which took place in Marrakech (Morocco) from the 29th of November to the 4th of December, since the town was officially listed as a World Heritage Site.

 

 
   

 

   

Hoi An Ancient Town - A World Heritage SiteAfter a long period of absence from the tourist map, this lovely town started to draw the attention of visitors and researchers at the beginning of the 1980’s. What is so special about Hoi An is that this little port town is in an incredible state of preservation. It offers some of the most densely concentrated sights in Vietnam with its old streets bordered with ancient houses and assembly halls, its pagodas, temples, ancient wells and tombs. In total, more than a thousand places of interest.
The architecture of Hoi An is characterised by a harmonious blend of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences. After many centuries, Hoi An is still respectful of its traditions, folk festivals, beliefs and of its sophisticated culinary art.
Set in a quiet environment, Hoi An is surrounded by peaceful villages, a beautiful river, the sea and sunny beaches. Offshore, Cu Lao Cham Islands are very famous for sheltering their prized birds’ nests.


 

   

 

   
 

 

Japanese Covered Bridge

Location: Japanese Covered Bridge, also called the Pagoda Bridge (Chua Cau) is located in Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: The Pagoda Bridge was built in the 16th century and is still incredibly well-preserved
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Hoi An Ancient Town - A World Heritage SiteMore than 400 years have passed and the covered bridge has always been a good shelter for passers by escaping from the rain and heat.
On the northern side of the bridge is a Japanese pagoda to protect sailors. There are statues of two dogs located at the western end of the bridge and two monkeys at the eastern end. It is said that the construction started in the year of the monkey and finished in the year of the dog, according to Chinese calendar. Other legend is said that the statues on the bridge might have been put there by the Japanese to control this monster, since the dog and the monkey are sacred animals according to their Totem religion.

 

   

 

   
 

 

Ong Pagoda

Location: Ong Pagoda is located at 24 Tran Phu St., Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: Ong Pagoda is one of the typical pagodas in Hoi An's old quarter. It was built in 1653 and is dedicated to Quan Thanh De Quan (Quan Van Truong) , who was one of the generals in the three-kingdom period of ancient China. The pagoda has been restored many times.

 

 
   

 

   

 

   

 

   
 

 

Phuoc Kien Assembly Half

Location: Located at 46 Tran Phu St., Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, also called Kim Son Pagoda, was built in 1692 by Chinese Phuoc Kien merchants.

 

 
   

 

   

Hoi An Ancient Town - A World Heritage SiteIt has since been restored and enhanced many times. Because it was used for worship as well as for meetings by the Chinese from Phuoc Kien Province, this construction is now called the Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall.
The Holy Mother and the Goddess of the Sea, Thien Hau, are worshipped in the main sanctuary. The Phuoc Kien ancestors and the God of Prosperity are worshipped in the sanctuary behind the main one.
This temple is architecturally unique with its artistic ornaments and beautiful statues. The Chinese architectural style combined with Vietnamese workmanship has enriched it with Hoi An cultural character.

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Tan Ky Ancient House

Location: Located at 101 Nguyen Thai Hoc Road, Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: Tan Ky House was constructed almost two centuries ago as the house of a Vietnamese merchant.

 

 
   

 

   

Hoi An Ancient Town - A World Heritage SiteIt has always been lovingly preserved and now looks almost exactly as it did in the early 19th century.
The design of Tan Ky House shows how local architecture incorporated Japanese and Chinese influences. Japanese elements include the crab shell-shaped ceiling supported by three beams in the living room. Chinese poems written in mother-of-pearl are hanging from a number of the columns that hold up the roof.

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Lantern work in Hoi An

Location: Hoi An Ancient Town, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: Hoi An lantern is various size and shape, from normal lantern to dragon lantern or fish lantern with full of color. Hoi An people highly pride on their lantern. It is very simple and easy to do only with hard-work. In past, there was no "night of ancient city".

 

 
   

 

   

Lanterm Work - Hoi An HeritageIn past and now, when mention to Hoi An trade villages, it is always said to Thanh Ha pottery, Kim Bong carpenter villages, hardly to the lantern work. Years recently, Hoi An lantern work has developed greatly because out of the rules of town committee all families light lantern in the night of ancient city (monthly 14th lunar calendar) and tourists buy a lantern as a souvenir.
There are about 30 families working lantern in Hoi An. They have to use the old bamboo soaking ten-day in salt water against wormhole and moth then drying it and sharpening it as the size of lantern. Cloth must be silken or nylon cloth, enough toughs for stretching and stretching worker need good technique to do it. To be done a couple of lantern requires 4-work day and 3 decorative works.
The recurrent night of ancient city, holidays, tet holiday with multi- color lantern on very roads. It make everybody feel a happier and more lovely Hoi An.

 

   

 

   
 

 

Duy Trinh Silk Making Village

Location: Duy Trinh Village is located in Dong Yen - Thi Lai Village, Duy Trinh Commune, Duy Xuyen District, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: This village is famous for growing mulberry, breeding silkworms, making silkcords and weaving silk. It is believed that in nowhere else is the silk as fine as it is here.

 

 
   

 

   

In its silk-making history, in its most prosperous period, the silk growing area was as much as 160 hectares and there were as many as 200 households engaged in this trade.Visiting this village, visitors will have the opportunities to see with their own eyes different stages in the production of these famous silk products.

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Kim Bong Capenter Village

Location: Kim Bong Carpenter Village is located in Cam Kim Commune, Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: The carpentry of this village is believed to originate from North Vietnam, and has long been famous with its arts of wood carving and sculpture

 

 
   

 

   

Through contact and exchange with artisans of the same trade from Siem, China, Japan and so on, combined with their own skills; these Kim Bong carpenters have created pieces of work which have normally great meaning in philosophy and fine arts. Products made here have been marketed in domestic as well as oversea markets.


 

 

 

   

 

   
 

 

Thanh Ha Potterty Village

Location: Thanh Ha Pottery Village is located in Thanh Ha Ward, Hoi An Town, Quang Nam Province.
Characteristics: Having its origins from Thanh Hoa Province, the pottery-making profession in Thanh Ha Village absorbed some techniques, original in Quang Nam Province and hence their products have become different from all the others in Vietnam, though also based on clay with manual manipulation and kiln heat. The originality of their products resides in the color, durability, lightness and decoration.

 

 
   

 

   

Although it has experienced various changes of time, economic difficulties and foreign competition, the local inhabitants are always trying to preserve a traditional profession, inherited from their ancestors. For generations and in a silence, the village has contributed to the society key items for daily use like cups, bowls, pots, jars, flower-pots...
Depending on the time of burning and the temperature of kiln, the color can be changed from pink, pink yellow to red, light brown and ink-black. Thanks to the special technique of processing soil and the combination of successive manipulations, the durability of their products is nearly at the top rank compared to the others in the country and the brightness is same like enamel. Also, this pottery is lighter than the others. Especially, a soft and clear sound with echo can be heard by knocking on the product. Some products are offered on request or used for planting orchids, pot plants; they are decorated with the sink and float vignettes that are simple but very nice.
Thanh Ha Pottery craftsmen had ever been invited by the Court of Nguyen Dynasty in Hue to create special products for activities of the imperial palace. The same as Kim Bong wood craftsmen, they were put at the eight or nine grades of mandarin system. In the recent some decades, Thanh Ha pottery has still been sold throughout the country and sometimes abroad (Canada, America, France).
Besides the pottery work, Thanh Ha Village is also famous for bricks and tiles. So far, it has ever supplied double, zigzag and tubular tiles for the old architectural constructions, of which the Hoi An Ancient City with the restoration and embellishment of places of historical interest.