The Thu Bon River in Quang Nam
The Thu Bon River in Quang Nam

Quang Nam

Quang Nam is in the Central Region of Vietnam. The province is bordered to the north by Da Nang and Hue, to the east by the East Vietnam Sea, to the south by Quang Ngai and Kon Tum, to the south-west by Kon Tum and to the west by Laos. The provincial capital is Tam Ky City.

 The terrain of Quang Nam includes: mountainous to the west, buffer zone with low hills and valleys in the middle, narrow strip of flat plains and coastal region to the east. The terrain is higher to the west and lower to the east. Quang Nam has a coastline of 125km. The province also has offshore islands some of which are popular tourist spots.

Quang Nam has a complicated river system with several crisscrossing rivers of which the big ones are:

- The Thu Bon River starts its 95km course from Nong Son District to the west of the province and discharges its water into the sea at Cua Dai Estuary at Hoi An.

- The Truong Giang River with total length of 67km starting from Cua Dai (Hoi An) flowing along the coast southwards and discharges its water into the sea at Ky Ha (Nui Thanh District, near Quang Ngai Province).

- The Vu Gia River (52km) starting from Dong Giang District and discharges its water into the Yen River (Da Nang) and Thu Bon River at Dai Loc District (Quang Nam).

The climate of Quang Nam is monsoon tropic with 2 seasons: rainy season from August through December and dry season from January through July. The temperatures are from 12oC to above 38oC. The hottest months are April, May, June and July. The temperatures are lower in the mountains to the west than in the coastal region. Quang Nam doesn’t have a cold winter as in northern Vietnam. There are typhoons and floods during the rainy season. The annual rainfall is 2,000-2,500mm.

There are several ethnic groups in Quang Nam: Kinh, Hoa, Cham, Co Tu, Gie Trieng, Xe Dang,...Peaceful countryside in Quang Nam

Tourist attractions and what to see in Quang Nam
Hoi An Old Town and My Son Cham Ruins are listed to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and have been extremely popular to foreign travelers to Vietnam as well as Vietnamese tourists. Besides, Quang Nam has the coastline to the east and the mountains to the west which are not visited much by neither Vietnamese tourists nor foreign visitors.

Hoi An Old Town once a famed international trading port in the 16-17th centuries still possessing lovely architecture and quaint atmosphere.

My Son Cham Ruins: Holy Land of Champa Kingdom and the Cham in Vietnam nowadays.

Cu Lao Cham Island 15km from Cua Dai Beach, 20 minutes by canoe. Cu Lao Cham has pristine beaches and untouched local life style.

The beaches (Ha My, An Bang, Cua Dai, Rang..): There are several beaches along the 125km of coastline. The most popular are near Hoi An (Cua Dai, An Bang); the others are mostly empty.

The Thu Bon River right near Hoi An Old Town. A river boat trip at sunset is recommended.

Quang Nam is home to several handicraft villages which you may like to visit on your trip to this land:
- Tra Que vegetable village can be visited on a bike tour and cooking tour from Hoi An for half a day.
- Thanh Ha ceramic Village: can be visited on a boat trip back from My Son Tram Ruins.
- Kim Bong Carpentry Village: can be visited on a boat trip back from My Son Tram Ruins.
- Phuoc Kieu Bronze Village
- Bang Thach Sleeping Mat Village
- Duy Trinh Silk Village

Travel, Tours and Things to do in Quang Nam
Paradissa offers several luxury tours in Vietnam and most of our tours visit Quang Nam (Hoi An and My Son Cham Ruins). At Hoi An, Paradissa offers relaxing tours for senior travelers and families, photographic tours for shutterbugs, and luxury beach vacations for couples.

Most our travelers have 3 days of their tours in Hoi An, quite a few families and couples spend up to 14 days in the Old Town of Hoi An and on Cua Dai Beach. Our recommended itinerary for your holidays in Hoi An:

Day 1
- Morning walking tour in the Old Town;
- Afternoon relaxing by the pool or riverside of your luxury resort or shopping in the Old Town;
- Late afternoon enjoy cold drinks by the riverfront;
- Evening fine-dining with Hoi An specialties.

Day 2
- Morning boat trip to the market and the cooking school;
- Lunch with your own cooked food;
- Relaxing by the pool in the afternoon or shopping;
- Sunset cruise on the Thu Bon River in late afternoon.
- Enjoy more of Hoi An fine cuisine;

Day 3
- Morning trip to My Son Cham Ruins;
- Afternoon boat trip back to Hoi An with visit to Thanh Ha and Kim Bong villages;
- Easy time shopping in the Old Town later in the afternoon or cycling to the beach.

You surely can have several days on the beach of Hoi An which can be combined with a wide array of side trips: an easy full day exploring the Cham Island, a day tour of Da Nang, a day tour to Bach Ma National Park… Paradissa, an experienced luxury travel agency tour operator in Vietnam, can tailor the holiday to your exact travel interests (photography, bird watching, culinary delights, history…), do not hesitate to contact Paradissa’s tour experts for more ideas.The Thu Bon River in Quang Nam

Hotels in Quang Nam
There are several hotels in Quang Nam of different categories. Paradissa uses mostly boutique luxury hotels and top-notch high-end luxury beach resorts in Hoi An depending on the tour or vacation packages that you book with us.

How to travel to Quang Nam & Getting there and away
Quang Nam is connected to other provinces in Vietnam via Route 1A along the eastern coast and western Ho Chi Minh Road. These 2 roads runs north-south. There are different roads between the east and the west: 14B, 14D, 14E connecting the 2 main roads above.

Hoi An is 32km from Da Nang City and Tam Ky is 70km from Da Nang. The roads are good between these locations. There is also a coastal road between Hoi An and Tam Ky which is 50km away from each other.

There are different daily trains between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) which stop at Quang Nam and Da Nang: Nui Thanh, Tam Ky and Da Nang.