Quang Ngai is the south central province of Vietnam, bordering with Quang Nam, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Binh Dinh province. Quang Ngai is known to have 129km coastline with beautiful beaches, island of Ly Son and a lot of historical and cultural sites. A Vietnam tour package by road is suggested to stay in Quang Ngai for 2-3 nights to visit the highlights of this province.
How to get there
Quang Ngai is about 860km from Ho Chi Minh city, 889km from Hanoi, 147km from Quy Nhon, 412km from Nha Trang, 130km from Danang and 100km from Hoi An. To get to Quang Ngai, there are few ways as below:
By road: Quang Ngai is right on the national highway from Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh city and there are many buses to catch at anytime and anywhere. Tourists from Hoi An can easily hire a private car/bus and it is the best choice because they can stop to visit the tourist sites during the way.
By plane: The Chu Lai airport is just 35km away from Quang Ngai downtown and tourists can fly to Chu Lai from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city.
By train: The reunnification express trains from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city stop in Quang Ngai so this is not a bad option, but Holiday to Indochina suggests that you should buy the train ticket if you travel to Quang Ngai from Hue, Danang or Nha Trang.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Quang Ngai is from April to August (dry season) when it is suitable for sea tourism and great to explore Ly Son island or relax at pristine beaches of Quang Ngai.
Things to see in Quang Ngai
Quang Ngai is home to Sa Huynh culture that flourished between 1000 BC and 200 AD during Iron age and Cham culture during the 9th-10th century, but a Vietnam package tour to Quang Ngai is highlighted by the following visits to:
My Lai Massacre: Happened in 1968 at Son My village of Quang Ngai during the Vietnam war when the US army killed 504 unarmed civilians, included men, women, children and infants. The My Lai Massacre considered as "the most shocking episode of the Vietnam War". If you have the chance to visit Quang Ngai, do not forget to stop at Son My village to see the vestige site, photos and hear the story from the survivals. This place will tell us how good is peace!
Ly Son Island: An beautiful island of Quang Ngai which is just about 25km from the mainland, but has been forgotten too long. Recently, young Vietnamese have discovered and posted amazing pictures of unexplored beaches, emerald sea and fresh seefood, Ly Son started to catch the eyes of Vietnamese tourists. The natural, wild and spectacular beauty of Ly Son will make any adventurer happy to be here. Tourists travel to Ly Son can stay at nice hotels like Muong Thanh Ly Son hotel, Central Ly Son hotel, Park Hotel Ly Son or mini hotels, guesthouses and homestay. There are some tour actitivies there, but Holiday to Indochina advises tourists to explore the island by on their own.
Beaches in Quang Ngai: As mentioned earlier, Quang Ngai has beautiful coastline of over 100km and blessed with many pristine beaches like My Khe (7km long), Sa Huynh (6km long), Thien Dang beach, Khe Hai beach. The pity thing is this potential has not been invested and developed to attract more tourists, especially western tourists who love to relax on white sandy beaches.
Accommodation in Quang Ngai:
Thien An Riverside hotel, Song Tra hotel, Central hotel are some of our suggestions to stay overnight in Quang Ngai city. If you love beach, just come to My Khe beach resort to enjoy sandy beach and seefood.