River’s fun across Central Vietnam

Central Vietnam has a rich network of waterways, featuring serene riverscapes interwoven with fascinating local activities. Whether you’re looking to spend an entire day following the river flow or simply wish to find a tranquil spot to soak in its peaceful allure, Central Vietnam has it all. As you plan your journey, make sure to check out our detailed guide below for the best insights and tips!

Thu Bon River (Quang Nam): One of the best places for capturing sunset

The Thu Bon River is ranked as one of Vietnam's most poetic rivers, renowned for its gentle currents and serene landscapes. From a distance, it meanders like a soft ribbon through Hoi An, bordered by the earthy hues of the countryside, the verdant greenery of rice fields, and the vintage yellow of ancient houses. This idyllic scene offers perfect photography opportunities throughout the day, especially during the sunset.

As dusk descends, the sky is painted with multi-shades of orange and pink, making the riverscape even more enchanting. To fully savor this beauty, we highly recommend embarking on a river cruise. On board, you can indulge in refreshing cocktails while enjoying the city view and sky transformation in the most immersive way.

Thu Bon River Cruise Information:

  • Location: 52-40 Bach Dang Street, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.
  • Operating hours: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
  • Prices: 638,000+ VND, depending on the number of passengers and time of year 

For couples seeking a romantic experience, releasing lanterns into the water is also an activity you should not miss. Every Saturday evening, on full moon days, and the first day of each lunar month, the Thu Bon River sparkles with thousands of lanterns, creating a mesmerizing scene for a dating night.

Bay Mau Coconut Forest (Hoi An): A serene water path through nature

Bay Mau Coconut Forest, or Rung Dua Bay Mau, is a 200-year-old forest originally covering about 7 hectares (or 7 mau in Vietnamese). The name "Bay Mau Coconut Forest" originated from this, though today it has expanded to encompass an impressive area of up to 100 hectares.

Surrounded by lush coconut palms along the riverbanks, this tranquil area offers a sanctuary of peace, where the melodies of birdsong harmonize with the rhythmic paddling of local rowers, creating a rustic symphony that soothes the soul. Thus, it is always one of our top recommendations for those seeking a half-day trip along the river.

For a deeper sense of serenity, you can hop into one of the traditional basket boats and let the river flow take you through different layers of natural discoveries, historical tales, and local fishing activities. Adventure enthusiasts can partake in boat racing or experience thrilling 360-degree spins with the basket boats. In the forest village, you can join a workshop to craft delicate shapes from coconut leaves, such as grasshoppers, fish, and roses. This activity provides not only creative satisfaction but also unique gifts for friends and family.

Bay Mau Coconut Forest Information:

  • Location: To 2, Can Nhon Hamlet, Cam Thanh Commune, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province.
  • Opening hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily.
  • Entry fee: 30,000 VND per person.
  • Boat rental (up to 4 people): 300,000 VND per trip.
  • Basket boat rental (up to 2 people): 150,000 – 250,000 VND per trip.

To fully enjoy Hoi An’s riverside attractions, we suggest starting your day with a visit to Bay Mau Coconut Forest in the morning. After lunch, you can spend the afternoon exploring the Thu Bon River surroundings and enjoying its charming sunset.

Huong River (Hue): The melodic flow from the past

A traditional singing performance on the Huong River is one of the unmissable experiences when visiting Hue. It not only serves as entertainment, but also embodies the cultural essence of this dreamy land. Each song unfolds its narrative, guiding visitors on a journey to explore the local life, customs, and soul of the land.

To experience this traditional performance, you need to purchase a ticket for the dragon boat. On board, you’ll be enchanted by soulful tunes such as “Ly Nga Tu”, “Huong Tinh”, and “Cung Dan Nguyet Co”. Here, the sweet melodies of talented artists blend harmoniously with the sounds of traditional instruments like the zither, flute, and monochord. It is not just an immersive experience but also transports you on a melodic journey through the past.

But the dragon boat experience isn’t just about music. Visitors can admire graceful traditional costumes, elegant dances, and the enchanting night scenery of the Huong River. Alongside these, indulge in specialties from Central Vietnam and mingle with talented local artists to learn about Hue’s heritage. There is also a Hue language lesson for international visitors. Make sure to not miss it out.

  • Location: Toa Kham Dock – 49 Le Loi Street, Hue City.
  • Operating hours: 5:15 PM – 11:00 PM.
  • Prices: Range from 100,000 to 1,300,000 VND depending on the type of service.

We sincerely hope these recommendations above will help enhance your travel experience, add an extra layer of delight to your itinerary, and leave a memorable imprint on your journey. 

At Da Nang International Terminal, we are eagerly awaiting your arrival, ready to provide you with a warm and hospitable welcome. Let us be your gateway to an extraordinary journey filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories. See you soon!


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