Timeless villages in Central Vietnam

Central Vietnam is not only renowned for its abundant and picturesque landscapes, but it is also home to many centuries-old villages. If you’re in search of a unique encounter with tradition and culture or seeking inspiration for photography, don’t miss out on these recommended destinations below.

Phong Nam Ancient Village

Phong Nam is an ancient village with more than 100 years of history and is well-known for its Champa-style architecture. Characterized by traditional features like wells, porches, and courtyards, this village offers a captivating insight into the architectural heritage of the region and an inspirational setting for photography enthusiasts. While visiting here, you can also try the traditional Vietnamese women’s attire and capture some unique photos that encapsulate the spirit of this historic village.

Rooted in tradition for eight successive generations, this village has thrived on the enduring practice of mussel production, making it a vital and integral part of the local economy. A visit here will be incomplete without relishing the local irresistible mussel dishes.

Beyond its historical architecture, Phong Nam Ancient Village is renowned for its vibrant array of traditional celebrations. The Shepherd’s Festival (Muc Dong Festival), held in the fourth lunar month, is the main highlight due to its diverse folk games and traditional activities. So, make sure to schedule your visit during this special occasion to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and gain insights into the rich heritage of local traditions.

Important notes when visiting Phong Nam Village:

  • Please visit the village between 8 AM and 5 PM, as these are the designated hours for visitors to enjoy the village’s charm.
  • Since the local residents predominantly rely on cash transactions, it’s recommended to exchange currency before arriving for convenient ticket purchases and other amenities.
  • If you intend to explore the ancient houses, opt for comfortable and modest attire, respecting the local culture and ensuring ease of movement.

Kim Long Ancient Village

Kim Long Ancient Village is a winemaking village that is located near the Huong River in Hue City. This village is ideal for those yearning to escape from crowded tourist hotspots and indulge in the alluring aroma of wine.

Notably, Kim Long Ancient Village is renowned for its time-honored craft of “nep cai hoa vang” which is a local wine that is renowned for its distinctive astringent taste at the tip of the tongue and a refreshing, delightful aftertaste. Just close your eyes and let your senses run free; the delightful aroma of the wine will guide you through the unforgettable journey. 

During major holidays like Tet or traditional festivals, this village becomes a cultural hub where visitors can enjoy the local art performances like “ho mai nhi”, “chau van”, poetry, and more.

Vi Da Village

Vi Da Village is an enchanting haven nestled in the heart of Hue, the Ancient Capital of Vietnam, where the serene Huong River gracefully meets the majestic Ngu Mountain.

To reach this idyllic village, you should travel through the Con Bridge over the Giang River. Adorned with its graceful and calming beauty, this spot has become a beloved check-in point for tourists, drawing visitors from both near and far.

Beyond its natural charm, Vi Da Village enchants visitors with traces of ancient Nguyen Dynasty architecture, showcasing the iconic Ruong house and the grand residences of princes and princesses. As you step into this historical realm, you’re invited to capture distinctive images evoking a bygone era, brimming with rich national identity.

As you immerse yourself in a day at Vi Da Village, take a leisurely break at Con Hen to embrace the tranquil countryside lifestyle. Here, you’ll witness rare and rustic scenes, such as villagers worshiping at communal houses at dusk, farmers guiding buffaloes to the fields, and the joyful play of children—all adding to the authentic charm of this timeless village.

Phuoc Tich Village

Phuoc Tich Village, built in the 15th century, is more than just an old town; it’s a place that preserves the historical and cultural legacy of Vietnam. It allows visitors to experience stories from the past and learn about the fascinating Ruong architecture as well as the aristocrat’s artifacts.

Renowned for its traditional pottery craft spanning over 500 years, Phuoc Tich produces exquisite items crafted from high-quality clay, including jars, pots, bowls, vases, and everyday items. Thus, when visiting here, you can also engage in hands-on pottery making sessions with the guidance of skilled artisans to create personalized souvenirs.

Besides its pottery craft tradition, Phuoc Tich Village is also home to the old Ba Temple (Mieu Ba) and a 700-year-old gold apple tree (yellow Diospyros decandra Lour). This special place is spiritually important to the locals. Those arriving before 5 o’clock on the 22nd – 24th of the third lunar month can witness a festival dedicated to the Champa-goddess Ponagar, praying for the upcoming peaceful year.

For those eager to explore all the best of Phuoc Tich Village, here are some tips:

  • Plan your visit between February and August, when the weather is cool with minimal rainfall.
  • Weekends are optimal, as ceramic artists actively participate, providing dedicated guidance for creating desired souvenirs.
  • Due to the sacred nature of certain places in the village, such as shrines, temples, village communal houses, and ancestral churches, visitors are advised to dress modestly to respect local customs.

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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