Located where the mountains meet the sea, just 25 kilometers from Da Nang, the landscape of Lang Co is simply magnificent.
Lang Co Bay stretches 42.5 kilometers and features fine white sand and diverse ecosystems. In 2009, Lang Co Bay was honored on the list of “Most Beautiful Bays in the World” by Worldbays.
WHEN TO GO
The best time to visit Lang Co Bay is from April to early August.
Located near Da Nang, Lang Co experiences distinct seasons influenced by its northern location. The average temperature is between 24 and 25 degrees Celsius, with winter temperatures dropping to around 10 degrees Celsius and summer temperatures reaching almost 40 degrees Celsius. However, the presence of Cau Hai Lagoon helps to mitigate the impact of storms, floods, and hot, dry westerly winds, making the climate of Lang Co Bay more moderate compared to other regions. of Thua Thien Hue province.
Lang Co has a rainy season from September to December, with the highest rainfall occurring in October and November.
WHAT TO EXPLORE
Lang Co Bay and its surrounding areas are home to many destinations and beautiful photo spots to explore.
Bach Ma National Park
Bach Ma National Park is located about 30 kilometers from Lang Co. The terrain of the park is hilly and steep, with Bach Ma Peak reaching a height of 1,450 meters, making it an ideal destination for hiking enthusiasts. If you have time, you can embark on a 2-3 day hike across the entire arc or opt for a combination of hiking and a 6-7 hour drive to reach the summit.
During your trek, be sure not to miss the breathtaking views of Hai Vong Dai (Sea Observation Post), Do Quyen Waterfall and Five Beautiful Ngu Lakes. You have the option of spending the night in front of the national park gate, or staying in an old French villa on the way to the top, or even camping in the national park area.
Hai Van Quan
Hai Van Quan was built in 1826 and served as a military outpost at the top of Hai Van Pass, marking the geographical boundary between Thua Thien – Hue Province and Da Nang City. It offers a breathtaking view of the mountain range jutting out into the sea. Hai Van Pass is about 15 kilometers from Lang Co and offers a splendid view of the bay. You can take a leisurely stroll there in the morning or afternoon and stop for a cup of coffee at the top.
Tour of a lagoon
At the foot of Phu Gia pass, 5 kilometers from Lang Co town, Lap An lagoon overlooks the sea on one side and Bach Ma mountain on the other. It’s best to visit the lagoon early in the morning, when the tide is low, revealing a path that splits the water down the middle. This place was once a favorite fishing spot for King Khai Dinh and King Bao Dai, the 13th and last emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty, during their summer vacations. Adjacent to the lagoon is a fishing village that is home to local seafood restaurants, making it an ideal destination for lunch and sampling Lang Co delicacies.
Don Ca arch bridge
The Don Ca arch bridge is located at the foot of Hai Van Pass. It was built in 1906 as part of a railway line initiated by the French. The bridge is approximately 100 meters long, 20 meters high and has 4 arches mainly constructed of stone. Although it is not located on the highway, it is still easily accessible from Hue or Da Nang. To find the bridge, head to Hai Van Bac Station near Hai Van Quan and continue for about 1 kilometer. Today, the bridge plays an important role on the North-South railway line and is also a popular location for photo enthusiasts.
Lang Co Bay has several beaches, Canh Duong, Lang Co and Binh An being the most important. Canh Duong Beach is enchanting at dawn, when visitors can witness the sunrise on the horizon, illuminating the arc-shaped beach and creating a shimmering effect on the sea surface. Adventure, camping and beach tent rental services are available. Visitors can rent boats from local fishermen to explore the sea around the base of Hai Van Pass.
Some beaches in Lang Co lack warning signs and a permanent rescue team. Use caution when swimming and avoid deep water sections for safety reasons.
WHAT TO EAT
Lang Co Bay seafood is high quality and abundant, raised and caught locally. Along the road, especially at the foot of Lang Co Slope, you will find small restaurants offering fresh seafood dishes. A hearty seafood porridge for breakfast starts at 25,000 VND ($1.06), while a full lunch costs between 200,000 and 300,000 VND per person.
The region’s famous seafood specialties include oysters, shrimp, squid and abalone. Some well-known restaurants to try are Viet Long Floating Restaurant, Minh Tam Restaurant, Be Than Restaurant, Anh Phi and Vietpearl. Additionally, tourists can opt for floating rafts on the Lap An lagoon.
HOW TO GET HERE
Lang Co is easily accessible by road, as it is located along National Highway 1A, at the foot of Hai Van Pass.
For those who choose to travel by train or plane, Da Nang is the recommended destination. Travel time from Da Nang airport or train station to Lang Co takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. However, if visitors choose to go to Hue first, the travel time will be twice as long.
Airfares for return flights from Hanoi to Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang vary between 2 and 5 million VND ($84.47 to $211.18), depending on timing and availability. On the other hand, the fastest train tickets cost around 2 million VND.
The Hai Van Pass tunnel is exclusively for cars. If you go up the pass by motorbike, you will need to return via the pass or transport your motorbike separately.
WHERE TO STAY
Lang Co offers a diverse selection of accommodations catering to a variety of tastes. Budget hotels along National Road 1A offer affordable options, with prices starting from 300,000 VND ($12.67) per night. Some recommended choices include BH Villa Lang Co, Ha Phuong Homestay, and Anh Dung Guesthouse.
For a more upscale stay, Lang Co Beach Resort stands out as a 4-star property right in the city center, with a large swimming pool and essential amenities for visitors. Room rates at Lang Co Beach Resort range from 700,000 VND per night, varying depending on the season.
Located about 20 kilometers from the city center, Angsana Lang Co and Banyan Tree Lang Co are two luxurious 5-star resorts on Canh Duong Beach. These resorts offer top-notch facilities including swimming pools, golf courses, gyms and spas.
Angsana Lang Co has 229 rooms including more than 100 rooms with private pools starting from 3 million VND per night. The interior design combines Vietnamese elements with international touches, with eco-friendly materials like bamboo, rattan and palm trees, which combine to create an ambiance reminiscent of traditional houses in Hue.
Next to Angsana Lang Co is Banyan Tree Lang Co, one of the most lavish resorts in the central region. With 82 villas, each equipped with its own swimming pool and offering one to three bedrooms, this resort offers a luxurious experience. Room rates at Banyan Tree Lang Co start from 8 million VND per night. The resort’s emphasis on biodiversity-related activities and relaxation ensures a memorable stay for its guests.
In the evening, there may not be many entertainment activities in Lang Co as it is located quite far from any city center.
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