Provincial city of Vietnam

Quảng Ngãi is a city in the Central Coast region of Vietnam. Known for the My Lai incident during the Vietnam War. This place doesn't receive many visitors who often bypass the town for Da Nang north or Nha Trang to the south. It is home to oil refineries and many cultural and historical sights.

Understand

Quẚng Ngãi City

Quảng Ngãi is a town that used to be neglected, forgotten, and bypassed by government, tourists, even the residents wanted to get out of this uneventful town. With oil money coming in, Quẚng Ngãi has been recapitalized, revitalized, and reborn with cafes, resorts, and upscale restaurants, and was home to 302,000 people in 2018.

Quảng Ngãi is surrounded by the Truong Son Mountains on one side and the East Sea on the other. The topography of the surrounding regions include mountains, plains, seaside and offshore islands.

Climate

The rain season lasts from September to December. It is hot between April and August and the weather is cold from January to March. Annual average temperature is 26°C.

Get in

Quảng Ngãi lies halfway between Hanoi (883 km north) and HCM City (838km south). Quảng Ngãi is close to other major tourist cities of Da Nang (130 km, ~3 hr) and Hoi An (116 km, ~2½ hr).

By road

The National Highway 1 and TransViet Railway run through the city. The city is also the starting point of the National Road 24A connecting Quảng Ngãi with the highland provinces (Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dak Lak, Dak Nong). The National Road 24B links Quảng Ngãi City with My Khe resort, Sa Ky Port, and Dung Quat Economic Zone. In addition, there are also 8 provincial roads interconnecting the National Highway 1 with district centres and tourist attractions across the province.

By bus

There are two large bus stations in Quảng Ngãi, one in the north and the other south of the city. One can go anywhere in Vietnam from these two stations.

  • The South Station: 26 Le Thanh Ton St., Quẚng Ngãi City. Telephone: 055.821964
  • The North Station: Son Tinh town, Son Tinh district. Telephone: 055.841187

By train

Quảng Ngãi Railway Station
  • 1 (Ga Quảng Ngãi), 1, Nguyễn Chánh, +84 55-822660.

In addition to Quảng Ngãi Railway Station, there are 7 smaller rail stations along the line in the province.

By boar

  • Dung Quat Port – In Dung Quat Economic Zone, about 50 km northeast of Quảng Ngãi city, one of the largest deep-water seaports in Vietnam.
  • Sa Ky Port – In Binh Chau commune, Binh Son district, about 25 km away from Quảng Ngãi City on National Road 24 B (through My Khe resort).

By plane

  • 2 (VCL  IATA, Sân bay Quốc tế Chu Lai) (in Chu Lai Open Economic Zone, 40 km N of Quảng Ngãi, near Tam Kỳ city).

Get around

Map of Quảng Ngãi

While Quảng Ngãi is a small city, many of the attractions are in the outskirts of town. The closest beach My Khe is 15 km away so a motor vehicle is needed to get around.

By taxi

Regular taxis and motorbike taxis (xe om) are abundant, especially near place tourist are prone to frequent.

Or just use Grab — see Vietnam#By taxi.

By public transport

Many buses operate from the main bus station. They are green. Conductors seem to be refreshingly honest. Route 3 provides service to and along QL24B, including Son My museum, but only operates every 90 minutes or so in each direction. Fares are 5,000–13,000 dong.

See

My Lai Memorial Site - Vietnam - Main Monument
Sa Huynh Beach

Quảng Ngãi's local places of attractions were once so neglected, abandoned, and desolated that there were hardly any visitors. Now the petrol money has turned these locations into must-see places. Overgrown vegetation has given way to manicured pathways, muddy riversides are now patios for trendy cafes, and isolated beaches have turned into weekend getaway destinations. It's tough to separate the old from the new, but Quẚng Ngãi is an ancient town that still possesses many of the historical sights of great significant. Fortunately, many of these sights are located a short ride from town.

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  • , 99 Le Trung Dinh, +84 55 823 849. Contains cultural artifacts of Sa Huynh & Champa civilizations, and other ethnic minorities of Quẚng Ngãi Province.
  • . Ly Son Island is 26 km (14 nautical miles) from Sa Ky Port. The island is about 10 km² and known as the Garlic Capital of Central Vietnam. There are traces of the ancient Sa Huynh and Champa cultures on the island. The local people live by farming and fishing. There are several beautiful spots on the island such as Cave Pagoda, An Hai Village temple, Hoang Sa Museum, and two volcanic mouths Gieng Tien and Thoi Loi.
  • (15 km NE of Quẚng Ngãi & 2 km from My Lai Memorial). My Khe Beach is one of the best beaches in Quẚng Ngãi. It is about 8 km long with fine, white, and smooth powdery sands. Behind the beach is a green poplar forest creating a green space of hundreds hectares running along the internal tourist area. My Khe Tourist Resort is in this area. There are several food stalls erected along the beach, catering mostly to locals. This beach has yet to experience the rapid developments that plagued other resort areas in Vietnam.
  • (13km NE of Quẚng Ngãi & 2km from My Khe Beach). A memorial to 504 victims killed in 1969 by US forces in the My Lai incident. The site is a solemn place and also the main reason foreign visitors choose to stop by this province. To get to the museum is easy; you just need to take the local bus (line: SAKI) from Quang Ngai downtown, in front of the Hotel Khách Sạn Hùng Vương (address: 45 Hùng Vương, tp. Quảng Ngãi, Quảng Ngãi, Vietnam). This 15-20 minute trip will cost 10,000 dong each way (Dec 2015).
  • , Phạm Văn Đồng street.
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  • (60 km S of Quẚng Ngãi & along side National Highway 1). Sa Huynh is a beautiful beach with clear water and golden sand. Sa Huynh is also called Sa Hoang, means "gold sand" as the color of the sand is not white like some other places but is a glittered yellow sand. A popular stopover location for travelers to spend a few days on the beach, bordered by coconut groves and rice paddies, before continuing their journey.
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Truong Luy
  • . A version of the Hadrian's Wall. Discovered in 2005, the Long Wall of Quẚng Ngãi is a majestic architectural construction that still remains in its original state. Built over 500 years mainly with stones and earth, with an average high of 2 m, the wall spans over 113 km with several forts, roads, and military depots. The Wall was constructed in the early days by the Viet settlers when this region was Vietnam southern frontier. It later was upgraded and fortified by the Nguyen Emperors. The wall was built to regulate trade and defense with the hostile Champa civilization in the south.
  • (3km NE of Quẚng Ngãi). Squared in shape likes a seal hence the name Thien An (Heaven's Seal). This small mountain is revered by the locals as a spiritual place. A three-century-old pagoda sits near the top and at the summit is the tomb of the region's famous anti-colonial hero Huynh Thuc Khang.
  • (south of the city). Travelers to Quẚng Ngãi often inquired about Thien But Mountain along with its higher cousin Thien An Mountain. However, Thien But Mountain is more renowned in poetry rather than in reality. A small hill that rises 60 m high above the coastal plains. On a clouds covered day, Thien But Mountain looks like a calligraphy brush with its tip dipped into the clouds hence the name Thien But (Heaven's Brush). If visiting on a cloudy day, one can take a look to see whether Thien But Mountain is as poetically described. If so, then it is truly a spectacular treat.

Do

Co Luy Commune - Quẚng Ngãi
  • , Co Luy Commune (riverside paths around My Khe Beach). Visitors often ask where Co Luy Commune is. This area was once renowned in poetry and claimed to be second only to Hue for its bucolic, rustic rural charms. The area is slowly giving way to development. However, one can still find its coconut groves, its swaying pine trees, and meandering streams. Folks come here just to see whether it is as described in the poetry they once heard in schools. Some riverside cafes have popped up along the rivers to take advantage of the place's new-found attraction. Free.

Buy

  • , Nguyen Nghiem (Intersection Nguyen Nghiem & Nguyen Ba Loan). A department store with typical household items, clothing, grocery, and gifts. Air-conditioned so a good way to escape the heat and shop.
  • , Nguyen Ba Loan (Intersection Nguyen Nghiem & Nguyen Ba Loan). The main market of Quẚng Ngãi. Has everything from household goods to grocery. A typical market as can be found in many towns. There are also eating stalls in the market.

Eat

At night you can find a good Banh Mi in the street Phan Chu Trinh near the number 8, in front of the “square” Hoa viên Trung tâm, Hùng Vương. The sandwiches without egg cost 10,000 dong and with egg 15,000 dong (Dec 2015).

In the morning you can find an amazing soup (Pho) near the hotel Khách Sạn Hùng Vương, in front of Taxi Quảng Ngãi

All day you can find good coffee and Banh Mi around the roundabout near the train station (address: Trần Quốc Toản, Trần Phú, tp. Quảng Ngãi, Quảng Ngãi, Vietnam)

Drink

Sleep

Most hotels are on the two main streets of town, Quang Trung St and Hung Vuong St. Many sleeping options are available around the bus station on Le Thanh Ton. Mid-range hotels should have decent amenities and upscale hotels have all of the Western comforts. Best options are riverside hotels by the river on either sides of the Tra Khuc bridge. These hotels often cater to business people in the oil industry so they have all the high-end amenities and access to travel arrangements.

Budget

  • , 28 Hung Vuong, +84 255 828502. Centrally located in downtown (near restaurants, and shops), hot shower, TV, WiFi, A/C, motorbike available for rent USD9 (200,000 dong).
  • , 137 Truong Quang Trong.
  • , 497 Quang Trung, +84 55 821 704. short walk from the bus station, wifi on every floor, A/C, hot shower, TV, fridge (of course everything disconnects when you unplug the key), many stairs to climb. US$10 (200,000 dong).
  • 1 , Thu Xa, Tu Nghia, +84 8 9890 9890, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. 4-star resort by the ancient port. USD100.

Mid-range

Upscale

  • , 784 Quang Trung, +84 55 829 999. USD35-149.
  • , Son Tinh Village (riverside, other end of Tra Khuc bridge), +84 55 842 985. USD12-60.
  • , 02 Quang Trung, +84 55 822 665. Has room service, a concierge and a cafe. USD25-55.

Connect

Most upscale venues - resorts, hotels and coffee shops - would certainly have Internet connections. Even mid-range hotels offer Wi-Fi connections these days. There are also Internet shops which provide computers and Internet connections for the locals.

Go next

Quẚng Ngãi is often a stopover destination for those heading north to Hoi An, Da Nang, and Hue or south to Qui Nhon and Nha Trang. Toward the central highlands, Kontum is the next destination from Quẚng Ngãi. Visitors can also take direct flights back to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

For those who wish to linger a bit more, Ly Son Island is a worthwhile visit.

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