This weekend found me at one of the world’s most beautiful bays – Lăng Cô (in Thừa Thiên Huế Province).

Lăng Cô Bay overlooked from Hải Vân Pass

My first bike ride on the beach was pleasant and peaceful.

Sun-drying fish

It was truly enjoyable to dip my feet in the crystal clear water let alone swim in it.

Stunning land-and-sea-scape

Dogs here should know they are lucky to live at such a great bay.

My awesome new friends

Flying kites on the beach

Playing on the fine beach sand in the sun

Running back to the seafood stall after the swim

Source: from LanHueblog

Cầu Hai is a town in Thừa Thiên–Huế Province, Vietnam. Located in the middle between Huế and Đà Nẵng cities, Cầu Hai is on the bank of the Cầu Hai river and at the foot of Bạch Mã National Park.

Over the Cầu Hai Bay is the beautiful My A village. My A was famous for her main route that goes across the village that has coconut trees planted from generations.

Source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cầu Hai Lagoon, tam giang cau hai lagoon, daily life on Tam Giang cau hai lagoon

Cầu Hai Lagoon, tam giang cau hai lagoon, daily life on Tam Giang cau hai lagoon

Cầu Hai Lagoon, tam giang cau hai lagoon, daily life on Tam Giang cau hai lagoon

Cầu Hai Lagoon, tam giang cau hai lagoon, daily life on Tam Giang cau hai lagoon

Cầu Hai Lagoon, tam giang cau hai lagoon, daily life on Tam Giang cau hai lagoon

Cầu Hai Lagoon, tam giang cau hai lagoon, daily life on Tam Giang cau hai lagoon

Cầu Hai Lagoon, tam giang cau hai lagoon, daily life on Tam Giang cau hai lagoon

Cầu Hai Lagoon, tam giang cau hai lagoon, daily life on Tam Giang cau hai lagoon

Cầu Hai Lagoon, tam giang cau hai lagoon, daily life on Tam Giang cau hai lagoon

Cầu Hai Lagoon, tam giang cau hai lagoon, daily life on Tam Giang cau hai lagoon

Author: LanHue

“The City of Tombs” or the “City of Ghosts” An Bang has become a tourist attraction in the central city of Hue.

An Bang is a quiet village near Thuan An Beach, about twenty kilometers east of the ancient capital city of Hue. The locals call it City of Ghosts.

In a bizarre variation of keeping up with the Joneses, the villagers compete to build increasingly lavish and elaborate tombs for their ancestors, and even sometimes for family members who have not yet died.

The graveyard, with its brilliantly colored structures built on white sand, stretches along the side of the road for 3 kilometers. Some of the mausoleums could be mistaken for mansions. Regal stone lions abound and glittering mosaic dragons adorn the roof-ridges.
Some 90 percent of the villagers have overseas relatives, who send money home, much of which is used to build tombs. Some grave markers include information on the building costs alongside the names and dates. Typical figures are between twenty-five and fifty thousand US dollars. The homes of the villagers remain humble, but the dead are resting in luxury.
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The idea to turn An Bang cemetery into a tourist site was suggested by several researchers of Hue culture several years ago, especially Nguyen Huu Thong, director of the Institute for Vietnamese Culture and Art in Hue city.

According to Thong, An Bang cemetery is worthy to be a tourist site thanks to its uniqueness in culture and architecture. Tombs in this cemetery are built in various styles: Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, Vietnamese, Chinese and Western… Especially, many tombs in An Bang are the copies of Nguyen Kings’ tombs and Hue royal citadel.

Thanks to this City of Ghosts, many unique traditional occupations in Vietnam have been restored, for example making dragons, phoenixes by pieces of glazed terra-cotta and potteries on walls, etc.

The idea has become reality when Hue Travel has recently offered a tour to An Bang village and Tam Giang lagoon.

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an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

an bang city of ghosts in Hue, an bang tomb city, an bang tomb photos

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tombs, luxury, An Bang, Tay Ninh, shrine, Hanoi, cemetery

tombs, luxury, An Bang, Tay Ninh, shrine, Hanoi, cemetery

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My An hot spring lies about 160m depth with its temperature from 35oC to 42oC when running out to the pools. The minerals in the waters are said to have positive therapeutic effects on skin disease, neuralgia, arteriosclerosis, rheumatism and shoulder, neck, wrist pains…

The hot spring is managed by My An resort which is about 10km from Hue city.
If time permitted, you could enjoy staying in the bungalo designed in Hue traditional architecture.

Combine the trip to My An hot spring with Tam Giang lagoon and Thuan An beach

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Thuan An beach with clear and blue sea water is just 12km from Hue city. While most tourists enjoy Hoi An and Da Nang beaches, Thuan An beach is forgotten. So if you look for a place to hide away, Thuan An is one of the best choices.

There are just some restaurants and very few hotels/resorts in Thuan An. What you have is just only the beach and relaxing as there is almost no activities. Well, if you are like me, watching fishing boats and fishermen at work along the beach, or seeing others playing in the water are interesting activities too…

You should combine the trip to Thuan An beach with Tam Giang lagoon

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