Thien Cam Beach

Is a pristine natural area, Thien Cam Beach has long been famous for its beautiful pristine landscape and a 10-km long white-sand beach. Thien Cam Beach is situated approximately 20 kilometres southwest of ha Tinh Town, in Thien Cam small Town, Cam Xuyen District.

The sea is almost always calm all the year round and this is good for swimming and relaxation. It is a good idea to lie on Thien Cam beach to listen to the natural music created by breezes and waves hitting rocks and mountains like celestial instruments, which is translated as Thien Cam in the Vietnamese language. The low mountains near the sea have created a beautiful landscape.

Coming to Thien Cam Beach, visitors can visit several surrounding interesting places. Separated from the mountain by a sandbank, Yen Lac Pagoda, built during the 13th century. It boasts antiques, including a bronze bell, Buddhist statues and a famous set of paintings called “The King of Hell’s Ten Palaces”. The pagoda with a 600 year-old Bohdi tree and surrounded by the sea on three sides, receives thousands of visitors and pilgrims each year.

Visitors can also walk in pine forests and have picnics in Thien Cam Mountain and Ho Quy Ly Cave,or tour of the Nhuong Ban 500-year-old fishing village. Villagers love performing traditional songs and dances, reflecting their daily life and tales of conquering the sea’s fierceness. Not far from the beach are En and Boc islands where delicious seafood and clean beaches are available. If tourists are not satisfied with Thien Cam, they can take a boat for a cruise of half an hour to Bock Island to view of imposing rocks overlooking the sea.
Behind these rocks is a clean beach ideal for swimming in the rippling of the water surface and under the sunshine. Sitting in huts on the island to have boiled fresh seafood in the late afternoon is a common habit for most visitors. Not far from the island is Tien fairy) Beach at the foot of Tuong Mount, with stone caves where both currents of salty and fresh waters meet. The French built Thien Cam to be a resort, but the wars nearly destroyed all the infrastructure.

Thien Cam was initially designed as a tourism resort in 1991, covering 249 ha. Many hotels and guesthouses have been built since then. Nowadays, Thien Cam Beach has become a tourist site where many like to spend their vacations.

Quang Tri ancient citadel

Quang Tri ancient citadel  is located in central of Quang Tri town, about 2km from National Highway 1A to the East, the 500m Thach Han river to the South. This is a bastion of military works, just as the administrative office of Lord Nguyen family  in Quang Tri  from 1809 to 1945.

Quang Tri Citadel was built in 1824, during the 4th year of the reign of Minh Mang. The citadel is approximately 60km north of Hue.

The citadel had a style of Vauban architecture with its circuit of 2,160m – one door each side. There were four fortresses jutting out from each four corners to control the four citadel gates. Inside was the town palace surrounded by a system of thick walls with circuit of 400m. The town palace was a three-roomed house whose two wings were used as places for the King to worship, and to give promotions to his inferiors or to occasionally celebrate festivals. Outside the town palace, there were a flagpole and castles such as Tuan Vu, An Sat and Lanh Binh and a rice store, etc and under the French domination, soldier camp and tax agency were added. However there are no remains of the past there nowadays – due to the destruction of U.S bombs in the hot summer of 1972.

The incident of 81 days and nights (from June 28 to September 16, 1972) has made this citadel well-known all over the world. By using fire-power, the South Vietnam puppet troop was determined to re-occupy Quang Tri Citadel within a couple of days. Quang Tri Town, therefore, had to suffer from the U.S bombardment and shelling of 140 B52 aircraft in turn, more than 200 tactical planes, 12 – 16 fighter planes and cruisers. Within 40 days and nights it had suffered 80,000 tons of bombs – as many as that in the World War II in African battlefield within a month. Sometimes the number of bombs dropped in Quang Tri a day was far more than that on the whole South battlefield in the years of 1968-1969.

Especially, on July 25, there were 5,000 shells fired at an area of 3km2 of Quang Tri and its vicinity once suffered 20,000 shells of big size a day. The US aggressors used bombs and shells with their destructive capacity, to destroy Quang Tri, equivalent to 7 atomic bombs they dropped onto Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Japan in 1945. It is, really, unbelievable that each inhabitant in this land had to suffer 7 tons of bombs averagely. All were determined, side by side with Quang Tri to fight to their last breath. The Northern people had saved everything such as: ammunition, food and etc. to send to Quang Tri.

The citadel has gone down in history as a glorious period of the nation’s war against foreign invasion. The Vietnamese people are proud of it, and foreigners admire it.
Looking at its walls riddled with bullet holes, visitors will feel how devastating the war was. In order to commemorate the soldiers’ meritorious service, a monument was set up in the centre of the citadel as a symbol of the indomitable spirit of the Quang Tri people and army and as a token of gratitude to the sacrifices of the fallen soldiers for the independence and freedom of the nation.