Recognized as one of the Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches by the World Tourism Organization, Cua Lo is a tourist hot spot.
season in Cua Lo in Nghe An Province, half
way between Hue and Hanoi, has just begun
with a warm welcome for beach lovers.
Only 18 km from the provincial capital Vinh,
Cua Lo Beach is well known for its smooth
sand and sparkling sea.
Cua Lo town’s main drag is Binh Minh Street.
With hotels on one side and a natural
casuarina forest on the other, the road is
shaded all day.
In an effort to preserve the town’s natural
beauty, hotels must be low and stilt houses
peak out from behind the trees.
Just a short boat ride from the beach are
two islands – Lan Chau which is 1 km to the
north-east and Ngu (Fish) Island 4 km
These two islands protect Cua Lo beach from
heavy storms and strong winds coming in from
the East Sea.
Ngu Island is riddled with trails inviting
visitors to wander for hours.
The captain summons passengers back with a
bell and ferries them to a floating village
specializing in ca gio, a fish weighing up
to 5 kg whose meat is as white and tender as
The fishermen, who raise ca gio in submerged
cages, hope to relocate further out to a 300
hectare area west of Mat (Eye) Island, a
move they expect will lure more tourists.
The nearby Quynh Nhai Island group, 20 km
from the beach, has many small, picturesque
Once in Cua Lo, besides swimming and
sun-bathing, tourists can visit islands by
boat, climb the mountains, dive, and visit
historic and literary sites such as Nguyen
Xi Temple in Nghi Hop Commune and Trung Kien
Pagoda in Nghi Thiet Commune.
Founded in 1994 with only eight hotels and
limited services, the Cua Lo Beach town has
The town now has modern infrastructure,
transport, and entertainment venues.
Over 200 hotels and guest houses can serve
some 13,000 visitors per day.
Tourists can travel to Cua Lo by air, train,
sea, or car.
Reported by Thu Hien