Photo: View of Lang Co from the end of Hai Van.

Lang Co

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Many daytrip destinations from Hoi An can be done with a run-of-the-mill guided tour that tick off a laundry list of tourist sights. For an independent adventure that is cheap, filled with local colour (and flavours) and remains relatively unexplored, check out the area around Lang Co.





Lang Co is a small town on the other side of the Hai Van Pass from Da Nang. Its existence hinges on three things. It’s a throughway, with major Highway 1A zipping right through town. Fishing: it’s sandwiched between the coast and an enormous seawater lagoon that’s stocked with shellfish farms growing mussels, oysters and clams. And it has miles and miles of coast; during the hot, dry months from around March until October, this is a great place to check out some very low-key beaches. The town itself is rather unattractive and not worth spending time in except to have a seafood meal at one of the restaurants perched on the lagoon.

View of Lanc Co from the start of Hai Van. Photo taken in or around Lang Co, Hoi An, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

View of Lanc Co from the start of Hai Van. Photo: Cindy Fan

There are three ways to reach Lang Co from Da Nang: Go up 496 metres and over the scenic Hai Van Pass, a route that was thrust into the limelight by an episode of BBC TV show Top Gear. The most popular way for travellers is to rent a motorbike or take an Easy Rider-type motorcycle tour. Cycling diehards can tackle the route solo or with a bicycle tour company, but be warned, it is a strenuous challenge! The second option is to go via the Hai Van Tunnel, which opened in 2005. At 6.2 kilometres, it is the longest tunnel in Southeast Asia. A small toll fee applies. Motorbikes are not allowed to drive through so you’d have to take a passenger/bike shuttle; this is the best option at night or if the weather is miserable, as the pass can be dangerous in stormy or foggy ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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