Photo: Queen’s Beach.

Queen’s Beach, Han Mac Tu Tomb, Quy Hoa Beach and Leprosy Hospital

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Located on the coast south of Qui Nhon city are a few sites that make sense to visit together, however disparate they are.





Within an area known as the Ghenh Rang landscape park (khu du lich Ghenh Rang), the tourist area contains a rocky beach—said to be the last queen of Vietnam’s favourite—a park with a sand beach, a tomb of a famous poet, a leprosy village and leprosy hospital.

Head south along the city’s ocean boulevard until the end. An Duong Vuong turns into Han Mac Tu and on the left hand side, after the large resort, there is a road steeply leading up. After about 550 metres, there’s a cafe and a trailhead for the Queen’s Beach (Bai Tam Hoang Hau). Follow the path down to the rocky shoreline. It’s not ideal for swimming but judging by the number of Vietnamese couples, it’s ideal for romantic selfies.

The park of many heads. Photo taken in or around Queen’s Beach, Han Mac Tu Tomb, Quy Hoa Beach and Leprosy Hospital, Qui Nhon, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

The park of many heads. Photo: Cindy Fan

It’s another 2.5 km of hilly paved road to the top of the headland and entrance of the park, admission 5,000 dong and 2,000 dong for a motorbike. Look for the tomb of Han Mac Tu, a celebrated poet known for his love poetry. He was among the leprosy patients aided by French missionaries here before he died at the hospital in 1940.

Central to the manicured grounds is a memorial statue park with busts of important social activists, humanitarians, scientists and leaders that have helped leprosy patients, from the father of modern medicine Hippocrates, to more recent French and Vietnamese physicians. At the other end of the grounds is a leprosy village and the Quy Hoa National Leprosy Dermatology Hospital, a government hospital where those affected by the disease can receive free treatment. The hospital is not open to the public but you can certainly walk around the village—we received nothing but warm smiles and waves. We saw most people were busy with work, chores and karaoke just like any ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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