What to see
Acquainting yourself with the Old Town should be high on your agenda. Although it doesn’t span a vast territory, the narrow alleyways and their hidden wonders lie on both sides of the Thu Bon River and there is a lot of ground to cover. Popular sites include the 16th century Japanese Bridge (west end of Tran Phu Street) and the area’s historical houses. Tickets from the tourist information centre (2/6 Le Loi, +84 909 290 884) allow you to enter and leave the sites at your leisure – a luxury given the spike in visitors that appear later in the day. Evening boat rides along the river are the best way to see the lights and lanterns that dot the waterfront.
Two hours inland lies My Son (Duy Phu Commune, Duy Xuyen District), formerly the heartland of the Viet Cong army that fought US forces during the Vietnam War. A day trip to the My Son Hindu temple ruins highlights the damage done to the region during the conflict.