Central Vietnam – The legendary journey to the Land of historical memories

Central Vietnam – a land of rich history and fascinating legends. Nestled between the majestic mountains and the pristine coastline, Central Vietnam has been the cradle of Vietnamese civilization for centuries.

From the ancient temples to the stunning natural landscapes, every corner of this region is steeped in history and cultural significance. Viland Travel will take you on a journey to discover the enchanting legends of Central Vietnam. Join us as we explore the tales of heroic kings and powerful spirits that have shaped the identity of this remarkable destination. Get ready to embark on a legendary journey to the Land of historical memories.

The Legend of the Bach Ma Mountain

Bach Ma Mountain is a legendary landmark in Central Vietnam that is shrouded in mystical tales and stories. According to legend, the mountain was once home to a giant white horse named Bach Ma, which was believed to possess supernatural healing powers. The horse’s legend grew over time, and soon the mountain became a place of pilgrimage for those seeking good fortune and health.

Picture: Bach Ma National Park viewpoint in Central of Vietnam /Credit: Hien Phung Thu/Shutterstock
Picture: Bach Ma National Park viewpoint /Credit: Hien Phung Thu/Shutterstock


Bach Ma Mountain is now a well-known travel attraction that draws tourists from all around the world. In the Bach Ma National Park, which is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and varied flora and wildlife, the peak is situated. Visitors can explore the park on foot or by car, taking in the breathtaking views of the mountains, waterfalls, and forests that make up this unique ecosystem.

In addition to its stunning natural surroundings, Bach Ma Mountain is rich in cultural and historical value. During the Vietnam War, the mountain was a strategic location for the North Vietnamese Army, and the ruins of military bunkers and bases can still be seen scattered throughout the park. In addition, the mountain is also home to several ancient temples and pagodas, which are revered by locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re seeking adventure, history, or simply a place of quiet contemplation, Bach Ma Mountain is a must-visit destination in Central Vietnam. Its rich history and natural beauty make it a place that is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

The Legend of the Ca Ong

The legend of Ca Ong is one of the most well-known and beloved stories in Central Vietnam. It tells the tale of a giant sea turtle who was said to have protected fishermen and sailors from danger and guided them safely back to shore. According to the legend, the sea turtle was a manifestation of a deity known as Ca Ong, or “Lord Whale”. Ca Ong was revered by fishermen and coastal communities, who believed that he had the power to control the sea and protect them from harm.

Picture: Vung Tau Whale festival /Credit: Dong Nhat Huy/Shutterstock
Picture: Vung Tau Whale festival /Credit: Dong Nhat Huy/Shutterstock

Nowadays, the Ca Ong festival is a popular event held in Central Vietnam to honor this legendary figure. The festival is typically held in the months of March or April and is a time for locals to celebrate the bounty of the sea, express gratitude to Ca Ong for his protection, and pray for a safe and prosperous fishing season. During the festival, fishermen and their families gather to participate in traditional rituals, such as offering incense, fruits, and flowers to the sea and performing traditional dances and music.

There are also colorful parades, boat races, and a variety of seafood dishes for visitors to enjoy. The Ca Ong festival is not only a celebration of the sea and its bounty, but also a way for the local communities to preserve their cultural heritage and pay tribute to the legends and traditions that have been passed down through generations.

The land of history

Central Vietnam has a rich history of kings and dynasties that spanned centuries. The region was home to several powerful kingdoms, including the Champa and the Nguyen dynasties. The first dynasty to control over Central Vietnam was the Champa, and their kingdom was situated along the coast of what is now Central Vietnam. The Champa kingdom existed from the 2nd to the 15th century, and its rulers built numerous temples, palaces, and cities, leaving behind a rich architectural legacy.

In the 16th century, the Nguyen dynasty rose to power, and they ruled over Central Vietnam until the early 20th century. The Nguyen emperors were known for their cultural achievements, particularly in the fields of literature, art, and architecture. During their reign, the imperial capital was moved from Hue to other cities in the region, including Danang and Quy Nhon.

Picture: Thien Mu Pagoda in Central of Vietnam /Credit: Jimmy Tran/Shutterstock
Picture: Thien Mu Pagoda /Credit: Jimmy Tran/Shutterstock

The Nguyen dynasty also faced several challenges, including invasions from neighboring countries and internal conflicts, particularly during the 19th century. The French colonized Vietnam in the late 19th century, and Central Vietnam became a part of French Indochina. Despite these challenges, the Nguyen emperors remained a symbol of national identity and resistance against foreign rule.

Today, the legacy of the kings in Central Vietnam is preserved in numerous historical sites and monuments, including the Imperial City of Hue, the My Son Sanctuary, and the Thien Mu Pagoda. These sites serve as reminders of the region’s rich cultural heritage and the important role that the kings and dynasties played in shaping the history of Central Vietnam.

Final thoughts

Traveling to Central Vietnam gives you the chance to experience the region’s rich culture, stunning scenery, and delectable cuisine, as well as to immerse yourself in the intriguing world of Vietnamese mythology and folklore.

If a legendary trip is what you’re looking for, then Viland Travel’s 7 day 6 night tour named Vietnam Central Beauties is just whats you need! Taking you to Danang, Hoi An, Hue, and Bach Ma National Park, the tour is a perfect way to discover the highlights of this region, while experiencing the magic of its ancient stories and legends. These legends will transport you to a world of historical memories and leave you with a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s past and present.

Book your trip today and embark on a legendary journey to Central Vietnam!

Lucas Luong
Hi, my name is Lucas, and I proudly describe myself as a traveloholic since I have always had a great passion for travel. When I was a child, I had the opportunity to experience many lands in Vietnam. My parents are lovers of adventure travel, so I think I also inherited that spirit from them. Growing up with a love of travel and diverse cultures, I have been constantly traveling throughout Vietnam, Southeast Asia, and many countries in Europe for the opportunity to find and experience the cultural differences between countries. Traveling is an important part of my freedom-driven lifestyle, so working in the travel industry is something I've always wanted to do.