The small Lang Co town in Phu Loc District, Thua Thien – Hue
Province is located on the root of the imposing Hai Van mountain range. Endowed
with over 10km long beach sloping gently to the pure water sea to shape an arc
with the long and beautiful sand, Lang Co is a quiet note for summer escape.
Lang Co possesses a distinctive charm every season of the year. In summer, Lang
Co treats visitors with mild air, blue beaches, and golden sand, far different
from the sweltering heat in other central places. In autumn, the town is coated
with fog and cloud. In winter, when Lang Co is less visited by holiday makers,
the beach and forest are brought back to their pristine beauty. In spring, the
town is fuelled with the vitality of fishermen hauling in bumper catches on
their first trips to sea in the Lunar New Year.
But visiting Lang Co at any time of the year, tourists can enjoy a quiet retreat
and feel the harmony between humans, sea and earth.
It is said that if you haven’t visited Lap An lagoon, then you haven’t visited
Lang Co yet. The lagoon is one kilometre from the beach. With one side facing
the grandiose Bach Ma mountain range and the other facing Lang Co bay, Lap An
lagoon is a blend of green forest, hills and deep blue sky.
On bright sunny days, the lagoon’s surface shines like a mirror reflecting the
shadow of the mountains.
The lagoon is at its most stunning at sunset, when the sun gradually goes down
behind the Bach Ma mountain range. The sunset brings a fascinating purple coat
to the scenery. White storks cover the sky on their way to their shelters. Small
fishing boats float on the lagoon while fishermen wait for a good haul at the
end of the day.
The local fishermen are open-hearted and friendly. Most of them have lived in
Lang Co town for generations and have earned their living from the abundant
marine resources of the lagoon. Harvesting oysters, which are proudly dubbed as
“heavenly pearl” by the locals, have brought a better life for the fishermen.
The harvest and farming oysters in Lap An is rather simple. Fishermen utilise
blown-out rubber tyres, which are cleaned thoroughly in order to make floating
oyster cultivation cages on the lagoon. The breeders collect oysters everyday
and sell them at the markets. The oysters have a rich, sweet and a little bit
In the evening, when the wind calms down and blows gently, it is a perfect time
to take a ride to the Hai Van mountain pass and admire the beauty of Lang Co
from above. Although the road to the mountain pass is quiet, there are many
sharp bends, thus the journey is not recommended for new riders.
Looking from above, Lang Co bay looks like jade shining amid the forest and
mountains. Its green mountains, tropical forests, smooth white sand and crystal
clear waters never fail to lure visitors. It is not surprising that Lang Co was
voted as one of the world's most beautiful bays by the Worldbays Club in May
There are many sharp bends along Hai Van pass, thus the journey is not
recommended for new riders..