Capital: Quang Ngai City
Population (2019): 1,231.6 thousand people
Ethnic groups: Viet (Kinh), Hre, Co, Xo Dang
Highlights: Chau Sa Citadel, Ly Son Island, Sa Huynh and My Khe beaches
Chau Sa Citadel
The imposing Chau Sa Citadel was built in the 9th century and has been almost completely preserved. Surrounded by two 5m high walls, the citadel is situated north of the Tra estuary, a rich agricultural region and a busy pottery – trading centre of the Champa Kingdom during the 9th century. In Chau Sa Citadel are the remains of Con Luy Tower. The 25m-high walls of the tower jut out of the sea to protect Chau Sa Citadel.
Thien An Mountain and Tra Khuc River
Near Tra Khuc Bridge, on the bank of the Tra Khuc River, stands Thien An Mountain with 106m high. There is a spiral path shaded by banyan trees leading up from the foot of the mountain. At the top of Thien An mountain, there is a great view of the Tra Khuc River and the surrounding landscapes.
My Khe Beach
Located 15km from the city of Quang Ngai in Tinh Khe Commune, Son Tinh District, My Khe Beach is approximately 8km long and has fine white powdery sand, gently waves. Close to swimming beach and along coast is the poplars forest with the age of 15-20 years creating a green space of hundreds hectares running along the internal tourist area with the direction of South-North.
Sa Huynh Beach
Sa Huynh Beach lies close to National Road 1, in Pho Thanh Commune, Duc Pho District, 60km south of Quang Ngai City, making it an ideal location for tourism. It is a beautiful beach with the length of 6km, clear water, golden sand and pine trees. From here, visitors can go on excursions to salt field, An Khe Lagoon, cliff in Hoc Mo and the nearby hills which are home to a great number of monkeys, Viba mountain, Ca Ong (Whale) Temple, and Tu Phuoc pagoda. Besides, Liet Son Lake and Dam is far nearly 15km from Sa Huynh Beach.
Nowadays, hotels and resorts have been built in the area of Sa Huynh Beach to serve tourists.
Ly Son Island
Ly Son Island, formerly knowns as Re Island, is biggest one in Ly Son Island District including 3 communes of An Vinh, An Binh and An Hai, with a total area of about 10km2, about 24km from the mainland. The island is distinguished for its vast garlic fields, hence also called the kingdom of garlic.
The island has some prominent craters, the largest of which is Thoi Loi Mountain. With other mountains such as Gieng Tien, Hon Vung, Hon Soi and Hoi Tai, these creat the wild and gigantic beauty of Ly Son. Looking down from moutains, visitors will be overwhelmed by the spectacular colorful scenery with immense fields of green grass in the pan-shaped valley and a whole world of colors from the blue ocean, white sand, and red basalt soil to the green garlic fields.
Moreover, Ly Son is a lively museum of legends, stories, folk songs, spiritual festivals, etc. This used to be the departure point of the naval task group that protected the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands under the Nguyen Dynasty. Nowadays, Ly Son island is an attractive tourist destination where occupies unique natural relics including Hang Pagoda, An Hai Communal House, and other temples and tombs.
Visitors can arrive in Ly Son Island by boats departing at Sa Ky port (Binh Chau Commune, Binh Son district). It takes 1h10 by high-speed boat and 2h30 by wooden boat.