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Dung Quat- Sa Can (Quang Ngai)

It is said that Dung Quat Bay is a beautiful place for many visitors. In fact, he name “Dung Quat” is derived from the word “Vung Quyt”. In the past, marine boats were powered by sails. And when the wind was calm, those boats often came on board of Vung Quyt to take a rest.



Near Vung Quyt is Sa Can seaport which is known as Thai Can or The Can. In Sino-Vietnamese, the name means picking up edible seaweed. It rises from a folk legend. Namely, the army of King Le Thanh Tong came here in the spring of 1471 he found his soldiers picking up seaweed for food and decided to call this seaport Thai Can.

Sa Can is a beautiful seaport with poetic scenery especially in the twilight. It has Hon Ong and Hon Ba. On Hon Ba, there is an ancient temple worshiping Vo Hau. No one has known when it was built. In addition, Hoa Ba is not big. It has a total area of 400 square meters. However, when you stand from here, you can have an overall view. You can see Tra Bong estuary with many boats. Around the estuary are a lot of houses and buildings like streets. Sa Can not only has fascinating landscapes but also is famous for a seaport having trade with the outside world early especially with Chinese traders doing business ceramics.


Near Sa Can seaport there is Nam Cham (Nam Tram) Mountain with the height of 141 meters. According an ancient book, it was a high mountain peak, so traders under Minh Thanh Dynasty chose it as a place to navigate when they passed the sea. Standing on Nam Mountain and looking around, you will be amazed at Dung Quat – Sa Can Sea’s beauty. One side is Dung Quat Bay which is clear, soft and charming. Other sides are Hon Ong, Hon Ba, Hon Co, Hon Dinh, Hon Luy, and Hon Coc. These places' names are associated with interesting legends and stories.

Sa Can is near because it is far from Quang Ngai only about 40 kilometers, Chu Lai 7 kilometers and Ly Son 20 kilometers. Coming to here, visitors will be satisfied with watching poetic scenery of the end of the river connecting to mountains, hills, vast sea, peaceful and dreamy villages at nightfall. Close to Sa Can seaport is Dung Quat refinery which is the first on in Vietnam. It has high towers with many industrial plants. This place has not only a sea, natural and man-made landscapes but also traces of the history mixing with many legends. Downstream on Sa Can seaport on moon nights, visitors will feel like getting lost in the mysterious space.

When you move to Sa Can, Dung Quat in the north you will meet Hai beach, Thien Dang beach and Rang sea. Go to the south you will watch Nho Na Bay, a unspoiled beached named Thanh Thuy, Le Thuy, An Cuong, Ba Lang Anh cape and My Han with clear blue water and calm waves.

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