Introduction to Loc Yen village
Loc Yen ancient village is located about 40 km southwest of Quang Nam city centre. According to traditional history, this village was formed in the 15th - 16th centuries on a high hilly area with green natural landscape and was dubbed the land of "fairy fortune".
Today, Loc Yen is one of the most beautiful ancient villages in Vietnam, incorporating a large area of about 279 hectares, including people's houses, stone alleys, gardens, and green natural rice fields. In the village, there are many clans living together in harmony, preserving the long-standing traditional cultural identity. Most of the houses here are built against the back of the mountain, facing the peaceful and spacious rice fields. In particular, the village is hidden in a round valley, surrounded by mountains. At the foot of the mountain there are rivers and streams, so the scenery here is always peaceful and fresh.
In September 2019, Loc Yen was ranked as a National Monument, becoming a destination in Quang Nam that is loved by many tourists. Visiting this small village, visitors will understand why this place has become one of the most beautiful villages in Vietnam. From the hundred-year-old houses, the village roads to the orchards, all are like stepping out of a fairy tale.
Due to the terrain, the structure in the ancient village of Loc Yen is hilly, so since ancient times, local people have used stones to line both sides of the alley, forming solid stone fences around the garden. This is the solution to keep the land bank from being eroded by floods. In addition, it also helps to divide the boundaries of the garden in a natural and beautiful way.
Transport to Loc Yen village
Located about 40km from the centre of Quang Nam province to the southwest, you can easily get to the ancient village of Loc Yen in Quang Nam. With only a motorbike or a car, you can come to this area without any difficulty.
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Getting around the area
When walking around the village, you will be walking on stone steps, walking along the stone walls covered with green moss. Looking at the garden of the people, you will see somewhere there are fruit trees in the home garden as you wander easily around the village.
Best Things to do in Loc Yen village
The ancient village of Loc Yen in Quang Nam has the characteristics of a temperate climate, with fresh and clear weather, so you can visit this place at any time of the year. But if you want to enjoy the full travel vacation, you should go from the 8th lunar month. This is the golden time, chosen by many tourists to flock here, as they hope to enjoy the regional specialties, and seasonal fruits.
Visiting Old Houses in Loc Yen with a local guide can help you understand more about traditional houses and have a chance to ask questions to the hosts, who will happily tell you more about them and their craft.
Walking along rice fields and the gardens, visitors can follow the paved roads along the rice fields to see how the villagers have designed their village harmoniously with nature. From colourful flower bushes to duck farms, everywhere you can see a beautiful landscape picture.
Visitors can enjoy a swim and relax at Lo Thung rock beach, about 4 km west of the centre. It is a rocky beach that stretches for more than 2km, located on Da John River. Most of the riverbed is rocky, the scenery on both sides is still quite wild and the large rocks and cool water make Lo Thung Stone Beach an ideal destination for you to enjoy diving and relaxing.
Here visitors can taste the fruits of Loc Yen, which is famous for its delicious seasonal fruit. You can buy jackfruit, rambutan, bon bon, sweet and crunchy pomelos at different times of the year and enjoy with a pot of green tea in a peaceful village atmosphere.
Loc Yen village, Quang Nam is one of the ancient villages, containing quite a lot of Vietnamese cultural values in general like Quang Nam in particular. With a rich population of ancient houses dating from 70 to 150 years old with exquisite architecture and a traditional cultural space from wells, village roads, stone alleys, Tay tea stalls to fruit orchards, there is plenty to see.
Currently, in Loc Yen ancient village, there are 8 old houses made of jackfruit wood, designed with 3 compartments and 2 wings in the style of Ruong houses. Each house is a complex with strong artistic values. Here, each house is also surrounded by green gardens which feel fresh and peaceful.
The largest old house in Loc Yen village is nearly 200 years old, owned by the family of Mr. Nguyen Dinh Suu. In the past, President Ngo Dinh Diem once offered to buy this house, but the owner did not sell it. Today, the house has become a place that many tourists often visit.
What’s good to eat in Loc Yen village?
There are many delicious dishes here such as salted chicken stew, blanched bananas, stone snail porridge, willow leaf spring rolls, and cassava rice paper with mixed jackfruit and are all delicious specialties of Quang Nam.
Top Tips for your stay in Loc Yen village
For the best experience, it is recommended that you go with a local guide who can show you how to get to and from here.
Be careful if you plan to swim in the creek. Swim only in shallow water and wear suitable footwear for climbing over the rocks.
Make sure to respect the daily activities and private property of local people. Always ask permission before entering the house, church room, or taking pictures with the people here.
Information about accommodation in Loc Yen village
Loc Yen people are planning to open homestays for guests to stay longer, but currently the nearest accommodation is in neighbouring villages or Tam Ky city, this is available for visitors to book.
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