Cua Lo Beach is located 18km from Vinh. This 10km sandy beach is outlined by pine forests. Not far from the beach are 3 islands: Hon Ngu, Hon Chu, and Hon Mat with natural and primitive landscape which is attractive visitors.
Once in Cua Lo, tourists can visit the islands by boat, climb the mountains, dive, and visit historical and literary sites such as the temple in honor of Nguyen Xi in Nghi Hop Commune, the Trung Kien Pagoda in Nghi Thiet Commune, and the Hoang Van family altar in Cua Lo.
The town of Cua Lo is on the China Sea coast, is nestled between the seaports of Cua Lo to the north and Cua Hoi to the south.
Stretching over 10km, Cua Lo Beach is well known for its smooth sands and sparkling, salty seawater. More and more tourists are coming to the beautiful beach with rows of casuarina and coconut trees.
Cua Lo is also famous for its beautiful islands such as Lan Chau, north of Cua Lo, and Song Ngu to the southeast. These two islands protect Cua Lo Beach from heavy storms and strong winds coming in from the China Sea. 20km from the beach, the Quynh Nhai Island group is made up of many smaller, picturesque islands.
Founded in 1994, the town of Cua Lo has developed rapidly to house visitors. The town now has modern infrastructure and transportation systems, and many entertainment and tourist resorts and hotels. Cua Lo always has a festival on May 1 to welcome the first tourists to the beach for the summer holiday. At the festival, tourists can take part in traditional games and tournaments. In 2005, Nghe An's year of tourism, the town of Cua Lo has prepared the best tourist services for both domestic and foreign tourists. Tourists can travel to Cua Lo by air, by train, by sea, or by car.
Kim Lien’s historical relics:
Sen (lotus) Village, home of President Ho Chi Minh's father, is 18km from Vinh City. In 1901, villagers honored Ho Chi Minh's father, Nguyen Sinh Sac, after he was chosen to be a junior doctor in a royal examination.
Ho Chi Minh himself lived in a cottage in the village with his family between the ages of 11 and 16, and today the family's furniture, including a wooden bed, hammock, and altar can be seen in the cottage. In Kim Lien’s historical relics, some souvenirs referring to two trips of Ho Chi Minh when he visited his village in 1957 and 1961 are shown.
Two kilometers from Sen Village is Hoang Tru or Chua (pagoda) Village, home of Ho Chi Minh's mother. Uncle Ho was born here and lived with his mother, Hoang Thi Loan, during his childhood.
The third of Kim Lien's historical relics is the tomb of Hoang Thi Loan. When Vietnam celebrated the 95th anniversary of Ho Chi Minh's birth in 1985, residents of Nghe An province built the tomb on Dong Trach Mountain in Nam Giang commune, 4km from her hometown in Chua Village. Visitors climb nearly 300 steps to see her tomb, which is covered by a loom-shaped roof symbolizing the family loom she used to make a living.
Pu Mat Primeval Forest
Covering an area of 70 hectares in the districts of Anh Son, Con Cuong and Tuong Duong, the forest offers diverse and abundant flora and fauna to curious visitors. The forest 896 kinds of plants and trees, including valuable cinnamon, knotweed, and China-root, as well as hundreds offfruit trees.
The forest also boasts 241 kinds of animals, with 137 kinds of birds, and 25 kinds of reptiles. The forest is also home to tigers, jaguars, leopards, langur, black gibbon, Malaysian bears, pheasants, and crested arguses. Pu Mat forest also has the largest herd of elephants in Vietnam.
Visitors can also see several impressive waterfalls and caves, which have been helped by European Union-sponsored project started in 1997 to encourage sustainable forestry and nature preservation in the area. The project has contributed considerably to residents' awareness of the need to preserve the Nghe An's eco-tourist site.