An Bang is a quiet village near Thuan An Beach, about twenty kilometers east of the ancient capital city of Hue. The locals call it City of Ghosts.
In a bizarre variation of keeping up with the Joneses, the villagers compete to build increasingly lavish and elaborate tombs for their ancestors, and even sometimes for family members who have not yet died.
The graveyard, with its brilliantly colored structures built on white sand, stretches along the side of the road for 3 kilometers. Some of the mausoleums could be mistaken for mansions. Regal stone lions abound and glittering mosaic dragons adorn the roof-ridges.
Some 90 percent of the villagers have overseas relatives, who send money home, much of which is used to build tombs. Some grave markers include information on the building costs alongside the names and dates. Typical figures are between twenty-five and fifty thousand US dollars. The homes of the villagers remain humble, but the dead are resting in luxury.
- 08:00 am: Car with guide will pick you up at your hotel, heading to My Khanh Champa Tower, located at a depth of 5 meters above the ground, nestled between the coastal white sand, a very rare location for the Cham towers were discovered and has still existed in the territory of Vietnam. According to experts, Champa Cham Tower dating to the earliest date in Cham towers today, dating to the PPC14 is 750 + -40 years - 8th century.
- The next stop is An Bang – The City of Ghosts, a tranquil coastal village in Phu Vang District. The villagers compete to build increasingly lavish and elaborate tombs for their ancestors, and sometimes for family members who have not yet died. Its unique architecture will make you interested.
- 10:30 am: After visiting the tombs, continue to visit My Loi Ancient Village, with the communal house and many other legacies, such as the ancestral temples of nearly 45 sects, the clans have merit to expand and cultivate, so the village is well built; old-fashioned houses that now "even with the bill can not do." Ethnic tribes are respected by the villagers, guarded like the communal house. There are also good preservation of hundreds of Nguyen Dynasty decorations along with some of the villages, maps and documents of the village.
- 12:00 pm: Leaving the village, you will be driven to Vinh Hien Beach, come to the beach is very wild, to the fishing village with nice and hospitable fishermen. If you love adventure, you can go to Mount Tuy Van to admire the scenery or Ham Rong Natural Rock to explore. From the top of these places, we can catch a view of the solid cargoes on the shore and many large ships entering and leaving Chan May Port.
- Enjoy the seafood lunch at local restaurant.
- The next destination is Ganh Lang Community Based Eco Tourism, having the activities and explore, experience the life of local people, fishing with your own hands or try to experience the fishermen fishing and processing and enjoy the fruit of your labour.
- Back the city, and arrive in Hue around 06:30 pm. End of the tour.