Lighthouses of Northern Vietnam

After being independent for many centuries, Vietnam was colonized by France from the mid 1800s until 1941, when the country was invaded and conquered by Japan. After the end of World War II in 1945, French attempts to re-establish control triggered 30 years of warfare, leading to the reunification of the country in 1975. Fortunately, the lighthouses were not usually seen as targets during the Vietnam War, and most of them survived the fighting without major damage. A few of the historic French lighthouses have been replaced, but most remain in service and are regarded as historic monuments. In general, Vietnamese lighthouses have resident keepers.

Vietnam is long and narrow, with a coastline measuring some 3000 km (1875 mi) in length. The northern third of the coast faces the Gulf of Tonkin (Vịnh Bắc Bộ), and the rest faces east and southeast on the open waters of the South China Sea. Aids to navigation are maintained by two Maritime Safety Companies, Vietnam Northern Maritime Safety (VNMS) maintaining lights in the northern half of the country and Vietnam Southern Maritime Safety (VSMS) maintaining the lights of the southern half. This page includes the lighthouses of the VNMS service area, which extends from the Chinese border through Quảng Ngãi province. (Note that this is a larger area than the pre-1975 territory of North Vietnam.)

The Vietnamese words for a lighthouse are hải đăng or đèn biển ("sea light"). Dao or hòn is an island, mũi is a cape, cửa is a river.

For many years, many of Vietnam's lighthouses were not included on international light lists; most are now listed by the Admiralty.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume F of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 112.

General Sources
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety - Beacon System
An interactive map of lighthouse locations, linking to pages on the individual light stations.
World of Lighthouses - Vietnam
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Online List of Lights - Vietnam
Coming soon: photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.

Ba Lạt Light, Thái Bình Province
Google Plus photo by Vương Đinh

Northeast (Tây Bắc) Lighthouses

Quảng Ninh Province Lighthouses
Vĩnh Thực
1962. Active; focal plane 85 m (279 ft); white flash every 6 s. 18 m (59 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a colonnaded 1-story keeper's house. Entire structure painted white. A photo is right, Dang Linh Nguyen has a 2016 photo, Lam Trinh Khac has a 2017 photo, and Google has a satellite view. Vĩnh Thực is one of Vietnam's largest islands, about 25 km (15 mi) in length, parallel to the coast a few miles south of the Chinese border. There are efforts to develop tourist facilities on the island. Located at the eastern tip of the island. Site status unknown. ARLHS VIE-007; Admiralty F3315; NGA 20216.5.
Đảo Trần (Lo Chuc Dan)
1996. Active; focal plane 201 m (659 ft); four white flashes every 15 s. 18 m (59 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a keeper's house. Entire structure painted white. Huong Nguyen has a 2015 closeup photo, but Google has only a very distant satellite view of the island. This light has been dropped by the Admiralty but is listed by NGA. Đảo Trần is an island about 30 km (20 mi) off the coast of Quảng Ninh province in northernmost Vietnam. The island and its surrounding waters have been proposed as a protected marine reserve. Located on the highest point of the island. Site and tower closed. ARLHS VIE-032; ex-Admiralty F3314.5; NGA 20213.5.
Quan Lạn
Date unknown. Active; characteristics unknown. Approx. 24 m (79 ft) octagonal cylindrical concrete tower with gallery. Lighthouse painted (top to bottom) with green, white, red, and gold horizontal bands. Two photos are available, and Google has a satellite view. Despite its name, this lighthouse is located at the southern tip of Đảo Ba Mùn, marking the narrow passage between that island and Đảo Quan Lạn. There's a good view from ferries between Cẩm Phả and Cô Tô. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown.
* Cô Tô
1961. Active; focal plane 116 m (381 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 12 s. 16 m (52 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 1-story concrete keeper's house. Lighthouse painted ochre with gray trim, as shown on an April 2007 closeup. A VNMS photo is at right, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Cô Tô is a popular resort island about 40 km (25 mi) east of Cẩm Phả. Located on the highest point of the island. Site open; the photo suggests the lighthouse may be open for tours at some times. ARLHS VIE-002; Admiralty F3314.8; NGA 20213.8.
* Bãi Cháy (Hạ Long, Hong Gai)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 17 m (56 ft); red flash every 2 s. Approx. 16 m (52 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Paul Tuyen has a 2007 closeup photo, a 2005 photo shows the lighthouse standing next to a ferry landing, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Hưng Phan Duy's street view also shows the suspension bridge that has replaced the ferry. Hạ Long (formerly called Hong Gai) is the capital of Quảng Ninh Province. Located on the west side of the entrance to Ha Long Bay, near the city's tourist hotels. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3296; NGA 20224.
Hạ Mai
2005. Active; focal plane 181 m (594 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 11 m (36 ft) lantern mounted on a square concrete block keeper's house, painted yellow. Bing has a distant satellite view of the station. Hạ Mai is the southernmost island of Quảng Ninh, about 50 km (30 mi) southeast of Hạ Long (Hong Gai). Located on the southern end of the island. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3306.5; NGA 20215.5.

Vinh Thuc Light
Vĩnh Thực Light, Quảng Ninh
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo

Co To Light
Cô Tô Light, Quảng Ninh
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo

Soi Đèn (Le Cancrelat)
1964. Active; focal plane 47 m (154 ft); white flash every 5 s. 13.5 m (45 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with a large round watch room structure and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Wikimapia has a small photo, and Bing has a satellite view. This light replaced a 5 m (17 ft) tower. Located on a rocky islet about 25 km (15 mi) southeast of Hạ Long (Hong Gai). Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS VIE-031; Admiralty F3306; NGA 20214.
[Hòn Bài]
2000. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); four white flashes, in a 3+1 pattern, every 16 s. 3 m (10 ft) square concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Bing has a satellite view. Located on a rocky islet at the southeastern end of the Cát Bà islands. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3293.5.
Cẩm Phả Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); continuous red light. 15 m (49 ft) square tower painted with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Cẩm Phả is a seaport in southern Quảng Ninh Province. Located off the Cửa Ông harbor in Cẩm Phả. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3313; NGA 20214.6.
Cẩm Phả Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); continuous red light. 18 m (59 ft) square tower painted with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located 650 m (0.4 mi) north of the front light. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3313.1; NGA 20214.7.

Red River Delta (Đồng Bằng Sông Hồng) Lighthouses

Hải Phòng Province Lighthouses
For reasons unknown, NGA dropped its listings of most Hải Phòng harbor lights in 2014.
Long Châu (Xuy Nong Chao, Grande Norway Island)
1894. Active; focal plane 110 m (361 ft); white flash every 4 s. 30 m (98 ft) round stone tower rising from the center of a square 2-story masonry keeper's house. The tower is unpainted gray stone; lantern painted white with a dark metallic dome. The VNMS photo is at right, additional photos are available, and Bing has a satellite view of the station. The traditional landfall light for Hải Phòng, this is a staffed station. Located on the highest point of Xuy Nong (or Long) Châu, the largest of the Long Châu Islands, about 60 km (37.5 mi) southeast of Hải Phòng. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS VIE-020; Admiralty F3232; NGA 20216.
Cửa Nam Triệu Bar Range Rear
Date unknown. Apparently inactive. 27 m (89 ft) square concrete equipment building mounted on a square concrete platform supported by robust piles. Building painted white with green trim. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. This is an approach range for Hải Phòng. The front light is on a similar but smaller structure 2.5 km (1.5 mi) southeast. Located about 6 km (3.5 mi) southeast of the entrance to the Nam Triệu River and Hải Phòng harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ex-Admiralty F3268.1; ex-NGA 20252.
Đảo Cống Range Front (Hải Phòng Approach A)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 4 s. Skeletal tower on a platform supported by piles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. The range guides arriving vessels on the south-to-north aproach to the harbor. Located northwest of Đảo Phù Long, a marshy island east of the harbor, and south of Đảo Cống, another marshy island to the north. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Admiralty F3240.
Đảo Cống Range Rear (Hải Phòng Approach B)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane and light characteristic unknown. Skeletal tower on a platform supported by piles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located off the southwest point of Đảo Cống, about 1200 m (3/4 mi) north northwest of the front light. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Admiralty F3240.1.
Phù Long Range Front (Hải Phòng Approach C)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane and light characteristic unknown. Skeletal tower on a platform supported by piles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. The range guides departing vessels on an west-to-east cut in the entrance to the harbor. Located off the west point of Đảo Phù Long, a marshy island east of the harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Admiralty F3242.
Phù Long Range Rear (Hải Phòng Approach D)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane and light characteristic unknown. Skeletal tower on a platform supported by piles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located about 1200 m (3/4 mi) east of the front light. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Admiralty F3242.1.
Long Chau Light
Long Châu Light, Hải Phòng
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo
Cửa Nam Triệu Range Front (Hải Phòng Approach E)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane and light characteristic unknown. Skeletal tower on a platform supported by piles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. The range guides vessels on an east-to-west cut in the entrance to the harbor. Located about 600 m (3/8 mi) north of the Đảo Cát Hải bridge. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Admiralty F3250.
Cửa Nam Triệu Range Rear (Hải Phòng Approach F)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane and light characteristic unknown. Skeletal tower on a platform supported by piles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located about 1200 m (3/4 mi) west of the front light. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Admiralty F3250.1.
Van Châu (Song Bach Dang)
1900. Apparently inactive. Skeletal tower atop a small house, mounted on piles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the Nam Triệu River at the mouth of the Bach Dang River in Hải Phòng. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS VIE-040; ex-Admiralty F3280.4; ex-NGA 20264.5.
Đình Vũ East Entrance North Side (3?)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white or red light, depending on direction, 1.5 s on, 1.5 s off. Recently described as a 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical tower with a pyramidal base, but Google's satellite view appears to show a round tower with lantern and gallery. NGA formerly listed a "red column on piles." Located on the north side of the entrance to the Đình Vũ branch of the Red River, which leads to the inner harbor of Hải Phòng. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3268 (ex-F3279); NGA 20265.
Đình Vũ East Entrance South Side (2) (?)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous red light. 12 m (39 ft) round barbell shaped tower. Entire lighthouse is red. This light has probably been removed, as Google's satellite view shows construction of a new bridge across the river at this location. NGA formerly listed a "tripod" with black and white bands. Located on the south side of the entrance to the Đình Vũ branch of the Red River, which leads to the inner harbor of Hải Phòng. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3267 (ex-F3279.2); NGA 20265.1.
Đình Vũ West Entrance North Side (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white flash every 3 s. 14 m (46 ft) white tower on a square platform supported by piles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. NGA formerly listed a red skeletal tower. Located o the north side of the entrance to the west branch of the river, upstream from the east entrance lights. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3269 (ex-F3280); NGA 20265.5.
* Hòn Dấu (Hải Phòng) (2)
1894 (station established 1876). Active; focal plane 63.5 m (208 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 23 m (75 ft) octagonal masonry tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story masonry keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white with blue trim; the blue on the angles of the tower has the effect of narrow blue vertical striping. Lantern dome is gray metallic. A VNMS photo is at right, Do Son Duong has a 2007 closeup photo, a second closeup is available, Lighthouse Digest has a historic photo contributed by Michel Forand, and Google has a satellite view of the station. The original 1st order Fresnel lens has been removed from the lantern and is apparently on display under the portico. Located on a small island on the south side of the entrance to Hải Phòng, about 40 km (25 mi) southeast of the city; transportation should be available from resorts on the island. Site open, tower status unknown. ARLHS VIE-024; Admiralty F3236; NGA 20268.
Đảo Bạch Long Vĩ (Nightingale Island)
1995. Active; focal plane 80 m (262 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 23 m (75 ft) octagonal concrete tower with lantern and gallery, centered on an octagonal 2-story keeper's house. Lighthouse painted gray with white trim, keeper's house yellow with white trim. A VNMS photo is at right, a 2017 photo is available, and Huong Nguyen has more distant view, but Google has only a fuzzy satellite view. Bạch Long Vĩ is an isolated island in the middle of the Gulf of Tonkin, halfway between Vietnam and the Chinese island of Hainan. In 1887 China was obliged to cede control of the island (then uninhabited) to France. The island was occupied by Japanese forces during World War II and then by Nationalist Chinese forces after the war. The Nationalist troops were overcome by forces of the People's Republic in 1955, but in 1957 the Chinese government agreed to return the island to Vietnam. Late in 2000 Vietnam and China signed a treaty establishing the maritime boundary between the two countries, and this agreement confirms Vietnamese ownership of Bạch Long Vĩ. Located on the highest point of the island. Site and tower closed. ARLHS VIE-016; Admiralty F3230; NGA 20273.

Hon Dau Light
Hòn Dấu Light, Hải Phòng
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo

Bach Long Vi Light
Đảo Bạch Long Vĩ Light, Gulf of Tonkin
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo


Thái Bình Province Lighthouses
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Diêm Điền
1997. Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); white flash every 5 s. 23 m (75 ft) round concrete tower with 8 buttresses, lantern, and gallery. Lighthouse painted gray, buttresses white. Lương Cao Dũng has a view of the lighthouse, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Diêm Điền is a fishing port on the Gulf of Tonkin about 40 km (25 mi) south of Hải Phòng. Located on the Diêm Điền waterfront. Site probably open, tower closed. Admiralty F3235; NGA 20270.
* Ba Lạt
1962. Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft); four white flashes, in a 3+1 pattern, every 20 s. 34 m (112 ft) octagonal concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from the center of a 1-story keeper's house. The tower is painted gray; lantern and gallery painted white, keeper's house yellow. Vương Đinh's photo is at the top of this page, Huong Nguyen has a 2009 photo, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view of the station. Located on an island off the mouth of the Ba Lạt River, the principal branch of the Red River, about 55 km (35 mi) south of the Hòn Dấu Light. Site open, tower status unknown. ARLHS VIE-009; Admiralty F3233; NGA 20272.5.

Nam Định Province Lighthouses
Quất Lâm (2)
Date unknown (station established 1966). Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); white flash every 4 s. 22 m (72 ft) hexagonal cylindrical with lantern and gallery, painted with red and buff horizontal bands, rising from or adjacent to a 1-story station building. Lantern roof is gray metallic. A VNMS photo is at right, a closeup of the lantern is available, and Google has a satellite view of the station. The former lighthouse was a square steel skeletal tower with gallery, painted gray. Quất Lâm is a fishing port about 30 km (19 mi) southeast of Nam Định city. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3229; NGA 20272.8.
* Lạch Giang (2)
Date unknown (station established 2001). Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 10 s. 17 m (56 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery. The tower is unpainted except for a red vertical stripe. Hoang Tran Vu has a 2017 photo, Minh Lee also has a photo, and Google has a satellite view of the station. Located on the waterfront of Lạch Giang, a small port about 35 km (22 mi) south southeast of Nam Định city. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3228; NGA 20272.9.
Quat Lam Light
Quất Lâm Light, Nam Định
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo

North Central Coast (Bắc Trung Bộ) Lighthouses

Thanh Hóa Province Lighthouses
* Lạch Trào (Lạch Chào)
1965. Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 22 m (72 ft) octagonal concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted gray, lantern yellow. 1-story keeper's houses, painted yellow. Google has a satellite view. Located on the north side of the estuary entrance. Lạch Trào is the seaport associated with Thanh Hóa, located about 13 km (8 mi) east of the city. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3227.
Hòn Mê (2?)
1977. Active; focal plane 154 m (505 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 15 s. 18.5 m (61 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 1-story concrete keeper's house. Entire lighthouse painted white. Google has a very distant satellite view. Hòn Mê is an island about 15 km (9 mi) offshore and 25 km (15 mi) southeast of Tĩnh Gia. Located on the highest point of the island. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS VIE-026; Admiralty F3225; NGA 20274.
Biển Sơn (2)
1962 (station established 1904). Active; focal plane 31.5 m (103 ft); white flash every 5 s. 11.5 m (38 ft) square skeletal tower mounted on a 1-story square concrete service building. Tower painted black, building yellow. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Biển Sơn is an inhabited island just off the coast opposite Hòn Mê. Located on the eastern side of the island, which shelters a small harbor. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3224; NGA 20275.

Nghệ An Province (Vinh Area) Lighthouses
Hòn Mát (Mui Sot)
2004. Active; focal plane 202 m (663 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 10 s. 12.5 m (41 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with double gallery. Lighthouse painted yellow with white trim. 2-story keeper's house, also painted yellow with white trim. An indistinct Google satellite view probably shows this lighthouse. This is the landfall light for the port of Vinh, the largest city of Vietnam's north central coast. Hòn Mát is an isolated high island about 20 km (13 mi) off the coast just north of Vinh. Located on the highest point of the island. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3219.5; NGA 20276.1.
Hòn Lò (Mui Rong, Cửa Lò)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; white flash every 1.5 s. Approx. 20 m (66 ft) tower painted with black and white horizontal bands, mounted on a square pier. Thi Anh Tran has a very distant view (the lighthouse is on the horizon beyond the end of the breakwater), but the tower is not seen in Google's indistinct satellite view of the pier. Located about 1.6 km (1 mi) off the protected harbor of Cửa Lò. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3221.
Cửa Hội (Vinh River) (2)
2015 (station established 1966). Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 25 m (82 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with a narrow red vertical band. Anh Đức Trần has a 2016 photo, A foggy 2016 photo is available, but the new tower is not seen in Google's satellite view. A photo of the original light, a square skeletal tower, is available. Located on the north side of the entrance to the Cửa Hội estuary about 12 km (7.5 mi) northeast of Vinh. Site status unknown. ARLHS VIE-043; Admiralty F3220; NGA 20276.

Hà Tĩnh Province Lighthouses
Cửa Sót (Mui Lo) (2)
Date unknown (station established 1969). Active; focal plane 90 m (295 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 13 m (43 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with three galleries, painted yellow with white trim. A photo is at right, and Google has a distant satellite view. The present lighthouse replaced a short concrete beacon, seen to the left of the tower in the VNMS photo and in a 2016 photo sphere. Located on a forested headland on the south side of the entrance to the Cửa Sót estuary. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3219.3; NGA 20276.2.
Cua Sot Light
Cửa Sót Light, Hà Tĩnh
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo
Cửa Nhượng
1967. Active; focal plane 35 m (115 ft); white flash every 6 s. 15 m (49 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, adjacent to a 1-story keeper's house. The tower is painted with red and white horizontal bands. Huy Hải Vimaru has a view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the south side of the entrance to the Cửa Nhượng estuary about 25 km (15 mi) southeast of Hà Tĩnh city. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3219.2; NGA 20276.3.
Mũi Ròn
1999. Active; focal plane 205 m (673 ft); four white flashes every 20 s. 16 m (52 ft) round concrete tower with an expanded upper section. Lighthouse painted gray. 2-story keeper's house painted yellow with white trim. Google has a satellite view. Mũi Ròn is the cape at the end of a 5 km (3 mi) long peninsula that projects suddenly into the South China Sea, forming a significant hazard to navigation. Located on the headland at the tip of the peninsula. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3219.

Quảng Bình Province Lighthouses
* Cửa Gianh
1970. Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 10 s. 20 m (66 ft) round concrete tower with gallery. The tower is unpainted gray concrete; gallery painted white. 1-story keeper's house. Google has an indistinct satellite view of the station. Located on the south side of the entrance to the Cửa Gianh estuary about 10 km (6 mi) north of Ly Hóa. Site appears open, tower closed. Admiralty F3218.5; NGA 20276.5.
* Nhật Lệ (Dong Hoi)
1974. Active; focal plane 35 m (115 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 12 s. 20 m (66 ft) hexagonal concrete tower with lantern and two galleries, painted yellow with black trim. Quochoan Tran has a 2017 photo, a 2007 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the north side of the mouth of the Nhật Lệ River in Đồng Hới. Site open, tower status unknown. Admiralty F3218.3.

Quảng Trị Province Lighthouses
* Mũi Lay (Cap Lai)
1976. Active; focal plane 37.5 m (123 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 12.5 m (41 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower rising from one end of a 1-story concrete keeper's house. Formerly painted white, the lighthouse is now unpainted dark gray concrete. Huong Nguyen has a photo, Yamaha Trung Tá has a street view, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a prominant cape about 20 km (13 mi) north of Gio Linh. Site open, tower status unknown. ARLHS VIE-045; Admiralty F3218.2; NGA 20276.9.
Cồn Cỏ (Hon Gio)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 78 m (256 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 24 m (79 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 2-story keeper's house. Entire building painted yellow with white trim. Huong Nguyen has a 2015 photo, and Google has a satellite view. Cồn Cỏ is an inhabited island about 23 km (14 mi) northeast of Mũi Lay. Located on the highest point of the island. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3218.25; NGA 20276.8.
Cua Tung Light
Cửa Tùng Light, Quảng Trị
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo
* Cửa Tùng
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); four white flashes, in a 3+1 pattern, every 20 s. 27 m (89 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted in black and white spiral bands (an unusual pattern for Vietnam); lantern roof is silver. A photo is at right above, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the north side of the entrance to the Cửa Tùng estuary, about 8 km (5 mi) south of Mũi Lay. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3218; NGA 20276.92.
* Cửa Việt
1980. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); white flash every 4 s. 22 m (72 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower with a square lantern and gallery, rising from the center of a 3-story masonry keeper's house. The keeper's house is painted yellow and the light tower is gray. A VNMS photo is at right, a 2007 photo and a distant 2004 photo are also available, and Google has a good satellite view. The lighthouse was originally painted white. Cửa Việt is just south of the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and was an important American base during the Vietnam War, but this lighthouse was built after the end of the war. Located at the mouth of the Cửa Việt estuary about 25 km (15 mi) north of Quảng Trị. Site open, tower status unknown. ARLHS VIE-014; Admiralty F3216; NGA 20277.

Thừa Thiên–Huế Province Lighthouse
Thuận An (Thai Duong Thuong)
1979. Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 18 m (59 ft) square steel skeletal tower, painted gray. 1-story keeper's house. Google has an indistinct satellite view of this station. Located on the southeast side of the entrance to the Tam Giang lagoon near Huế. Site status unknown. ARLHS VIE-039; Admiralty F3213; NGA 20278.
Cua Viet Light
Cửa Việt Light, Quảng Trị
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo
Chân Mây (Mui Chon May Dong)
2001. Active; focal plane 54 m (177 ft); white flash every 5 s. 14 m (46 ft) round hourglass-shaped tower centered on the flat roof of a 1-story square keeper's house. Tower painted with red and white horizontal bands; house painted yellow with white trim. Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory about 20 km (13 mi) northwest of Lop An. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3212; NGA 20279.

South Central Coast (Nam Trung Bộ) Lighthouses

Đà Nẵng Municipality Lighthouses
Note: Đà Nẵng is Vietnam's fifth largest city and third major port; unlike Hải Phòng and Hồ Chí Minh City (Saigon) it is blessed with a magnificent natural harbor. Called Tourane under French administration, it was a major American base during the Vietnam War.
Sơn Chà
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 240 m (787 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 6 s. 15.5 m (51 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted light blue with white trim. The VNMS photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the summit of Hòn Sơn Chà, an island on the north side of the entrance to Đà Nẵng (Danang), about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) northwest of the Tiên Sa lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3211.5; NGA 20279.5.
[Đà Nẵng Dique Oblique]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 8 m (26 ft); red flash every 3 s. 6 m (20 ft) round concrete tower painted with red and white horizontal bands. Ngoc Minh Hoang has a photo, Còi Nam has a 2017 photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a breakwater in the mouth of the Hàn River in the inner harbor of Đà Nẵng. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3211; NGA 20316.
Đà Nẵng Detached Breakwater South Head
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 10 m (33 ft); green flash every 3 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower painted with green and white horizontal bands. Bá Thái Huỳnh has a photo, and Google has a street view and an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the breakwater just south of the Thuận Phước bridge. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3209.2.
Đà Nẵng Detached Breakwater North Head
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 10 m (33 ft); green flash every 3 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower painted with green and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at an elbow (not the actual end) of the long detached breakwater of Đà Nẵng harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3209; NGA 20312.
Son Cha Light
Sơn Chà Light, Đà Nẵng
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo
[Quản Tượng (Fort Point, Tourane Bay)]
1903. Active; focal plane 42 m (138 ft); white flash every 3 s. 5.5 m (18 ft) round concrete tower, painted white; access to the light is by an external ladder. Google has a satellite view. Although small, this is a historic beacon. Located atop a promontory at the northeastern entrance to Danang Bay. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3206; NGA 20296.
* Tiên Sa (Mũi Đà Nẵng, Cape Tourane)
1903. Active; focal plane 158 m (518 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 9 m (30 ft) round cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery, painted white with one yellow horizontal band. Mikhail Eremenko has a photo, Tuấn Anh Nguyễn has a closeup, Google has a satellite view. Formerly painted all white, the lighthouse is located within the Sơn Trà National Park. Located at the end of the Sơn Trà peninsula, about 20 km (13 mi) northeast of Đà Nẵng (Danang). Site open, tower closed. ARLHS VIE-015; Admiralty F3204; NGA 20292.

Quảng Nam Province Lighthouses
Cửa Đại (Hoi An) (2)
2013 (?) (station established 2000). Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); four white flashes, in a 3+1 pattern, every 15 s. 23 m (75 ft) round tower with gallery, painted white; lantern dome is silver. 2-story keeper's house painted white with a red roof. Rafael Alonso has a 2016 photo, Lightphotos.net also has a more distant view, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse replaced a 23 m (75 ft) square steel skeletal tower with gallery, painted with black and white horizontal bands. Nguyễn Thanh Sơn has a 2008 photo of the former lighthouse. Located on the north side of the entrance to the Cửa Đại estuary, east of the city of Hội An. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3203; NGA 20316.5.
Cù Lao Chàm
2003. Active; focal plane 128 m (420 ft); four white flashes, in a 3+1 pattern, every 16 s. 12.5 m (41 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with gallery and a short post centered on the roof of a 2-story concrete keeper's house. Building painted yellow with white rim and blue shutters; the light post is red. Google has a satellite view of the station. Cù Lao Chàm, an island about 15 km (9 mi) northeast of Cửa Đại, has several popular beach resorts and is accessible by ferry from Hội An. Located atop a steep bluff at the northeastern point of the island. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3203.2; NGA 20318.
Tân Hiệp (Tian Hep) (2)
Date unknown (station established 2000). Active; focal plane 42.5 m (139 ft); white flash every 5 s. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower painted with black and white horizontal bands. Google has a satellite view.This lighthouse has recently replaced a white skeletal tower. Located on a headland on the east side of the entrance to the harbor of Cù Lao Chàm. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3203.3; NGA 20318.1.
* An Hòa (Kỳ Hà)
1995. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 12 s. 19 m (62 ft) round concrete tower with six ribs, lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted with red and white horizontal bands. The VNMS photo is at right, Lam Trinh Khac has a photo and a street view, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory near Núi Thành, about 25 km (15 mi) southeast of Tam Kỳ. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3202; NGA 20317.
An Hoa Light
An Hòa Light, Quảng Nam
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo

Quảng Ngãi Province Lighthouses
Vạn Ca
2000. Active; focal plane 33 m (108 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 14 m (46 ft) round hourglass-shaped tower centered on the flat roof of a 1-story square keeper's house. Tower painted with red and white horizontal bands; house painted yellow with white trim. Phạm Thái Hòa has a distant view, and Google has a satellite view of the station. Located on a sharp, north-pointing promontory about 10 km (6 mi) southeast of the An Hòa lighthouse. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3200; NGA 20319.
* Lý Sơn (Cù Lao Ré) (3?)
Date unknown (station established 1900). Active; focal plane 50 m (164 ft); white flash every 5 s. 45 m (148 ft) round white concrete tower with two galleries, four ribs, and four buttresses near the base. The VNMS photo is at right, a March 2007 photo is available, another photo is available (third photo on the page), and Google has a satellite view. This is Vietnam's tallest lighthouse. The former light was described by NGA as a black and white metal tower, and there may have been a different French lighthouse earlier. Lý Sơn, formerly called Cù Lao Ré or Canton Island, is an island off Mũi Ba Làng An (Cap Batangan) and about 50 km (30 mi) northeast of Quảng Ngãi. The island has a population of about 20,000 and is accessible by air or by ferry from Sa Kỳ. Tourist facilities are being developed. Located at the northeastern tip of the island. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS VIE-013; Admiralty F3184; NGA 20320.
Lý Sơn East Beakwater (Mù Cu)
2000. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); four white flashes, in a 3+1 pattern, every 15 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Quốc Cường Ngô has a closeup photo, Đại Thịnh has a photo, another photo is available (first photo on the page), and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rocky reef at the end of the east breakwater of the harbor at the east end of Lý Sơn. Site status unknown, but presumably there's a good view from ferries arriving at the island. Admiralty F3184.2; NGA 20320.2.
* Lý Sơn Harbor (2)
Date unknown (station established 2000). Active; focal plane 14.5 m (48 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 13 m (43 ft) round cylindrical conctete tower painted with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. The VNMS page shows the earlier lighthouse, a square cylindrical skeletal tower with gallery also painted with black and white horizontal bands. Located on the waterfront of the harbor at the west end of Lý Sơn. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3184.5.
* Ba Làng An (Cap Batangan) (3)
1982 (station established 1915). Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); two white flashes every 15 s. 8 m (26 ft) short post light mounted on the roof of a 2-story keeper's house. Building painted yellow with white trim; light post painted red. Google has a satellite view of the station. The original lighthouse was on a lower site with a focal plane height of 25.5 m (84 ft); this appears to be the second light at the present location. Mũi Ba Làng An (Cap Batangan) is a very prominent cape about 25 km (15 mi) northeast of Quảng Ngãi. Located on a headland at the cape. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3181; NGA 20321.
Ly Son Light
Lý Sơn Light, Quảng Ngãi
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo
Sa Kỳ
2000. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 14 m (46 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a reef in the entrance to the Sa Kỳ estuary, about 6 km (3.5 mi) southwest of Ba Làng An. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. Admiralty F3180; NGA 20321.2.
Sa Huỳnh (Cap Sa Hoi)
2004. Active; focal plane 87.5 m (287 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) post on the roof of a 2-1/2 story station building, painted yellow with blue trim and a red roof. Bing has a satellite view of the station. Located at a harbor entrance about 8 km (5 mi) north of Tam Quan. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3178; NGA 20323.

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Posted April 24, 2006. Checked and revised January 9, 2018. Lighthouses: 59. Site copyright 2018 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.