Lighthouses of Central 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 from Thanh Hóa Province through Quảng Ngãi Province and of the VSMS service area from Bình Định through Bình Thuận.

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.
Southern Vietnam Maritime Safety - Lighthouses
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
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
Phu Quy Light
Phú Quý Light, Bình Thuận Province
Southern Vietnam Maritime 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. Bing has a 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, and the new tower is seen in Google's satellite view. The original light was a square skeletal tower. 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 street view. 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. Hoang Nguyen Dang has a 2018 photo, 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 a 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. Minh Hoá Hoàng has a 2018 photo, 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, Thanh Long has a good 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, a 2018 closeup photo and another photo are 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. Yến Lê has a closeup photo and 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. Trabas has Rainer Arndt's photo and 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, Quang Đông Đào has a 2018 photo, 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, Trabas has Douglas Cameron's 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.
Son Cha Light
Sơn Chà Light, Đà Nẵng
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo
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. Hai Vo has a closeup street view and 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.
[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. The VNMS photo is at right, 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.

Tiên Sa Light, Đà Nẵng
Vietnam Northern Marine Safety photo

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. 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. A distant view is available and 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. 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. Võ Hồng Sơn has a closeup photo, 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. Trung Dung Do has a photo and 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. Nguyen Tat Khai has a closeup photo and 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.

Note: The remaining lighthouses on this page are in the SVMS service area.

Bình Định Province Lighthouses
Hòn Nước
1997. Active; focal plane 62.5 m (205 ft); white flash every 5 s. 18 m (56 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower with gallery. 1-story equipment or keeper's house painted yellow. Dan Baldini has a photo and Bing has a satellite view of the station. Located on a promontory at Xuân Thành about 60 km (37 mi) north northeast of Qui Nhơn. Site status unknown; may be accessible by a short walk from Xuân Thành. Admiralty F3177.
Phước Mai (Qui Nhơn)
1975 (station established 1904). Active; focal plane 54 m (177 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 15 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower with gallery. The tower is unpainted, but darker concrete in the middle gives the appearance of a white tower with one black horizontal band. Ngoc Minh Hoang has a view of the station, a 2007 photo of the top of the tower is available, and Google has a satellite view. SVMS lists 1975 as the date of this lighthouse, but the modern light may be a refurbishment of the 1904 French tower. Located at the end of the Phước Mai peninsula, which shelters the harbor of Qui Nhơn (Quy Nhon). Site status unknown. ARLHS VIE-047; Admiralty F3162; NGA 20332.
* Qui Nhơn Fairway Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 17 m (56 ft); continuous (?) red light. Approx. 13 m (43 ft) triangular skeletal tower colored with red and white horizontal bands and carrying a diamond-shaped daymark. Dan Baldini has a closeup photo, Thuong Nguyen Xuan also has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located beside Xuân Diệu Street on the waterfront of Qui Nhơn. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3162.051.
Cù Lao Xanh (Phuoc Chau, Poulo Gambir)
1904. Active; focal plane 119 m (390 ft); four white flashes, in a 3+1 pattern, every 15 s. 17 m (56 ft) round stone tower with lantern and double gallery, painted white with one black horizontal band. The lighthouse was renovated in 1984. Nguyễn Phạm Song Thương has a photo, a 2007 photo is available, Quoc Nam Alex has a closeup street view, and Bing has a satellite view. One Vietnamese source gives 1890 as the establishment date for this station, but all other sources have 1904. Located at the highest point of an island about 10 km (6 mi) off the coast and 20 km (13 mi) southeast of Qui Nhơn. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower status unknown. ARLHS VIE-012; Admiralty F3158; NGA 20364.
Cù Lao Xanh Light
Cù Lao Xanh (Poulo Gambir) Light, Bình Định
Southern Vietnam Maritime Safety photo

Phú Yên Province Lighthouses
Gành Đèn
2002. Active; focal plane 22.5 m (74 ft); white flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Tuong Van has a closeup photo, Võ Văn Tịnh also has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rocky promontory about 10 km (6 mi) northeast of Chí Thành. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3156.
* Đà Rằng (Tuy Hòa)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20.5 m (67 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 17 m (56 ft) square cylindrical tower with gallery, attached to or rising from a 2-story keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white; keeper's house painted yellow with white trim. Dan Baldini has a closeup photo and Google has a satellite view. Located on the north side of the entrance to Tuy Hòa, the capital of Phú Yên province. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3155.8
*** Mũi Đại Lãnh (Mũi Điện, Cap Varella) (2)
Date unknown (station established 1904). Active; focal plane 110 m (361 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 26.5 m (87 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white, lantern dome black. Hà Phạm Duy's photo is at right, a 2018 photo and a 2007 photo are available, Trịnh Xuân Trinh has a street view, and Google has a satellite view. Several Vietnamese sources give 1890 as the establishment date for the station, but all other sources have 1904. This is not the original tower, which had a focal plane height of only 14 m (46 ft). The present lighthouse was renovated in 1997 and appears to be in excellent condition. The light station buildings appear to include a visitor center and/or museum. Mũi Điện (Cap Varella) is the easternmost point of the Vietnamese coast. Located on the point of the cape, about 40 km (25 mi) south southeast of Tuy Hòa. Accessible by road. Site and tower open; Erik Bjers has a street view taken from the gallery. ARLHS VIE-011; Admiralty F3154; NGA 20368.

Khánh Hòa Province Lighthouses
Hòn Nưa
2002. Active; focal plane 87.5 m (287 ft); four white flashes every 15 s. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted red. A photo (second photo on the page) is available and Google has a distant satellite view. A sibling of the Gành Đèn light. Located atop an island about 13 km (8 mi) southwest of Mũi Điện. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3151.
Hòn Đỏ (Hòn Hèo, Hòn Theo)
1997. Active; focal plane 81 m (266 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 11.5 m (38 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Bing has an indistinct satellite view of the station. Located on Hòn Đỏ, an island in the entrance to the bay of Văn Phong, about 30 km (19 mi) northeast of Nha Trang. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3152.
Cap Varella Light
Mũi Đại Lãnh (Cap Varella) Light, Phú Yên, June 2007
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Hà Phạm Duy
* Mũi Chụt (Bao Đai, Nha Trang)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 42 m (138 ft); continuous white light. 15 m (49 ft) hexagonal masonry tower with gallery attached to a 2-story oceanography institute building. Lighthouse painted a light cream color. Thi Pham has a photo and Google has a closeup street view and a satellite view. The building, known as Bao Đai, was originally a villa owned by the royal family of Vietnam. It is open now for overnight accommodations. Located on a promontory at the south end of Nha Trang, marking the passage between the mainland and the island of Hòn Lớn (Hòn Tre). Site status unknown, probably open; tower closed. ARLHS VIE-033; Admiralty F3150; NGA 20376.
Hòn Lớn (Mũi Rach Trang, Hòn Tre)
1890. Active; focal plane 102 m (335 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 16 m (52 ft) round masonry tower with lantern and gallery, painted with black and white horizontal bands and standing in front of a keeper's house. Vohungx Cao has a closeup photo, a 2018 photo is available, Ngoc Minh Hoang has a photo of the lantern, and Bing has a satellite view. The island of Hòn Lớn is being developed as a beach resort, but it's not clear if visitors will have access to the lighthouse. Located at Mũi (cape) Rach Trang, the eastern point of the island of Hòn Lớn, about 16 km (10 mi) southeast of Nha Trang. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS VIE-029; Admiralty F3148; NGA 20372.
Ba Ngòi (Vịnh Cam Ranh, Cam Ranh Bay)
2003. Active; focal plane 89.5 m (294 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 7 s. 9 m (30 ft) square tower mounted on a round masonry tower attached to the front of a keeper's house. Entire lighthouse painted beige. Google has a satellite view. The magnificent elliptical harbor of Cam Ranh Bay is entered through a narrow strait between two high, forested peninsulas. This lighthouse is located atop the headland on the north side of the entrance. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3136.
Hòn Chút (Bình Hưng) (2)
1988 (station established 1907). Active; focal plane 59 m (194 ft); white flash every 5 s. 16 m (52 ft) octagonal cylindrical masonry tower with gallery, rising from a 1- or 2-story keeper's house. Lighthouse painted gray, keeper's house white. A 2010 photo is at right, Ngoc Nguyen has a closeup showing the lighthouse door open, Lân Trần has a similar photo, Thai Nguyen An Minh has a distant street view and a second street view from the gallery of the lighthouse, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the northeastern tip of Hòn Chút, an island on the south side of the entrance to Cam Ranh Bay. Site and tower open. ARLHS VIE-023; Admiralty F3134; NGA 20384.
Hon Chut Light
Hòn Chút Light, Khành Hóa, May 2010
photo copyright tamngu; permission requested

Nình Thuận Province Lighthouse
Mũi Dinh (Cà Ná, Cap Padaran) (2)
1904 (station established 1889). Active; focal plane 186 m (610 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 16 s. 16 m (52 ft) square cylindrical granite tower with lantern and gallery. The lighthouse was formerly painted white, but it appears that the paint on the tower has worn away and will not be replaced; the lantern and gallery are still painted white. Nguyễn Lê's photo is at right, Lực Tấn has a 2017 closeup photo, Đời Sống also has a closeup, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the point of Mũi Dinh, a prominent cape near the southern end of the Central Highlands, about 40 km (25 mi) south of Phan Rang. Site status unknown. ARLHS VIE-034; Admiralty F3122; NGA 20404.

Bình Thuận Province Lighthouses
* Phan Rí
2004. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); four white flashes every 10 s. 16 m (52 ft) 4-story building with the light mounted on the roof. Lighthouse painted a dark orange-yellow with green trim. Tiệm Điện Long Thái has a photo and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse marks the entrance to the harbor of Bắc Bình. Located on the east side of the mouth of the Phan Rí river. Site status unknown, probably open; tower closed. Admiralty F3121.
* Phan Thiết (Cà Ty) (2)
2000. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); three white flashes every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery. The concrete is colored with red and white horizontal bands. 2-story keeper's house painted light green with darker green trim. Köhler has a closeup, and Google has a satellite view. It's not certain whether this lighthouse replaces or supplements the original light, a short metal tower that had a 20 m (66 ft) focal plane. Located on a sand spit that encloses the east side of the harbor of Phan Thiết . The site appears open; tower closed. Admiralty F3117.

Mũi Dinh Light, Nình Thuận, February 2012
Creative Commons photo by Nguyễn Lê
** Kê Gà (Mui Ke Ga)
1900. Active; focal plane 65 m (213 ft); four white flashes, in a 3+1 pattern, every 20 s. 41 m (135 ft) octagonal granite tower with lantern and gallery. Vietnam's second tallest lighthouse. Stephan Knopf's photo is at right, there's a good 2007 photo, Köhler has a closeup, a distant view of the site is available, Phạm Việt Hùng has a closeup street view, and Google has a satellite view. This historic tower was renovated in 1975. Located on an island off the point of Mũi Kê Gà, a prominent cape about 40 km (25 mi) south southwest of Phan Thiết. Boat transportation to the island is available. Site open; the keepers offer tours of the tower. ARLHS VIE-030; Admiralty F3116; NGA 20412.
Phú Quý
1997. Active; focal plane 124 m (407 ft); two white flashes every 15 s. 20 m (66 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. 2-story concrete keeper's house. AS of 2013 the tower is painted black; the lantern is painted yellow with white trim; lantern roof is gray metallic. A copy of SVMS's photo is at the top of this page, a photo and a second photo are available, and Google has a satellite view. Phú Quý is a volcanic island in the South China Sea 120 km (75 mi) southeast of Phan Thiết. The island has a population of 20,000 and is the base of a fishing fleet. The Bình Thuận province government is also developing the island as a resort, and the lighthouse is mentioned as one of the attractions. Transportation to the island from Phan Thiết is available. Located on the slope of Mount Câm, near the northwestern corner of the island. Site presumably open; tower status unknown. ARLHS VIE-046; Admiralty F3120; NGA 20406.
Triều Dương
2001. Active; focal plane 11.5 m (38 ft); four white flashes, in a 3+1 pattern, every 12 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Google has a satellite view. Nhựt Trịnh Minh has a photo of two similar but smaller lights at the ends of the nearby breakwaters. Located on a reef off the southern tip of Phú Quý island, just outside the east breakwater of the harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F3120.5.
Hòn Hải (Poulo Sapate)
2004. Active; focal plane 122 m (400 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 10 s. 10.5 m (34 ft) hexagonal concrete tower with lantern and double gallery. Lê Phú Linh has a closeup photo and a distant view, but the island is only a blur in Google's satellite view. The lantern has been raised above the level of the original gallery. Located atop a small but very steep island about 65 km (40 mi) south of Phú Quý. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty F3120.7.

Kê Gà Light
Kê Gà Light, Bình Thuận, May 2013
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Stephan Knopf

 

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