Southern Vietnam, especially the Central Coast is always one of the best places to visit in Vietnam. And Phan Thiet, the capital city of Binh Thuan Province is one of them.
Well-known for beautiful beaches, stunning natural landscapes and diverse cultural heritage sites of ancient Cham, Phan Thiet is a place that you cannot miss when you travel to Vietnam. Let’s take a tour to the coastal city Phan Thiet with a helpful guide from southernvietnam.
Tour to the beaches
Bai Rang beach
Phan Thiet Tour should be started with the most worth-visiting thing: beaches. And Mui Ne is the first name you should think about. Located 25 kilometers from city center, Mui Ne beaches are considered as one of the most stunning beaches in Vietnam. The beaches here still remain untouched with pure turquoise water, white smooth sand and amazing natural surroundings. You can swim, sun-bath, skydive, snorkel, do kite surfing, and enjoy sunset and sunrise on the beaches. Your beach tour is much more awesome because there are a lot of mountains with spectacular views to see the sea.
Mui Ne Phan Thiet has several beaches that you can choose to visit, including Bai Rang, Hon Rom, Hon Lao (a small island, 1 km from Mui Ne, where you can see coral reefs). Also, in your tour, you can visit Mui Ne fishing village, explore seafood market in the early morning right on the beach, visit Fish sauce factory to see how people make this special sauce, etc.
Co Thach beach (Source: Internet)
Phan Thiet doesn’t have only Mui Ne. Your Phan Thiet tour can continue with a lot of other beautiful coastal places. Located 90km on the north of Phan Thiet City center, Co Thach is a pristine beach which is well-known for seven-colored stones lying on the beach. The characteristics of this stone ground are due to the impact of tide, sea currents, sea water. Stones of different sizes and different colors are pushed from the sea to the shore. Moreover, Co Thach is also attractive because of the rocky bank, formed for hundred years and untouched through time, with so many different kinds of shape and size. You can also visit Co Thach pagoda, Hang pagoda nearby.
Phu Quy Island is another attraction that you should visit. It is located about 120km from the east of Phan Thiet city and takes 5-6 hours by ship to arrive on the island. The island owns beautiful and breathtaking beaches such as Trieu Duong, Doi Dua,… Moreover, Phu Quy also has over 30 historical and cultural relics such as Linh Son Pagoda, Linh Quang Pagoda; Ba Chua Ngoc Temple; Trieu Duong Communal House and My Khe Park.
Tour to natural landscapes
One of the most spectacular sceneries in Phan Thiet is the Mui Ne sand dune (Đoi Cat Mui Ne). The dunes range from pure white to gold and sometimes red when the sun comes down. And they never have fixed shaped, which make tourists never feel bored when they come here. This place is not only the perfect spot for enjoying and taking pictures on beautiful enormous sand dunes but also the place for interesting games such as sand surfing, jeep driving, etc.
Mui Ne sand dune (Source: Internet)
On the immense area of sand dunes, there are two wonderful lakes which are called Bau Trang – Bau Sen. You can take a boat to see the lotus flowers in the lakes and enjoy the very breath-taking scene of nature.
Near Hon Rom beach, there is a small spring called Suoi Tien (Fairy Spring). It is special because the water is in red lying on the rocky limestone mountain. Very fantastic scene to see!
Ta Cu pagoda on Ta Cu Mount (Source: Internet)
Ta Cu Mount is an ideal place for trekking and sightseeing. Situated at the height of 400 meters above sea level, Ta Cu pagoda has a great traditional architecture with Buddha statues and a beautiful view on top. And about 100 foot steps from here, you can visit Ke Ga Lighthouse.
Historical and cultural tour
Your Phan Thiet tour can be a missing piece if you don’t spend time to explore its historical and cultural sites. Phat Thiet preserves a diverse heritage of Cham culture. You can visit Poshanu Cham Tower which is located in Phan Thiet city to explore this very ancient dominated kingdom. It has the great architecture and decoration of the ancient Cham. Although there are only a few towers left because most of them had been destroyed and managed by time, you can see amazing architecture works with special techniques and decorative arts of the ancient Cham people.
Poshanu Cham Tower (Source: Internet)
Duc Thanh School is a historical site located in the city center. It is the special school where president Ho Chi Minh used to teach here as a teacher before moving to Saigon and then France in his incredible journey.
Van Thuy Tu temple is where local fishermen honor the God of the fish (Ca Ong) whom they believe can help them to catch more fish. Also, in here you can visit more than 100 whale’s skeletons.
In your Southern Vietnam tours, make sure you stop in Phan Thiet and visit some of these places. No matter what you want to explore, natural beauty or cultural experiences, Phat Thiet has them all.