• River cruise
  • Northern Vietnam
  • Central Vietnam
  • Southern Vietnam
  • Day Trip
  • Beach Destination
  • Ecotourist Destination
  • Vietnam Discovery
  • Cambodia Wonders
  • Laos Highlights

Destinations

BINH THUAN * MUI NE

Binh Thuan is a coastal province located at the southernmost of Central Vietnam, sharing border with Lam Dong and Ninh Thuan provinces in the north, Dong Nai province in the west, Ba Ria Vung Tau province in the south, 192km of coastline in the east and southeast. Offshore is Phu Quy Isle, 120km from Phan Thiet capital city of the province.
 
Area: 7,812.9 km2
 
Population: 1,180,300 inhabitants composed of 34 ethnic groups. Major people are Viet, then Cham, Raglai, Hoa, K’Ho, Tay, ChoRo, Nung, Muong...  
 
Topography: composed of a majority of low hills with narrow coastal deltas, divided into three main features: mountain, plain and coast.
Administrative units: 10 units (1 city: Phan Thiet; 1 town: La Gi; 8 districts)
 
Climate: 2 seasons: rainy season from May to October, dry season from November to April of the following year. Average annual temperature: 26-270C.
 
Sights of interest.
 
With a 192-kilometer long coast and many capes such as: La Gan, Mui Nho, Mui Rom, Mui Ne, Ke Ga, among which Mui Ne Phan Thiet has a great potential on ecotourism attracting thousands of local and foreign visitors every year. Moreover with a charming beauty of lovely landscapes around, with picturesque scenery of mountains lying from west to east and reaching beautiful beaches, tourists can experience leisure activities such as swimming, fishing, climbing, yachting, golf playing in many beaches and resorts, Binh Thuan surely attracts a huge number of tourists. Besides, Binh Thuan has a diversified and long-standing culture of many minorities in Vietnam with 34 ethnics living together in this area. Particularly, here preserved the original Cham architecture with many terracotta high towers and statues of Kings, Queens… Also, the traditional costumes, musical instruments, traditional songs and dances of the ancient Sa Huynh and Cham Culture are still kept intact to present. 
 
Located 200 km from Saigon along Vietnam's southeastern coast, Phan Thiet is home to one of the best stretches of beach in the country. Phan Thiet is the classic example of a resort which has retained its fishing village culture. The town itself has remained untouched by tourism, whilst a collection of excellent resorts have opened up along the coast on the Mui Ne Peninsula. Well spaced and sensitively constructed, these resorts offer everything that a visitor could want from a beach destination.
 
 
ARCHITECTURAL AND HISTORICAL SITES
 
PoSha Nu towers: located on Ba Nai hill, 7km northeast of Phan Thiet city, are one of the most precious and important cultural vestiges of the Champa Kingdom. Built in the 8th century, this group of towers worships Shiva deity. Still remain 3 towers: main Tower (15m high) and 2 sub Towers (North sub Tower of 12m high and East sub Tower 4m high). Inside the main tower, there is an altar, on which a couple of Linga-Yoni, a symbol of Shiva existence, is worshipped.
 
   
 
 
Ong Hoang palace vestiges: is a remaining relics from a palace constructed by a French duke named De Montpensier in 1911 on Ba Nai hill. The palace was sold several times, then used as a military post during the wars.
 
 
Phan Thiet water tower: Located by Ca Ty river in Phan Thiet city center, the 32-meter tower, was constructed by Laos’ architect and king Souphanouvong in late 1928, is a symbol of the city. The words of U.E.PT (Usine Des Eaux de Phan Thiet) on the body are joined from broken glass due to economical difficulties after the tower was completed in 1934.
 
 
 
Duc Thanh school, at No 39 Trung Nhi street, a cultural and historical relic of Phan Thiet City, was built in 1907 by the two sons of poet Nguyen Thong.
 
In 1990, on his way to find a path for national salvation, teacher Nguyen Tat Thanh (later President Ho Chi Minh) stayed and taught at Duc Thanh School. In February 1911, Nguyen Tat Thanh left the school for Saigon, from where he went overseas to find a way to liberate the country. At present, the school has preserved many valuable objects related to the life of teacher Thanh, such as a writing table, an ink-slab, a wooden bed…
 
  
 
 
Van Thuy Tu temple, located at No 20A Ngu Ong street, Duc Thang ward, Phan Thiet city, is a temple dedicated to whale worship. Built in 1762, the temple nows contains more than 100 skeletons of whale being stranded onshore, then buried in a the cemetery reserved for whale.
 
 
 
This is fishermen’s worship as they consider whale as a “deity” protecting and saving them in their fishing. Annually, they celebrate a festival to ask for protection and for good fishing season.
 
Ke Ga lighthouse: 
 
The lighthouse is called Ke Ga by local people as it was built on Ke Ga Island top whose total area is about 5 ha in the coastal area of Tan Thanh Ward, Ham Thuan Nam District, about 30km southeast of Phan Thiet City. This lighthouse was designed by a French architect named Chnavat to guide ships to go back and forth. The construction started in February 1897 and was completed by the end of 1898, and the lighthouse was put in operation in 1900. To mark the construction period, local people put a big granite panel carved the number 1899 at the lighthouse entry gate. The lighthouse has now been operating for 108 years.
 
 
 
The light house with its unique architecture is about 60m tall. From that height, visitors are able to see a vast expanse of sea and sky, as well as enjoy cool ocean winds. The most beautiful moment to visit the lighthouse is at sunset. People can see a fantastic sight with splendid colours.
 
Ta Cu Mount is a mount located 28 km south of Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan province. The average temperature of the summit ranges around 18 to 220C. The climbing routes include 2290 m-long trekking /or/ by 1600 m-long cable car. At the height of 563 m, there are two pagodas: Linh Son Truong Tho and Long Doan. There is a statue of “lying Buddha”, 49m long, 7m high in Long Son Truong Tho pagoda.
 
 
 
 
Thay Thim Temple, ranked as one of National Artistic and Architectural Relics of the nation, is located 70km southeast of Phan Thiet city, Binh Thuan province. Thay Thim Temple was built in 1879 for worshipping a rich, kind hermit and his wife who are both respectfully called Thay and Thim. At this temple and graves of Thay Thim, two main festivals take place yearly. According to the lunar calendar, the cleaning and decorating of graves occurs on January 5th and September 14-16th.
 
 
 
Co Thach pagoda, also known as Chua Hang (cave pagoda), 95 km from Phan Thiet city, was recognized as a national relic in 1993. Legend has it that it was established in 1835 by monk Bao Tang and it has been renovated several times since.
 
 
 
It is located in and between some caves on a mountain at an elevation of 64m above sea level. The pagoda’s temple, main palace, bell tower, zen house and  resting pavilions for pilgrims are on some giant rocks on a four-hectare area.
 
Co Thach pagoda, is not only a pilgimage spot for locals but also a famous beach for its colorful stone ground named Ca Duoc below featuring thousands of stones in seven colours.
 
 
BEACH AND OTHER TOURIST SPOTS
 
Mui Ne ( Ne Cape): located 24 km northeast of Phan Thiet city, is a fishing village as well as a familiar tourism area in Binh Thuan Province.
It is found on Highway No. 706, and features sweeping sand dunes and beautiful rows of palm trees. The beach is shallow and sloped, the water is clean and blue and the sun rarely hides behind clouds.
 
 
 
 
There are desolate and primeval beaches that have never witnessed human exploitation as well as imposing landscapes. There is also Doi Cat (sand dunes), which has long been a creative subject of artistic photographs and paintings.
 
 
 
Mui Ne is an ideal place for rest and relaxation. Visitors can certainly enjoy swimming in the blue water of the sea, climbing the sand dunes or relaxing by a swimming pool. In fact this oasis entertainment people of all ages, and furthermore, provides an endless inspiration to artists' creation.
 
Hon Rom, 26km northeast of Phan Thiet city, is also a tourist spot with beautiful natural landscapes and a 17-km clean beach with clear blue water.
 
 
 
Bau Trang (White lake) is a famous land-space in Hong Lam hamlet, Bac Binh district, about 65 km northeast of Phan Thiet City. It is a fresh-water lake formed long ago and located amidst the endless sand hills. Bau Trang, covering about three hectares and is 19 meters deep at its deepest point with lotus growing around.
 
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