Quy Nhon in the South Central region of Vietnam sits halfway between Nha Trang and Hoi An, a beautiful city with many historical and religious attractions as well as great beaches. At present tourists tend to be local rather than international with some visitors using it as a way to break the 12 hour journey between those two cities. Perhaps this Quy Nhon travel guide will persuade more people to follow their lead and visit the place in its own right?
There is a strong case that can be made that Quy Nhon offers a more authentic experience of Vietnam life than cities where tourism is already more developed. Certainly those with Vietnam travel plans can do worse than to include the city. The locals will approach but they are more likely to do so to improve their English rather than wanting to sell you something. There is little industry and not as much traffic as you would expect from a city of 300,000 people. Agriculture and fishing remain important activities for this coastal port.
How to get there
Highway 1 running north – south down the length of Vietnam passes close by so Quy Nhon is very accessible so transport is not the reason why it still remains fairly quiet. Bus and rail connections are excellent. Phu Cat Airport just outside the City has connections with both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Best time to visit
Temperatures are fairly good all year round. From January through to August there are not many days when it is likely to rain but the number increases for the rest of the calendar year but really should not increase past half the days of any month. Vietnam travel packages will offer a holiday in Vietnam any month of the year.
Things to see and do
Our Quy Nhon travel guide wants to stress that the place itself is sufficient in many ways. The city is in a sheltered bay surrounded on its other three sides by mountains covered in forests. The sheltered setting certainly helps in the hurricane season. The promenade is a great place to walk with many of the bars, restaurants and hotels here.
• The two Thap Doi Towersare examples of Cham architecture; they are in a small park in the centre of the city.
• Out of the city there are temples on the hills, another place where sunset are particularly impressive.
• The beach in the north is busier than that in the south. The best areas to enjoy the beach and sea is a little further out of town where there is no pollution. Bai Xep about 10 km to the south is both fishing village and beach.
• The Port where the fishing boats come in is very interesting. It may not be the cleanest area because it is a working environment.
• Quy Nhon Museum is little but interesting, especially if it is raining and you want something to do.
• Traditional Vietnamese martial arts may interest you and if you have time go along and watch or even learn.
Vietnam tour packages include accommodation but independent travellers stopping off in Quy Nhon will find plenty of alternatives of a bed for the night.