The Beaches in Quy Nhon City - Binh Dinh: Maldives of Vietnam
Besides soft white sandy beaches and a clear, turquoise sea, Quy Nhon in Binh Dinh Province has much more to offer to visitors.
Quy Nhon City located in Binh Dinh Province is recognized as one of the three main tourist spots of Vietnam's south central coastal region along with Nha Trang and Da Nang Cities.
The City is blessed with about 42km long coastline, diverse topography comprising mountains, forests, lagoons, lakes, rivers, salt marshes, plains, peninsulas and islands, abundant seafood and natural resources.
What is the Best Time to visit Quy Nhon?
The best time to visit Quy Nhon City is from January to August, when the temperature is relatively warm most of the time. When summer comes from April to Sep, the weather will get gradually a bit hotter.
From September to December will be rainy season. There will be likely more rain and potentially some storms, which can prevent you from going on the beach, boat tours or exploring the town fully.
How to get to Quy Nhon City in Binh Dinh Province?
The best and fastest way to get to Quy Nhon from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is by flight. Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar (Pacific Airlines), and Bamboo Airways all have daily direct flights to Phu Cat Airport in Quy Nhon City.
From Phu Cat Airport, travelers can either hop on a shuttle bus or grab a taxi to the town's center around 35 km (21 miles) away and usually take about 30 – 45 minutes.
Quy Nhon City is around 650 km from HCMC, from where there are also the options of open public bus and train. Both bus and train stations are in the downtown area of the city.
It usually take around 12 hours by public bus and the fare starts at around VND220,000 ($9.5). Visitors should choose an overnight sleeping bus to arrive in the city by morning.
The train journey from HCMC takes approximately 13 hours and fares range from VND252,000 ($11) for a seater to about VND442,000 ($19) for a sleeper berth. The price also varies depending on the train number and day of travel.
Where to stay in Quy Nhon City?
Quy Nhon City does have a few high-end accommodation with hotels and resorts, room tariffs ranging from VND1.5 - 5 million VND per night ($65 - 215). There are also cheaper options of accommodation available.
For a more udget-friendly and authentic experience, travelers can choose a homestay, which costs from VND100,000 - 300,000 ($4.3 - 13) per person per night.
Trung Luong Camping Site is a good option for those who like to be close to nature. The camping site is hidden in a small valley by the beach, is about 30 km from the city's center and 10 km from Ky Co Beach, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Quy Nhon. A tent for two people here costs about VND300,000 ($13)
What is the Best Things to see in Quy Nhon?
Eo Gio (Windy Pass): Eo Gio together with Ky Co Beach, is the most famous tourist attraction in Quy Nhon. This is a part of a strait in Nhon Ly Commune, 20km from the city. Eo Gio is located between two tall rocky cliffs that drop into the clear waters of the sea below, giving it an amazing crescent shape.
Though it’s not really safe to swim here since the waves are very strong, visitors can enjoy a nice walk and catch some cool sea breeze on the small winding walkway, that is built on the side of the mountain. This will be an unforgettable experience as one is surrounded by pristine nature, with the blue sky above your head and blue ocean at your foot.
Ky Co Beach: Located on Nhon Ly Island, 25 km away and a 20-minute boat ride from Quy Nhon City, Ky Co Beach is fondly dubbed the "Maldives of Vietnam". On one side of Ky Co is magnificent rocky mountains, and the other is the calm turquoise sea.
Here, visitors can dive in to discover the corals, have a dip in the very cool water, relax on the soft golden sand beach, or discover some other beautiful beaches in Ky Co hidden between the mountains cliffs.
Hon Kho (Dry Island): Hon Kho island is part of Nhon Hai Commune, 15km from Quy Nhon City. From Nhon Hai Port, you need to take a 10-15 minute boat ride to reach the island. Like many other places in Quy Nhon, Hon Kho is also blessed with a beautiful soft white sandy beach and clear blue waters.
Very popular activities here are snorkeling to see the corals reef, swimming in the clear ocean, taking a very relaxing walk on the boardwalk and capturing scenic photos or selfies. Exploring the rocky mountain and visit to the sandbar leading to the island are also worth a try.
Additionally, since the main occupation of local here is fishing, visitors can try some fresh and reasonably priced seafood.
Cu Lao Xanh (Green Islet): This 360 ha island is located in Nhon Chau Commune, about 24 km away from Quy Nhon City. As the name suggests - "xanh" is Vietnamese for both green and blue - the island is fully covered in green mountains and lush forests and surrounded by the clear blue water. Visitors can easily go swimming or diving anywhere on the island with its clean water, calm sea, and white sandy beach.
Besides, one can try to have camping and BBQ with the freshest seafood right on the beach or go for hiking to explore the mountains.
Ham Ho: Located around 50km to the northwest of Quy Nhon City, right below the mountain range of Truong Son, this tourist spot is famous for its charming and pristine landscapes and beautiful Kut River. Go for kayak or boat ride on the river and discover giant granite stones in curious shapes and a majestic waterfall. Ham Ho also has many significant historical spots. Other activities visitors can do here are fishing, cave exploring and camping.
Cham Towers: Binh Dinh province has the highest number of Champa-era ruins in Vietnam. The Champa (or Cham) were an indigenous people who settled from south-central Vietnam to Cambodia. Quy Nhon City used to be one of their sea ports between the 11th and 15th centuries, and so it is not a surprise that there is an impressive double Cham tower (Thap Doi) situated in the heart of the town.
If you want to see more, head to Banh It, another Cham Tower located on a hill about 15 minutes away from the city. Once up the hill, visitors can see the Cham tower and get a beautiful view of the coast, rice paddies and hills in the background.
There are also many other places to visit in Quy Nhon City, including the FLC Zoo Safari Park, Hai Minh fishing village, Thi Nai Lagoon, Phuong Mai sand dunes, Ba Mountain, Hon Nuoc Lighthouse, and some pristine islands.
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