TRAVEL GUIDE Ninh Thuan

Ninh Thuan is located in the South Central region, the provincial capital is Phan Rang – Thap Cham city, 340 km from Ho Chi Minh City, bordering Khanh Hoa to the north and Binh Thuan to the south. Ninh Thuan has Nui Chua, which has just been recognized by UNESCO as a new biosphere reserve of the world.

Vinh Hy Bay – Ninh Thuan. Photo: Nguyen Van Quang

What season is beautiful in Ninh Thuan?

Ninh Thuan is often called “the land of sunshine and wind” because it has a dry, hot climate with little rain. The rainy season is usually only about two months, from September to November, the rest is the dry season, the temperature ranges from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius.

Move

There are many means of transportation to Ninh Thuan. If you take the train, you get off at Thap Cham station. If you take a plane, the nearest airport is Cam Ranh (Khanh Hoa), nearly 70 km from Phan Rang – Thap Cham city. Other vehicles such as cars or motorbikes can move smoothly on National Highway 1 or coastal roads.

Stay

Ninh Thuan does not have as many hotel systems as famous tourist destinations. Some 3-4 star hotels located along Ninh Chu beach such as Hoan My, Saigon – Ninh Chu, Aniise, and Long Thuan… cost from 1 to more than 2 million VND per night. In the city center of Phan Rang – Thap Cham, there are mainly 2-star hotels or budget motels, with prices ranging from 300,000 VND to about 500,000 VND per night.

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Amanoi Resort. Photo: Nguyen Thanh Tung

However, Ninh Thuan has a 6-star resort called Amanoi in the Vinh Hy Bay area, with room rates from 20 million VND per night. In addition, if you like to be in harmony with nature, you can go to the Tanyoli tourist area and spend the night in Mongolian tents.

Where to play?

Nui Chua National Park

Nui Chua National Park is located in Ninh Hai and Thuan Bac districts, with a total area of ​​nearly 30,000 hectares. The park has 330 species of terrestrial vertebrates with 84 species of mammals, 163 species of birds, and 83 species of reptiles – amphibians… It also has more than 1,500 species of higher vascular plants belonging to 5 different plant branches. , many species of flora and fauna are listed in national and international red books.

The national park also has hundreds of coral species, sea turtle populations… Ninh Thuan develops eco-tourism in the Nui Chua area, with climbing activities, camping, a limited number of people and registration required. prior to.

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Vinh Hy Bay

Vinh Hy Bay is a destination not to be missed when coming to Ninh Thuan. This is a place that has just been recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as a scenic national relic. In Vinh Hy, you can rent a motorbike and roam around on Nuoc Ngot road winding around the coast. There are also glass bottom boats for rent here to explore the coral world.

Rai Cave

About 35 km from Phan Rang city, Rai cave belongs to Nui Chua National Park, not only has the terrain of mountains that break waves, overlapping each other to create beautiful caves, but also a living area for otters as well as the origin of the name. This is also the place with the most beautiful coral beach in the region, stretching for kilometers, with many species and colors creating a colorful picture. Hang Rai is a favorite hunting spot for photographers. The ticket price to visit Rai cave is 20,000 VND per person.

Rai cave dawn. Photo: Nguyen Van Hop

Sea Route

Phan Rang – Vinh Hy – Cam Ranh and Phan Rang – Binh Thuan are two sea routes with beautiful natural landscapes. From Phan Rang city, following the coastal road to the North and South, visitors will enjoy the scenery of green beaches, white salt fields, sheep grazing fields, vineyards… Part of the new UNESCO-recognized Nui Chua biosphere reserve is also located on this road.

Bau Truc Pottery Village

Bau Truc ancient pottery village, 10 km south of Phan Rang – Thap Cham center. This place is considered as a museum of traditional pottery of the Cham people in Ninh Thuan province, a national intangible cultural heritage. Coming to the village, visitors have the opportunity to show off their pottery skills or buy pottery as souvenirs for 30,000 – 100,000 VND.

Poklong Garai Tower and Cham culture

The tower is located on Trau hill, built by the Cham people at the end of the 13th century to worship King Poklong Garai (1151-1205), a king with great merits in ruling the country. Symbolizing Mount Meru in Hindu beliefs, the tower cluster has a solid architecture despite going through many ups and downs in the history of the ancient Panduranga land. In July of the Cham calendar, if you visit the tower, you will immerse yourself in the Kate festival atmosphere with many rituals and traditional Cham dances and music.

Photo: Bao Nghi

Stone Park

In the population of Nui Chua National Park, there is a rock park, located in Thai An village, Vinh Hai commune, Ninh Hai district, about 30 km east of Phan Rang city. The entire park has an area of ​​​​2 hectares, newly discovered around 2014, and still retains its wild features. The park is located close to the beach, in the middle of the low thorny forest. There is a ranger station here, so you need to register in advance to visit.

Vineyard

Ninh Thuan is a province with hot weather all year round, but suitable for grape and apple farming. In addition to the two main grape varieties, red and green grapes, Ninh Thuan people also grow black grapes used to make wine. On the Ninh Thuan – Nha Trang road, visitors will see thousands of vineyards and apples, can combine rest, visit An Thai and Ba Moi vineyards… take pictures, pick fruits and buy products from grapes.

Thai An Vineyard. Photo: Huy Khang

Nam Cuong Sand Dunes

Located about 8 km southeast of Phan Rang – Thap Cham, spread over an area of ​​nearly 700 hectares, Nam Cuong sand dunes are likened to a sub-desert. This place is almost untouched, curled up in the silence of heaven and earth. Coming here, visitors can choose to transform into Cham girls to take beautiful photos.

Mui Dinh

Due to its rather remote location, and difficult road, Dinh Cape has only been known for a few years, so the scenery still retains its pristine features. In Mui Dinh, there is a lighthouse built in 1904, which is an ideal place to watch the sunrise and sunset on the sea. When you reach the top of the lighthouse, you will admire the majestic natural scenery. On the way to Dinh cape, you will pass by the pristine Ca Na beach and can check in with a rather special stacked rock .

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Eat what

Can cake

As a specialty of Ninh Thuan, Banh Can is molded from rice flour with a “topping” of eggs, meat, shrimp, fresh squid… Depending on the taste of the person who enjoys it, the cake is taken when it’s just cooked, then dropped in. a bowl with chopped scallions. In Ninh Thuan, diners can enjoy Banh Can with a bowl of light braised fish sauce (cooked from fish, onions and melon) or seasoned fish sauce, different from the way Da Lat people eat.

Lamb

Sheep are one of the animals that are raised a lot in Ninh Thuan. Their food is natural plants. Ninh Thuan lamb is soft, sweet and delicious. There are many diverse dishes from lamb that you can enjoy such as grilled, fried, steamed lamb…

Fish cake soup

In the morning in Ninh Thuan, enjoying fish cake soup will be appropriate. You will feel the natural sweetness of the bar broth cooked from the bones of different types of sea fish. The fish cakes are soft and chewy, helping to stimulate the taste buds.

Phan Rang Chicken Rice

Phan Rang chicken rice is one of the popular dishes for locals and tourists. The special feature of this dish is that it is cooked with sticky, fragrant rice mixed with a little turmeric powder to create color. Chicken is firm and naturally sweet due to being free-ranged. Before cooking, the rice is washed, and marinated with ginger and crushed garlic to create an aroma. Special dipping sauce with crushed garlic chili or dried roasted chili salt.

Assorted seafood

Ninh Thuan has sea and seafood as delicious as any other region in the country. All kinds of snails, squid, shrimp, crab, urchin… with pretty cheap price. Fresh seafood, steamed or grilled, more sophisticated, a little onion fat is the best. It is best not to add any extra ingredients, which will lose the fresh and unique flavor of each type.

Apricot fish salad

Wet apricot fish salad in Ninh Thuan. Photo: Tam Anh

Mai fish is a clear fish, about the size of an index finger, like anchovies but less fishy, ​​so it can be a suitable salad. Mai fish salad has two types: dry and wet. When eating the salad, you squeeze more lemon to cook the fish, mix it with herbs, and roasted peanuts and scoop out the grilled rice paper. As for the wet salad, marinate the fish in a special dipping sauce, made with peanuts and some spices, and roll rice paper with vegetables.

Featured activities

– Rent a boat to visit Vinh Hy Bay, have a glass bottom or snorkel to see coral
– Trekking and camping on Nui Chua 2 days and 1 night
– Hunting in Rai cave, rock park, wind power field, coastal road. ..
– Visit vineyards, sheep fields, Poklong Garai towers, salt fields, green moss fields…
– Camping in Binh Tien beach

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