TRAVEL GUIDE Phu Yen

As a coastal province in the South Central Coast region, Phu Yen has three sides bordering mountains and a diverse system of rivers, lagoons, bays and islands. This destination still has many beautiful, wild and mysterious landscapes.

What season is beautiful in Phu Yen?

Phu Yen climate has two distinct seasons. The rainy season is from September to December. Therefore, for the most convenient sightseeing, you should come here in the dry season from January to August. In addition, you can also arrange to come on festive occasions, and listen to the singing of huts, a tourist attraction. national intangible cultural heritage. Summer Phu Yen not only gives visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the blue sea but also is an ideal spot for photographers as well as an adventure place for young backpackers.

The easternmost point of Mui Dien (or Dai Lanh Cape) is the place to catch the earliest sunrise on the mainland in Vietnam. Photo: Le Chi Trung

Move

Phu Yen is about 1,200 km from Hanoi and 500 km from Ho Chi Minh City, visitors have many transportation options such as plane, train, car. The airport and train station in Phu Yen are both Tuy Hoa.

Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways, and VietJet Air all have flights to Tuy Hoa, from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, round-trip ticket prices range from 1.5 million to 5 million VND depending on the time. The airport is about 10 km from Tuy Hoa city center.

Trains cost from 400,000 to 1,000,000 VND depending on the type of seat and place of departure. If you take a sleeper bus from Ho Chi Minh City, you depart from the Eastern bus station, and take the 5pm or 6pm bus to Phu Yen early in the morning. The round trip ticket price is 540,000 VND per person.

Many tourists choose to rent a self-driving car or motorbike in the combined journey of Phu Yen and Quy Nhon tourism, rent a car at one point and pay at the other point. The distance between these two places is about 90 km.

Fishermen catching anchovies in the waters around Hon Yen. Photo: Le Chi Trung

Hotel

Phu Yen in general and Tuy Hoa, in particular, have few resorts and high-class hotels. Budget hotels and motels in the city average 150,000 to 300,000 VND per night. Some luxury resorts include Rosa Alba Resort, Sala Grand Tuy Hoa Hotel, and Saigon Phu Yen Hotel… room rates range from VND 700,000 to VND 5,000,000 per night. Farther from the center, there are Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho in Song Cau town, priced from 10,000,000 VND per night.

Phu Yen’s Zannier Hotel is at the top of the world’s best in 2021. Photo: Booking

Where to play?

Four days is enough for you to visit the tourist attractions of the ” land of yellow flowers and green grass “. From Tuy Hoa, you can schedule a schedule in the south and north directions. If you don’t have enough time, you can spend two days.

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This is one of the most famous landscapes of Phu Yen. From a distance, Ganh Da Dia looks like a giant beehive with square blocks lined up together reaching out to the sea. The rocky beach is likened to thousands of black pearls that stand out among the blue sea and white waves. You also see the fisherman’s basket boats moored, creating harmony and tranquility for the poetic coastal picture.

Photo: Le Chi Trung
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Ganh Lights

The attraction is located about 1 km north of Ganh Da Dia, in An Ninh Dong commune, Tuy An district. Ganh Den lighthouse has two colors, red and white, with a height of 22 m above sea level, emitting light for ships entering and leaving Xuan Dai Bay. Standing on Ganh Den, you can observe the vast sea to the east and the scene of fishing boats.

Photo: Le Chi Trung

Bai Xep

Bai Xep is a place where you can stand precariously on the high cliffs and watch the emerald green sea below. Bai Xep is located in An Chan commune, Tuy Hoa city, with a coastline of about 500 m and owns a golden sand beach, a vast casuarina forest and precarious cliffs full of cacti. This place is the filming location of the famous movie ” I see yellow flowers on green grass “.

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Electric Cape

Dai Lanh or Mui Dien has very beautiful sandy slopes. Following the trail, you can go to Dai Lanh lighthouse, from here, you can see the vast sea, watching the ships go up and down the sea. This is the place to see the earliest sunrise in Vietnam. This lighthouse is up to 100 years old and still works. The entrance fee is about 10,000 VND per person.

Mui Dien saw from above looks like a miniature map of Vietnam. Photo: @anhtai.bber/Instagram

Vung Ro Bay

On the way back to Tuy Hoa, you can stop to see Vung Ro Bay and hear more about the Ho Chi Minh Trail on the sea. Then, if you are still interested in exploring, learn how the locals catch lobsters and observe the pace of life of the fishermen.

Xom Ro moss beach

Xom Ro moss beach is located in Phu Dong ward, Tuy Hoa city, Phu Yen province. With the rough concrete rocks lying under the sea, green moss has sprouted, attracting tourists and young people. The green moss clings to the rock, and is more beautiful when each wave hits the shore, blending with the silver color of the seawater. Don’t forget to capture these one-of-a-kind moments.

Photo: Mac Dang More

Nhan Mountain

This is a mountain about 60 m high above sea level, looking from afar it looks like a swallow spreading its wings. On the mountain, there is an 800-year-old ancient tower built according to the artistic architecture of the Cham people. Standing from the top, you can have a panoramic view of Tuy Hoa city, and admire the beauty of the green patches of the sea, trees and houses.

Photo: Quynh Tran

Mang Lang Church

Photo: Quynh Tran

This is one of the oldest ancient churches in Vietnam, located on the banks of the Ky Lo River. Mang Lang Church was built in Gothic architecture with classical decorative patterns and dominant gray-blue colors.

This is the place to keep the first Vietnamese book printed in Quoc Ngu script compiled by priest Alexandre de Rhodes.

O Loan Lagoon

As a national scenic relic recognized in 1996, the lagoon has a water surface area of ​​1,570 ha, an average depth of about 1.3 m, connecting to the East Sea through the Le Thinh and Tan Quy estuaries. Here you can enjoy the famous oysters and blood cockles. Walk around and admire the captivating beauty of the lagoon landscape. You can wait until the afternoon to watch the sunset.

Sunset on O Loan lagoon inspires many professional and amateur photographers. Photo: Le Chi Trung

Mr. Tiger Bridge

Ong Cop Temple Wooden Bridge (also known as Ong Cop Bridge, Binh Thanh, Tuy An) This is the longest wooden bridge in Vietnam. In addition to being an attraction, the Ong Cop bridge is also a shortcut leading to famous landscapes in Phu Yen such as Ganh Da Dia, O Loan lagoon, Mang Lang church, Tam Giang dam…

Located less than a hundred meters from National Highway 1 – the section near the slope of Vuon Mango, the bridge crosses the Binh Ba River (with a map saying it is Phu Ngan River). The bridge connects the northern villages of An Ninh Tay commune, Tuy An district with Xuan Dai ward, Song Cau town.

Surrounding the bridge is a vast river. Photo: Hoang Linh Ha

Nghinh Phong Square

The most ideal time to take pictures is early morning and early afternoon because of the few people and nice light. Photo: Dong Ngo

The square is located at the junction of Nguyen Huu Tho and Doc Lap streets, Tuy Hoa city, featuring the Nghinh Phong twin towers between the blue sea on one side and a straight line on the other. The unique architecture of the tower is inspired by Ganh Da Dia – the symbol of Phu Yen tourism and the legend of “The Dragon and the Fairy”.

The tower consists of 2 sides with 50 adjacent stone blocks on each side, in the middle of the two tallest rocks is a slit that can only hold two people, but every time the wind blows through, it will make a sound like music. The stone blocks are built of reinforced concrete, outside covered with granite.

Besides the twin towers, visitors can visit and take pictures in the parking area, embankment, walking path… also on the square. Especially at night, at the twin towers, there is a vivid 3D mapping and laser light show.

Hon Yen

More than 20 km from Tuy Hoa city, Hon Yen in Nhon Hoi village, Tuy An district is a favorite check-in point not only for tourists but also for photographers thanks to its colorful and shaped terrestrial coral reefs. .

Visitors do not have to take a boat to the middle of the sea, but only when the tide recedes, they can see the coral. According to local people, the tide is only low in the afternoon of the first days of the month, or the middle of the lunar month. Each wave of water is usually 2-3 days long, revealing layers of thorny rocks and romantic golden sand.

Green moss clings to the rocks, in the distance is a view of Yen island (right) and Dun island (left), located about 100 meters from the shore.
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If you have time to dive far, visitors can also admire the larger coral blocks below the water surface east of Hon Yen, but must go at least 2 people. However, when watching or photographing corals, it is necessary to pay attention to choosing a location to avoid stepping on them, and at the same time not litter indiscriminately to protect the marine environment.

Terrestrial coral beach in Hon Yen. Photo: Nguyen Ngoc Thien

Nhat Tu Son

Nhat Tu Son is one of the most beautiful islands of Xuan Dai Bay, located in Xuan Tho 1 commune, Song Cau town. According to National Highway 1A, this island is located in the north of Phu Yen province, about 50 km from Tuy Hoa city center. The unique thing about Nhat Tu Son is that the road crosses the sea to the island, which is submerged under the water and only revealed by the receding tide, creating a breathtaking landscape full of stimulation for visitors.

Nhat Tu Son is called “Diep Son of Phu Yen province”. Photo: Le Chi Trung

Abyss Waterfall

Vuc Hom Waterfall is located in Vinh Xuan village, An Linh commune, Tuy An district, about 45 km from Tuy Hoa city. This is a waterfall located between basalt columns formed by nature in the same way as Ganh Da Dia of Phu Yen, so it is also known as “Ganh Da Dia on land”. The road to get here is not easy, but when you reach the finish line, you will be overwhelmed by the majestic scenery of the natural waterfall falling from a height of 20 meters. At the foot of the waterfall is a large, cool lake, surrounded by green forest trees.

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Video: Vo Nguyen Hung

This place is very suitable for those who love camping, hiding in the hot nature of the mountains or like hunting photos. Because the area of ​​Vuc Hom waterfall is still unspoiled, there is no service, so visitors exploring should pay attention to going in groups, clean up trash before returning and not play risky games.

Ho Son Air Conditioning Pond

Spreading along both sides of Tran Phu Street, Tuy Hoa City, the lake was built with the main function of drainage, anti-flooding and climate regulation, but combining the green areas along the lakeside, bridges and roads, so the scenery is poetic and attractive. The highlight here is the bridge across the lake and the curving curves of the lake’s edge. Although newly completed and put into operation, this place has become a “hot” rendezvous for young people to take pictures to check-in, admire the scenery, or simply go for a walk.

Ho Son conditioning reservoir is located in Ward 5 (Tuy Hoa City), adjacent to Nguyen Trai, Tran Phu, Dien Bien Phu and Mau Than streets. Photo: Gia Thinh

Van Hoa Plateau

As a fertile basalt red soil plateau, Van Hoa is located in the territory of 3 communes Son Dinh, Son Long, and Son Xuan in Son Hoa district and a part of Tuy An district, about 40 km from Tuy Hoa city. This place is likened to “Da Lat of Phu Yen” thanks to its location at an altitude of 400 m, when the climate is cool, sunny, windy and often cloudy.

The road leading to the Van Hoa plateau will pass through the vast fields of sugarcane grass, melaleuca, corn, cassava, pepper … green enough to make visitors fall in love. Although there are not many tourist services here, there is no shortage of attractions and check-ins such as Uncle Ho church, Tra Ke church, Ede village, Ba Ha river hydroelectric dam, Don market, and Camping campsite. trip…

Suggested schedule

Day 1: Nhan Tower, Long Thuy beach, Bai Xep

Day 2: Ganh Da Dia, Ganh Den lighthouse, O Loan lagoon, Dai Lanh lighthouse – Mui Dien, Bai Mon

Day 3: Dai Lanh, Vung Ro, Diep Son island

Day 4: Mang Lang Church, Tuy An wooden bridge, Xom Ro moss beach

Specialties

Tuna is a specialty you should not miss. Which, tuna eyes with traditional medicine, tuna stomach salad and tuna with broccoli are the most popular dishes because of their delicious taste and high nutritional value. Visitors can go to restaurants on Le Duan Street, or Bach Dang embankment… to enjoy tuna eyes, priced at 40,000 VND apiece.

O Loan lagoon blood cockles are attractive thanks to the pink and red meat that is processed into many dishes such as rare grilled, fried tamarind, steamed, salad… Which, the most attractive is the roasted blood cockle with salt and chili. This dish has a sweet, mildly spicy and seductive aroma.

Phu Yen chicken rice is not as famous as Hoi An or Tam Ky, but it is still a specialty that should be tried. The chicken here is crispy, low in fat, golden and sweet. The accompanying vegetables include cucumbers, pickled onions and pickles. The suggested address is 189 Le Thanh Ton, 245 Le Trung Kien, 23 Phan Dinh Phung.

Photo: Tu Nhi

Steamed scad is served with rice paper, raw vegetables and spicy dipping sauce or seasoning fish sauce. This dish has a natural sweetness, firm fish flesh, fragrant onions and typical spices.

Oyster porridge is very popular with Phu Yen people. The way to make this dish is not too complicated. Preliminary oysters are stir-fried with onions, salt and pepper, then simmered with red rice, and sticky rice. You should eat oyster porridge while it is still hot to fully feel the sweet aroma of the dish.

Chives soup cake at Tuy Hoa market. Photo: @tontran8588/Instagram

The shallot soup has a soft, chewy texture, is not friable, and is eaten with sea fish cakes. The highlight of the soup bowl is the green chives and the attractive smell. This dish is sold all day so you can easily find it. The suggested address is the Banh Chung shop at the city post office at the intersection of Ngo Quyen and Tran Hung Dao.

One-sun beef is made from fresh beef thighs and loin, marinated with spices such as sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, and chili peppers and dried for one day. When eating, the meat is cooked over charcoal and then pounded until soft. This dish is served with herbs, and cucumber and dipped with weaver ant salt.

Cha Dong is a specialty of Phu Yen province. Thunderstorm meat is available in the summer and people usually catch it on the sandy beach. Sausage served with raw vegetables. This dish has a unique taste with the price of only from 20,000 to 40,000 VND for about 3-4 people to eat. The suggested address is 92 Nguyen Cong Tru.

Banh Beo in Phu Yen is not like other places because it has a special aromatic and flexible taste. The cake is placed in small bowls, and topped with deep-fried bread, cotton wool and onion fat. When eating, diners only need to add a little sweet and sour fish sauce, and use a spoon to scoop up hot cakes. The price for a cake tray from 8 to 10 cups is about 10,000 to 15,000 VND. Suggested address: 3 Le Trung Kien – Tan Da (foot of Nhan mountain).

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Pork belly cake is sprinkled with onion fat, served with rice paper rolls, raw vegetables, dipped with chili garlic fish sauce. In particular, this dish is also served with a bowl of hot porridge. One portion costs 20,000 – 25,000 VND. The recommended cake shops are 96 Duy Tan, 118 Hung Vuong, next to National Highway 1A…

Phu Yen jumping shrimp pancake is molded with a small mold, just as big as a spreading hand. Each time, visitors can eat up to a few dishes without getting bored. Phu Yen people often eat pancakes with rice paper and vegetables, dipped with sweet and sour fish sauce or seasoning fish sauce. Some suggested addresses are 303 Le Duan, 25/6 Chu Manh Trinh with prices from 8,000 – 10,000 VND each.

Seafood is a suitable choice for lunch in Phu Yen. The sidewalk restaurant at 43 Tran Quy Cap is considered by many locals to be the best in Phu Yen, only selling from 13:00 to 16:00. The shop sells a variety of seafood such as grilled feather scallops with shallots, snails cooked with pandan leaves, blood cockles, scallops, nail snails, snails, snails… Each plate costs from 20,000 to 40,000 VND.

Snail dipping sauce is diverse, with typical features such as lemon-lime salt with a mild sour taste and red chili sticky salt with a spicy taste. Photo: Tu Nhi

What to buy as a gift

Frozen seafood such as tuna eyes, tuna fillet, squid rice… are often canned by tourists. In addition, you can buy a sunny day beef, rice paper, anchovy sauce or ready-made medicinal herbs to mix into a refreshing summer drink such as persimmon, soybean sprouts, royal virgin… or products . fine art products from snail shells as gifts for relatives and friends.

Panorama of the coastal protection corridor of Phu Yen, area of ​​Le Thinh Resettlement Area, Phu Luong village, An Ninh Dong commune, Tuy An district. Photo: Le Chi Trung

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