PHU YEN PROVINCE – THE LAND OF PEACE
Phu Yen province with unspoiled beauty which hasn’t been fully explored will be an attractive destination for backpackers. It lies along the south central coast of Vietnam. Phu Yen connects 2 beautiful passes: Cu Mong pass- Binh Dinh Province and Ca pass-Khanh Hoa. Let backpack and enjoy the free road here.
Capital: Tuy Hoa
Population: 961,152 (2019)
Ethinicities: Vietnamese, Ede, Cham…
Phu Yen in Vietnamese means “land of peace” with over 70% residents living in the countryside. God have given to this area the rich soil, favorable weather. People here is so friendly, honest, they live simply and satisfy with their live. They are willing to invite you a beer or wine in their own house if you greet and talk to them. Phu Yen Province– central Viet Nam seem to be an ideal stop for backpackers who travel from the north to the south Viet Nam.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT PHU YEN PROVINCE
Phu Yen province climate is affected by ocean and hot and humid monsoon, so it usually rains from September to December, sometimes including storm and flood.
The dry season lasts from January to August and the average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius. It is rather hot in these days, but definitely you won’t feel uncomfortable because of no traffic jam, no high building, and many trees here.
My advice is visiting Phu Yen Province on January or February. At this time, the weather is warm, pleasant and sometimes breezy. There are also more cultural festivals than normal.
PHU YEN PROVINCE’S CULTURE AND HIGHLIGHTS
Top cultural and historical destination in Phu yen province
O Loan lagoon festival
Residents held this festival on lunar new year to show faith, respect, gratitude to the god, Poseidon, mountain god… and pray for the new year lucky and rich. The activity lasts within 1 day including boat race, fish tossing activity, pannier race, hat boi…
It is located in the city center. You have to walk up to 60 m above sea level and from here, you can see all the city. In the past, Nhan tower is a place of worship of the gods according to the beliefs of the Cham people.
An Tho capital
Belongs to archaeological relics. It is the political, cultural and social centre of Phu Yen Province under the war against the French. It remains the historical stories in Can Vuong revolution in Phu Yen as well as the childhood of general secretary Tran Phu.
Luong Van Chanh temple
It’s built to be grateful and show honor to Luong Van Chanh – the founder of Phu Yen, including temple and tomb. The temple remains the architecture of the 30s of the 17th century. The Luong Van Chanh festival takes place every year to remind people of source and unite residents.
Special features of Phu yen province- don’t miss
Phu Yen Province is famous for fishing village and fish sauce making village a long time before. Tuna eye, O Loan lagoon oysters is two of the most famous dishes you must try when coming here. Besides that, sea snails, Huynh De crab, tuna stomach salad, echinus is included should-try list. The street food here is very various: banh xeo with seafood, grilled chopped fish, noodle with the special sauce, banh beo…in the cheap price you can find nowhere. Please discover here: top-food must try and address in Phu yen Province.
It is uncompleted-journey to visit Phu Yen province without enjoying yourself in the blue, clean ocean under the sunshine. You can get beach wherever you are, even the city center or the north and south of Phu Yen.
In the city, Tuy Hoa beach lasts 10km. You can go along the Hung Vuong street and drop at a square named “1-4” because the beach here has more services than other.
In the north, there are some beaches you can get: Vinh Hoa beach, Cu Lao Mai Nha island, Long Thuy beach, Hon Yen beach… Highlight is the clear blue sea even you can see starfish and coral.
In the south, let start the trip at 4am to reach Bai Mon beach and be the first person in Viet Nam to see aurora. Or you can visit Vung Ro beach and save experience sitting on the boat, fishing and eating there. Blue sky, clean sea and white sand will be unforgettable memory for you here.
You can choose Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar from HCMC or HaNoi to go there. The round-trip price: VND 1500000-VND 1900000
Tuy Hoa airport is 10 km far from the city center. Taking a taxi is the safe and quick way to reach the city.
You can easily get bus from other provinces to Phu Yen.
The price from HCM is about VND 200000 for normal bus and VND 400000 for limousine one.
The price from Ha Noi is about VND 600000.
Travel in city center by bus is impossible.
The Tuy Hoa station is located in city center.
From Ha Noi, you can take the train SE3 at evening and stop at Tuy Hoa station at 7pm the next day. Price: VND 500000-VND 1300000 depends on your seat.
From HCMC, you can take the train SE2, SE4 at evening and stop at Tuy Hoa station in the next morning. Price: VND 500000 – VND 1000000 depends on your seat.
Many backpackers also plan to visit Phu Yen by motorbike. To get there, you must pass the Ca pass from the south or Cu Mong pass from the north. I believe it’s completely worthy of your expectation.
HOW TO TRAVEL HERE
Phu Yen is named as “the land of wanderer”. Therefore, travelling by motorbike seems the best and most convenient way to go around the city and discover the beautiful endless road here.
In fact, bus and walking is impossible.
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