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ABOUT QUY NHON CITY

Quy Nhon city (or Qui Nhon city) is located in the central province – Binh Dinh entices travelers with its diversity of beauty spots, countryside villages, rice fields, beaches and especially traditional festivals of Champa culture – the powerful Kingdom had reigned this place for over 1,000 years. Many attractions are still hidden gems. Binh Dinh province was used to be a home of a Vietnamese King-Quang Trung because of its nature. His palace is now a historical spot for travelers in Tay Son (50km from north Quy Nhon city). Quang Trung King is the one who invented the rice paper during the war-time. Therefore, Quy Nhon city as well as Binh Dinh province has a lot of things to discover for backpackers in Vietnam.

HOW TO GET TO QUY NHON CITY?

Binh Dinh is about 600 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City and 1,000 kilometers from Ha Noi. Backpackers can fly from Tan Son Nhat International Airport or Noi Bai International Airport to Phu Cat Airport with the cost around VND 1,000,000- 2,500,000. From the airport, you can follow the Airport bus parking just in front the etrance. Fee: VND 50,000/pax to go to the city center. The journey will take around 40Mins.

Other transportation means are train & bus. I recommended train because the sightseeing is very nice with the country side of central Vietnam. Quy Nhon city is also counted in a motorbike trip. It was lovely to stop & relax in this small beach town just to feel the normal beat of life.  

There are some highlights in Quy Nhon city that is up-and-coming backpacker destination. It will take you 4 or 5 days here to enjoy all the best of this beach town. The major route for this trip between the region’s city is Highway 1 – the largest nation road.

TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN QUY NHON CITY

Northern Quy Nhon - Nhon Ly

Nhon Ly – Photo by W.H Nomad

GHỀNH RÁNG

This attraction is located in the city center, 2km heading south. Gềnh Ráng is known as a historical place of a Vietnam famous poet  – Hàn Mạc Tử (1912-1940). His gravestone was moved to this place and became a literary symbol when local people tell about Quy Nhon city. You can visit the little souvenir stores that still reserve his poems in many creative ways. There you’ll get the view of an egg-shape rocky beach also the full view of the main beach – Xuan Dieu.

You need to buy an entrance ticket which is quite cheap. It doesn’t allow vehicles so you need to park outside. From the entrance take a little walk up to the hill. You can find a few local cafe/ restaurant inside.

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TWIN TOWER – THÁP ĐÔI

Twin towers is a unique architectural work – the cultural symbol of Quy Nhon. This place is a beautiful and unique project of ancient Cham art architecture, located in the center of Quy Nhon city, very convenient for visitors to visit, find understand.

The tower is located on an area of ​​about 6,000 m2 and is adorned with green grass and shady trees, is an ideal place for visitors to stop for sightseeing. Thap Doi is one of eight remaining Cham towers in Binh Dinh today, one of the Cham cultural and architectural relics with unique religious colors.

Ticket price for visiting Thap Doi Quy Nhon is 8,000 VND / person, and parking is 5,000 VND. Time to visit is 7h-11h30 and 13h30-17h, all days of the week.

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EO GIO

Eo Gio is 20 kilometers in the north of Quy Nhon city center, the landscape is famous for its beautiful beach. Notice: Eo Gio is not for someone who wants to swim. This is, to me, very touristy. Personally, I don’t recommend Eo Gio. It’s hidden in a fishing village of Nhon Ly town. You can rent a motorbike to go to this place, park the vehicles in nearby houses and walking about 100m will reach Eo Gio or catch a taxi with the cost about VND200,000 and then take the canoe there.

Entrance fee: 1 USD (23,000 VND). Go there if you want to take a photo, not a place for chilling or resting.

The fishing village is worth a visit because there are many beautiful pagodas in this semi-island. Next to Eo Gio, there are 2 pagodas with golden Buddhist statues. Spend some times to walk around. All of the Vietnam temples & pagodas are free to visit. Just dress properly. Means no short, no tank top.

KY CO - QUY NHON CITY

 

You will feel peaceful by the clear blue water, by the high rocky cliffs with many strange shapes embracing the whole sea, by feeling on the rocks, listening to the sea breeze blowing in the ear. Everything is just breath-taking.

A lot of Asian tourists come here for taking photos.

EO GIO - QUY NHON CITY

But instead of renting a hotel room in the city center, you can rent a camping tent at the Eo Gio resort with a more affordable service and also the fastest way to fully enjoy the morning. The rental price for 4-person tents is about VND 350,000 and VND 850,000 for 10-person tents with full blankets. You will be completely comfortable enjoying your trip.

CAMPING AT EO GIO - QUY NHON CITY

 

HẦM HÔ – HAM HO WATERFALL

The name Ham Ho originated from a unique phenomenon that occurs here in the dry season. In a drought year when people wanted rain, there were many strange sounds like people screaming and praying at this bend of the river. The local people began to call this place Ham Ho, or ‘Yelling Cellar’.

Ham Ho is an eco-tourism area in Tay Son district, about 50 kilometers from Quy Nhon city center in the Northwest. The beauty of Ham Ho up till now still makes many people flutter, every time standing in Ham Ho, inhaling the fresh and sweet atmosphere, each time the heart regains happiness.

In addition, fish that come to Ham Ho always swim against the river’s flow and get pushed into the air like flying fish, so that this particular part of the river is also called The Flying Fish.

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TÂY SƠN – QUANG TRUNG KING PALACE

Quang Trung King Palace is 50 km northwest of Quy Nhon city, belonging to Binh Thanh commune, Tay Son district. This museum was built in 1978 according to ancient architecture, majestic appearance. If you are interested in history, this place is definitely should not be missed. 

In the museum, there are 3 main groups of houses, suggesting 3 directions that radiate into the statue yard, along with the access road from the museum gate, creating a round and balanced courtyard layout, opening 4 directions, then gathering 1 point : that is where the statue of Quang Trung – Nguyen Hue is located. On the outside, the architecture of the Quang Trung Museum brings ancient lines, with repeated columns with rhythm and strongly curved roofs but still romantic and harmonious.

Quang Trung Museum of Binh Dinh is not only a place to store historical artifacts but also a place to transmit Tay Son national martial arts spirit –  the traditional martial art of Binh Dinh. In order to increase the liveliness of martial arts dances, people here also recreated the drum of the old battle of King Quang Trung.

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BEACHES IN QUY NHON CITY

XUAN DIEU BEACH (MAIN BEACH)

Located right next to the city center, Quy Nhon’s main beach bends with a “crescent moon”, gentle golden sand stretching 5 km from Cape Tan to Ghenh Rang, Quy Nhon city. 

 

The night falls when the city lights up, Quy Nhon is now more flashy than ever. The sea route named poet Xuan Dieu is more bustling and full of the poetic, rare path to get this originality. Thanks to the beauty and cool fresh air, this place has caused many tourists not to be “overwhelmed”. Xuân Xuan Dieu Street looks magnificent from afar from the colors of night lights. This coastal road is likened to the beauty of a semicircle with smooth and soft curves. Just walking around, visitors also feel enough of the “bustle” of the place. 

 

It will definitely be great when you hold someone’s hand, walk on this street and watch the night sea. What is more romantic when listening to the whispering waves, the wind is chilly like dispelling all worries in life, making you feel really comfortable, isn’t it?

 

If you are a person who has a passionate about seafood, you must definitely come to this road, where there is a lot of delicious shops, whether popular or luxurious, you have everything. Walking around a city on a horse at Xuan Dieu Street is a pleasure that many tourists who come to Quy Nhon want to try. Just sit on the car, it will take you all the way to enjoy the sparkling space under the wonderful lights of Quy Nhon. Xuan Dieu street is bustling.

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KY CO BEACH

Ky Co beach

Photo by W.H Nomad

Leave Eo Gio, you can drive back to visit Ky Co. Ky Co is special and can consider one of the best beaches of Vietnam because of the fantastic crystal clear water and breathtaking view. The cliff on the right side will be seen on the way down to the beach is gorgeous. It is also known as the Maldives of Vietnam. Don’t be surprised that in the peak season it is full of tourists from the tours.

This place has sun-soaked golden sands, soft, arcane rocky ridges, like silk strips, and clear blue waters that see the bottom. Ky Co, in the summer, when you come here to bathe or admire, there is nothing better than that.

You can rent the canoe or pay for a boat ticket to visit Hon Kho island. This is the fishing village further way from direction to Trung Luong beach. 

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Ky Co – Eo Gio is considered as the top tourist attraction in Quy Nhon city

 

TRUNG LUONG & CAT TIEN BEACH

Go further to northern Quy Nhon city to Nhon Ly. On the right side, there’ll be an access path from the village to the beach. It’s a free & long beach.

SEO ISLAND – HÒN SẸO 

Located in Nhơn Lý town. This is a small island about 5 kilometers from the mainland. The thing that makes this island so special is that there is no stretch of sand like other beaches. Instead, it possesses a multitude of large and small rocks lying sprawling on the sea surface.

Located in the middle of the ocean, the only way to get to Seo Island is to take a boat.

Hon Seo-Nhon-Ly-Quy-nhon

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Here are Some Top Accommodations in Quy Nhon City

In the city center

Santorino Coffee & Tea homestay: I used to stay here twice. I like it because of the cleanness & location. I have my private room with super comfortable mattress. The room’s simple but good enough. And, the highlight is the food at the cafe downstairs is so well done. At least I didn’t have to worry about where to have my breakfast & coffee at the beginning of the day. Santorino coffee & tea is so convenient.

P/S: There’s a super cute white Pole bear at Santorino coffee & tea. 

Santorino coffee & tea in Quy Nhon city

Photo by Josie

 

At the beach

A popular place for backpackers when they come to Quy Nhon city is John & Paul Inn hostel is just very close to Seagull beach.

If you want to wake up every morning at the beach & stay away from the city center, I recommend Bãi Xép village, just 20mins driving from the city center. It’s called the backpackers’ area of Binh Dinh. There you can find Life’s A Beach hostel, Haven and more luxury options such as Avani resort (this my favorite) and Aurora Villa & Resort.

Top free places to have good view in Quy Nhon City

Xuan Van Mount

Ideal to do a small trek in the morning before sunrise to enjoy fresh air & beautiful lanscape. It’s located in Gềnh Ráng area – Southern Quy Nhon city. You need to go inside the gate of Quy Hoa Leper hospital (Ticket’s required). Ask anyone about the way to Xuan Van mount or Núi Xuan Van if you not sure. Way to Xuan Van mount is on the left.

All about Quy Nhon city

Photos credit to Quynh Nhu Nguyen

Way to Xuan Van mount

Photos credit to Quynh Nhu Nguyen

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Stoned steps up to the hill – Xuan Van mount

Also, further to southern Quy Nhon city, you can check out Vung Chua mount for sunrise & sunset view.

sunset a Vung Chua mount-Quy Nhon city

Sunset view from Vung Chua mount. Photo by W.H Nomad

Ba Hoa Mount

This is the nearest spot if you’re in the city center. Ba Hoa mount is suitable for sunset & sunrise.

 

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