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2/28/2018 4:16:57 PM

Things to do, what to eat in Phu Yen province

(VNF) - If you are being bored of the traditional Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Vung Tau trip or can’t decide between mountains and beaches, the Phu Yen province has them all. It also has everything you can expect from Vietnam: cheap food, natural landscapes, friendly locals and more.


Phu Yen is an eight-district coastal province in South Central Vietnam located about halfway between Nha Trang and Qui Nhon. It’s about a two-and-a-half hour trip by bus from either city. There is a local bus service from Qui Nhon which runs pretty much hourly seven days a week. Both north- and southbound trains stop about six times a day.

By air, there’s a small plane going north or south once a day so you can arrive in the morning or mid-afternoon. The airport is a short taxi ride from town.

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Although Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen doesn’t bustle like Qui Nhon or Nha Trang, the infrastructure of the hotel is pretty good. Some hotels and resorts you can check include Bai Tram Hideaway Resort, Vietstar Resort & Spa or Cendeluxe hotel.


1. Da Dia Reef

Sunset on the Da Dia Reef. (Photo credit: Dong Bui via Flickr)

Located in An Ninh Dong commune in Tuy An District (Tuy An being the capital of the province), Da Dia Reef has become one of the must-come places in Phu Yen.

The reef stretches up to 200 kilometers along the seashore and contains 35,000 uniformly structured hexagonal stones. Visitors can easily climb up to the top of this breathtakingly beautiful stone hill to capture the spectacular coastal scenery. With the blue sea water and jaw-dropping stone structure, Da Dia reef never fails to impress thousands of tourists every year.

The dark-blue colour of the stones combines with the fresh blue water from the sea to provide an unforgettable experience.

A good part of this attraction is that it only costs the VND 5,000 (USD 0.22) parking fee.

2. Tam Giang Dam

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Tam Giang Dam on the Tam Giang river is also in Tuy An District.

The dam is highly important for the rice fields in Tuy An District. You can cross it, but be careful not to fall down in the river.

Try the fish and especially the eels that fishermen fish from the river.

3. Dai Lanh Cape

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This is also known as the first place of the country to see the dawn. To get there, you will have to climb up the 110 spiral stairs. Eat something before going up as there is no restaurant in the area. However, some drinks can be purchased at the top.

The fee to the Dai Lanh lighthouse is VND 10,000 (USD 0.44), which is used to protect the lighthouse.

On the left side of the path to the lighthouse, you will see Mon beach, which is one of the most pristine beaches in Phu Yen. You can enjoy the easy-blowing wind and listen to the peaceful sound of ocean waves. On the right side, visitors will see rocks that piled up uniformly and crystal-clear freshwater streams flowing into Mon Beach. Mui Dien Cape is the first place in Vietnam to catch the glorious glimpse of sunrise in the early morning. 

Visitors usually choose to stay at Mon beach for one or two nights. In addition to visiting the lighthouse, they can indulge in swimming in Mon beach, sightseeing the splendid scenic property, or eating such delicious and cheap dishes of seafood.

4. Bai Xep Hill

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Well-known from a famous Vietnamese movie called Tôi Thấy Hoa Vàng Trên Cỏ Xanh (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass), Bai Xep became a great spot for nature lovers. The place is wild and peaceful.

However, the images in the movie didn’t capture the real beauty of Bai Xep. The green colour of the grass and cactuses along the hill makes the scenery stunning.

Right under Bai Xep, you can see a beach and a seashore where thousands of dark stones create a song together with the ocean waves.

5. Ong Cop Bridge

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Ong Cop Bridge is the longest wooden bridge in Vietnam at a whopping 400 metres. It connects An Ninh Tay Ward (Tuy An District) with Song Cau District.

This bridge experienced a moment of fame in 2017 when it was featured in the reality show Vietnam Amazing Race.

It takes around 10 minutes to walk across the bridge. Don’t forget your camera!

6. Mang Lang church

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Eglise de Mang Lang (or Mang Lang church) is located near Da Dia reef and can be reached by 10 minutes by cars. Mang Lang church was built 1892 by Joseph de La Cassagne. This church was covered in grey paint and the Gothic artistic style of the church has inspired many poets and artists. In addition, the first book printed national language written by Alexandre de Rhodes is put solemnly in a glass cabinet in this ancient church.

Having existed for over 120 years, Mang Lang church has preserved many important historical pieces of evidence and its glamor still shines throughout the history. The uniqueness of Mang Lang church attracts thousands of visitors every year and makes it one of the best destinations in Phu Yen.

7. Xuan Dai Bay

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With its rare and yet still little-known beauty, this bay makes an attractive destination.

Located 50 km north of Tuy Hoa city, Xuan Dai Bay covers 13,000 hectares. It is flanked by 15 km Co Ngua mountain which, from afar, looks like a unicorn’s head. The 50 km-long Bay has many beautiful small beaches with a primitive beauty. The area includes mountains, islets and peninsulas such as Ong Xa islet, Da Mai mountain, and Mu U peninsula which together create a magnificent landscape.

Around Xuan Dai Bay, there are several sites for tourists to discover: Ganh Den, a slope of hundreds of stacked rocks on top of which stands a lighthouse and sandy beaches, of which the most beautiful is Binh Sa or Long beach.


Seafood is the main culinary attraction in the province, with grilled blood clam one of the local specialities. Other favourites include ocean tuna, oysters and mai fish from O Loan Lagoon.

1. Seafood

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As the homeland of ocean tuna, you can enjoy tuna in all forms in Phu Yen: sashimi, steamed tuna eyeball, grilled tuna and more.

Ba Tam Restaurant: 47 Nguyen Hue, Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen.

2. Cha Dong and Nem Nuong

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This is a kind of spring roll served with a special sauce, with mixed grilled pork, vegetable, rice paper and Dong grilled chopped (chả Dông).

Nem Nướng 92 - Chả Dông: 92 Nguyen Cong Tru, Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen (available in the evening only)

3. Banh Canh He (Cake soup with Chinese Chives)

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The literal translation is “chive noodles” and the soup certainly looks that way: a sea of green specks swimming in a light, clear broth.

Bánh Canh Hẹ Năng Nở: Dien Bien Phu Street, Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen.

4. Banh Beo (Water Fern Cake)

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This is a variety of small steamed rice cake or rice pancake in Vietnamese cuisine. It is white in colour and typically features a dimple in the centre, filled with savoury ingredients.

Bánh Bèo Chén: 92 Le Trung Kien, Tuy Hoa, Phu Yen./.

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