Phu Yen

Phu Yen About this sound pronunciation is a coastal province in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. It is the easternmost province of Vietnam’s mainland.

Phu Yen – While people often equate monsoons with rain, that is only partly the case in Phu Yen as there are a number of regional variations that affect the rain. What is worth remembering though is the southwest monsoon is hot and the northeast monsoon cool.

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The coastal province of Phu Yen lures visitors by its pristine beaches, secluded islands and hundreds of interesting cultural features.

Just off National Highway 1A, about 80 kilometers from the central coast city of Nha Trang, Tuy Hoa city in Phu Yen province is famous for its primitive landscapes including O Loan Lagoon, Mai Nha (Roof) island and Da Dia Rapids in Phu Yen.

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O Loan Lagoon

O Loan Lagoon in Phu Yen, which has been recognized as a national tourist site, covers about 1,200 hectares. The west side of the lagoon is surrounded by small hills and the east side is the tomb of Cao Bien, a national hero. It is located at the end of Quan Cau pass, near National Highway 1A. Tourists can hire a boat from a local fisherman for VND200,000 to enjoy its scenery.

The area of the lagoon is famous for oyster and cockle dishes and crab. Oysters make good food like soup or fried dishes. However, it is most delicious in a mix with peanuts, tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables. After rowing around the immense lagoon, tourists will want to head straight for a restaurant to enjoy indigenous specialties.
Leaving O Loan in Phu Yen, tourists should go on to An Hai beach and Mai Nha island in Phu Yen, a quiet speck of land belonging to Phu Yen province and endowed with unspoiled beaches and bizarre rock formations. It is called Mai Nha for the simple reason that it looks like the roof of an ancient red-tiled house when viewed from afar.

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Mai Nha island

On sunny weekends, groups of fishermen often hire boats to go fishing on the island. They sit on the rocks all day to fish and to enjoy the pleasant sound of the waves.
Only a few families live on the island by farming and breeding cattle. Like everywhere else in rural Vietnam, the people here are friendly and hospitable.
There are no restaurants on the island so bring food and water.

Da Dia (Stone Plate) Rapids in Phu Yen is a must-see attraction in Tuy An district. The strange rocks here include large upright stones in a symmetrical pattern that looks like a baffling riddle of nature set in stone for all time. It’s like a giant jigsaw, irritatingly made of the same shaped pieces, and forming a solidified structure that has proved more than just a curiosity for thousands. Looking down on it, visitors often liken it to a gigantic beehive, others as a pile of stone plates.

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Da Dia (Stone Plate) Rapids

Archaeologists say that the rapids were formed from a volcano thousands of years ago. Exhausted researchers usually call a halt after counting around 35,000 stone columns which look like they were carefully arranged by a large hand. The rapids have been listed as a National Heritage Site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

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