Quy Nhon

Quy Nhon is a lively and pleasant city virtually half way between the popular cities of Nha Trang and Hoi An. The city is known for its beautiful surroundings, Cham temples, and nearby beaches. Whilst tourism is increasing in Quy Nhon, this tends to be local tourism, and for the majority of travellers it remains relatively off the beaten track.

Quy Nhon city is perfect for those who want to break up a journey between Nha Trang and Hoi An, being about 6 hours from each.

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Quy Nhon has a couple of attractions worth seeing and one of them is the Binh Dinh Museum. The right gallery is devoted to the struggles of the local Communist Party during the Vietnam War. The centre gallery features items from the French Colonial period and the left gallery showcases Cham sculptures.

The Thap Doi Cham Towers in Quy Nhon is another Quy Nhon attraction. It is unique because of the number of towers as well as its location. Most Cham towers are in odd-numbered groups and usually found on the hilltops, while this one consists of only two towers and is located in town. Anyone would be impressed with the relief on the sculptures, since they are still in good shape after all these years.

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Cham Towers

Long Khanh, which is Quy Nhon ‘s main pagoda, is also worth the trip. Built in the 18th century, this attraction is notable because of its 17-metre high Buddha.

Other remarkable attractions are the picturesque Queen’s Beach and the Quy Hoa Leper Colony. The former was named after the wife of Vietnam’s last emperor and the latter consists of a hospital surrounded by gardens and homes of former patients.

The fact that this little corner of Viet Nam has been undiscovered by the majority of travelers means an authentic experience awaits those who come here. We’ve found that there are very few vendors walking around peddling their wares and they’re almost never seen on the beach, at bars, restaurants and cafes. Unlike in the larger cities, the locals aren’t jaded and, instead, are genuinely glad to see you and everyone says ‘hello’. Many people want to practice their English, are interested in where you are from, and want to make your visit to their city pleasant.

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Quy Nhon Beach

The population is about 300,000 but, compared to other coastal cities (Da Nang 900,000; Nha Trang 300,000; Hoi An 121,000) feels much smaller because of the lack of heavy industry and heavy traffic. The vast majority of traffic on the road is made up of scooters and motorcycles with the occasional car, truck and bus. The city’s dependence on fisheries, agriculture and its sea port provides for clean air even on the hottest days.

Quy Nhon is surrounded by green mountains on three sides and the ocean on the fourth. Nestled in a bay, the city is protected from the effects of the worst hurricanes that batter the coast further north. The bay also provides for the livelihood of many as witnessed by fishermen bringing their catch, women cleaning and selling the product of their work, and patrons enjoying some of the freshest and tastiest seafood in restaurants.

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