Quy Nhon Coastal City – Symphony of the Sea and Sun
The Central Vietnam is known for its coastal cities like Danang, Nha Trang and Quy Nhon, a small city which is now getting much attention from both local and foreign travelers for its beautiful long white beaches. The city is currently shifting from agriculture and fishing industry to service and tourism as it gets its way to top places to visit in Vietnam. Quy Nhon Vietnam is one of Top 50 City Beaches in the world.
Quy Nhon City – Binh Dinh Province
Quy Nhon is the capital city of Binh Dinh Province. It was previously not well known to tourist compared to Danang and Nha Trang. It is known as the birthplace of the Emperor Nguyen Hue of Tay Son Dynasty, ruthless yet one of the greatest military commander in Vietnam’s history. Quy Nhon played an important part during the Vietnam War as well since it was one of the battleground due to the US military and naval base within the city.
Being a coastal city, Quy Nhon is a great place for seafood lovers. The local dishes are exceptionally good and the beaches are exquisite. As there currently few travelers within the city, you can expect a much better local experience and interaction. Quy Nhon is 286 kilometers away from Hoi An and it can be reached by plane, bus or private car. It is a great stopover city when traveling Hoi An to Nha Trang or Mui Ne and vice versa. For nature and seafood lovers, it is an amazing tourist destination. As Quy Nhon is small and several places are yet to be put on the map, attractions are authentic and unique to everyone.
Famous Destinations in Quy Nhon
Queen’s Beach (Bai Bien Hoang Hau)
The famous Queen’s Beach or locally known as Bai Tam Hoang Hau is a rocky beach with stunning view of the peninsula in Ghehn Rang. The story behind its name is as interesting as its view. Emperor Bao Dai, the last Emperor of Nguyen Dynasty built a mansion on the beach to serve himself and his queen Nam Phuong in 1927, but was later smashed by local people in 1949. The ruins are still visible until today and locals named the beach as Queen’s Beach.
Binh Dinh Museum
If you are a historical buff, then you’re in luck as Quy Nhon has the Binh Dinh Museum. This museum is not as big as the museums in bigger cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh but it is worth a visit. It has historical artifacts and relics from the Champa Kingdom and the Vietnam War.
Twin Cham Towers (Thap Doi Cham Towers)
The Twin Cham Towers that were built around 11th century until 13th century that reflects the culture and artistic heritage of the Cham people. The amazing structure and architecture of the Thap Doi Twin Cham Towers are not only pleasing to the eye but also hold the mystery of Champa Kingdom.
Quy Hoa Leper Colony
Intriguing and fascinating tourist destination in Quy Nhon is the Quy Hoa Leper Colony. The village is in Ghehn Rang, nearby the famous Queen’s Beach. It is a mix structures from French Colonial era and modern Vietnamese style. The Colony gives a little background of the village situation even before the Vietnam War.
Long Khanh Pagoda
Long Khanh Pagoda is the main pagoda and it is located in the centre of town. It was founded by a Chinese merchant in 1700. Due to previous events in Quy Nhon, Long Khanh Pagoda was destroyed and in 1956, the have started rebuilding the pagoda but only finished in 1972. It is now one of the largest Buddhist pagoda in Binh Dinh.
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When in Central Vietnam, be sure to stop by Quy Nhon and see it amazing wonders. Even the last emperor and his wife fell in love with the place, surely it has much more to offer.