Phan Thiet City Center

Rest and recreation in Phan Thiet city - (12/02/2015)

( The coastal city of Phan Thiet (Binh Thuan province) is a major tourist hub located between the South Central Coast and the South-east region of Vietnam. If you decide to travel to Phan Thiet, we are willing to introduce you some helpful information about rest and recreation in this city.

For recreation

Phan Thiet is not as cold as Da Lat or as noisy as Nha Trang, but you can find there simple but impressive images. In Phan Thiet, you can watch sunrise on sand hills, walk barerfoot on beaches of Doi Duong or Mui Ne in the sunset, and enjoy dishes from loads of seafood, which have salty tastes that you can never find anywhere else.

It’s quite easy to come to Phan Thiet as you can choose one from many well-known passenger transportation businesses, such as Mai Linh, Hanh Café, Sinh Café, Tam Hanh, Phuong Trang. Most of them have offices in famous tourism cities like Nha Trang, Da Lat, Vung Tau. If you are in Ho Chi Minh city, you could come to the Western Neighborhood in Pham Ngu Lao St. (District 1) to buy tickets. Besides that, train is another safe mean of transportation for you to choose. In the next few years, Phan Thiet will has an airport to provide more quick and convenient services for visitors.

Mui Ne (Phan Thiet city) is known as “resort capital” of Vietnam. Therefore, it would be expensive to book rooms in the “capital”. If you are backpackers, students or self sufficient travellers, you could choose to stay in hotels and guesthouses in the center of Phan Thiet city, with cheaper and more reasonable prices. In addition, you can enjoy budget and delicious seafood in the city center. Moreover, you can make one-day-trips to visit interesting destinations located near Phan Thiet city like Po Sah Inu Towers, Mui Ne, Hon Rom, Bau Trang (White Lake), Tien Thanh, Ke Ga Lighthouse, pagodas in Ta Cu mountain, Dinh Thay Thim (Thay Thim Palace), Cham Cultural Exhibition Centre.

For rest

There are many guesthouses and hotels from 1-star level to 4-star level that offer reasonable prices and promotion programs in the center of Phan Thiet city. Reputable hotels and guesthouses are distributed throughout the city but many of them are located in Tran Hung Dao St. and Thu Khoa Huan St. (Phuong Hung hotel, Lam Kieu hotel, Phuong Thao hotel, Hong Ha hotel, Nam Phuong Hai hotel, Vinh Hung hotel, Khanh Hung hotel, Tay Ho hotel, Hoang Long hotel, Hai Van hotel, etc.). Ca Ty hotel (Phan Boi Chau St.) is only a few steps away from relic of Duc Thanh school (a part of Ho Chi Minh Museum – Binh Thuan branch), while 19/4 hotel is across the street from Phan Thiet Northern Coach Station. Many high-grade hotels are located opposite Doi Duong beach, such as Park Diamond hotel (4-star), Phan Thiet Ocean (4-star), Binh Minh hotel (2-star), Doi Duong hotel (3-star). Besides, a lot of guesthouses, such as Hoang Kim, Minh Duc, Hoa Binh, Hanh Huong, Pho Bien, are situated on Le Loi St., which runs along the coast.

Salad from "duc" fish; Photo: Nguyen Vu

Phan Thiet cuisine is rich with famous sea foods like salad from “duc” fish, one sun dried squid, hot pot of seafood, drop hot pot (lau tha), steamed crab. You can also enjoy street foods like “banh can” (a kind of Vietnamese mini pancake), dishes from cuttlefish teeth, “quai vac” cake, “banh xeo” (Vietnamese pancake), snail salad, grilled girdle – cake, Quang style noodle with duck, girdle – cake with “mam ruoc” (a kind of shrimp paste), “banh canh cha ca” (a kind of noodle soup with fish-cake), Phu Long fine rice vermicelli with pig’s intestine. In the everning, you can walk along Nguyen Tat Thanh avenue, where stores sell seafoods, such as grilled cuttlefish teeth, or visit Ca Ty river to taste special seafoods of Phan Thiet city like grilled shrimp with “sa te”, roasted crab with salt & tamarind, crispy rice with oiled onion, cockle steamed with citronella… with reasonable prices.

Every early morning, Doi Duong beach is very crowded with active life of local residents and fishermen. You will feel surprised and satisfied seeing fishermen working right next to the beach. You can join them to drag the net up and then help them to distribute fishes, crabs and squids. Those friendly and hospitalble fishermen probably won’t refuse your offer. Today, Phan Thiet is a gathering place of dishes from three regions of Viet Nam, such as Da Nang noodle soup, “pho” (Vietnamese noodle soup) and “bun thang” (“thang” noodle) of Ha Noi, Phan Rang chicken rice, Sai Gon rolled rice cake, Bao Loc grilled “nem” (a kind of Vietnamese fermented pork dish), Hue style beef noodle soup, “lau mam” (a kind of hot pot) from the Southwest region of Vietnam, Buon Me Thuot beef hot pot. These dishes are capable of satisfying tourists from everywhere.

Phan Thiet, a rustic, peaceful place with abundant seafood, majestic nature and friendly people definitely can make lasting, unforgettable impressions on visitors.

Duy Quang

Translated by Thuy Tram – Hong Anh


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