Quy Nhon is precisely what makes Quy Nhơn the rarest of gems: a beach city in Southeast Asia unspoiled by the ravages of mass tourism. The centre of Quy Nhơn lies on a small peninsula which juts out like a dragon's head from the mainland into the South China Sea.
With little traffic, no international chains, and a siesta time that sees most businesses close for a few hours every afternoon, this city of 300,000 people has a sleepy, small-town charm which stands in stark contrast to the commercialism and development of other Vietnamese cities.
Bordered on both sides by layers of mountains receding into the hazy distance, the natural beauty of Quy Nhơn's waterfront has inspired poets for centuries and is still its most obvious attraction today. A sparkling new promenade runs along the length of the city's five-kilometre beach.
And everywhere in Quy Nhơn, you'll be charmed by the people themselves. Almost no one speaks more than a few words of English, but as one of the few foreign visitors, you'll be stopped constantly by both adults and children shyly greeting you with their one phrase: "Hello, what you name!".
Their doors are always open - figuratively and literally - and if you walk around a bit, you'll end up being invited to more coffees and meals than you could ever fit into your belly.
How to get there
It is over 600km (400 miles) from Ho Chi Minh to Quy Nhom, which takes about than 14 hours, while a Hanoi-Quy Nhon ride (1100 km or 690 miles) takes about 20 hours . You can consider some of the nice bus firms.
You can fly from Hanoi or HCM city to Phu Cat airport, 30km (20 miles) away from Quy Nhon. Check out the websites of VietnamAirlines and VietjetAir for flight details and subscribe for promotion notifications.
Things to do
2. Quang Trung museum in Tay Son district, 50km (over 30 miles) from the city by taking the 19-highway. You can also watch martial arts dance for $15/ticket.
3. Quy Nhon double tower, 2 ancient towers of Cham ethnic group, is near Tran Hung Dao street, the gateway into the city.
4. Thap Thap Di Da (Thập Tháp Di Đà), an ancient pagoda was built 300 years ago. The pagoda is located in Van Thuan, An Nhon district, near Phu Cat airport, 28km (19miles) from the city.
5. Son Long pagoda (or Hang pagoda) is an ancient pagoda that was built 300 years ago. The pagoda is located in Nhon Binh ward – Quy Nhon.
6. Ham Ho tourist resort is in Tay Son district, 20km (12 miles) from Quy Nhon. Ham Ho is located in the middle of Kut river, famous for its majestic and charming nature.
7. Eo Gio (wind strait) is 20km (12 miles) from Quy Nhon. This is the most beautiful and majestic landscapes in Binh Dinh province.
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