Binh Thuan is located in the south central of Vietnam, which is near to Ninh Thuan, Lam Dong, Dong Nai and lies along the East sea. With this advantageous location, the landscape in Binh Thuan Vietnam can be described as a miraculous mixture by Mother Nature with mountains, rivers, forests and seas. Binh Thuan province is famous for its breathtaking scenery as well as the importance of Vietnam’s history. This land was the gift from Champa King to King Tran Nhan Tong for the marriage agreement between princess Huyen Chan and King Jaya Sinhavarman III in the 14th century.
Like other provinces in the central area of Vietnam, Binh Thuan has two main seasons, including the rainy season (from May to October) and the dry season (from November and April). According to locals, the best time to visit Binh Thuan is between September and December. The reason behind this ideal time is that Binh Thuan’s weather is most favorable in the year with pleasant wind, suitable for both land and water activities.
The distance between Saigon and Binh Thuan is approximately 200 kilometers, which could take more than 3 hours. By road, tourists can easily make a choice among motorbikes, private cars and limousines (or coaches) based on their individual condition and preference.
A motorbike trip is promised to give you a full-of-excitement experience with the whole journey controlled by yourselves. Although there is such concern about unexpected weather, traveling by bike would give visitors a chance to immerse into the natural landscape along the street. With private cars, the time for moving will be shortened thanks to the new highways.
Limousines and coaches are the best choices for those who want to relax during the journey. By paying about 200.000VND - 300.000VND, visitors can leave all the stress behind and take a short nap before reaching Binh Thuan.
Train is also available for you to move to Binh Thuan, Vietnam. There are 4 train trips from Saigon to Binh Thuan starting from 6 a.m to 14.40 p.m and it normally takes 3 hours to reach Phan Thien train station. The train also serves fast food so you would not need to prepare snacks while on the train.
Visiting Binh Thuan without traveling to Mui Ne must be a pity for every tourist. Mui Ne is not far from Phan Thiet city (about 22 kilometers) so you can easily get there by all means of road transportations.
The name “Mui Ne” in Vietnamese means an isolated strip of coastline. In the past, this place was quite untouched and only suitable for brave visitors. However, with the development of the province’s tourism, Mui Ne has turned into a professional beach destination for both Vietnamese and foreigners coming. Along with the lyrical coast, the sand dunes (or sand hills) are also not-to-miss stopovers for your trip in Binh Thuan, Vietnam.
This mountain is 30 kilometers to the southeast of Phan Thiet and is one the way to Mui Ne. Hence, road transports like motorbikes, cars and coaches are highly recommended. Ta Cu indulge tourists in a wonderful natural world with the greenish forests full of wildlife creatures, which give each of us the feeling of getting-away-from-it-all. There is a pagoda in the peak of the mountain and visitors can get to the pagoda by the cable car system.
For those who are eager to capture the scenery through a bird-eyes view, Ke Ga Lighthouse must be on your top list. Located not very far to the south of Phan Thiet city, the lighthouse stands on a small island. To get to the lighthouse, tourists travel by boat or canoe.
Ke Ga Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in Southeast Asia, which was built in 1897. With the height of 41 meters, Ke Ga appears as a distinctive destination and a precious artful architecture of Binh Thuan.
As it is mentioned above, the history of Binh Thuan was influenced heavily by Cham people. Po Sah Inu is also a Cham temple and located in the center of Phan Thiet city. What makes this temple (or tower) special is its unique sculptured patterns that Cham people call it the symbol of Shiva - one of the most important gods in their culture.
Price: 100.000 VND - 120.000 VND
Recommended restaurant: Street food restaurants on Nguyen Dinh Chieu (Mui Ne) street
Bailer Snail is a specialty of Binh Thuan, which is “ốc giác” in Vietnamese. This snail has a very nutritious and delicious taste that can please even the most irritated tourist. The salad often contains papaya, laksa leaves, onions and peanuts. Rice paper and fish sauce are served together with the salad.
Price: 30.000 VND - 40.000 VND
Food stalls in Phan Thiet market
Co Tam Restaurant: 47 Nguyen Tuong street, Phan Thiet city (6 a.m - 9 p.m)
Quang Noodle is a traditional food in Quang Nam. And when Quang Nam people move to Phan Thiet, they bring their food to this place and add a new ingredient - duck. Hence, the noodle becomes a mixture of culture among two provinces with a good-tasting flavor that can impress tourists from the first spoon.
Price: 45.000 VND - 60.000 VND
Loan Squid teeth restaurant: 202 Vo Thi Sau street, Phan Thiet city (4 p.m - 11 p.m)
Hanh Squid teeth restaurant: Nguyen Tat Thanh street, Phan Thiet city (4.30 p.m - 11.30 p.m)
Sounds weird? Actually, grilled squid teeth is a traditional dish of local people. The teeth after taking away from squids are washed and grilled with species to increase the flavor. This dish is most delicious when eating at night when the weather is cool.
Price: 10.000 VND - 20.000 VND
Recommended restaurant: Street food stalls in Phan Thiet city
This is a popular street food in Binh Thuan, but most famous in Phan Thiet. The rice paper is added to the shrimp sauce to increase flavor and then spring onions, butter and eggs in turn. It is better to have chili sauce and a hot condition is required.
Binh Thuan has been focusing on developing tourism in recent years, hence, the accommodation system in this province is also more and more professional. There are some suggested places for tourists, both premium and standard level.
This 5-star resort is located on Nguyen Dinh Chieu street, Mui Ne ward in Phan Thiet city. The Anam offered various ranges of room, with seaview and garden view in most of the room choice. The decoration of the resort keeps the nature breath in every corner, which then provides their guests such a peaceful and breezy atmosphere.
P’House Hotel is on Nguyen Gia Tu street, Phu Thuy Ward of Phan Thiet city. This is a more affordable choice but still provides a high-quality service. Each room has a flat-screen TV equipped with satellite channels for entertainment in case you need and boast garden views for you to unwind your mind.
If you seek a modern and professional staying service, TTC Hotel on Le Loi street of Hung Long Ward should be the one for your journey to Phan Thiet. Being the highest hotel in the city, this place is promised to give visitors a whole glance of the city through their room windows. Buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily.
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