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05/14/2013

Quy Nhon

The city of Quy Nhon is through its quarter a million inhabitants the bustling heart of Binh Dinh province. Touristic infrastructure expands here, while new accommodations raise alongside the wide beaches.

In the 11th century this city was a main harbour of the Cham and there are still reminders today. There are the "Twins towers" (Thap Doi) north of the city center, that have been reconstructed and nowadays invite to relax in a garden. Around the city center you can relish in joy to Long Khan and Tam An pagodas. Long Khan showcases a great blue Buddha statue, while Tam An is less pompous. Additionally, some churches are worth a visit: The blue and orange Quy Nhon cathedral on Tran Hung Dao most of all. Everybody seeking more information about the city can do in the provincial museum, collecting information from Cham ages to the wars with France and the USA.

South of Quy Nhon there are several most pristine beaches, e.g. Queens Beach, which's  name refers to Emperor Bao Dais wife that enjoyed this beach pretty much. Quy Hoa beach is quite abandoned during the week whilst being a most satisfactory goal for locals on weekends.

Insider tip: Seeking first hand information? Visit Barbara’s Kiwi Café (19 Xuan Dieu) for tour organization. The Dutch owner Barbara will help you have the suitable tour.

Round Quy Nhon

Cham towers

Today's province of Binh Dinh was the center of the Cham province Vijaya (4th century to 1471) and many relics of that time survived. Likewise bout 30km north of Quy Nhon the Van Thap ("Golden Tower") and the Can Thian ("Copper Tower") can be sighted. 300 years after the destruction of the Cham capital the Tay Son brothers built a stronghold here in 1776 - Do Ban citadel (Hoang De/Cha Ba). The reminders are still to be seen today. Two nearby pagodas - Thap Di Da and Nhan Thap - exhibit items from Cham and Tay Son ages. 20km north of Quy Nhon at Phuoc Hiep near N1 is the The Bac ("Silver Tower"), belonging to a complex of houses - the Banh It. Further relics of Cham culture are also west of Quy Nhon away from the street, near the village Binh Hoa (Tay Binh): The Duon Long towers ("Ivory Towers"). Especially interesting are some drafts that record the connection between Cham and Khmer cultures. Some of the carvings are in very good condition - making them quite extraordinary.

Phu Phong (Tay Son)

The small city of Phu Phong was home to rebel and later emperor Quang Trung. His life and heroism are illustrated in the Quang Trung museum, at the former estate of the family. Since the time of Tay Son upraises Phu Phong is a center for martial arts and the reputation of the Tay Son scholl reaches to Europe.

Transport

Bus

The bus station Ben Xe Khach Lien Tinh lies south of Tay Son city center. There are several bus agencies that work all day. The 16 seat minibuses of Mai Linh Express are quite suitable. Journeys to Nha Trang or Da Nang take about 4 hours, to HCMC about 10 hours.

Train

Quy Nhon train station is a terminal one, with one connection to the nearest Dieu Tri train station, which lies on the north-south connection. The few trains that leave here to 15km distant Dieu Tri takes 15 minutes. A taxi is faster.

Plane

Phu Cat airport is 35km north of Quy Nhon. Passangers of Vietnam Airlines will be taken to the city by minibus. Bureaus of ailines will be found in the city center.

Royal Hotel & Healthcare Resort Quy Nhon

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

The Royal Hotel & Healthcare Resort spreads over 500 meters of romantic coast, filling your heart up with happiness, relaxing your mind and satisfying your soul. It consists of 131 luxury rooms with either garden or sea view. The resort offers international standards with a romantic and memorable...

Saigon Quy Nhon Hotel

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

Whether you travel to Quy Nhon city for a holiday, business or very special occasion, the Sai Gon –Quy Nhon hotel will offer you a sea-view location together with specialty dishes and drinks of the Quy Nhon city.

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