Have you ever heard of Phu Yen in Vietnam? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one! It’s one of the least known tourist spots in Vietnam, and perhaps that’s why it makes it one of the most exciting ones as well. Although it still hasn’t been discovered by the big crowds, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do here. Phu Yen has some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. You can find rivers, lagoons, mountains, fertile plains and beautiful beaches. If you want to have a beach all to yourself, this is the place to go to.
Phu Yen is located in the south-central coast in Vietnam and the capital is Tuy Hoa. If you’re coming from Ho Chi Minh City, you can take the flight which only takes about 40 minutes. For locals, it’s the perfect weekend getaway from the busy city. But if you’re traveling for a longer time in Vietnam, make sure to stop by here for more than just two days. There’s enough to keep you occupied here. Let’s take a look at what there is to do in Phu Yen.
Go beach hopping
There’s lots of stunning beaches in Phu Yen, each offering visitors something unique. The sunsets and sunrises here are spectacular and should be seen on a beach. Xep Beach is especially a beautiful beach to catch the sunset. Besides watching sunsets and sunrises, there’s also stunning beaches where you can just lay down with a book. Long Thuy Beach is one of those which offers white sand beaches and crystal clear water.
Enjoy the outdoors
Phu Yen is a great place to go to if you like to spend your time outdoors. There’s some nice hiking spots here such as Nhan Mountain. If you want to explore the offshore islands and bays, catch a local boat to get there. The nature here is spectacular and you’ll want to spend all your time here outdoors.
Visit the White Stone Pagoda, which has been a place of worship for Lam Te Buddhists since the late 18th century, go to Nhan Tower which was built by the Champa people, have a look at the picturesque spot Ganh Da Dia and the Cliff of Stone Plates, and take a hike up to the Dien Cape lighthouse. As you can see, there’s plenty of things to in Phu Yen so take your time here!
Like everywhere else in Vietnam, there’s no shortage of souvenirs to buy. You can get everything here, from clothes, shoes, jewelries, or more local souvenirs such as bird-nest soup. It may sound a bit odd, but it’s actually one of Phu Yen’s most prized products. It’s not the cheapest souvenir you can get though – it’s about 2,000 dollars per kilogram. If you prefer to go shopping for something else, head to Tuy Hoa market or Hung Vuong Street for some more high-end shopping. That’s also where most of the hotels and restaurants are located as well.
Although the nightlife in Phu Yen can’t really be compared to Ho Chi Minh City’s Bui Vien street for example, there’s still a few bars and pubs that are opened, mainly in the capital Tuy Hoa. You can listen to some live music in certain pubs, enjoy a few cocktails, grab a cold beer after a hot day, and enjoy a glass of wine with some scenic views over the city. If you’re really into the party scene, head south to Nha Trang, a larger beach resort town that’s become highly popular amongst travelers. There, you’ll find lots of clubs, bars and pubs.
Enjoy the dining scene
The food in Vietnam is known to be one of the best in the world and you’ll surely find amazing food in Phu Yen. Whether you’re on a budget or you don’t mind splurging, there’s something for everyone here. Since Phu Yen is by the coast, seafood is the main culinary attraction. But there’s much else to find here. You can find restaurants all along the beach of Tuy Hoa, rustic cafés, more international restaurants serving pizza, burgers, pasta, etc. There’s a bit of everything for everyone here.
Remember to apply for your Vietnam visa!
Perhaps the most important thing to remember before arriving to Vietnam – getting a Vietnam visa! Depending on which country you’re from, most people are required to have a visa before entering the country. If you can enter Vietnam visa-free, then you don’t have to think about this. But if you’re required to get a visa, there are three visa options. Either you opt for either of the two online visas, Visa on Arrival and E-Visa, or you go to your local or nearest Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. The online visas are a good choice if you’re planning on arriving to Vietnam by air. But if you’re crossing by land, you must get a visa via the Embassy.